This page includes resources to help improve resumes.

If you need help getting your resume polished, stop by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center if you are attending ALA Midwinter Meetings or Annual Conferences. You may register in advance by completing the form when it becomes available. The New Members Round Table provides resume critiquing service to conference attendees. The service is free, and available anytime the Placement Center is open.

Year-Round Resume Review Service
Want a great resume? The Resume Review Service Committee can help. Librarians from all types of libraries, with various specializations have volunteered to help you make your resume shine. This service is available through the American Library Association's New Members Round Table.

Other resources to help you with your resume

  • Make Your Resume Stand Out
    One minute video on what makes a resume standout from an employer's point of view.
  • Crucial Resume Advice for New College Grads
    Brief article detailing a few things that new graduates should keep in mind as they prepare a resume.
  • Resume Tips for Career Changers
    Brief article with things to keep in mind as you prepare a resume - for change careers.
  • Career Communication Documents - including that all-important resume
    Chat held November 17, 2011 (recording)
    Provided by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center, and facilitated by career coach, Dr. Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.
    You will be asked to register by giving your name and email address. Once you hit the submit button, you will be taken to the recording.
  • From the ALA Get A Job! Toolkit
  • 14 Fatal Resume Mistakes
    A great resume can open a door, but an inferior one can just as quickly close one. Brief article listing 14 resume mistakes to avoid.
  • How to Refresh Your Resume
    If you're not getting results from your resume, it could be more than a poor job market. Your resume can be loaded with details about your previous jobs, but without compelling accomplishments, it will blend in with hundreds like it. Author explains how to improve your resume by adding accomplishment statements, and gives examples.
  • Industry Proofing Your Resume
    Short paragraph explaining the importance of having someone in your industry proof your resume.
  • Online Resume Writing Workshop
    Published by UCLA Career Services (Use the left-hand navigation to move through the workshop.)
  • How to Write an Effective Resume
    Video developed by Tufts University Career Services, and includes information on different types of resumes, style guidelines, how to write various sections of a resume, etc.
  • Résumés
    Published by the University of Illinois' (U-C) Career Center, this brief guide explains that your résumé’s impact originates from both the details you choose to include and the way you write about them. It gives brief instructions on how to prepare a professional resume.
  • Caught Without a Resume
    Everyone knows it's a good idea to keep an updated resume, but few people actually do. We're just too busy. This brief article tells how to handle requests for your resume when you don't have an updated one on hand.
  • Guide to Curriculum Vitae
    Published by the Colorado College Career Center, this 2-page document explains what a CV is, when it is appropriate to use one, and possible sections to include.
  • Resume Design
    Published by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL), this handout offers advice for making informed design choices in creating a resume.
  • Preparing a Resume
    Divided into eight sections, this guide provides useful information on preparing a resume (particularly for those new to resume writing).

Last rev. 3/13/14