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Résumé Guidance


Where to Start

Before creating or updating a résumé, you will need to gather:

  • Information on dates of employment,
  • addresses of employers,
  • current references,
  • and a working list of all your recent achievements for reference material.

It is important to make sure you have someone review your résumé to get feedback on grammar, presentation, and overall effectiveness.

Creating a résumé can include multiple revisions and should be in a continuous state of evolution. Throughout your job-search efforts, you may generate many different versions depending on the specific job to which you are applying. It's important to tailor your résumé to fit the specific job you are applying for. For example, if a job description is requesting some key qualifications and you meet those qualifications, be sure those qualifications stand out on your résumé. Demonstrating on your résumé that you have all the skills, experience and qualifications needed for the job can be the difference between you or the other applicant getting the job. 

Résumé Resources

  Career One Stop 

A great tool to use for help in constructing and updating your résumé. 

  National Résumé Association 

A US-based, non-profit association that provide Job Seekers with assistance in résumé writing.

  Résumé Building Tips 

"Six Quick Tips for Building the Perfect Résumé."
Provided by the University of Colorado - Boulder.

  Students'/Graduates' Perfect Résumé

For students and graduates on "Tips for building the perfect résumé"

  Résumé Reference Sheet

  Salary History Information

Different types of resumes include chronological, functional, combination, and targeted. Each one of these may be used based on the situation and/or your experience.

  •   Chronological Résumé Type
    • Chronological résumés provide work experience in order of most recent job to your earliest. This is one of the most common and useful if you have a lot of work experience which is aligned with the occupation you are seeking.
  •   Functional Résumé Type
    • Functional résumés highlight your skills and experience without focusing on dates. You can use this type of résumé if you recently graduated, are transitioning, or have gaps in your work experience.
  •   Combination Résumé Type
    • Combination résumés highlight both your skills and work experience using the combination résumé. Include your skills first followed by your work experience beginning with the most recent employer. 
  •  Targeted:
    • Targeted résumés are used for situations where you are most qualified. It's a customized résumé for a specific job posting where you match you skill set to the requirements listed in the job posting. This type of résumé may be a bit more work, but may pay off in showing an employer just how qualified you are for their job.


Who to Contact for Résumé Help

Let our staff help you! Colorado Workforce Center staff have lots of experience with helping customers create and/or update their résumé! Staff provide in-person and/or virtual classes & workshops on how to create or enhance your résumé to land that ideal job.

Contact your local Workforce Center to get help with creating, modifying and reviewing your résumé!

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