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Résumés and Cover Letters

Students at a computerA résumé is a brief summary of your qualifications, education and experiences relevant to the internship or job search objective. The purpose of a résumé is to obtain an interview. Employers will spend 30 seconds or less reviewing your résumé; therefore, the information must be conveyed in a clear, well-organized style.

Writing a perfect résumé is an art and can take time. A résumé is a working document and will need to be revised frequently. There are many different formats a résumé can take, namely a chronological résumé or a functional résumé. View sample résumés on

If you need help with writing your résumé or need your résumé critiqued, you can make an appointment with the Career Center at 301-447-5202.

► Our Résumé Guide (.pdf) will help you get started;
► Or you can view our Résumé Handbook for more in depth help.

The primary purpose of a cover letter is to give you the opportunity to portray your personality and writing style, as well as explain why you are a good fit for the position or organization. Please view our Cover Letter Guide for suggestions on how to write a meaningful cover letter.

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