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, like this example from the University of Iowa, can help you organize names, dates, and locations to make creating your resume much easier.


Plano Public Library Resources

Check out the Job & College Resources blog posts highlighting resume and cover letter tips and resources.

Search the Plano Public Library online catalog to find books, eBooks, and more about resumes and cover letters.

The links below require a Plano Public Library Card. Click here to learn more about getting a card.
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LearningExpress Library’s 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.

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Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s 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.

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tutor.com’s SkillsCenter™ Resource Library (available 24/7) offers links to local open jobs, resume and cover letter templates, interview guidelines, and much more. Visit the click on Career Resources. If you need help, the Career Center will connect you to live one-to-one assistance every day from 2 – 11 p.m. (English and Spanish help available).

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Lynda.com’s Writing a Resume course deals with the nuts and bolts of resume formatting, layout, and word choice. Learn how to write a resume that impresses hiring managers and speaks to your personal and professional strengths.


Trusted Free Resources

Purdue OWL: Job Search Writing  & Resume Workshop
The OWL resources will help you prepare for the different types of writing you may do during the job search process. Explore resources on effective word choice, tailoring your documents for a job search and how to research your potential employers. Resources geared towards a variety of trade and skilled labor positions are also available.

The Muse.com: Resumes & Cover Letters
The Muse.com offers a variety of articles on resumes, cover letters, and your online presence. Find an article on everything from recommended resume formats to standing out from the crowd when applying for a job.

INeedAResume
INeedAResume is a cover letter and resume builder that allows you to easily enter your employment history, education, skills, projects, and more before creating a free downloadable PDF of your newly generated resume.

Resumes & Cover Letters
Resources from the University of Texas that will assist you in crafting targeted resumes and cover letters for jobs you are applying for. You can build your own resume and cover letter by following the guides or enter your information into free templates.

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