The resume is an essential tool in the job search process. The resume is a document that conveys how your education, work experience, involvement in organizations and other qualifications match those identified in the job description. The intent of the resume is to obtain a job interview. The Career Development Center offers a free online tool for CSULB students and alumni to assist with the process of developing your resume called Resume Builder.. Resume Builder will allow you to easily create resumes and cover letters in Word, Rich Text, Plain Text, and HTML - resulting in your own professional website. You are also encouraged to attend Resume Writing workshops offered throughout the academic year by the Career Development Center.
There are many different types and styles of resumes. The two most commonly used resumes are the chronological and combination-functional. This does not mean that other types are not useful or effective.
A CV is a more detailed version of a resume highlighting your qualifications and relevant experience. CV's are often required when applying for academic (in higher education such as a faculty position) or science/research positions or graduate and professional schools. A CV may be several pages long.
Action verbs should be used throughout your resume to sell yourself and promote your accomplishments. Action words give energy to your resume. SELL, DON'T JUST TELL!! The Career Development Center has provided a list of sample action verbs for your resume.
Use the Resume Worksheet to jot down information about yourself; print out a copy of the information, bring it to the Career Development Center and have it reviewed by a professional staff member.
You can also review Sample Resumes and Curriculum Vitae to get ideas on how to create your own personal resume.
OptimalResume is a comprehensive, web-based tool that helps job seekers create and manage resumes. With Optimal Resume, you can create chronological, functional, or combination resumes. It is easy to use with convenient resume previewing, forward/backward navigation, drag and drop reordering of sections, and the ability to delete and add sections at any time. Resumes are automatically generated in several formats, including Rich Text, Plain Text, PDF, and HTML, and users can edit, download, rename, or delete resumes at any time. You can create and manage an unlimited number of resumes in your account, and the software includes spell checking, action words, and format assistance. A state-of-the-art Resume Stylist provides a variety of format styles from which to choose.
The cover letter is your introduction to a prospective employer. Create a brief and purposeful cover letter by using clear and direct sentences. Use the job posting announcement to tailor your cover letter to the specific position for which you are applying. The heart of your cover letter is the middle paragraph describing how your qualifications are a good match for the employer's requirements.
Introduce yourself and name the position for which you are applying and how you learned of the opening or organization. If an individual made you aware of the opening, be sure to use their name and affiliation. Example: "Dr. Jane Kwan at CSULB suggested I forward my resume in response to your posting for a Research Assistant."