The saying “you only have one chance to make a first impression” is so true, particularly when it comes to your resume.
It’s your opportunity to spark the employer’s attention and you only have seconds to sell your best self and stand out from the crowd.
The job market is competitive so it’s super important to make sure your first impression counts.
Your resume gives you the opportunity to showcase your top qualities and skills relevant to the job advertisement and demonstrate why you’re a good fit for the job.
A resume (sometimes referred to as a C.V. or Curriculum Vitae) is basically a picture of your life in words, written in and presented in a very specific way to highlight your how your skills, experience and education are related to the job you are applying for. It is a short professional account of your career and accomplishments, usually a maximum of 2 to 4 pages long.
The main purpose of a resume is to get to a job interview. Taking the time to get your resume right can dramatically increase your chance of getting an interview and winning a job.
It can be useful to think of a resume as a marketing document - it tells a potential employer about you, and what you have to offer them. But it is only words on a piece of paper if you don't know how to identify your skills and sell yourself (learn more about skills that get noticed).
Our “Kick-Start your Career” Series has more information available about all aspects of career planning and job preparation.
You can watch our recorded presentation “Is Your Resume Doing You Justice?” for more specific tips and detailed information about creating your resume, what headings to use, and how to identify the skills and experiences that employers require you to demonstrate in your job application.
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