Resumes, Cover Letters, and CVs
A strong resume and cover letter have the power to get you in the door to the interview stage. These two documents are both essential to making the case for why you have the skills and experience to excel at the job and within the organization and team.
A resume is a dense, fact-based document that provides information on your educational background, details your past professional experience, lists your top skills, and showcases your achievements.
Your cover letter is, first and foremost structured in the format of professional correspondence and should emphasize why you want to work for that particular organization and why you would be a good fit. You can often articulate this by sharing the most valuable transferable skills you bring (and brief examples to prove it).
A CV is similar to the resume in that it details achievements and history but does not have the same space limits that a resume does. Since CVs are often requested in international professional contexts, it’s a good idea to learn about the conventions for CVs in the country where you are submitting your application documents.