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Resume-Building 101

This is one of the most important aspects of searching for a job. In many cases, it will be the first thing an employer sees, and therefore their first impression of you will be based on your resume. If you search for “resume writing” in a search engine, you will find a lot of different resume templates and examples, as well as paid services for writing resumes.

Instead of taking advantage of these paid services, unless you have a resume for a specific field in mind, I would definitely recommend the experience of writing your resume, yourself, and having a friend proofread it for you. You can design it to reflect your personal style and format it to best showcase your accomplishments.

There are resources you can utilize, in order to ensure that the language you use in your resume is the most effective for a job search. You can take it into your local worksource office, or again do a search on the internet for language or key terms used in resumes.

See "Resources for building a resume" in the sidebar of this page.

Other Questions You Might Have

What career is right for me?

There are many different careers to choose from. What are you interested in? If you have a wide variety of interests, or you are not sure what career you would be best suited to, you can take any number of skills assessments. These can range from free online quizzes to professional evaluations. For instance, the website has a Career Planner Quiz that will recommend a career that suits your interests and style.

The college offers a couple of other skills assessment services that they have subscribed to:

  • Oregon Career Information System  This service provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregon residents learn about different jobs and educational programs.
  • Discover  This website provides guidance and information to help people make important decisions about their jobs and education.

You can obtain the login information for these services from the TBCC Library. Contact Luke Kralik or Rebecca Thurman at (503) 842-8222 x1720.

What kind of experience and education is required?

Suppose you know that you are interested in working as a veterinary technician, or a CAD (computer-aided drafting drafter (these are only examples). You can look these professions up in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) and find out particulars of what kind of experience and education is required for these jobs. The OOH will also tell you what it projects as being the future growth for these positions.

What are some guidelines for writing a cover letter?

The cover letter is going to be one of the most important pieces of information that your potential employer will see. Sometimes, your potential employer will ask that specific pieces of information are put in the cover letter – be sure to read all application instructions carefully. There are three major components to the cover letter:

  1. First Paragraph - Why you are writing
  2. Middle Paragraphs - What you have to offer
  3. Concluding Paragraph - How you will follow-up
If you are applying to several similar jobs, it might be easiest to create one cover letter that you can easily adjust to cater to the requirements of each position.

Where do I find jobs?

It is easy to find jobs. The tricky part is finding jobs that interest you or that you are qualified for. Most websites have ways to filter your search results by your level of experience or by the type of job you are looking for. For instance, if you are interested in working in the biological sciences, you can further break your search down and look for sales jobs, training jobs or technical writing jobs.

I am nervous about my interview. How can I prepare for it?

If you pick up a book like Knock ‘em Dead by Martin Yate, it has a wealth of sample interview questions and possible answers. You can also find resources online that provide similar information, such as, which provides a great list of 100 Potential Interview Questions.

If you are doing any long-term planning, it might be useful to take a speech class, such as Small Group or Interpersonal Communication.

Another way to prepare for an interview is by participating in a mock interview. This can be accomplished in several ways. If you have a friend or family member whom you trust to provide you with thorough feedback, that is one option.

There may also be other resources available to you, in your community. In Tillamook, for example, the Worksource Oregon office in Tillamook can set up a mock interview with you, one of many services they provide to job seekers.

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Career Information – Skills Assessments; Job Descriptions:

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