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Career Resource Center

Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
The Career Resource Center Counselors will be happy to critique your resume and cover letter. During the academic year, drop-in counseling hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 1:30-4:30 p.m and Friday 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in and office hours may change each semester, so please check with the CRC for current hours. You may also call (845) 257-3265 for an appointment. We can also e-mail careers@newpaltz.edu and we will email back our suggestions/comments. 

Writing a Resume

Creating Your Resume

A resume is a marketing tool that highlights the aspects of your background you wish to draw to an employer’s attention.  It is a connection between YOU & your intended AUDIENCE. 

For information regarding resume format and content, view our How to Write a Resume video, use our Resume Writing Guide and review examples by content area here.


References or statements such as "References on request" are no longer included on the resume (it is presumed by employers that you have references). Instead, prepare a REFERENCE LIST, in a separate document, that includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your references. This list should have the same paper, font and header as your resume.

Writing a Cover Letter

Cover letters are marketing tools used to create interest in you as a candidate for jobs and/or internships and are an important part of the application process. Each cover letter you write must be unique. The goal is to motivate the recipient to review your resume and ultimately invite you for an interview. A good letter will clearly demonstrate how you fit with the particular organization and position you are applying to.

Steps to Writing a Strong Cover Letter

  • Learn about the organization
  • Consider skills you have relevant to the employer’s needs
  • Write a draft that clearly spells out how and why you should be considered for the position

For information on what to include in your cover letter, formatting guidelines and to see an example use our Cover Letter Writing Guide