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What makes a resume really work?

Establishing the basic concepts of developing a solid resume

Clayn Lambert

on 27 May 2010

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Transcript of What makes a resume really work?

What makes a
really work? What is a resume? Critical Elements in
a Resume Possible Layouts A resume is a lot of things A summary* of your
skills, abilities, education,
and work experience Your personal
introduction to a
potential employer A demonstration of
your understanding
of the position you
are applying for... ??? Many employers will examine a resume
to see how well you tailor your resume
for the position you are applying for. Do you clearly fit the position in terms of skills and experience? Do you leave out irrelevant details? How do you show how you fit what the company needs or expects? Do you know what the company's goals, missions, or products are? When we say summary, we mean SHORT. A resume is not a life-history; it's
intended to be a brief review of the "high points" of your education, work, and other talents and skills. Whenever possible, make your
resume reflect yourself. Give
the employer a sense of who you
are. It's not just about a list of
job titles, responsibilities and dates. A good resume is like a stew in a lot of ways... 1. It's all about what
you put in it 2. No two stews are ever
exactly the same 3. Good stews take time to make Good ingredients can make or break a stew...

It's the same with a resume. The basic ingredients of a good resume
include Contact information Qualifications Education Professional Experience Career Objectives
Goal Statements It's the mixture of ingredients that makes
for good stew. Resumes should be tailored for the specifics of the employer and their business, the demands and expectations of the position you are applying for, and your experience and skills. Rarely, if ever, are these factors
the same for different jobs. While they may have a lot of things in common, you
should create a new draft of your resume for each application and add or take away content to fit it for that job or posting. This is true, even if you are applying
different jobs at the same company, or
the same job at different companies. You can't rush a stew; it takes time and heat
for the ingredients to come together in just the
right way A resume is very similar; you can't pull one
together in a matter of minutes and expect
it to accomplish your goal. A great secret to good resume
writing is to work on it when you
don't need it so it will be ready
when you do. Most resumes will contain
many of the same elements,
so you can work on maintaining the core of your resume so you can add in the special details as new job opportunities present themselves. Possible Layouts Chronological Chronological resumes lay out your information
on a timeline, with the most recent information listed first. This kind of layout is really effective
if you want to establish a long work history
or a significant development of experience
over time. Functional Functional resumes emphasize skills, which can be particularly helpful in applying for positions where the job descriptions focuses on required skills or abilities. In this kind of resume, skills and abilities are separated from the work history and posted at the beginning of the resume. In many cases, the resume will group skills and abilities based on general categories or types of skills to make it easier for an employer to find the information they are looking for. You need time to consider
the details contained in the job posting, your research of the company and employer, and your evaluation of how you meet the job requirements to design the "perfect" resume to meet the goals of your application. Combination The combination resume uses elements
of both functional and chronological resumes. This type of format is most commonly used by applicants with established work histories and solid professional skills relevant to the job posting. Most mid-level or senior postions would expect a combination type resume. Entry-level
Student These two types of
resumes are very similar
and are optimal for individuals
with limited academic or
professional experience. Rather than focusing
on the traditional development
of skills, they focus on what has
happened in the past that could
imply future potential.
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