When it comes to applying for jobs, your resume is key. It is the compilation of your professional life skills and experience on paper, and is used in many ways; from handing out in-person at a career fair to emailing a contact in your network, or to submitting into a mysterious online database, your resume is your life on paper and your ticket to an interview. That said, writing a resume is personal and may feel difficult and overwhelming.


Typically, an online submittal of a resume to a company may go through several rounds of screening before being seen by a person; often there are automated screens used for qualifications and keywords, so it is important to keep these in mind when creating your resume. Once a resume is viewed by an actual recruiter or employer, the person may spend no more than 30 seconds reviewing your resume to see if your resume seems like a good “fit” on paper when deciding to extend an offer to interview.
Resume & Cover Letter

Download our Resume Workbook and Standard Resume Template as a guide to getting started.This is why it is important to be strategic about the content and formatting of your resume. As you begin to build your professional experience and resume, it’s advisable to create your own “master” resume with all of your experiences and skills listed. As you begin applying for job and internship opportunities, create tailored versions of your resume to each job, in order to show how your specific qualifications match the requirements of the position.Sample resume templates can be downloaded below for each department in PDF format. To schedule your resume review, contact career@na.edu

Cover Letter

It is standard to submit a cover letter (“letter of interest”) with your resume. While the resume details your overall qualifications, the cover letter highlights particular skills and mentions reasons for your interest in the position or organization. This is a more personal way to discuss why you are the perfect candidate.

Take a look at our Cover Letter Template.