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What are the components of a winning résumé? How can I make sure my résumé gets noticed? What should I say in a cover letter?

In addition to the following online resources, the CSC offers workshops, computerized résumé programs and individual critique to help you create a winning résumé.

6 Easy Steps to Craft Your Résumé

  1. Look at job description of the position for which you are applying.
  2. Highlight those areas on the job description for which you have experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  3. Go here and copy and paste description / summary / and qualification key words.
  4. Select Go (you must have the latest version of Java and cannot use Microsoft Edge as your browser).
  5. Once it produces a word cloud, the largest words are the most frequently used key words in that job description—you will want to make sure those key words are in your resume as it relates to your experience, skills, abilities, and knowledge.
  6. Using the word cloud information and the areas highlighted from the job description (not copied verbatim), you can craft your resume using the templates below, starting with the job description section before completing the profile section.
  7. Schedule an appointment to have your resume critiqued by Career Services Center staff.

Helpful Hint 1: Do not repeat job experiences if you have held similar positions. Use different verbiage or split up the experience between jobs.

Helpful Hint 2: If you are changing careers, use a Relevant Work Experience section and an Other Work Experience section. In the Other Work Experience section, focus on transferable skills as they relate to the position for which you are applying. You can also fill up space if necessary by including the course names of relevant coursework.

Helpful Hint 3: If you have very little or no work experience, use volunteer experience only if it’s regular and consistent and list relevant coursework you have taken. You can also utilize your experience from classroom research or projects. Any extracurricular activities such as leadership, sports, or student club positions you held can be included. If you still cannot fill in the blanks and do not have a full page, you now know the skills, abilities, knowledge and experience you need to develop to reach your goal. You can also provide a summary of summer jobs such as mowing lawns or babysitting at the end of the experience section.

by Denise Ingledue-Lopez, Career Counselor, Fresno Pacific University, March 30, 2017.

Alumni Résumé Template

Student Résumé Template

Cover Letters


International Résumés