Cornell University

Office of Career Services

201 Ives Hall, 607-255-7816

Résumés and Cover Letters

A successful search process involves effective professional correspondences.


Your résumé should be an effective marketing tool that will help you reach your goal of obtaining a job offer. It should catch the employer's attention so that you get an interview, which is where you'll have a chance to convince the employer of your effectiveness and ability to do a specific job.

Cover Letters

Cover letters introduce you to prospective employers and motivate them to read your resume and learn more about your background and qualifications. These include letters of application, when you know of an opening and are writing to apply for it, and letters of inquiry, when you don't know if an opening exists but you want to explore employment possibilities with an organization.