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Resume Skills

Resume Writing

What is a Resume?

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A resume is 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 resume could also be described as 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.

Finally, a resume is a guide and a reminder - for the interviewer to use both during the interview and afterward. Be thorough, consistent, memorable.


New Resume Building Tool

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:

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DOs and Don'ts for Making Your Resume Stand Out

  • 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 resume 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.)


Suggested Links for Resume Writing

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


The Lyon College Career Center staff can:

  • 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