The most important function a resume can fulfill is to help you clarify your thinking about which skills you want to use in your next job and what the position is called in companies you’ve targeted. This document is as essential to the self-employed as it is to those seeking a hirer.
Resumes require pinpoint focus. Without that, it’s unlikely you will be hired. A well-done resume answers two questions: 1) What do you want to do?, 2) Why are you qualified to do it?
Resumes can’t close the deal. The most one can do is open the door. A resume has achieved its objective if someone telephones or e-mails you to schedule an interview.
Don’t hire someone to write you resume unless you want the most generic form. Your resume must reflect your personality. Would you hire someone to go on your honeymoon?
The ultimate test is to separate your Job Objective from the Experience section and ask five colleagues what experience the job objective requires. Then tke the job objective off and ask five different colleagues what the job objective should be. It tests internal consistency and can alert you that you’re experience doesn’t match your objective or vice versa.
Before going pubic with a resume, ask the meanest, nit-pickiest grammarian you know to proof it. One typo can kill you, especially if writing is part of the job you seek — and what job these days doesn’t have written skills as a component? Here is one of my pet peeves: Using the word over when you mean more than. Right: The cow jumped over the moon. It’s physical. Wrong: Over ten years experience. It should always be more than ten years experience.
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