How to Find Sample Resumes and Cover Letters


Ferguson's Career Guidance Center includes many sample resumes and cover letters, which you can download as PDFs or Word documents.  The samples are accessible through browse or search.

See also How to Download a Sample Resume or Cover Letter

To browse for sample resumes and cover letters:

  1. On the hamburger menu, in the Prepare for Your Career section, select "Resume" or "Cover Letter." (These options are also available in the Prepare for Your Career card on the Homepage.)


  2. On the Resume or Cover Letter landing page, click the second tab ("Sample Resumes" or "Sample Cover Letters") to go to a gallery of samples.


  3. On the sample gallery pages, you can filter by industry, experience level, or type (for example, "Chronological" resumes or "Cold Call" cover letters).
  4. Click any of the sample images to open the sample page.
  5. On the sample page, you have the option to download the sample as a PDF or Word document.


To search for sample resumes and cover letters:

  1. In the search box, enter the type of sample you are searching for as a search term (for example, "resume" or "chronological resume"), or the industry you are interested in.
  2. On the Search Results page, select the "Sample Document" filter to filter down to just sample results. If you do not see "Sample Document" as a filter, then the search term you entered did not return any samples.
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