Resumes and Cover Letters

Create a Powerful Resume

  • An effective resume is essential, whether you are seeking an internship, summer job, volunteer work, or permanent position. It will also be required for admission to many graduate programs.
  • Most resumes should be limited to one page and contain concise summaries of your education, relevant coursework, experiences, and skills. Easy-to-read formats and error-free texts are critical.
  • Prepare a draft by using the counseling and library resources in Human Ecology's Career Exploration Center. Refer to resume information and examples in the Cornell Career Services Career Guide. Copies are available in the CEC.
  • Resumes can be critiqued by a career peer assistant in the CEC on a drop-in basis.
  • For further assistance, schedule an appointment with a professional career counselor in the Career Development Office, (607) 255-2532.

Write an Effective Cover Letter

  • Cover letters should always accompany resumes unless otherwise indicated. They introduce you to the prospective employer and help target your resume for the position desired.
  • Some cover letters are written for specific job openings, while others are used to explore employment opportunities in an organization.
  • Cover letters should be concise and error-free.
  • Check the Cornell Career Services Career Guide. Copies are available in the CEC, 162 MVR.

Visit the Cornell Career Services website for more information.