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Resume Writing Tips and Helpful Resources

Preparing a effective resume is easier said than done. There is so much you need to keep in mind. Like, what type of format should you use? What should your resume include? What shouldn’t your resume include? To create an award winning resume you must also need to know how to review, summarize, and present your professional and educational achievements in the best light possible on just one page. The truth is, unless you have considerable experience, writing a resume that gets results can a be a difficult task.

Below, our editorial team has compiled a list of websites, online resources, and guides that offer proven resume writing tips and techniques.

Resume Writing Resource Websites and Guides
  • RockportInstitute.com | How To Write A Masterpiece of a Resume – offers a guide to writing a resume equal to one prepared by a professional resume writing company. The guide offers example resumes, format choices, tips on writing the objective, the summary and other important sections of an award-winning resume.
  • Jobstar.org – can help you answer important resume writing questions such as What is a resume?, What resume style is right for your? (i.e. chronological vs. functional, electronic resume, curriculum vitae, etc.), Do I need a cover letter? And many, many more.
  • 15 Tips for Writing Winning Resumes – a short article that outlines 15 Tips for writing resumes that get results – provided by Questcareers.com.
  • Careerjournal.com – offers a compendium of articles that provide useful advice and insights for writing resumes and coverletters. This is a useful resource for novice and experienced resume writers.
  • Tips on Resume Writing, Interview Skills, and Job Hunting Techniques – a very useful resources for job seekers provided by the faculty and Montana State University.
  • 10 Resume Mistakes – provided by Quintcareers.com – provides a detailed list and discussion of the 10 most common mistakes that cause resume to be less effective than they could be.
  • Resume and Interview Tips – provided by Mississippi State University. A collection of helpful articles relating to resumes and job interviewing.
  • Resume Tutor – An online resume writing workbook from the Career Enrichment and Placement Center at the University of Minnesota.
  • The Basics of A Dynamic Cover Letter – an excerpt from the third edition of the popular cover letter book, this article explains the three kinds of cover letters.
  • Cover Letter Checklist – as you are preparing or editing your job-search cover letter, be sure to go through this useful checklist.
  • 20 Cover Letter Blunders to Avoid – a list of errors to avoid in writing cover letters.
  • Tips for Writing An Electronic Resume – 19 tips for creating an effective electronic resume written by Mary Lebeau, an employment counselor with New Jersey’s Department of Labor.
  • Internet Friendly Resumes – in a recent survey of executives, nearly half of respondents said their firm’s preferred way to receive resumes is via e-mail. This site offers a few useful guidelines for creating “emailable” resumes.
  • Electronic Resume Tips – 12 tips to creating scanner-friendly electronic resumes.
  • Should You Consider a Functional Resume? – If you’re creating your resume for the first time or planning on updating your old resume, you consider a functional resume. This article address the uses, benefits, and downfalls of functional resumes.