Resumes are one of the most important marketing tools used during your job search. An effective resume will increase your chances of getting an interview. Use resumes as part of your ad campaign to market your skills, education, and experience to employers.
Employers may use resumes to:
- Screen out applicants and determine who gets an interview
- Identify your skills, education and experience
- Evaluate your written communication skills
- Use as an agenda during the interview
Employers appreciate applicants who take the time and effort to present a well written resume. Make sure your resume is easy to read, concise, accurate, and positive. Tailor your resume to fit the job description. Include the same key words, skills, and qualities that are used in the job description to make it easier for employers to see that you are qualified.
Resume Basics in a Nutshell
Resumes: 14 More Tips
Keywords: Key to Better Resumes
The Well Rounded Resume
Resumes, Cover Letters, and References (Examples and Resources)
College Central Network and Career Coach provide WCC students and alumni with free user -friendly Resume Builder software, resources, and examples. Or search the Internet to look up free resume examples based on your specific career goals. Example: Automotive Technician Resumes or Medical Assistant Resumes.
Technical Resume Template, Entry-Level Human Services Resume
Cover letters give job seekers the opportunity to include more information about themselves to the employers and can help the job seeker stand out from the rest of the competition if well written. Search the Internet for career specific cover letters. Example: Sales Associate Cover Letter.
Why a Cover Letter? Cover Letters Instructions and Example
Employers appreciate candidates who enclose a list of references along with their resume. Include references on a separate page with the same heading/contact info as on your resume and cover letter. Include at least three references. Be sure to ask permission before you list a reference. Current or former supervisors and instructors make better references than classmates or co-workers. See below for an example of references.
References: What's in a Name?
Contact Career Services at 336-838-6545 if you need further assistance writing a resume, cover letter or references.