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Art History Department


Planning Your Future

Resumes/Cover Letters

First, please consult Skidmore’s Career Services website, where you can find many excellent and helpful links which stress the importance of things like correct spelling of the potential employer’s name; correct contact information; clear writing style; no typos, etc.

Because you are an art history major, prospective employers will assume you possess a higher degree of visual literacy and sensitivity than other candidates. Therefore, your résumé and job letter need to look especially good. Please do not use “fancy” (colored, printed with clouds, etc.) paper, but do use paper of a decent stock. Use the same paper, font (not an idiosyncratic one), and point size in both résumé and letter – you’re seeking visual consistency. Keep your margins fairly large, avoid dense blocks of texts, and use bullets to identify your key points.



There are a number of issues you may want to address in your letter:

Please remember – only list information that seems relevant to the job you’re seeking, and be sure to be accurate.