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Career Guide

A guide for students surrounding careers, from where to look, to resumes, to job applications and interviews.

Writing a Résumé Basics

One of the first steps in any job search is creating your résumé. Résumés can be tricky, but we're going to give you everything you need to create one that will fit your needs perfectly.

Finding a good layout for your résumé is essential. While A resume sitting diagonally on a laptop keyboardyou can definitely try your hand at creating your own, there are also tons of templates available both online and through writing programs like Google Docs or Microsoft Word (psst, did you know you can get Word for free as a Columbia State student?). These templates allow you to put in all of your information and display it a in stylish, easy to read manner, helping you stand out to potential employers.

Something to keep in mind when making a résumé is what kind of field you're going into. For example, hiring managers in arts and humanities careers want for the résumés they look at to reflect the creativity of the person they might hire. Thus, personal touches, pretty colors, and eye catching design choices would be the way to go. The more science or math based careers, hiring managers need to see that the applicant demonstrates the structure they require. That usually means simpler, more classic looks for the résumé.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your résumé. Hiring managers in general will have a lot of applications to look through, so the general rule of thumb is to keep your info to one page. There are exceptions, such as when a cover letter is also required, but one page is the standard.

Now let's look into some of our resources for writing a résumé.

Résumé Resources with Peterson's and OWL

While there are many good tools for creating résumés online, Peterson's has a great one that we would recommend here;

Peterson's also has some fantastic courses on writing cover letters and résumés. We'll link them below, but make sure you're logged on to Peterson's using our proxy first!

Another great place to look for assistance writing a résumé is Perdue's Online Writing Lab, or OWL. They have an incredible amount of writing guides, but their page on creating a résumé is top notch and covers everything from the application to the cover letter.

Résumé Resources with the Library

In addition to Peterson's, the library has several fantastic books and articles that can help! These are amazingly detailed, easy to use guides that can help you with any kind of résumé and/or cover letter.




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