This page includes resources to help improve resumes.
Resume Critiquing Service
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012; 9:00am – 5:00pm
During the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California
Location: Part of the ALA JobLIST Placement Center
If you need help getting your resume polished,
stop by the JobLIST Placement
Center if you are attending the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.
You may register in advance by completing
the form when it is available . The New Members Round Table provides
resume critiquing service to conference attendees. The service is
free, and available anytime the Placement Center is open.
Year-Round Resume Review Service
Want a great resume?
The Resume Review Service Committee can help.
Librarians from all types of libraries, with various specializations
have volunteered to help you make your resume shine. This service is available
through the American Library Association's New Members Round Table.
Make Your Resume Stand Out
One minute video on what makes a resume standout from an employer's point of view.
- Career Communication Documents - including that all-important
Chat held November 17, 2011 (recording)
Provided by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center, and facilitated by career coach, Dr. Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.
You will be asked to register by giving your name and email address. Once you hit the submit button, you will
be taken to the recording.
- From the ALA Get A Job! Toolkit
14 Fatal Resume Mistakes
A great resume can open a door, but an inferior one can just as quickly
close one. Brief article listing 14 resume mistakes to avoid.
How to Refresh Your Resume
If you're not getting results from your resume, it could be more than a poor job market.
Your resume can be loaded with details about your previous jobs, but without compelling accomplishments, it will blend in with hundreds like it.
Author explains how to improve your resume by adding accomplishment statements, and
Industry Proofing Your Resume
Short paragraph explaining the importance of having someone in your industry proof your resume.
Proven Resume Techniques for New College Graduates
Is it possible to create an effective resume when you have little or no work experience?
The author says yes it is, and explains how.
Online Resume Writing Workshop
Published by UCLA Career Services (Use the left-hand navigation to move through the workshop.)
Is it Robert or Bob; Cell or Home Phone?
Author provides simple tips to keeping your resume professional.
How to Write an Effective Resume
Video developed by Tufts University Career Services, and includes information
on different types of resumes, style guidelines, how to write various sections of a resume, etc.
Published by the University of Illinois' (U-C) Career Center,
this brief guide explains that your résumé’s impact originates
from both the details you choose to include and the way you write about them. It
gives brief instructions on how to prepare a professional resume.
Published by Governors State University (IL) Office of Career Services, this site explains
the various types of resumes, contents of resumes, formatting styles, etc., and gives sample
resumes based on amount of work experience.
Caught Without a Resume
Everyone knows it's a good idea to keep an
updated resume, but few people actually do. We're just too busy. This brief
article tells how to handle requests for your resume when you don't have an updated one on hand.
Guide to Curriculum Vitae
Published by the Colorado College Career Center, this 2-page document explains what a CV is, when
it is appropriate to use one, and possible sections to include.
Published by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL), this handout offers advice for making informed design choices in creating a resume.
- Résumés, Cover Letters,
and Interviewing: Plus Other Important Stuff to Help You Get the Job You Want
The University of Texas Austin iSchool offers free, comprehensive workshop
downloads that address resumes, interview preparation, cover letters and more. Includes sample
documents, action verbs, interview questions, checklists, etc.
25 Words That Can Hurt Your Résumé
Often, when job seekers try to sell themselves to potential employers,
they load their résumés with vague claims that are transparent to hiring managers.
This article explains that the most successful job seekers
avoid vague phrases on their résumés and list actual accomplishments.
More than anyone wants to know about you...but may ask
There are as many "best" résumés as there are people who are willing to advise you.
For résumés, there is no one size/shape that fits all.
Each must fit the individual for whom it is tailored. This site explains the
different types of resumes along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.
It provides helpful tips for writing a resume and includes suggestions for things to avoid.
Resumes Must Grab Attention
Studies show that regardless of how long you labor over your resume,
most employers will spend 10 seconds looking at it. That's it. This article tells how to
design your resume so that it does its job -- get employers to notice you.
Preparing a Resume
Divided into eight sections, this guide provides useful information on preparing a resume (particularly for those new to
10 Tips for Writing a Professional Résumé
Author gives tips to help keep your resume updated and professional.
Last rev. 2/28/12