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.

Resumes for America Resume Builder

SOU Resume Handout

UCLA Resume and Cover Letter Guide

UNC Resume Bullet Point Examples to Communicate Skills

Columbia University Resume Overview

Penn State's Resume Guide/Template Download

Considering Using a Functional or Skills-Based Resume Format