Assignment: Résumés and Cover Letters


  • Compile data reflecting your professional and educational skills and accomplishments.
  • Assess the main résumé formats and select one that meets your needs.
  • Create a first draft of your professional résumé.


  1. Compile all needed information for your résumé, including your contact information, a summary of your skills, your work experience and volunteer experience, education and training (including your intended degree, professional development activities, certificates, internships, etc.). Optionally you may wish to include job objective, a brief profile, a branding statement, additional accomplishments, and any other related experiences.
  2. Select one of the résumé builder tools listed below in the Résumé Writing Resources table.
  3. Create your résumé, following instructions at your selected site.
  4. Save your document as a PDF file and submit.

Résumé Writing Resources

1 Résumé Builder (from Super Resume) This site allows you to select a resume template then either edit directly in the website, or download your resume as a Word Doc and edit on your computer. Additionally, once you’ve completed your resume, you can download a PDF of your final resume. You have the option to create an account, but you are not required to do so.
2 Résumé Samples for College Students and Graduates (from About Careers) This site offers a plethora of sample résumés for college students and graduates. Listings are by type of student and by type of job. Résumé templates are also provided.
3 JobSearch Minute Videos (from College Grad) This site offers multiple to-the-point one-minute videos on topics such as print résumés, video résumés, cover letters, interviewing, tough interview questions, references, job fairs, and Internet job searching.
4 42 Résumé Dos and Don’ts Every Job Seeker Should Know (from the muse) A comprehensive list of résumé dos and don’ts, which includes traditional rules as well as new rules to polish your résumé.
5 11 Free Resume Templates You Can Customize in Microsoft Word (from Hub Spot) A collection of résumé templates that you can download and use as a starting point for your résumé.
6 The Online Resume Builder (from My Perfect resume) The online résumé builder is easy to use. Choose your résumé design from the library of professional designs, insert prewritten examples, then download and print your new résumé. Please note that you must create an account to use this resource.