Your resume is a marketing document aimed to sell your skills to potential employers. You may have multiple versions of your resume depending on the variety of jobs to which you are applying. Each resume should include information about your skills, achievements, relevant industry knowledge and positive outcomes that resulted due to your work.
What is a Resume?
A resume is a document that is used to outline your experiences, professional, academic, extracurricular and the skills you have acquired as a result. Think of your résumé as a kind of advertisement for yourself a strong Resume should make the reader want to meet and interview you, just like a well-made commercial should make the viewer want to try the product advertised. Your resume impact both the details you choose to include and the way you write about them. A person with limited experience but strong writing skills can put together a resume as compelling as a person who writes about their rich experiences in an ineffective way.
Is it time to write my Resume
Yes! A resume is a work in progress, and students who start early have the benefit of improving and refining the document over time. You need to keep their resume regularly updated to reflect new experiences, ensuring that an up-to-date resume is available when needed. You are encouraged to begin the process immediately. You never know when and where your resume will be needed!
Is there such a thing as a “correct” Resume
No. There is no right and wrong when it comes to resume content and format. Each resume is as unique as the individual it represents. It is up to you to select the appropriate content that best highlights your skills for the employment you hope to acquire, and then effectively communicate your qualifications in a format that is clear and easy to read.
Should my resume include everything I have ever done?
Not necessarily. Note that a employer typically spends around 30 seconds when initially reviewing a resume. Therefore, it is important to carefully select experiences that emphasize the skills most relevant to the desired position. As you make your choices, remember to stress quality over quantity.
If I have to pick and choose what goes on my resume, how do I make those decisions?
First, focus on the skills and attributes you can bring to the organization. Consider the perspective of the potential employer, and what he or she would desire in the ideal candidate for the position. To assist you, make use of the position announcement, company’s website, or the books in The Career Center’s Resource Center. Next, reflect upon specific experiences from your employment history that demonstrate how you have gained and refined skills that will transfer to the job you desire. Finally, customize a resume for every job application. This gives potential employers the impression that you have indeed carefully selected the most relevant experiences that portray you as the best choice.