Resumes and Cover Letters

Have your resume reviewed by a Career Development Staff!

You may contact Career & Leadership Development: 262-472-1471, to schedule an individual appointment with a counselor to discuss your resume. Online students are encouraged to attach your resumes to an email and send to A career staff will review and respond to you within seven work days.

Resumes by College/Major:
  • College of Letters and Sciences Sample
  • College of Arts and Comminations Sample
  • College of Education and Professional Studies Sample
  • College of Business and Economics Sample


Resume Formats:

Chronological - The Chronological resume is used most frequently by new college graduates and people with a continuous employment history. Information about yourself is presented in reverse chronological order to give a detailed account of your education and experience. (Sample)

Functional - The Functional, or skills-based resume, is most often used by individuals whose education and experience do not match their career objective, or when there are noticeable gaps in work experience. In the Functional format, you highlight the skills you have developed. (Sample)

Combination - This format combines the Chronological and Functional formats, thereby combining relevant experience with skills developed that best match the job for which you are applying. (Sample)

Tips for Writing an Effective Resume:
  • Always remember that a resume essentially is a marketing tool, an advertisement. Its main goal is to secure interviews.
  • Consider using the following categories to help organize your information:
    • Objective
    • Related Skills or Qualifications
    • Education
    • Related Experience
    • Other Experience
    • Honors, Awards, Scholarships
    • Organizations and Activities
  • Bullet points- descriptions to help organize information and make it easier to read.
  • Action Verbs - use  to begin statements describing skills and responsibilities.
  • Be brief and to the point, placing the most important information to the employer first.
  • Font - use standard non-serif fonts such as Courier, Arial, of Times New Roman in a readable font size (no smaller than 10 point and no larger than 12 point).
  • Margins - have a good text/white-space balance, and centered on the page. Use 1/2 inch to 1 inch margins for top, bottom, right, and left.
  • Style - highlight important facts and headings by bolding, underlining, indenting, capitalizing and/or using bullet points to attract the reader's eye.
  • Length - be concise; a one-page resume is often adequate unless you have extensive experience that is applicable (exceptions are fields like Education, Human Services, and Higher Education).
  • Paper - use white or off-white resume paper only, unless you're in the arts/creative fields. Buy stationery and envelopes to match.
  • Reference Page - keep on a separate page
  • Proofread! Eliminate all errors.
  • Write out everything - don't use abbreviations.


Cover Letters 

Types of Cover Letters:

Application Letter: Use an application letter in order to get your resume read by a potential employer, as you apply to a specific job posting. Clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience match the qualifications of the position.

Cover Letter Format & Content (Sample)

Cover Letter (Sample)

Prospecting Letter: Use a prospecting letter when you are interested in working within a particular organization or company, but you haven't seen position openings that relate to your area. Make sure to address your letter to a specific person. Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization by describing how your qualifications and skills would contribute to their work environment.

Networking Letter: The networking letter is used to generate an informational interview with a specific person, usually based upon a referral.

Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter
  • Use a standard business format
  • In the first paragraph, state the position you are applying for, how you found out about it, and why you are interested in the position and the employer
  • In the second paragraph, write about your strongest qualifications for the position. Be specific and use examples. Make the connection between your skills, your background, and the position.
  • In the third paragraph, ask for an interview, give your contact information, and thank the reader for his or her time and consideration. If you plan to follow up with a phone call, clearly indicate when you will be in contact with the person.