Resumes and Cover Letters

A polished résumé, cover letter, reference list, and thank you are vital when seeking internships and full-time positions. To assist you in their creation, we have provided a series of templates to be used as a starting point.  You will also find additional resources that you can use to perfect your image.

Resumes

A resume is as individual as the person creating it. The purpose of the resume is to pique the interest of the employer to call you in for an interview.

To help you get started on creating a resume that makes you stand out from the competition, access our Quick Guide to Perfecting Your Resume. This guide will answer any questions you may have regarding content and appearance.

Three General Rules to follow when creating a strong resume

Your resume should be:

  • Aesthetically pleasing:
    • Easy to read
    • Logical in layout
  • Accomplishment-focused:
    • Highlight your accomplishments and skills, not just your job duties
    • Use action verbs  to describe your skills and accomplishments
  • Relevant:
    • Do not include every job you have ever had
    • Include only jobs/ experiences that are relevant to the particular position you are applying to

Resume Samples of CEHS Students (Use these only as a guide.  It is always best to create your own resume):

Teacher Education Samples:
Resume sample for students entering the Teacher Education Program
Resume sample for graduates of the Teacher Education Program

After you have completed your resume, see how it rates against our rubric!

Resume Dropbox:  All students in the College of Education and Human Services are eligible to use our Resume Dropbox service.  Send your resume and/or cover letter to cehsresumes@mail.montclair.edu in order to have it critiqued by a career advisor.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is a short business letter that always accompanies a resume.  Typically, cover letters are 3-4 paragraphs long, each paragraph addressing a specific topic. 

Reference List

Never list references on your resume.  Have a separate sheet of references that you can provide at the request of the employer.

Thank You Letter

Thank you letters are written after attending a job interview.  This letter should be sent out generally within 48 hours after meeting with the employer. Emailing a thank you letter is appropriate if you have been contacted via email throughout the interview process; however, a handwritten thank you is always appropriate.
Thank You Letter Template
Thank You Email Template