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Your résumé is an indispensable personal marketing tool. It is a sales brochure or advertisement of your skills and accomplishments and their availability. A résumé is a public relations piece that...
is self-promotional and totally positive in tone – a document that stresses assets and suggests a personality that is interesting and enthusiastic about work.
is an honest and accurate summary of your qualifications – substantive and illustrative, vibrantly describing your achievements and skills.
reflects your individuality and strategic career plan – suggesting a person who is self-confident and moving ahead; shows some inventiveness and imagination.
is well organized and very readable – where the information is presented in a logical, clear, and easy-to-follow way.
is immediately attractive and eye-pleasing – graphically interesting and invites the reviewer to take a closer look at the written work and respond positively.
The purpose of a good resume is to get an interview, so the picture you paint should highlight areas relevant to the kinds of positions that interest you! The employer's point of view should be your guide. Most employers look for common strengths in the candidates. They look for people who take initiative, demonstrate leadership, get the job done or motivate others to do it. Therefore, descriptions of any jobs or activities should reflect both the results you have achieved and your potential.
While employers who screen resumes don't expect them to be identical, they do look for consistency and logical organization.
The following represent typical categories found in a resume. Click on a section to learn more:
For full resume examples and a more in depth discussion of the parts, please download our complete Resume Writing Guide