Professional Development

Getting ready for job search, job interviews, and beginning a career can be challenging. Before your job search even begins, there are a few documents you will need to prepare. Please read through the different sections and pages of this web site. The guides and samples will provide a lot of information to get you started on your way.


Writing a resume can be a daunting task. Some find it difficult to know where to begin or what information to include. It’s important to remember that a resume is simply a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light. A resume is a way of getting an interview. It’s not an official personnel document. It’s not a job application. It’s not a “career obituary”! And it’s not a confessional. With that in mind, Please look over the following sections in order to get a better picture of how to develop a successful, marketable resume.

A Guide to Writing a Resume

Creating a Reference List

Sample of a Reference List

Sample of a Functional Resume

Sample of a Chronological Resume

Action Words

If you would like to have your resume critiqued by Job Placement, several options are available:

  • Resume Critiques by appointment
    30 minutes to 1 hour in length. Please bring a working copy of your resume with you to the appointment. Call (530) 123-5432 or stop by Job Placement in Building 100A make your appointment.
  • Resume Critiques by Email
    Click here to email your resume to Job Placement. Please attach your resume in MICROSOFT WORD format. Note: Allow up to 3 business days for a reply.


Job Placement can also assist students with developing a professional portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of work-related items about you, which is organized either in a notebook or in electronic format. By collecting information about yourself throughout college, you can help to recognize the skills and abilities you possess in relationship to a career. A portfolio is an excellent tool to market your qualifications to an employer during an interview for an internship or full time employment.