Resume Skills


Resume Writing


A selling tool - an advertisement for yourself, an introduction to a prospective employer that introduces you and often determines whether you get a further look or interview. Be positive, dynamic, purposeful, direct, assertive

A summary - a concise, accurate work-picture of you, not an autobiography, rather an inventory of your skills, experience, accomplishments and occupational interests. Be concise, clear, organized, neat, honest, and be yourself.

A guide & reminder - for the interviewer to use both during the interview and afterward. Be thorough, consistent, memorable.


Resume Builder assists you to create an effective and professional resume by providing expert tips, writing examples, and helpful suggestions. The software also comes with a cover letter builder, thank you letter builder, and more.

For all students registering for the first time or returning students logging in, visit the resume builder now and sign in with your college issued email address.

Create and upload your resume on Lyon's College Central site:


DOs and DON’Ts

DO present your strengths without apology, DON’T bring up negatives or weaknesses

DO be honest in facts and assessments, DON’T lie or complain

DO use action, attention catching, exciting words that point to work completed or production DON’T use passive voice

DO offer measurable results when possible, DON’T be vague or bland in job descriptions

DO your own work- let it be you, DON’T hire résumé agencies, etc.

DON’T include salary requirements- if requested, include salary range only in cover letter

DON’T volunteer unnecessary personal information (race, religion, political affiliation, marital status, children, etc.)


ResumeTutor! - Provides step-by-step assistance in building your resume (from the University of Minnesota) 
Resume and CV Resources 
free resume-writing and resume-strategy resources  
Job Star - Fun site with great tips and sample resumes, cover letters, and job search tips
Action Words - Action words to use when describing your accomplishments
Cover Letter Resources - Includes resources, articles, tutorials and samples

We can help with any of the following:

  • Provide a Resume Template to help you get started

  • Help revise and fine-tune your Resume

  • Draft a Cover Letter

  • Practice your Interviewing Skills

  • Learn to Dress for Success

  • Develop professional Etiquette Skills