Resumes and More

Standard Chronological Resume Template

View the resume template to make sure that your resume contains essential information.

Career Development Guide

Western Michigan University's Career Development Guide will help you:

  • Effectively communicate your skills to employers in resumes, cover letters, and during interviews.
  • Write cover letters, thank you letters, and reference lists.
  • Interview and negotiate.
  • Write a curriculum vitae.
  • Prepare for career fairs and other interactions with employers.

Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Rubrics

Use the rubrics to ensure that your job application materials are professional and contain all necessary information.

Interviewing Resources - Employer On Duty

Hone your interviewing skills by participating in the Employer On Duty program. Employer On Duty is a great opportunity for students to develop professional skills with seasoned recruiters through practice interview sessions and resume critiques. It is also a good chance to network with recruiters and learn more about a wide variety of industries. Click here to learn more and to sign up.

Current students and recent graduates: Make sure to have your documents looked at by a member of our staff. Click here for drop-in and by-appointment advising information.

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Optimal Resume

NOTICE: Optimal Resume will be available through December 30, 2014. Please download all documents and save them to a different location before that time.

Optimal Resume includes:

Resume Builder

  • Create resumes section-by-section or by editing online resume samples.
  • Target your resume for specific job openings by using the integrated O’Net database.
  • Save time on formatting your documents.
  • Share your resume online or download it as MS Word, RTF, PDF, TXT, or HTML.

Cover Letter Builder

  • Create targeted cover letters by editing cover letter samples or creating letters section by section.


  • Practice interviewing with more than 1,000 frequent interview questions.
  • Receive coaching for high-pressure interview questions.
  • Record your interviews to review your responses.
  • Share your practice interviews and get feedback from family, friends, and colleagues.