Advising & Resume Reviews
We are available to advise you as you draft, revise, and finalize your resume. Keep in mind that over the course of your college career, you will revise your resume often as you acquire experiences to add and as you use your resume for different purposes. We look forward to helping you find your voice in creating your documents that help you tell your story and advance your career goals.
There is no reason for students to seek fee-based services for resume preparation. This is certainly your choice if you wish to, but we do not suggest this. See more at: should I pay someone to write my resume?
We provide you with our resume and CV guide to get you started, and advising to help you fine-tune and revise.
Most importantly, your resume is a document that should speak for you and represent you; thus it belongs to you alone and ultimately you should write it and determine its contents.
Resume reviews are intended to help you fine-tune and tailor your resume to your individual circumstances after you use our Career Planning Guide (free booklet you can pick up at our office) and/or our resume and CV guide.
Content and sections of your resume will help you write a first draft that you can bring in for review.
Reviews can happen through 10-minute walk-in advising, or a scheduled appointment. For your planning, be aware that our busiest weeks are in September, October, and February, and just prior to the many career fairs on campus. At those times you might find many students waiting for walk-in advising. In fairness to all students, your advance preparation is necessary and time limits are necessary. If you have a class or other assignment for a resume review, you still need to prepare by reading and applying that information in advance. We ask your faculty member or other instructor who assigns reviews to contact Career and Professional Development in advance.
We welcome all Virginia Tech students to read our materials and have your resume reviewed, do revisions, and have additional reviews as needed.
Our advisors might notice and call your attention to typos we notice on a resume; however, be aware that resume reviews are not proofreading or writing services. Resume reviews are intended to engage you and empower you to have ownership of your resume. As a college student or graduate, employers expect you to proofread and use correct grammar, as you will be expected to do on the job.
We will offer you guidance and suggestions, and we want to genuinely engage with you to understand your story in order to help you best convey your story on your document. We will listen and reflect and advise. Ultimately, you will decide how to write the exact contents of your resume. Your resume must speak for you and reflect your voice! Employers expect you to articulate your experiences and to write. We will ask questions and help you process ideas to articulate what you are striving to say on your resume.