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Create Your Winning Resume

Creating a winning resume is not a “one and done.” For every job you apply to, be sure you’ve tailored your resume to the position for which your applying. Become familiar with the different formats you may choose and when it’s appropriate to use them.

  1. Keep information targeted and professional
  2. Remember quality over quantity
  3. Make sure it’s error-free
  4. Use a clean, easy to read format
  5. Don’t mention money
  6. Don’t include picture(s) of yourself
  7. Be sure it translates electronically – save as .pdf file

Depending on your work experience, use one of the following formats:

  • Chronological Resumes: A chronological resume is perhaps the simplest resume to write and is often the format that is most preferred by employers. It is a fact-based resume that allows employers to quickly skim through and get a feel for your work experience and qualifications.
  • Functional Resumes: A functional resume focuses on the skills and experiences that make you a strong candidate for a position. Unlike a traditional resume, the functional resume does not highlight your chronological work history.
  • Hybrid Resumes:  The hybrid resume is a format that allows those interested in job transition or career change to leverage their valuable work experience by highlighting key accomplishments from their entire career early in the resume format. A hybrid resume is a modern cross between a chronological resume and a functional resume.
  • Targeted Resume:  A targeted resume focuses on a specific job opening. The targeted resume is written to highlight the skills and experiences relevant to a particular position.

Ready to begin creating YOUR resume?  Get started with the basics…..

Once you’ve written your resume, share it with 2-3 professionals who can give you quality, constructive feedback BEFORE you submit it to an employer.


Some occupations require job applicants to present a professional portfolio.  Fine art students planning to transfer may be asked to present a portfolio of their work for admission to four-year programs at universities.  Traditionally, students in programs such as Interior Design, Architectural Technology or Film and Video Production Technology have been required to develop portfolios within the program.  Now, it is a great idea for all students to compile e-portfolios that highlight samples of projects or research they have been involved with during college.  Here are a few tips for students regarding how to develop their DigitalPortfolio .

Who can assist you at CFCC?  Reach out to English department faculty, career development staff, learning lab personnel, or other faculty and ask them to preview your resume and/or portfolio.

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