Written credentials -- a cover letter and either a CV or resume -- are often your first opportunity to interact with employers. The resources on this page will help you prepare documents to make your best first impression.
The following links provide additional information on how to compose a professional cover letter:
Versatile PhD has example resumes, cover letters, and other written credentials for a wide variety of careers in the public and private sectors, non-profit, and higher education administration. Follow the link to the PhD Career Finder.
Instructions for accessing Versatile PhD for the first time:
Example CVs for industry positions:
Example CVs for faculty positions:
Resources for Academic Cover Letters:
The MSU Career Services Network website also contains excellent guidelines for writing resumes and cover letters, and publishes Career Passport, which contains tips for writing resumes and cover letters and examples of well-formatted documents. Even though these resources are geared towards undergraduate students, the general advice is applicable to doctoral students as well. The same can be said for examples of resumes and cover letters on other websites: advice designed for Bachelors degree holders can often be translated to PhDs. Useful general resources include:
Several books on the job search for graduate students include information on how to write effective resumes, CVs, and cover letters. Some general resources with this information include:
Review this handout "Resumes for PhDs" [PDF] before booking an appointment.
Click here to set up an appointment with PhD Career Services.
If you would like your English language usage checked on your resume, cover letter, or other written materials, please make an appointment at the Writing Center in 300 Bessey Hall, which has a consultant designated for graduate students.