Get Writing: Resumes & Cover Letters

Use the library's resources to help you write a resume and cover letter that will stand out. Whether it's a traditional book, an online tutorial, or a face-to-face consultation with one of the Community Reference librarians, we have the tools to adapt to various learning styles.


Write your way to success with one of these resume-writing books. At a loss for words when crafting a cover letter? Look here.


All you need is a library card and PIN to access from home. Don't have a KCPL card? No worries—you can apply for a digital eCard right now and get immediate access to all our online resources.

  • JobNow: Find resume templates and resources, get live online resume help, or use the overnight Resume Lab service to get feedback on improving your document. If you need to create a new resume or cover letter, check out JobNow's Optimal Resume feature, which will walk you step-by-step through each resume section and offer valuable tips, recommendations, and templates for you to customize your resume and cover letters. This is a great tool for beginners or those who have never created a resume. Save your resume online and never worry about hunting it down on your computer or flash drive again!
  • LearningExpress Library: Navigate to the Career Center section, where you can take tutorials on writing eye-catching resumes and cover letters.
  • UniversalClass: This self-paced online learning resource offers tutorials, short assignments, and quizzes that are reviewed by instructors. Check out the class "Resume Writing 101" for a basic overview of crafting a resume.
  • Watch professionally produced videos and learn how to design a resume that will catch employers' eyes.


Now that you've done your research, you're ready to write. We have Microsoft Word on all our computers, as well as a resume-writing program, WinWay Resume, that will walk you through the steps to create a solid resume. We can help you get started—just ask.


We are here to help you succeed. Our staff can assist and guide you on aspects of your job search and recommend appropriate resources and organizations to meet your goals. Need a second opinion on your resume or cover letter? Schedule a face-to-face resume review session or send it to us for written feedback.

Email | Phone: 816.701.3663