Resumes & Cover Letters

Worried about your resume?  There’s a good reason for that:  hiring managers spend less than one minute reviewing most resumes. Make sure your resume and cover letter grab their attention with the help of these resources.


Before getting started on your resume, it’s important to have all your information ready. A Resume Worksheet can help you organize names, dates, and locations to make creating your resume much easier.

Library Resources

Job & Career Accelerator (LearningExpress Library)
Job & Career Accelerator has a resume builder and a cover letter builder that will take you through the process step-by-step. To access either builder, you will need to register as a New User, or if you have already registered with LearningExpress, sign in with your username and password.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (Facts on File)
The Job Hunting and Workplace Skills section has information on resumes, cover letters, and career skills. Ferguson’s also allows you to view and download sample resumes and cover letters.

Live Resume Editing (
There’s more to than homework help!  In the SkillsCenter™ Resource Library (available 24/7) click on Career Resources for links to local open jobs; resume and cover letter templates; interview guidelines, and much more.  If you need additional one-on-one help, the Career Center will connect you to live one-to-one help: Every day 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. English and En Español.

Writing a Resume (
“Learn how to write a resume that impresses hiring managers and speaks to your personal and professional strengths. This resume writing course deals with the nuts and bolts of resume formatting, layout, and word choice.”

*The links above require a Plano Public Library Card. Please contact us if you need to register for a card.

Trusted Free Resources

Mahalo’s section on how to write a resume is a great place to start, especially if you have never done one in the past.

Perdue OWL: Job Search Writing  & Resume Workshop
These OWL resources will help you prepare for the different types of writing you may do during the job search process. This section includes resources on effective word choice for job search documents, tailoring your documents for specific employers, how to conduct research on your potential employers, and job skills checklists. This section also includes links to OWL job search document resources geared for working class positions.

Resume Builder
Allows user to create resume online by filling out a few short forms, design the layout with a few clicks for template and font, and download a neatly formatted resume.

Check out our resume and cover letter news!

Search the Plano Public Library Online CATALOG to find books and e-books about resumes and cover letters.

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