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Resume Writing

Your resume is a critical document which serves to promote your strengths, skills, and experiences to a potential employer.  The content and organization of your resume are critical to catching the employer's attention, especially since employers spend an average of 20-30 seconds reviewing a resume.  Therefore, take time to carefully craft a resume that effectively markets what you have to offer and your understanding of the position for which you're applying.

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Important Note:

College Press will print up to 10 resumes FREE OF CHARGE. Contact them at (717) 691-6030.


Carefully read through this resume writing handout which guides you through the process of constructing an effective resume.  A sample is included.


  • Resume Samples

Below are sample resumes from a variety of majors.  Please note that these are only samples - there is not one right way to construct your resume!  You should customize your document (the order of information, skills mentioned, section headings, etc.) to best represent your qualifications and fit for the position at hand.  Even if your major does not appear below, use these samples for ideas!



  • Transferable Skills
    Consult this page for information about marketing your transferable skills to employers.

One way of catching the eye of the employer is to use a variety of action verbs to showcase your skill sets.

  • Resume Review Service
    The Career Center offers a resume and cover letter review service. 

  • Resume Critique Drop-In Hours: Mondays from 2:00-4:00, Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00, and Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00. Additionally, 30-minute appointments may be scheduled for you to review your resume with a career coach.







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