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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2534
Moscow, ID 83844-2534

Phone: (208) 885-6121

Fax: (208) 885-2816

Email: careerservices@uidaho.edu

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Resumes, Cover Letters & CVs

Career Services offers assistance in every aspect of writing, formatting and proofreading resumes, cover letters and curriculum vitae including.

Please email at careerservices@uidaho.edu or visit the Idaho Commons Room 334 to meet with a Career Advisor.

Resumes

  • Overall design should be neat, balanced, consistent, easy to read and logically organized. 
  • Typically, resumes are one page, but can be as long as two.
  • Information categories should be listed in order of importance according based on the position.
  • Specific experience under each category should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  • Details under each specific experience should be listed starting with the most significant or relevant first.
  • Focus on describing accomplishments or skills developed, rather than listing duties. Almost anyone can perform a duty, but not everyone accomplishes something or learns from an experience.
  • Use active verbs to begin details under each specific experience. Use key words from the job description. Download a list of action verbs ».
  • Employers tend to prefer bulleted, concise, relevant and accurate details under experience. Short lines of text make it easier to pick out details.
  • Avoid the use of personal pronouns.
  • Margins should be consistent all the way around. One inch to approximately .5 inch margins are recommended.
  • Use size 10-12 font with larger headings. Be conservative in font style. We suggest Arial, Times New Roman or Tahoma. 
  • Use graphics, bold, italics and underlined text judiciously. Don't let styling distract from content.
  • Proofread multiple times. Career Services can help. Please email careerservices@uidaho.edu for assistance.
  • Use resume paper when printing. If sending electronically, save as a PDF to retain formatting.

  • Name, mailing address, phone number, email address, links to portfolios and/or Linkedin
  • Education and training
  • Work, internship, volunteerism and other significant experiences
  • Skills such as technology, equipment and foreign languages
  • Licenses, accreditations and/or certifications
  • Honors, awards and achievements
  • Service activities, leadership, clubs and organizations

  • Personal data such as height, weight, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, date of birth or a photograph
  • Social Security number
  • Reasons for leaving a job
  • Salary
  • Early childhood experiences
  • Weaknesses, demands or exaggerations
  • Long paragraphs — use short statements or bulleted lists
  • Hobbies unless pertinent to position
  • References are typically listed on a separate document and given only when requested

Cover Letters

  • Cover letters are typically one page and briefly elaborate qualifications for the job. It's an opportunity to add context and detail to resume information.
  • A letter of qualification is similar to a cover letter, but addresses each item of qualification in the job description. It is often longer than one page. Download example »

  • Target concisely to the desired position.
  • Connect skills to the company's needs and wants. Show, don't just tell, how what you offer matches what they seek.
  • Support each skill or qualification with specific examples of education or experience.
  • Use the language of your field and key words from the job description. However, make sure the letter is understandable to any reader and not just those from your field.
  • Avoid informal language, such as slang, contractions and acronyms.
  • Be confident, but do not exaggerate.
  • Proofread multiple times. Career Services can help. Please email us at careerservices@uidaho.edu for assistance.
  • Use standard business letter format.
  • Use the same font and paper as your resume.
  • If printed, sign it in ink. If sending electronically, type your name and save as a PDF.

CVs

  • CVs are similar to a resume, but more detailed and not limited in length.
  • CVs are commonly used in higher education and focus on academic pursuits. They are also used in applying for research positions in industry and as documentation in grant proposals.
  • Internationally, the terms “resume” and “curriculum vitae” may be used interchangeably. Check with the organization to determine what is needed.
  • Resumes/CVs for positions with organizations outside the U.S often have different requirements. Email us at careerservices@uidaho.edu for more information.

  • Like a resume, order categories of information from most to least important, and list items chronologically.
  • Be accurate and concise. Edit for grammar and spelling. Career Advisors can help review your CV.
  • Use conservative fonts and approximately 0.7-1 inch margins all around. Format neatly and organize logically.
  • Focus on accomplishments rather than simple duties. Numbers and percentages add a sense of tangible proof — use whenever appropriate.
  • Use the language of the field, but avoid overuse of jargon, acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Cite publications accurately and in the style of your field. Humanities tend to call for MLA or Chicago style. Use APA style for business, psychology and most sciences.

Like a resume, order CV categories by importance to the field. Categories listed first tend to get noticed more.

Possible Categories

  • Name, email, phone number, mailing address, links to portfolio and/or LinkedIn
  • Education and training
  • Work experiences, internships, assistantships
  • Research experiences
  • Teaching experiences
  • Administrative experience
  • Areas of knowledge or interest
  • Projects, works and performances
  • Certificates, licenses and credentials
  • Advising/mentoring
  • Publications (authored or contributed to) including: articles, books, dissertation, thesis, other scholarly works
  • Conferences, workshops, and programs attended and/or presented
  • Skills such as: languages, technical, computer
  • Leadership
  • Fellowships, grants, or other funding
  • Service activities (community, college, profession)
  • Academic awards and accomplishments
  • Affiliations or memberships
  • International experiences
  • Other awards and honors (outside of academia)

Contact Us

Idaho Commons Room 334

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2534
Moscow, ID 83844-2534

Phone: (208) 885-6121

Fax: (208) 885-2816

Email: careerservices@uidaho.edu

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