Resumes & Other Materials

Professional Individual

Developing your personal brand

Whether you are just starting out at CSU or getting ready to graduate, thinking about what you would like future employers to know about you is important. Your resume, cover letter, curriculum vitae and thoughtful engagement of references all require a good deal of thought, self-awareness and understanding of the audience you are wanting to connect with.


The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview.  On average, a recruiter only looks a resume for about 6 seconds so you need to make sure your resume is communicating who you are effectively.  Use the resume resources below to draft a resume that stands out for all the "right" reasons. 

Cover Letters

Cover letters are a great way for you to share how your past experience directly relates to the job posting for which you are applying.  Your cover letter offers you the opportunity to expand on your past experience as it directly relates to the position of interest.  

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a more comprehensive and detailed version of a resume traditionally used when applying for faculty/administration positions in academia. However, there are other uses for a CV such as: tenure reviews, grant applications, public speaking engagements, fellowship opportunities, publishing, etc.

Follow-Up Communication

If you are ready to follow-up, congrats - that means you are doing a great job making connections and getting your name out there.  Following-up with an employer is just as important as meeting the employer in the first place.  Getting the timing right, making sure you are using the right method and message are all vital to mastering the art of follow-up.