Résumés & Cover Letters

Write Your Résumé

Use your own individual experiences, projects and strengths.
Reflect keywords from software and responsibilities listed in the job description in your résumé.

Résumé Example: Software-related majors
Résumé Example: Engineering and other majors
Résumé Example: Experienced engineer
WATCH Résumé Basics in 10 Minutes
Technical Résumé presentation

Build Your Summary Statement
Use Action Verbs
Build Your Accomplishment Statements
Use the Résumé Checklist for common issues

Get Your Résumé Reviewed

Now that you have written a solid résumé, have it reviewed.

Optimal Résumé– Make an account, select your academic level, upload your résumé. It will be reviewed in 2-3 days, peak periods around career fair may take 7-10 days.

Handshake– Make an appointment with a peer career coach. Bring a paper copy to your appointment, not all locations have printers.

The Engineering Career Center does not offer walk-in appointments.


Write Your Cover Letter

Every customized résumé should have a customized cover letter, unless you are at a career fair.
Cover Letter Example
Evaluate your letter with the Cover Letter Rubric
Cover Letter Samples from Job Choices Magazine
The Art of Writing Job Letters Search through Decline

Request Letters of Recommendation

Be ready with references and letters of recommendations for jobs, graduate school, and scholarships.
Letters of Recommendation request template and tips, including how to ask instructors to be your reference.