Sample Resumes and Letters for Students

Resume, Cover Letter and Reference Letter Student and Graduate Samples

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Are you a student looking for a job or internship? Writing a resume and cover letter can be a challenge when you don't have much practice - or work experience to include. Before you start, it can be helpful to review examples to get ideas for your resumes and cover letters.

The following sample resumes, cover letters, and reference letters are especially for high school students, college students, and graduates seeking employment or internships.

What to Include on Your Resume

As you review them, you’ll see that there are creative ways to compensate for a lack of substantial work experience. Resumes for students and / or new graduates can be quite effective if they showcase one’s education, volunteer work, and both academic and personal achievements.

It is also important to emphasize soft skills in lieu of work experience. Everyone has individual, innate talents and personality traits that can help become valued employees. Soft traits include characteristics like work ethic, a can-do attitude, personal and social networking, oral and written communications talents, creative thinking, positivity, teamwork, good decision making skills, motivational talents, flexibility, time management, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills.

Finally, if you are a recent college graduate, your resume should be crafted to describe your major field of study and it should be presented in the format that’s expected by employers in your industry – resumes for jobs in the sciences (lab technicians, bench scientists, research assistants) will be formatted differently, for example, than those designed for communications jobs (editors, social media specialists, marketing specialists).

A well-written resume will help you to stand out from the competition and spark an employer’s interest. It should be clear, concise, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. 

The links below will give you strategies for creating a resume and cover letter targeted for your own specific field of expertise.

The links below also provide useful writing, formatting, and job search tips.

Sample Student and Recent Graduate Resumes and Letters

College Resume Samples
Review sample resumes and resume templates for college students and graduates applying for internships, summer jobs, and full-time positions to get ideas for your own resume.

High School Resume Samples
Review these high school resume examples to get ideas for your own resume, then use a resume template to create your own resume.

More Sample High School and College Resumes
Sample resumes and resume templates for high school students, college students, and graduates seeking entry-level employment.

Entry Level Cover Letter Samples
Review sample cover letters for entry-level candidates for employment to get ideas for your own cover letters.

Student and Recent Graduate Cover Letter Samples
Sample cover letters and cover letter templates especially for high school students, college students, and graduates seeking entry-level employment.

Sample Student Reference Letters
Sample reference letters especially for high school students, college students, and graduates including character references, references from teachers, and graduate school references.

Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference Resources for Students

Writing Your First Resume
Student resume writing tips and suggestions on how to write a resume for the first time.

How to Write a Resume
Here's how to write a resume that will get noticed and help you get invited for an interview.

Resume Writing Tips
Tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.

How to Write a Cover Letter
Writing cover letters for resumes, including what to include in your cover letter, how to write a cover letter, cover letter format, targeted cover letters, and cover letter samples and examples.

Cover Letter Tips
Cover letter tips and techniques for writing top notch cover letters to send with your resume, including cover letter format and presentation, choosing a type of cover letter, writing custom cover letters, and cover letter examples and templates.

References
Information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, and how to use references. There is also information on what reference checkers can ask about you and what previous employers can disclose.

Job Search Tips 
Step-by-step guide to a successful job search. Review all the information you need to line up a job or internship.