Your resume introduces you to potential employers.

Great jobs for business majors
Stephen Lambert.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2009.
You've worked hard for that business degree. Now what? Sometimes the choice of careers can seem endless; the most difficult part of a job search is narrowing down your options.
101 businesses you can start with less than one thousand dollars : for students
Heather L. Shepherd.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, Inc., c2007.
Detailed in this new book are more than 100 business ideas that can be started for very little money and yet provide the struggling student with more money than an hourly wage. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through structuring the business, legal concerns, proven sales and marketing techniques, public relations and publicity, ways to bring customers back, accounting and bookkeeping procedures, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines.
Work 101 : learning the ropes of the workplace without hanging yourself
Elizabeth Freedman.
New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2007.
In this straight-talking guide, MBA Elizabeth Freedman--an expert in corporate etiquette--shares the rules of the workplace that only veterans know: survival secrets that will help readers avoid the common mistakes that can sink careers at the gate.
Ferguson career resource guide to internships and summer jobs
Carol Turkington.
New York, NY : Ferguson, c2006.
Each two-volume book contains four major sections: - Introduction and Overview: Provides forewords by notables in the field and an outline of the book- Essays: Features eight to 10 essays on topics such as workplace issues, financial aid, diversity, and more- Directory: Contains descriptions and contact information for hundreds of organizations, schools, and associations, arranged by topic- Further Resources/Indexes: Includes glossaries, appendixes, further reading, and indexes.
College grad resumes to land $75,000+ jobs
Wendy S. Enelow.
Manassa Park, VA : Impact Publications, c2005.
Each year nearly three million college students write resumes to land a post-graduation job. Some of these students are fortunate enough to land a much-coveted $75,000+ job that puts them on The fast track to career success. This unique resume book includes 80 examples of resumes written by college students who actually obtained $75,000+ jobs in a variety of occupational fields. The book also includes sound resume writing advice based on The secrets of professional resume writers who have helped students launch great careers.

Take time to plan your resume

Chronological Resume - This is the traditional style resume that lists your professional experience chronologically, starting with your most recent position.

Functional Resume - Summarizes your professional "functions" or experience and avoids or minimizes your employment history.

Combination Resume - Utilizes the best components of the reverse chronological and functional styles.

Creating a good resume is one of the most important steps in your job hunt. 

Decide why you need the resume

  • Applying for a job in your current field
  • Applying for a job in a new field
  • Saw a job that you really want and need a resume
  • Just want to see what your resume would look like

Assemble your materials

  • Be sure you have access to information related to your education, skills and experiences. Then you will not have to try and remember just when and what you did.  Best of all it may help you rediscover experiences or skills that can show just how good you are!
  • Consider how to handle any gaps in employment history or other rough spots

Decide which type of resume is best for you

  • Choose chronological, functional, or combination.  
  • Consider formatting options if it is to be sent via email or posted to electronic job board
  • Look for samples in books or on the Web; but make yours reflect your skills and goals

Prepare the resume

  • Include contact information, work experience, education, special qualifications, activities, and interests (especially if relevant to the position)
  • Consider the action words you will use
  • Be concise
  • Customize the resume for each application
  • Critique the resume (or get someone to that for you) is it pleasing to the eye, no spelling or grammar errors, and highlight your strengths
  • Add a cover letter

Apply online

Submit the resume for consideration

  • Consider using the internet
  • Today many employers are using the
    Internet to advertise jobs and accept electronic resumes. You will also find companies on the Internet to help you publish your electronic resume.
  • Check the website for information to be sure the company will not use information about you without your knowledge, will levy charges you are not expecting, and that it represents the type of job you hope to get.

Remember an effective resume takes time, planning and review.  But it can pave the way to a interview for the job you really want. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff