Developing a professional résumé will assist you with finding a job. Follow these four steps to make sure your résumé is the best it can be.

Step One:
First, get ready to write a competitive résumé by learning more: CPCC Career Guide (hardcopies available in Career Services) and  résumé presentation . You can also make an appointment with one of our staff for individual assistance, or stop by the office during our drop-in hours.

Step Two:
You will need to determine the most appropriate resume format for you. What worked for you in the past may need to be updated. Take this quick quiz to learn if a functional or chronological style is recommended.

  • Do you have gaps in your employment history?
  • Are you changing careers?
  • Is your most recent experience unrelated to the job you are seeking now?
  • Are you seeking your first job?
  • Do you feel your work history is unimpressive to potential employers?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then a functional résumé might be best for you.
If you answered no to all of the above questions, then a chronological résumé would be better for you.

Step Three:
Now you are ready to write your résumé. RésuméMaker. Résumé Hero, and Winway Résumé are available through Career Services free of charge to assist you. Each program has unique advantages, so complete this short quiz to determine the best option for you.

  • Do you have advanced computer skills?
  • Are you a good writer?
  • Do you have experience writing a resume?
  • Do you like thinking through problems on your own?
  • Do you have access to the Internet?
If you answered yes to all of the above questions, then we recommend you utilize the RésuméMaker program accessible through the employmeNC job posting board online or the Résumé Hero program accessible through CPCC's Career Coach website. Both of these resources are good for students with advanced computer and writing skills who enjoy working independently.
If you answered no to any of the above questions, then Winway Résumé would be better for you. Students must visit a CPCC campus to use the program. Winway is available in the following locations:

· Central and Levine in Career Services
· North and Cato on selected computers in both the libraries and computer labs
· Harper in the computer lab
· Harris in the computer lab, tutoring room and library

Students find this program is easy to use, because it helps you with formatting and contains pre-written résumé phrases you can insert into your document. If you need more hands-on assistance, visiting Career Services at Central is recommended. Career Services staff members are available to assist you with technical questions and provide pointers.

If neither Winway,  RésuméMaker, nor Résumé Hero sound like they are a good match for you, remember that you can also type a professional résumé using Microsoft Word.

Step Four:
Now that you have written your résumé, remember to get a professional résumé critique and then begin distributing your résumé to employers.

Résumé Critique - Make an appointment with one of our staff for an individual résumé critique, or stop by the office during our drop in hours. Individual appointments are recommended for students and graduates who have more advanced résumé questions. If you have a busy schedule, you can email your résumé to us at career.services@cpcc.edu for a virtual critique.

employmeNC – upload your résumé to the exclusive online job board for CPCC students and graduates