Resume & Cover Letter

Your resume is one of the most important tools you will use to market yourself to potential employers. It is important to have a strong, effective resume since your resume may be the first (and only) impression an employer gets of you. The following resources will help you get started creating a resume that will increase your chances of grabbing an employer’s attention.   

Start Here:

  1. The Resume Development Chapter in the CBCC Career Guide (starting on page 41) includes:
    • Guidelines for formatting and content
    • Communicating your skills
    • Crafting high-impact, results-oriented bullets
    • A list of key words and phrases
    • Sample resumes
  2. Creating Your Resume Webinar (UMN login required).
    We strongly recommend that all students view this webinar before working on your resume.
    Complete this worksheet as part of the process and use one of the Carlson-formatted resume templates below.

Carlson Resume Templates

We recommend that all Carlson students put their resume into the Carlson format, which is a one-page “reverse chronological” resume format that is considered the standard across graduate business programs. 

Select the template that is best for you from the list below. Download a copy from the template. We recommend using Word to edit.

Note: If you plan to participate in recruiting through the Career Center, you’ll be required to use your program’s template.

Resumes for Executive MBAs and Experienced Professionals (8+ years of experience)

For more seasoned business professionals, you might consider a 2-page executive resume format.  The following resources are intended for CEMBA students, as well as MS SCM and Part-Time Students with 10+ years of work experience.  

Executive Resume Best Practices – a video on preparing a standard 2-page resume for executive resume for more seasoned business professionals.
Mastering the Executive Resume – Workshop on preparing a standard 2-page executive resume for more seasoned business professionals.
Executive Resume Template 


VMock is a tool the CBCC provides for current students and alumni to have their resume reviewed virtually. It provides customized feedback on formatting, grammar, and impact. We encourage students to use this before meeting with a coach for a resume review appointment. Check out our VMock user guide for instructions and FAQs.


Resume & Cover Letter Resources

Contact & Location


Hanson Hall 2-100
1925 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm