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Resume Information

A resume is a snapshot of your work experience, skills, and education. Think of a resume as a print advertisement, your own personal marketing tool. A well-written resume will make a good impression on a potential employer. There are two basic forms of resumes – chronological and functional. Decide which is best for you based on the descriptions below:

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Chronological Resumes list work experience beginning with the most recent position held. When to use this type of resume:

  • You have demonstrated experience in the field for which your applying.
  • Your strongest work experience is reflected in your most recent job.

Functional Resumes are organized by specific skills, experience, and accomplishments. When to use this type of resume:

  • You are re-entering the workforce after a long absence.
  • You have gaps in your work history.
  • Your work history is not related to the job you want.
  • You are just entering the job market.

Resume Tips:

  • Must be type-written.
  • Use bulleted lists to emphasize strengths.
  • Describe skills with action words.
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Consult with a Workforce Development Specialist.
  • Emphasize your accomplishments.
  • Do not forget to include your volunteer experience.
  • Focus on skills you enjoy using.

Sample Resumes


Cover Letters

Cover Letters accompany your resume and are designed to capture the employer’s attention by highlighting the specific skills that employer is seeking. There is no standard cover letter. Make your cover letters job-specific by using the skill words that appear in the job description.

Sample Cover Letter

Employment References

Carefully choose four employment references that compliment your resume. Possible references are current or former supervisors, colleagues or co-workers, and contacts made while volunteering.

This list should include the reference’s name, title, company, and phone number. Inform your references when they may be contacted by prospective employers. This type-written list is given to the prospective employer at the time of the interview.

Sample References