Job Help at the Library
Develop Your Resume
A resume is a concise document that allows companies to assess the talents, skills and experience of a potential candidate. By creating a resume that is both well planned and representative of your talents, you give yourself an advantage in your job search. The well written and designed resume can distinguish you from the others applying for the same position. Emphasis should be placed on proper spelling and style as well as substance.
Today’s hiring managers and Human Resource Departments see hundreds of resumes for a particular position. They also in some cases use sophisticated software which filters out resumes that do not contain particular references to keywords. Many times, using the right wording can be the difference between getting the interview and not.
To create a resume, the first step is to accumulate the information about your past employers and potential references as well as dates of employment, education and training. We have provided a printable resume worksheet (Adobe Reader required) to assist you in compiling this information.
There are several types of resumes. The type of resume you choose to use will depend on your information. If for example you are new to the workforce but have completed training in a particular field, you may choose to use a skills based resume. For more information on creating online resumes, styles and cover letters and resume examples, we have resume building classes as well as EMSI Resume Builder which allows you to create an online resume that can be emailed to potential employers. There are also books within the library’s collection on resume creation.