Wednesday, November 10, 2010


A resume is so much more than words on a page chronicling your job history through the years.
More entries are not necessarily better as they may show you have bounced around a lot from job to job, which could hurt you when applying for a new position.
A great resume is a work of art, especially with times the way they are now.
Not only does the ink on the page have to show your skills and experience, but it has to be presented in such a way that grabs the eye of the reader…a possible employer.
Some people might think of a resume as something mundane or a chore they have to attend to from time to time in case they need to look for work in the future.
This thought process has to be changed.
You are no doubt proud of the university you attend and the degree/s obtained. You worked hard in your past positions for companies and are more skilled because of the knowledge obtained through the years. So why would you let all that fall flat on such an important piece of paper?
Develop a “Straight Line” resume.
This means you need to have all your ducks in a row. SET measures all the resumes we write by several criteria, and this one is basic. The idea here is to make sure that if you have a stated goal at the top, which you should, then every other part of the resume needs to support that goal.
If you say you want sales, for example, you don’t want to be emphasizing operations achievements. Or if you’ve been working in a consulting firm and want to switch to the corporate side, you don’t want to be talking about building consulting revenues. Rather, you cite the improvements you brought about for clients, because that’s what counts for your prospects.
Don’t think of putting a resume together as chore, but rather creating a masterpiece of you, which will catapult you into your next job.

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