Resumes and Cover Letters

Career Services is here to help you craft the best resume and cover letter possible to convey your skills, experience and education. After reviewing our tutorials, you'll be prepared to refine your resume and cover letter to make the best possible first impression.


Does your resume effectively communicate your skills and experience? Career Services developed the resume tutorial to walk you through each step of crafting a resume that will help you stand out as a candidate.

After you have completed the first draft of your resume, you can have it reviewed by one of the career services professionals by requesting to talk to a career counselor.

Introducing OptimalResume 2.0

Optimal Resume 2.0

In partnership with Optimal, UMUC is pleased to bring you a new OptimalResume 2.0—a career management platform to help you create, present, manage and share your professional credentials. This exciting new tool is available to all UMUC students and alumni.


  • Create high-impact, interactive career materials based on your professional goals
  • Present your materials online with the easy-to-use Web site builder
  • Download and print your materials in a variety of formats
  • Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location
  • Share credentials with your network via your own professional Web site and across social networking sites

To access OptimalResume 2.0, simply log into your CareerQuest account and select the OptimalResume icon on the home page. If you have any questions, please contact Career Services at

Cover Letters

The cover letter is a vital component in your job application. It serves as an opportunity for you to highlight the skills from your resume that match the skills the job requires. Review Career Service's cover letter tutorial to learn how to market yourself in the cover letter pitch.

After you have completed the first draft of your cover letter, you can have it reviewed by one of the career services professionals by requesting to talk to a career counselor.

More Resources

These articles from external career Web sites offer more advice on resumes and cover letters.

1 Source: Based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers report The Job Outlook for the Class of 2014.

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Resume Tip

Highlight the skills employers want:

  • Written communication skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a team 1