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How to Write a Resume

Although we can’t write your résumé for you, we can point you in the right direction to help you write your own, using both books and websites.

The Books

Step by Step Resumes CoverStep-by-Step Resumes: Build an Outstanding Resume in 10 Easy Step.s by Evelyn U. Salvador, offers clear instructions on how to write a résumé.  This book includes a CD-Rom that offers the same simple clear instructions. (Call number: 650.14 S)


 No-Nonsense Resumes: The Essential Guide to Creating Attention-Grabbing Resumes That Get Interviews & Job Offers, by Wendy S. Enelow and Arnold G. Boldt, offers thorough but easy-to-understand explanations of creating an “attention grabbing” résumé. (Call number: 650.14 E) No Nonsense Resumes Cover

Complete Book of Resumes CoverThe Complete Book of Resumes, by Karen Schaffer, includes over 300 sample résumés to help job seekers determine which works best for them.  Then Schaffer walks you through the process of creating a résumé. (Call number: 650.14 S)


In Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book: Write and Use an Effective Resume in Only One Day, by Michael Farr and J. Michael Farr, not only does Farr explain how to write a basic résumé, he shows you how to improve upon it so that it gets you an interview.  He also offers job searching tips and strategies.  (Call number: 650.14 F) Quick Resume Cover


Gallery of Best Resumes Cover Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers, by David F. Noble, offers over 100 examples of the best résumés from various professionals.   (Call number: 650.14 N)

On the Web


Career One-Stop is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor and links to state job listings and information about individual careers.  For a job seeker, it offers a résumé creating tutorial which will help you write a résumé.

 From the main page,

  • Select “Résumés and Interviews”
  • Under “Résumé Advice,” select “Create Résumé.”
  • Then select “Résumé Tutorial.”


Career One-Stop Screenshot From here, you can follow the on-screen prompts to learn how to create a basic résumé.


Career Zone allows you to write and store your résumé on the website.

From the main page,

  • Select “Find a Job”
  • Register for a free account.  Then click “Enter JobZone.”  Or if you are already registered, log in by entering your username and password.

From here you can search for a job, find the local employ-ment office or find additional job training.

§         Click “Résumé Builder”

§         Click if you have never used the site before, click “Add New Résumé.”

Career Zone Screenshot

From here, you just fill in the blanks; when you are finished click “Save and View.” You can view it as either a PDF document or a MSWord document.  Now you can print it out.


MSWord Templates A little known fact is that Microsoft Word has free downloadable résumé templates on its website.

From inside MS Word,

MSWord Screenshot
  • Select “Tools”
  • Then “Tools on the Web”
  • The MS Office page will load in your web browser.
  • Click “Templates”
  • Then “Résumés and CV’s”

From here, you can browse through different styles of résumés to download to your computer.  Then, you just fill in the blanks.  

NOTE:  Book covers are from Amazon.com.
Web screenshots are from the individual websites unless otherwise noted.

Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for assistance in using any of the print or online resources listed above.  Or e-mail your questions to the library at hwmlcontact@hotmail.com.

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