Create a Great Resume

You only have about 15-20 seconds to grab an employer’s attention with your resume. Learn the best ways to format your resume and tailor your skills and experiences for your career field. Not looking for a job yet? That’s ok. It’s never too early to get started. Writing your resume now will help you identify crucial skills and experiences you may be missing.

Metropolitan College Students

If you are a Metropolitan College participant, needing to complete your CAPP resume requirement, please refer to your MyMC page for instructions and next steps.


Get Started

As you begin writing your resume, do the following:

  1. Format your resume in a way that is professional and easy to read. Review the Resume Worksheet (pdf) to learn formatting suggestions with examples.
  2. Review sample resumes to get formatting and content ideas.
  3. Incorporate some of the Top Ten Skills employers look for when reviewing resumes. Be specific about how you have demonstrated these skills.
  4. Include strong action verbs to describe your experiences.
  5. Review your resume by using the Resume Audit Worksheet.

Make Your Resume Career Field Specific

The most effective resume is a resume that includes the skills and experiences important in your career field. To write a career field specific resume, you should:

  1. Review sample resumes to learn how others have made their resumes industry specific.
  2. Locate your major or career field and review skill statements specific to your industry.
  3. Find your career field on ONET to determine additional relevant skills.

Schedule a Resume Appointment

While walk-ins are available every Monday through Thursday, you can also schedule an hour-long appointment to receive in-depth resume development assistance from a CREW Counselor. Appointment offerings are updated on a monthly basis. Prior to your appointment:

  1. Resume Worksheet (pdf) and/or the resume samples.
  2. Create a resume draft using Microsoft Word (avoid using the Resume Wizard or template).

You can also have a profile picture taken that you can use for LinkedIn during your appointment.

Schedule an Appointment (JCTC Downtown)

Schedule an Appointment (JCTC Southwest)


Create the Content for Your Resume

If you do not have a resume, use Resume Smart to create the content for your resume. Then, use this content to format your resume and submit it to our Resume Dropbox. 


Get Feedback on Your Resume: Resume Dropbox

Would you like quick feedback on a draft of your resume? You can use the Resume Dropbox service to receive feedback on your resume within 2 business days. Read these tips before submitting your resume:

  1. Review the Resume Worksheet (pdf) and resume samples for assistance in formatting your resume draft.
  2. Do not use a resume template. (Making changes to a resume template is difficult)
  3. Resume feedback will not be stored by our staff. Be sure to save the document with feedback to a USB drive and bring that document into our office if you need additional assistance.

Submit Your Resume and Cover letter


Develop a Reference Page

You will usually need 3-4 professional references when you apply to a position. A reference should be an individual who can provide positive feedback regarding your work or academic experiences; supervisors, professors, volunteer or student organization contacts, and colleagues are examples of commonly used professional references. Be sure to ask permission before including the reference’s contact information on a reference page.


Write Your Cover Letter

You also leave a lasting impression with your cover letter. The cover letter is your opportunity to address why you are applying to a specific opportunity and why you would be a good fit at that company. The cover letter can also serve as an example of your writing skills.