Application Materials

As you begin preparing application materials for the next step in your professional or educational career, Student Affairs is available to guide you through each step of the process. Learn how to translate your skills and experiences into your application materials and highlight your candidacy for your dream company. Make an appointment for individual assistance or review a writing guide below.


A resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position in industry, non-profit, and public sectors. This handout provides an overview of the types of resumes, details the format of a chronological resume, and an example of a public health resume. Also, view this list of action verbs to give your resume a little excitement!

Cover Letter

This handout provides an overview of the format of a cover letter, a sample cover letter design, and an example of a cover letter.

Writing a CV

A CV presents a full history of your academic credentials and are typically used when applying to graduate school, fellowships, grants, postdoctoral positions, and teaching/research positions in postsecondary institutions or high-level research positions in industry. This handout outlines information to include in a CV along with tips on how to organize, format, and convey your skills and experiences.

References and Recommendations

This handout differentiates between references and letters of recommendation, and reviews professional etiquette when requesting either.

Steinbright Resources

For additional help, view SCDC’s resources on writing résumés, cover letters, CVs, and thank-you letters.