Saint Xavier University Students

Career Services

Resumes and Cover Letters

Your resume and cover letter should concisely highlight your career goals, education, field experiences, work experiences, activities, special skills and accomplishments in a manner that will market you effectively for the particular position you are pursuing.

Resume

What is it?

A resume is a one to two-page document that highlights a job seekers experiences and qualifications for employers of interest. It is an employer's first impression of you so it is important that the document concisely highlight your career goals, education, field experiences, work experiences, activities, special skills and accomplishments in a manner that will market you effectively. You only get one shot to make a good first impression! Schedule an appointment with Career Services to review your document before sending it to an employer.

Types of Resumes

Resume Guidelines

Common Resume Sections

Cover Letter

What is it?

A cover letter is a one-page document that introduces yourself and your resume to an employer. This document highlights your skills, experience, and education and encourages the reader to read your resume. An original cover letter should be written for each position you apply and highlight your most significant qualities as it relates to the position you are applying.

Cover Letter Guidelines

References

What is it?

A reference page is a list of professional individuals who can attest to your skills, experiences, and qualifications for a position.

References Guidelines

Print Resources

Please see the Print Resources section of our website for printable documents to help you with resumes, cover letters, and references.