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20 Free Resume Writing Resources Online

It's never a bad time to make sure your resume is in good shape. If you need some help getting it ready for professional consumption, these free resume resources will provide some guidance.

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By Sarah Wright

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1. Resume Tutor

Hosted on the University of Minnesota's website, Resume Tutor provides a step-by-step guide to writing a resume that's personalized to your unique strengths and experiences.

2. Purdue OWL Resume Workshop

Provides an explanation of the typical sections on a resume.

3. Virginia Tech's Resumes and Vitae Guide

This resume resource also includes information on writing a curriculum vitae, which is usually used in academic contexts like applying for grad school or research positions.

4. CSU Fullerton's Resume Writing Tips

In addition to talking about resumes, this handy guide also includes advice about writing cover letters and follow-up notes.

5. Resume Action Verbs

Are you having trouble finding snappy verbs to describe what you do? This list will help you find the perfect one.

6. American University's Resume FAQs

Wondering how long your resume should be, or how far back you should go? This list covers this and other pertinent questions, and also discusses cover letter FAQs.

7. Microsoft Office's Resume Templates

You can import these templates into Word, making it easier to come up with a final draft.

8. Google Docs' Resume Templates

If Google Docs is more your style, these templates should be of service.

9. LaTeX Resume Template Guide

Or, if you prefer LaTeX, this guide should help you take advantage of that program's resume-creation capabilities.

10. Quick Start Guide to Resume Writing

This video guide from North Carolina State University gives good advice for writing a resume that will get attention in a competitive job market.

11. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Resume Guide

If you're looking for a quick and to-the-point resume guide, this one-sheet might be helpful.

12. Penn State's Guide to the Conventional Resume

Those who want to write a resume that's free of bells and whistles should stick to a conventional resume, which is explained point-by-point in this brief guide.

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13. The Federal Resume Guide

If you're planning to apply for a job with the federal government, you're going to need to write your resume in a specific format. This PDF from Davenport University will show you how.

14. The Fox School of Business' Resume Writing Guide

Though a lot of the advice you'll find on this guide is standard, the 'How Employers Look at Your Resume' and 'Resume Dos and Don'ts' sections provide some solid advice. You can also find other job-related resources in the sidebar of this page.

15. The Duke Law School's Resume Creation Tips

This guide also includes advice on printing professional-quality hard copies of your resume.

16. Resume Worksheet

Though you shouldn't use this PDF template from the Free Library of Philadelphia as the final copy of your resume, it may be helpful to get relevant information down on paper as a first draft so you can work it into an appropriate format.

17. LinkedIn Resume Builder

If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can use this tool to turn your profile into a resume.

18. About.com's Resume Information

About.com can be hit or miss, but you're bound to find something of worth among the extensive resume resources compiled on this page.

19. American University's Resume Samples

These resume samples are targeted toward college students and recent college graduates.

20. The University of Virginia's Resume and Cover Letter Samples

If you're looking for an example of a cover letter and resume geared to a specific career, this is a great place to start.

Study.com also has some free resume advice to help your search.

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