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Resumes & Cover Letters

You've probably read or heard a lot of conflicting and confusing information about career documents. That's because there are many different ways to format and write them effectively. Since we're honest people, we aren't going to tell you One True Way of resume writing because there is no such thing. We repeat: there is no such thing.

There are, however, some basic rules of design and language that you can rely on when making your career documents, and those basics are applicable to all well-designed resumes. Therefore, we aim to:

  • Help you avoid common mistakes.
  • Give you some guidelines to work with.
  • Provide you with a simple document format that you can adapt for your own use.

Resume Help

Need in-person assistance with your Resume? You have many options available to you:

Make an appointment

Login to Handshake to make an appointment or call us at (509) 359-6365. Bring a printed copy of your most recent resume to the appointment so our Career Advisors have somewhere to start. Don't have a resume? See our resume templates below to get started.

Participate in Resume Workshops and Events

We have several resume workshops and events every quarter. Visit our event page for an updated list.

Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Getting Started

Resumes & Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume is an advertisement of your skills, education, and experience tailored for a specific role and organization.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is meant to emphasize how you are the best candidate for the position and show your enthusiasm for the role and organization. A cover letter can set you apart from other applicants, so it's best to include one with every resume and CV.


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