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Resumes, Curriculum Vitaes (CV) and Cover Letters

What is a Resume?

  • It is used for job search and is usually 2 pages in length
  • Provides an overview of your experiences to date (education, work experience, volunteering, skills, interests, hobbies).
  • What is the difference between an International Resume and Canadian Resume? please click here
  • Resume formats: how do I start writing and compiling my resume?
    • If you are a new student check out the "Functional" format
    • If you just graduated check out the "Combination" format
    • If you have a lot of work experience in a certian area then check out the "Chronological" format.
    • Click on the link above to get more information about the types of resumes & what would work best for you.
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guide - information and tips on what to include and how to put together a resume and cover letter
  • Action Verbs: how to describe your work or volunteer experience? these action verbs will help you design your sections and describe your duties.

What is a Cover Letter and when do I use it?

  • It is a one page letter and should always accompany your résumé when applying for a job.
  • It should address the position & employer you are applying to and why you are interested in the position.
  • It describes the reasons you are applying for the job, the skills you have to do the position and adds a personal touch to your application
  • Cover Letter samples and tips to develop or update your cover letter

What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

  • It is used for academic job search or continued research, schooling or experience in the academic field.
  • CV's are not used for job search in industry.
  • The goal of a CV is to present a complete picture of the breadth and depth of academic experiences you have accumulated.
  • CV's may include lists of your publications, presentations, teaching experiences, honors, grants, and dissertation abstracts.
  • CV's can be 2 - 10 pages. There is no limit on length if organized correctly.
  • Curriculum Vitae Writing Guide

If you have questions or would like to have your resume/cover letter critiqued, please contact Lynn Walsh, International Student Career Advisor, via email: