Your resume is a living document that you will update and share with employers and connections throughout your career. We want to ensure your competency in writing a strong resume that makes a positive professional impression. Before we provide a detailed resume review, we ask that you complete the following process. 

STEP 1 - Understand the purpose of a resume

It is first important to explore the purpose of a resume. Keeping the needs of a hiring manager in mind while constructing your resume can help you target your resume and speak to an organization’s unique needs. Click on the short tutorial below to learn more about how to draft a resume that gets you noticed!

The Mindset of the Hiring Manager

STEP 2 - Choose an appropriate layout and design

Selecting a layout that highlights your strengths and skills is essential to building a successful resume. The brief tutorials below will help you assemble an industry-appropriate design.

Teachers College Students - For resume resources to apply for a teaching position, visit our Teaching Resources page. To build your field experience resume, visit the Field Experience Resource page.

Resume Layout & Design

Comparing Two Resumes

Resume Samples & Templates

STEP 3 - Build your content

After you have selected an appropriate layout, it is time to start building effective resume content. Work through the series of tutorials below for strategies to help you emphasize your own unique skills and accomplishments.

Build Your Content: Header & Profile

Build Your Content: Education

Build Your Content: Experience

Build Your Content: Other Considerations

Supplemental Resources

STEP 4 - Prepare for Career & Professional Development review

Review the following tutorial for guidelines that will help you prepare for your official review.

Review for Accuracy & Impact

Supplemental Resources

  • Resume Self-Review Checklist - Please review and complete before submitting your resume to WGU Career & Professional Development.
  • O*Net-SOC AutoCoder - The O*NET-SOC AutoCoder is a tool that can instantly provide a high-quality occupational classification based on your resume or a job description and help confirm that your resume is targeted toward the position to which you are applying.
  • TagCrowd - Use your resume and job description to create your own word clouds to visualize word frequency and to ensure your resume aligns with the job description.

STEP 5 - Request a review

  1. Make sure to assess your own resume thoroughly prior to requesting a review (see STEP 4 above)
  2. Email and attach a Word version of your resume. Please include the specific position or the types of positions you are interested in applying to and any additional questions that you might have in the body of your email.
  3. Provide feedback by answering three quick questions. Career & Professional Development works to continuously improve the career resources and services provided. We welcome your feedback!