Building your Resume, Cover Letter, or CV?

A polished and targetted resume and cover letter are essential to your job search. We can help you develop well-crafted documents that can create a great first impression and increase your chances of landing an interview.

Check out the following resources below to get started:

Quick Tips

When creating your resume and cover letter, you will want to:

  • Highlight your skills, as employers look for transferable skills relevant for the job
  • Phrase your bullet points using action-based SAR statements to highlight your skills, experience and accomplishments
  • Use Action Verbs which relate to the skills set you are hoping to display
  • Always tailor your resume and cover letter for each position
  • Proofread your documents to ensure they are free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Drop-in to the Career Services office in 401 Tory for a review!

Resumes

  • Compare the 3 Types of Resumes to help you decide which template works best for you.
  • Chronological Resume emphasizes your work history and professional achievements over time in increasingly expert positions.
  • Skills-based Resume emphasizes your skills and education as they relate to the position you are applying for.
  • Combined Resume emphasizes your work experience as well as skills, accomplishments and achievements gained in other areas.

Cover Letters

Academic CVs

  • Unsure whether to use a Resume or CV? Find out here!
  • Review our CV Template and get Tips on Writing a CV to help you format and write your CV for academic or research positions.

In-person Review Services

Visit our Career Services office in 401 Tory Building for drop-in Resume, CV, and Cover Letter reviews which include:

  • Reviewing resume and cover letter for structure and organization – bring in a hard or digital copy!
  • Providing feedback regarding written content, including SAR statements
  • Supporting your efforts to tailor your resume to specific job requirements – bring in a job posting with your resume!

Drop-in to Career Services in 401 Tory!

  • If you have any questions, visit us Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or contact us at career@carleton.ca or (613) 520-6611