Resumes, Cover Letters, and CVs

Resumes, Cover Letters, and CVs

A strong resume, cover letter, and/or CV have the power to get you in the door to the interview stage. These documents are essential to making the case for why you have the skills and experience to excel at the job and within the organization and team.

Resumes, cover letters and CVs should be tailored to the job at hand and should be checked thoroughly before submitting to make sure you are putting your best foot forward.

Resumes & CVs

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.

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.

Cover Letters

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).

Other career writing  

Whether you are requesting an informational interview with an MIT alum, sending a thank you email after an email, declining a job offer, or simply writing an email to a professional contact, review our professional correspondence samples to help get started.

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Professional correspondence guidelines (with samples)

Whether you are sending a follow-up email, requesting a new interview date, negotiating aspects of an offer package, or declining …

How to write an effective cover letter (with samples)

You will have to prepare a number of materials for employers while looking for a job. One type of document …

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Your resume provides an overview of your experience and is often an employer’s first impression of you. Recruiters spend just …

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