Resumes, Cover Letters, and Personal Statements

Once you have identified opportunities you’re interested in pursuing, develop your resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profile, and personal statements (as relevant) as you’re likely to need them for your applications. Here are some tips and resources to help you get started:

Resumes, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn

The Basics

Create a Draft

  • Use our page on how to write a resume and cover letter for tips and samples.
  • Try out the resume builder in the “Resources” tab of connectSC.
  • Get more resume samples and tips through CareerBeam’s “Getting the Job” section. Access CareerBeam through the “Resources” tab in connectSC.
  • For more guides, refer to the resume and cover letter books from the Career Center Library located in our office.

Get it Reviewed

  • Come to drop-in advising hours with a hard copy of your resume or cover letter to get it reviewed by a Career Center staff member.
  • Get different opinions! Have a professor, mentor, or family member look at your resume/ cover letter too!

Personal Statements

The Basics

Graduate school applicants

Here is an overview on personal statement writing.

Pre-Health Students
Here is a handout on personal statements for health professional schools. The Pre-Health Advising Office also holds personal statement workshops.

Pre-Law Students

Check out the USC Pre-Law blog’s post on personal statements and USC Pre-Law Advising’s events page for upcoming personal statement workshops.

Visit The Writing Center for assistance on developing your writing skills. They offer individual appointments and workshops.

Create a Draft

  • The Writing Center has handouts on brainstorming and drafting your personal statement.
  • Read graduate and professional school guides, including personal statement writing, from the Career Center Library.

Get it Reviewed

Schedule an appointment with an advisor to get your personal statement reviewed! For more information, click on the appropriate link below: