A resume is a snapshot of the education, experience, and skills you have that are valuable to an employer. Its main purpose is to convince a potential employer to invite you for an interview – to make them want to learn more about you. Resumes are used to screen applicants and determine which candidates have the background most closely matching the employers’ needs. It answers the questions: have you, can you, and will you do the job.

Use the resources below to learn more about resumes and get started building your own.

SOU Resume Handout

SOU Career Clinic Resume Presentation

UCLA Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Purdue OWL Resume Guide

University of Pennsylvania's Resume Guide/Template Download

Resumes for America Resume Builder

Bullet Point Examples to Communicate Part-Time Job Skills (UNC)

Basic Resume Kit with Template

Considering Using a Functional or Skills-Based Resume Format