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Resume Writing Services, Formats, Templates and Self Help Resources

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether your seeking to greater income levels, trying to prepare for a career change or returning tot the work force, a strategically developed, well-crafted resume is the first step to accomplishing your goal.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive seleciton for resume, cover letter, and curriculum vitae writing tips, sample resumes, sample cover letters, thank you letters, references, job applications and more job search correspondence help and advice.

Resume Tips and Resources

  • Resume Critique Checklist
    Resume critique checklist addressing important resume elements including: first impression, appearance, layout, career direction, relevancy, and writing style.
  • Chronological Resume Template
    A chronological resume templated designed for job seekers with career experience and a logical job history.
  • Functional Resume Template
    The functional resume template for job seekers that may not have a logical work history or are trying to make a career change.
  • Resume Action Verbs and Power Word List
    Find a comprehensive list of common action verbs and “power words” that can give your resume power and direction.
  • Tips for Writing Winning Resumes
    This article provides a list of 15 tips that will help you write a winning resume.
  • Sample Resumes
    Find a comprehensive selection of chronological and functional resume samples designed to fit a variety of jobs and situations. Sample resumes include Communicating Strong Work Experience, Describing Confusing Job Titles, Career Change, and much more.

Resume Resources on the Web

  • How To Write A Masterpiece of A Resume
    from Rockport Institute Career Pathfinders. This resource includes some great tips and information all types and styles of resumes.
  • ResTrust
    ResTrust provides a unique resume certification for both job-seekers and employers. ResTrust helps job-seekers by enhancing their credibility by verifying elements of their resume. The company helps employers by verifying that the information that job applicants present on their resumes is accurate and true.
  • Audio Resume provides an interesting and unique service that enables job-seekers to record answers to interview questions that can then be heard by employers browsing profiles. This is a great way to sell yourself to potential employers by creating a great first impression.
  • Recruiters’ Top 10 Resume Pet Peeves
    This article, presented by Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center, offers some great advice on how to fix common resume errors identified by hiring managers and corporate recruiters.
  • Resume Samples offers a large selection of high quality resume samples and formats for job-seekers in a variety industries and situations. The site also provides some very useful resume-related articles that can help you design an effective resume.
  • Resume Writing Guide
    Very useful resume writing guide for students and individual just starting their career provided by UCS career development center.
  • Damn Good Resume Site
    Yana Parker is a master of the resume and author of Damn Good Resume Guide, Resume Catalog, Ready to Go Resumes and Blue Collar & Beyond. Her site is a great resource for job-seekers who are serious about putting together a stellar resume.
  • Cover Letters
    This web page developed by the career services center at Virginia tech provides some great guidelines for developing an effective coverletter. They address types over coverletters, styles, samples and format guidelines.
  • Resume Advice – The New York Times
    Provides a large selection of high quality articles addressing a number of issues pertaining to resumes. We reviewed many of the articles on this page an they offer some very useful advice for job-seekers who desire to improve the effectiveness of their resume.