Resume Challenge


Why Participate?

  • Feeling confident about your resume is a fundamental part of your career development process and serves as the foundation for many career development programs.
  • If you are currently in a job or internship search, participating in the resume challenge will help get your resume in front of employers.  
  • When the Career Center is approached by employers who are looking for qualified candidates, we will share the final Resume Challenge book with them.
  • Prizes!   A $50 Visa gift card will be awarded to the best three resumes submitted.  The employers who review the resumes will select the best resume submitted by a first-year student or second-year student, a third-year student, and a fourth-year student.


How the Resume Challenge Works:

Step 1: Craft a Resume

Start by making the first draft of your resume if you don’t already have one.  Not sure where to start? No problem. Review our resume handout and/or meet with a Peer Career Advisor or Career Counselor.

Step 2: Meet with a Professional

Have your resume draft reviewed by a professional.  Who is considered a professional? Anyone with experience – they could be alumni of Lewis & Clark, a recruiter, a career counselor, a faculty member, a peer career advisor or a resident career advisor.

During the month of Resume Challenge, the Career Center makes a special effort to connect you to a professional at a time that works for you. During your meeting, you will receive helpful feedback on ways in which you can make your resume as effective as possible.  On average it can take anywhere between 3-5 drafts to get your resume in top shape. Don’t get frustrated – your professional will help you get there!

Resume Review Availability in the Career Center

Drop-In Hours:

(Click on the link below to join during specified hours only.)






9am-11am (Phoenix)

10am-12pm (Martin)

9:30am-11:30am (Kaya)

12pm-2pm (Dylan)

3pm-5pm (Lis)







Career Counseling Appointments: Click to schedule here.

Step 3: Submit Your Resume to the Resume Challenge

Resume submissions will be accepted until the deadline.

How will my resume be evaluated?

Resumes will be scored according to the Resume Challenge Rubric.  In order to be included in the final resume book for employers, your resume must score a 3 or 2 in all categories. If we find that you need to make minor changes to the resume to be included, the Career Center will reach out after the deadline to give you one last chance to enter!

Three employers (typically Lewis & Clark alumni in a Talent Acquisition role) will be the ultimate reviewers who select the three Resume Challenge Winners!