Career Center

Resume & Cover Letter

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Overview

Creating an effective resume and cover letter is a basic requirement for a successful job search. These documents play a critical role in helping employers understand who you are, what your career aspirations are, and what you have to offer as a potential employee. The Career Center is here to assist you with the following resources.

Resume

A resume is a concise, well-organized summary of your background and qualifications. It does not describe everything you have done, but highlights what is most relevant to the position you are seeking. 

There are various types of resumes such as:

  • Chronological - For persons with minimal work experience.
  • Combination - For persons with med-high experience in a particular industry and plans to switch industry.
  • Scannable - Adjust your resume for companies that request this type of resume or for online applications.
  • Functional - For persons with much experience and are re-entering the workforce.

Resources

Career Guide (PDF) Pages 10-24

Resume Worksheet (PDF)

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Cover Letter

The cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume and reflects your ability to communicate well.  You should customize cover letters for each job. 

All well composed cover letters should include:

  • Specifics as to why you are interested in the potential employer.
  • What you have to offer that will make that employer particularly interested in you.
  • When and how you will be contacting the addressee to follow-up in your letter.

Resources

Cover Letter Guide (PDF)

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Student meets with advisor

Drop-In Advising

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  • Monday - Friday from 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • No appointment needed
  • Brief resume and cover letter review
  • 15 minute meetings
  • Virtually or in-person at the Career Center 97-100
  • Bring a hardcopy or digital copy of your resume or cover letter

CPP Connect is only available for current undergraduate and graduate students. If you have graduated, contact career@cpp.edu to schedule an appointment. 

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Career Counseling

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  • Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Appointment required
  • Detailed resume and cover letter review
  • 50 minute appointments
  • Virtually or in-person at the Career Center 97-100
  • Bring a hardcopy or digital copy of your resume or cover letter

CPP Connect is only available for current undergraduate and graduate students. If you have graduated, contact career@cpp.edu to schedule an appointment.