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Perhaps the first, and most basic of all types of professional writing, is the resume and cover letter. Your first writing task for this class will involve developing (or up-dating an existing) resume and creating a cover letter to accompany your letter.

Resume vs. vitae (curriculum vitae)

Let's distinguish, first, between a resume and a vitae. A resume is a short listing of recent accomplishments, employment, and education relevant to a particular job or occupation, usually one or two pages in length. By contrast, a vitae is a more complete record of one's professional activities. Vitae are particularly common in the field of education where it is important to document one's teaching and publishing activities; a vitae will include, for instance, a bibliography of papers a professor has published or presented at professional conferences.

Where the vitae documents a life-time of accomplishments, the resume intends to

  • Assist prospective employers in sorting potential candidates.
  • Provide the candidate with an opportunity to present him/herself quickly.
  • Help the candidate secure an interview.
  • Accompany forms required by prospective employer.

Sample Curriculum Vitae

David Addison
HCR 1, Box 26-A
Paupack, PA 18451
(570) 226-5352

curriculum vitaeEDUCATION:

Keystone College, La Plume, Pennsylvania

Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

Anticipated Graduation - May 2007
GPA 3.85/4.00

A.S. Criminal Justice - May 2005
GPA 3.75/4.00

RELEVANT COURSEWORK: (do not list courses on resume if applying for a full-time position after graduation-only list courses if you are seeking an internship or co-op)

  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
  • Criminal Profiling


  • Keystone College Trustee Scholarship
  • Who's Who Among College Students
  • Dean's List


Keystone College, Student Activities, La Plume, PA

Office Assistant, 8/05 to Present

  • Interact with students, faculty and staff to ensure successful event planning and implementation
  • Schedule events
  • Assist with set-up and clean up for events and activities

Keystone College, Center for Service Learning, La Plume, PA                               

Office Assistant, 9/04 to 5/05

  • Assisted with the coordination and implementation of community service projects
  • Organized and maintained office documentation and records


  • Campus Activities Executive Board Secretary and Treasurer
  • Inter-hall Council Executive Board Treasurer
  • Criminal Justice Club President


Available Upon Request




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