Write a Resume & Cover Letter

Crafting an organized, actionable and focused resume and cover letter is crucial for getting a job or internship.

Resumes

The average employer only spends 15-20 seconds reviewing each resume, so you need to ensure that yours is targeted, error-free and easy to skim.

First you will need to decide which type of resume is appropriate to represent your experience. Before you start writing your chronological or functional resume, determine which sections of information you are going to need to include.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is the primary way to provide an introduction to a potential contact or employer. Your cover letter should:

  • Communicate your accomplishments, skills and experience.
  • Convey your writing style and thought processes.
  • Capture the attention of your reader and compel them to continue reading.

How We Can Help

  • Download our Resume & Cover Letter Info & Tips - these and other helpful guides written by our Career Coaches can be found in the Resources Library in your Handshake profile
  • Meet with a Career Ambassador or Career Coach during drop-in hours to review your resume, cover letter or application for a part-time job, internship or campus leadership position.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake.  Appointments are available in person, online and by Skype.
  • Attend our resume and cover letter workshops to learn how to create a professional resume with polish, professionalism and proper punctuation. These sessions discuss appropriate content and formats and also include a review of the basic structure of cover letters and how to customize your resume and cover letters for each job application.

VMock: Smart Resume Platform

VMock is a 24-7 online resume review tool that leverages technologies like data-science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your resume.  The feedback is based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices - from anywhere, at any time of the day. VMock is designed to work with resumes from many different fields across various industries.  

VMock will:

  • Provide you with resume guidelines based on your school template to ensure that you do not miss the fine details and establish a great first impression.
  • Give you an aggregated resume score to assess the strength of your resume benchmarked against your GW peers.
  • Tell you how well you have marketed your communication skills, leadership experience, and impact on your resume.
  • Give you line-by-line suggestions to improve your resume content.

To access VMock, visit: http://vmock.com/gwu. Make sure you are using your netid @gwu.edu to register.  If you use your [email protected] the system will not allow you to register. For FAQs and more information on getting started with VMock, check out the article in Handshake.

Please note that we are currently piloting this system; therefore, VMock is only available to undergraduate students.  We hope to have availability to graduate students in the near future.