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The purpose of this LibGuide is to offer resources and support to all of Iowa Wesleyan College's faculty and staff who have been affected by recent reductions.  The materials in this guide come from a variety of sources including Lori Muntz, Mike Richtman, and David Price.  This guide will be updated frequently with new resources, articles, and information, so please check back from time to time.  If you have any resources to add, or would like assistance finding information, please feel free to contact a Chadwick Librarian:

Paula Kinney                                    Paula Wiley                                    Kate Adams                                

(319)385-6315                                  (319)385-6268                                  (319)385-6438


Resume and CV Counseling

In addition to the services offered by IWC Career Services there are several other places to go for resume and CV help.

  • Check with your professional associations and organizations. Many offer workshops and other resume services
  • Diana Patten at Coe College has also offered her services. Simply call 319-399-8844, mention IWC and list Heidi Seegers as your re feral source for a confidential resume review. 
  • Morris Pounds (319-398-5654) and Danielle Ebaugh (319-398-5689) at Kirkwood Community College are also available to community members for career counseling and resume help. 

Optimal Resume--Resume, CV, and Cover Letter Builder

OptimalResume Quick Introduction from optimalresume on Vimeo.

Access Optimal Resume by clicking this link

 ( and using your IWC login credentials. 

Resume Building Help

  • Optimal Resume
    Use your IWC login credentials to access this service.
  • Career OneStop Resume Builder
    Sponsored by the Department of Labor, this website will walk you through creating a new resume, or updating your current one.
  • Purdue OWL: Resume Workshop
    "This résumé workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé. The Purdue OWL also maintains résumé quick tips resources and a résumé PowerPoint slide presentation. Please visit those resources for shorter discussions of the resume".

Purdue OWL: Writing the Curriculum Vitae

"What is a Curriculum Vitae?

Also called a CV or vita, the curriculum vitae is, as its name suggests, an overview of your life's accomplishments, most specifically those that are relevant to the academic realm. In the United States, the curriculum vitae is used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in a scholar/teacher's career, and thus should be updated frequently.

How is a CV different from a resume?

The most noticeable difference between most CVs and most resumes is the length. Entry level resumes are usually limited to a page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. (Remember, however, that length is not the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to present it in as concise a manner as possible.) A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity, the goal of a CV is quite specifically to construct a scholarly identity. Thus, your CV will need to reflect very specifically your abilities as a teacher, researcher, and publishing scholar within your discipline.

What other resources are available for help with my curriculum vitae?

There are numerous useful resources, both online and in print. Here are a few.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's job site features an area called "First Time on the Market?" that may be helpful.

The Curriculum Vitae Handbook by Rebecca Anthony and Gerald Roe (Rudi Publishing: Iowa City, 1994) includes sample CV's for various disciplines and tips for how to write CV's in various contexts.

The Academic Job Search Handbook (3rd Edition), by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick (who are the authors of the Chronicle's "CV Doctor" column) also provides sample cover letters and CV's"

*From the Purdue OWL's article "Writing the Curriculum Vitae" (


What is Optimal Resume?

Optimal Resume is a subscription service with access provided through IWC. By going to and loging in with your IWC credentials, you have access to:

  • Resume, CV, and cover letter templates for all career levels
  • Wording tips, samples, and suggestions
  • Formatting help, including the ability to clone a resume, CV, or cover letter in order to tailor the documents to specific job openings
  • The ability to upload your current resume in order to edit or change formatting easily
  • The ability to download your new resume, CV, or coverletter in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word and PDF

What is Vitae?

Vitae is a free, online career resource for higher education professionals sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can create a free account to search for jobs, save  your searches and create job alerts. It also allows for networking and you can upload documents to the site for easy application. 


Types of Resumes

Chronological Resume
Consider using when:

  • Your past experience is directly related
  • You have a good work history with no time gaps
  • You have not had numerous job changes
  • Prior job titles or names of past employers are impressive

Functional Resume (sometimes called a curriculum vitae)
Consider using when:

  • You are anew graduate with a limited work history
  • You want to de-emphasize your work experience and focus on skills and strengths
  • You are reentering the job market after an absence
  • You are looking for anohter job in a very different field or industry

Combination Resume
Consider using when:

  • You want to emphasize tyransferable skills that are not necessarily related to specifc jobs, but can be used in a variety of situations


Books on Resumes and CVs

Cover Art
Designing Creative Resumes - Gregg Berryman; Philip Gerould (Editor)
Call Number: HF5383 .B44 1990
ISBN: 1560520531
Publication Date: 1991-07-01

Cover Art
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume - Susan Ireland
Call Number: E-Book HF5383 .I747 1996eb
ISBN: 0585086206
Publication Date: 1996-01-01

Cover Art
How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae - Acy L. Jackson; C. Kathleen Geckeis
Call Number: E-book HF5383 .J24 2003eb
ISBN: 0071426264
Publication Date: 2003-01-01


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