Resumes & Cover Letters

Whether you’re a freshman or senior, you will need a resume. Your resume is the first part of your personal marketing package, which are the tools you use to market yourself to potential employers. Even if you aren’t ready to search for a job or internship, creating a resume and keeping it current will help keep you on track with your experiences and accomplishments. A resume will show you the steps you’ve already taken toward accomplishing your goals as well as the gaps you need to fill.

Students who aspire to enter veterinarian or medical school aren’t exempt from resume preparation! This document will be critical in a vet or med student’s search for an internship, which is something that will help them stand out in the competitive admissions process.

A cover letter is also important and should almost always accompany your resume. Your cover letter should introduce you and your resume, but don’t repeat the same thing on both documents.


Here are some resources to help you get started on resumes and cover letters. After you’ve created rough drafts, we recommend you make an appointment with Career Services to have your resume and cover letter reviewed. Every student’s resume and cover letter will be a little different, and we can provide feedback to make your resume stand out.

Resume Template
Use this template to build your resume

Action Verbs List
Action words to help write your accomplishment statements

The Professional Summary
Get tips for perfecting this section

Resume Skills Sheet
Use this exercise to develop ideas for your resume

Resume Checklist
Make sure your resume contains these items

Simple Mistakes to Avoid
View these common cover letter mistakes

Sample Cover Letters
See examples of successful cover letters

Cover Letter Checklist
Did you remember these details?

Sample Thank You Notes
Don’t forget this simple tool to make you shine

Portfolio Checklist
Make sure to include these details

Starting Your Portfolio
How to get started and what to include

Transferable Skills
Assess which skills to emphasize

Portfolio Handbook
A comprehensive guide to creating a portfolio


Want more help? Attend the University Career Development Center’s Professional LAUNCH Series on Resumes and Cover Letters.