Resumes Guidelines and Samples
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.
Writing Your Resume
- 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.
- 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.
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.
For more resume help, see the Job Placement/Cooperative Education office for workshops or the PCC library for resume books. If you are in one of PCC's professional/technical programs, a Graduate Placement/Cooperative Education Specialist may provide additional assistance.