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PCC Library Technology Certificate Programs

A Library Guide for prospective/current/alumni students in the Library Technology, Archives & Digital Collections, and Digitization Certifcate Programs at Pasadena City College

Resume Tips

Resume Overview

Resume and Cover Letter Guides

What is a RESUME?

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of who you are. It is a "snapshot" of you with the intent of capturing and emphasizing interests and secure you an interview. It is not an autobiography. Since your resume is a primary tool in your job search, it needs to be carefully written and critiqued.


A cover letter is generally a brief document, but important document. The purpose of a cover letter is: to introduce you to the prospective employer, highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for and to promote interest in your application and resume. 

Remember: your resume and cover letter are a reflection of you and how you approach your work

Resume Guide and Cover Letter Writing Tips and Samples (.pdf)

Resume and Cover Letter Guide (from UCLA's Career Guide) (.pdf)

Cover Letter Basics (from

Remember: The PCC Library (and your public library) has many career and resume guides available for check out.


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