Resumes Guidelines and Samples

Quick Resume Tips
Electronic Resumes
Cover Letters

The resume is a brief "professional" summary used to screen applicants for an interview. It is an advertisement of the applicant's strengths and skills. It is also a sample of the applicant's work. There are two basic approaches to resume writing.


  1. Targeted, Skills-Based: Emphasizes the what and how. Describes education, experience, activities and skills. This is the format most PCC students should use as it works well for entry-level applicants and career changers. Click for below for examples.
  2. Chronological: Describes education, experience and activities in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Emphasizes where and when. (Should only be used if applicant has related work experience.) Click for example.
Writing Your Resume

The most effective resumes are customized, matching the job seeker's strengths with the particular requirements of a specific job or type of job. Use the links below to find out how to write (or revise) your resume.

Quick Resume Tips

Steps to Create a Resume

Sample Resumes

Action Words

Electronic Resumes

Cover Letters

For more resume help, see the Jobs & Internships office for workshops or the PCC library for resume books. If you are in one of PCC's professional/technical programs, a Jobs & Internships Specialist may provide additional assistance.

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