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ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry: Career Essay Resources and Related Guides

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and

Sample Career Paper

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Sample Reference for Reference Page, APA Style

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics. (2018, July 2). Librarians. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Intext citation, APA Style

(U.S. Department of Labor, 2018)


Here is an example of a reference and in-text citation for the O*Net

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. (2019, February 26). Librarians. O*NET OnLine.

In-text is:

(U.S. Department of Labor, 2019)


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Example of how to cite an interview from Ferguson's in APA style:

Cambridge Educational. (2018). Animal trainer-career Q&A: Professional advice and insight. Ferguson's Career Guidance.

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Resume Writing Resources

CHRONOLOGICAL RESUMES are great for people who have had a steady career path in the same field for a long period of time or are applying for jobs in similar fields and has few, if any, gaps in their employment history.

Employers like chronological resumes because it’s easy to see, at a glance, what an employee has done in the past. For people who have stayed within the same industry their whole career and haven’t moved around much.

Chronological resumes are also great for people who are just starting out or find themselves in the mid-level of their careers.

When organizing your chronological resume, you want to make sure you keep the following categories in this order :

    • Objective Statement or Summary Statement
    • Experience/Qualifications
    • Education

FUNCTIONAL RESUMES are great for people who have started and stopped their careers and are facing gaps in their work history or are making a significant career change. Functional resumes are also great for people who are targeting a particular position and need a resume that highlight specific skills and abilities that directly relate.

People just entering the job market can also benefit from a functional resume as it focuses more on skills than past work history.

When organizing your functional resume, you want to make sure you keep the following categories in this order:

    • Objective Statement or Summary Statement
    • Achievements/Accomplishments
    • Experience/Qualifications
    • Education

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    The first thing you need to do is make sure that a potential employer knows whose resume they’re looking at!

    Make sure you include your personal information at the TOP of your resume. Include your full name, phone number, email and personal branding website (if you have one, which as an Interview Guys student you should!) You can also include your mailing address, but this is purely optional.

    Resume Objective Statement

    An objective statement is a quick outline of your employment goals with the company you’re applying to and should take up no more than a sentence or two.


    This section is where you talk about your work history and highlight not only who you worked for but what you did as well as how long you did it. Be sure to include your job title as well as a bulleted list of your duties and/or responsibilities.

    ***This is listed in reverse chronological order with your most recent job first.

  • Do not include unpaidvolunteer or charitable work in this section. If you feel you have an unpaid experience or volunteer job that a hiring manager would find valuable, consider creating a new category labeled “Relevant Experience” or “Other Experience” and be sure to include the same identifying information you include for your “Experience/Qualifications” lists.

    Skills & Abilities

    This is where you want to highlight your relevant skills that relate directly to the position or job you’re applying to. Make sure you list things here that set you apart and help show a potential employer that you’re the perfect candidate for the job!

    These can include things like technical skills, language skills, computer skills, anything and everything that sets you apart and fits exactly what the employer is looking for.


    For recent graduates and people just entering the job market, this would mean where you went to school. For people in technical fields or fields where outside training is either required or encouraged, you would include this information here.  Include academic achievements/ and courses taken related to the field.  (Not usually recommended to list GPA)


    Once upon a time references were always included. These days, however, references are no longer a must have on resumes. That doesn’t mean you don’t need them… instead, have them as a separate list, and if requested, you can provide it.

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What Not To Put On Your Resume

Don’t title your resume “resume.” The hiring manager should know what it is just by looking at it. If they don’t, then it’s not a resume and you should re-read this article.

Don’t “fluff” your sentences with unnecessary words. Remember, short and sweet.

Don’t include salary requirements or information. For more info on how to discuss your salary and when and how to bring it up, check out our blog on “When to bring up Salary.”

Don’t list why you left your last job or jobs…and on that same topic, don’t trash former employers…ever…

Don’t include personal information beyond your name and contact. They don’t need your age, race, marital status, sexual orientation or hobbies.

Don’t include a photo of yourself. Unless you’re an actor and applying for a role…otherwise, it’s just creepy.

Don’t get sloppy. Double-check for errors. Then check again.

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No matter format you decide to go with, it should fit neatly onto one single-sided page without crowding.

This is meant to give a hiring manager just enough information about you that they feel compelled to call you in and meet you face to face!

To put it bluntly, the average hiring manager spends initially between 10-20 seconds on each resume. The last thing you want to do is give them something that’s messy, confusing, or unorganized.


Sans Serifs fonts are clean, crisp, sleek and most importantly, scanner-friendly!

Stick to fonts like ArialVerdanaTrebuchet MSCentury GothicGill Sans MT (but NEVER Comic Sans), Lucida Sans and Tahoma.

Font Size- 10.5 and 12 point (any smaller is hard to read)

Margins- the general rule is one-inch margins

Bullets- write in bullet form, not sentences (use action verbs like: led, created, and researched)

  • Resume Tips

  • •Quantify when possible -Whenever possible, include numbers to show your achievements. For example, you might say that you worked the cash register at a store that managed $10,000 daily, or that you helped 50 - 100 customers daily at your retail job.
  • •Showcase the skills that qualify you for the job -Some skills are in high-demand for employers hiring college graduates, and there are other skills that specifically relate to the job for which you're applying. Be sure to include the most relevant from each category on your resume.
  • •Carefully edit and proofread- Proofread your resume carefully before submitting it. A clean, error-free resume will make you look professional. Ask a friend or family member to read the resume for you as well.
  • •Use a resume example -Use a resume example  or template to guide your own writing. A resume example can help you decide what kind of content to include, as well as how to format your resume.
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Screenshot of a college student resume example

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