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Resumes and Cover Letters

Graduate Career Services

Resumes and Cover Letters

VMOCKVMOCK, Marshall’s virtual resume assistant, allows current Marshall graduate students to receive customized suggestions for their resume based on criteria gathered from employers and USC Marshall Resume Guidelines. This tool will analyze the format and content of your resume and provide feedback to help you refine your first draft. It’s ideal for use prior to an appointment with your career advisor.   VMock will:

  • Give you line-by-line suggestions to improve your resume content.
  • Tell you how well you have marketed your communication skills, leadership experiences and impact on your resume.
  • Score your resume based on employer criteria and Graduate Career Services resume standards.
  • Current students will logon to VMock from their MyMarshall account or through the MCSO website 
    1. Register online with Marshall VMock. (Only the Marshall VMock site will display the USC Marshall name.) Download the resume template for your graduate program; resume templates are also available in the MCSO Document Library.
    2. Upload your current resume in PDF format.
    3. VMock will scan your resume; click the button to view detailed feedback. 
    4. Return to the student dashboard and click the SMART Editor to convert your resume automatically to the required resume template. 
    5. The SMART Editor provides prompts to improve your resume, simply follow the Smart Assistant and edit your resume line by line in the Editor.
    6. To save your resume, complete all the prompts and click the Rescore button. Return to the SMART Editor to download your resume in Word format.

Cover Letter Guidelines

A well-crafted cover letter can get your foot in the door, and help your résumé get noticed. Our Graduate Career Services Cover and Thank-You Letter Guides provides recommendations on how to write an effective cover letter that expresses your interest in the company; your passion for the job function, industry, product or services; and highlights your skills and experiences most relevant for the position.

Graduate Career Services Policies and Guidelines

The Graduate Career Services Center seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of the Marshall School of Business School and University of Southern California with our corporate partners and the community at large and ask our students to abide by recruiting policies and guidelines for professional conduct and Anti-Discrimination Policy.