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Resumes and Cover Letters

A resume and cover letter are marketing tools to impress a potential employer and secure an interview. There are hundreds of books on the market with good advice about writing effective resumes and cover letters, each with a different opinion on style and content. An impactful one-page resume summarizes the relevant education, experiences, and skills required to secure and excel in the role. A quality cover letter informs the reader ‘why they should hire you’ for the opportunity and describes what makes you uniquely qualified for the role.

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Curriculum Vitaes (CVs)

A curriculum vitae (CV) is a marketing tool to impress an employer in academia (teaching and research) or industry (research departments) and secure an interview. Your CV, typically 2-3 pages long, will highlight how your educational and professional experiences make you a strong candidate for the job, grant, or fellowship opportunity.   

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Resume Skills that Recruiters and Employers are Seeking

Applying for jobs and internships can be competitive, so how do you stand out from the sea of applications that recruiters review? Here is some insight into common skills that you can include on your resume to become a stronger …

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Revising Your Resume

Preparing a resume is something we all have to do when applying for jobs. Resumes need to be visually appealing, organized, and carefully structured. But when was the last time you updated your resume? Review the articles below for advice …

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A Beginners Guide to Creating an Online Portfolio

Whether you are an engineer, designer, filmmaker, or journalist, you most likely have many projects under your belt. In addition to listing them on your LinkedIn profile, it may be a good idea to consider launching a separate website listing …

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Online Resources

The USC Career Center offers multiple resources to help individuals explore their career opportunities. We have curated several of our favorite resources to help discover career paths, learn about internship positions, and find full-time jobs.


Discover resources available to help you with post-graduation planning and opportunities for Ph.D. students.

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Additional Resources & Tools

Employers may request a list of references, typically three to five, who can speak to how your education, work, and …

If you are considering positions in academia (teaching and research) or industry (research departments), you are generally asked to provide …

A cover letter is a one-page document you submit with your resume and application. The purpose of your cover letter …

The most acceptable and readily used resume format for college students is the one-page reverse chronological resume in which one’s …

View our guide on Effective Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters and LinkedIn profiles for examples of resumes from various industries, tips …

Recent graduates indicate they are changing jobs four times within five years of graduation. It is crucial to articulate the …

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