Enhance Resumes and Cover Letters
It's your first impression. Make it a good one.
The Career & Student Success Center is here to help
A resume is a summary of your professional and educational experiences. As a concise, easy-to-read, compelling document that outlines your qualifications for a position, recruiters use resumes to determine if they would like a candidate to move forward with an interview.
Recruiters spend an average of eight seconds looking at a resume. This means they only glean a small amount of information from a resume before making a decision to hold onto it or not. One spelling, grammar, or formatting error can lead to a recruiter disregarding your resume. Always double-check your resume and have someone else read it before submitting an application.
To help get you started, download our detailed guidelines and templates:
- Resume Writing Guidelines [PDF]
- Resume Template: General [DOCX]
- Resume Template: First Year [DOCX]
- Resume Template: Including Business Cluster [DOCX]
- Resume Template: Including Study Abroad [DOCX]
A cover letter is an opportunity to describe your interest in and qualifications for a position. Cover letters also reveal a bit more about your personality and writing skills to recruiters.
The goal of a cover letter is to sell the employer on how your skills and experiences make you the best candidate for the job. Again, spelling, grammar, or formatting error can lead to a recruiter disregarding your cover letter. Always double-check your cover letter and have someone else it read it before submitting an application.
To help get you started, download detailed guidelines and templates:
Need help perfecting your resume or cover letter?
When you're ready for a helping hand, we're here for you. Schedule an appointment or stop by our Ohio University College of Business office, located in Copeland 214. We're open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with afternoon drop-in hours during fall and spring semesters.