Telling Your Story
- Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out, you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills that are most relevant (even if that means you don’t include all of your experience).
- Keep a resume master list on your computer where you keep any information you’ve ever included on a resume: old positions, bullet points tailored for different applications, special projects that only sometimes make sense to include. Then, when you’re crafting each resume, it’s easier to put it together.
- Make sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume. This top section is what the recruiter is going to see first—and what will serve as a hook for someone to keep on reading.
- Objectives are a bit outdated, don’t include an objective statement at the top of your resume if you don’t have to. But if you’re going to, make it brief and as concise and generic as it gets. Then tailor the rest of your resume and cover letter to fit the position.
- There are tons of different types of resumes, but the good old reverse chronological (where your most recent experience is listed first) is still your best bet.
- Think long and hard before more than one page as your resume. If you have enough relevant experience, training, and credentials pertaining to the position to showcase on more than one page of your resume, sure; but if you can tell the same story in less space, DO.
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