A resume is a necessity today for any individual seeking employment. It is a valuable investment; therefore, you must be willing to spend time to develop a resume that will be a key selling tool for you. Because there is not one "perfect" format for everyone, numerous styles and formats exist. You should select the style and format that best fits your qualifications and experience. Below you will find samples to follow in developing your own resume and job-search correspondence.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a specialized resume. Use this format when you apply for graduate school, particularly in the STEM fields, and for medical school. Also use it when you apply for post-secondary jobs in the United States in higher education, the sciences, research, and medicine, or if you are applying for jobs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. If applying for fellowships or grants you also want to use a CV.
The general rule that the resume be kept to one page does not apply to the CV. Like federal resumes, the CV may be several pages long.
Cover letters allow you to introduce yourself to an employer and make a positive first impression. While a cover letter is not always required to apply for a position, it is highly recommended to always include a cover letter with your application materials. This is especially true if applying for a full time job or internship.