Resume Writing

Resumes are required for most job openings in today’s workforce. They may also be needed for volunteer experiences, internships, apprenticeship employment, and scholarships. Knowing how to develop a resume that is well-formatted, focused on the type of work being sought, and free of grammar and spelling errors is key to getting a “first job”, and every job thereafter.

Who can help?

Workforce staff are specifically trained in resume development techniques. Visit the IowaWORKS office locations in Iowa or the Illinois Department of Employment Security for assistance.

902 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Lyons Branch Library
9105 Main Ave, Clinton, IA
Hours: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Operation New View
9904 E Quarry St., Maquoketa, IA
Hours: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Community Action of Eastern Iowa
91903 Park Ave # 18, Muscatine, IA
Hours: Mondays 10 am to 3:30 pm

Illinois Department of Employment Security
500 42nd St, Rock Island, IL
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


  1. Remember, all experience counts when it comes to developing a resume. Often, your first resume may include volunteer work or odd jobs like babysitting or mowing grass.
  2. There should always be three sets of eyes on a resume before it goes to an employer. Spelling and grammar count! Many employers will stop reading if they notice errors. Be sure that you don’t use “texting” language on your resume.
  3. Be sure that your resume is easy to read.
  4. Always connect your resume with the job you are applying for. The most relevant experience should be at the top of the page.