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Writing Guides for Preparing for Careers

Writing a Resume: Tips & Tricks

What is a resume?

A résumé (also spelled resume) is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. (Purdue OWL)

How is a resume different from a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

A CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is, as its name suggests, an overview of your life's accomplishments, most specifically those that are relevant to the academic realm. In the United States, the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in a scholar/teacher's career, and thus should be updated frequently. (Purdue OWL)

Read these articles for tips and tricks for crafting your resume or CV.

Resume Advice for the Recent Grad via Huff Post

Want an Unbeatable Resume? Read these Tips from a Top Recruiter via Forbes

5 Critical Elements of Any Résumé via

9 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out via U.S. News & World Report 

Check it out: Ferguson's Career Guidance Center


"When you're in the market for a job, it might seem that just getting an interview is half the battle. The truth is, making that appointment is just the beginning..."

Videos about acing your job interview:

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Rehearsing for a Job Interview

Practicing for an interview will boost your confidence. Think about the questions you may be asked and how you will respond. Carry out mock interviews with someone you trust to give honest feedback.

Job Interview Techniques: Personal Appearance

A job applicant's clothes must be clean, pressed, and neat. Buttons should be buttoned. The overall appearance should express professionalism and preparedness.

Job Interview Process

Most interviews are conducted on a one-on-one basis. HR wants to know about the knowledge the job seeker brings, the skills he or she possesses, and how the person thinks through things, and how well the person complies with safety procedures.

Classroom Videos on Demand has great videos that offer tips on getting a job.

Finding the Right Job

Workers who set goals to improve skills and seek advancement usually experience higher levels of job satisfaction.

Standard Job Search

A standard job search involves preparing a resume that reflects skills and education and then finding companies that offer positions an applicant desires.

Job Search: Hard Work

The process of finding a new job is a full-time job in itself. Counselors urge job seekers to take a job even while they continue to search for the "perfect" job.

All about applications, resumes and cover letters from Classroom Videos on Demand.

Importance of a Job Application

Nearly all employees are first screened through job applications. From this segment, job seekers will learn how to correctly fill out an application.

Job Application Cover Letter

A cover letter creates the first impression of a job hunter. Letters include an introduction, body, and conclusion. The letter should entice the reader to take a serious look. Check spelling and grammar.

Preparing the CV or Resume

A CV/resume outlines your education, skills, interests, work experience, career objective, and references. It should be formatted and presented in a professional way. Tailor the resume to the jobs for which you are applying.

Career-Ready Books

Advisory Links

Helpful resources to get your PTP assignments done.  Check it out!