CV and Cover Letters

When you apply for a job, employers will almost always ask you to submit two vital documents: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a cover letter.

Your CV, or resume, is a listing of applicable and important experiences and accomplishments that demonstrate to the employer that you have the skills and qualifications to be successful in this position.

What's in a CV?

Why Do You Need a Cover Letter?

With a CV, you have told a prospective employer what you have done. Now you need to write a cover letter to argue why that matters.

Make your CV Stand Out

    • The entries in each section should be in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent activities are higher up on the page. 
    • Stick to one page. Employers, on average, spend a very short amount of time reviewing each CV. 
    • Use the full page. Don’t leave excess blank space; it looks empty and lonely. Nobody likes a lonely CV.
    • Be consistent in your formatting. Readers will quickly figure out, for example, that your employer is always in bold, and the dates of your employment are always right-justified.
    • Use visual tricks to set each section apart. Whether it is a horizontal line, use of ALL CAPS, or some combination of bolding and italics, make it clear to the reader where one section ends and another one starts. Don’t go crazy though! It does not take much to visually set text apart.