Your resume is one of the most important documents you will ever prepare. It is a statement of your abilities, skills, achievements, and aspirations. Essentially, it is an advertisement where you are the product - your own personal marketing tool.
While you are developing your resume, it is important to keep a few things in mind:
- The average amount of time employers spend reviewing your resume is 6 seconds. That is not a lot of time to communicate your strengths, skills, and goals. Therefore, it is important to clearly and concisely capture their attention.
- Resumes are fluid, that is, they are never "done." You will be adding, editing, and reformatting throughout your working life. Sometimes you will need to tailor your resume to a specific field or even a particular job in a specific company. Resumes are also individualized - what works for your roommate will not necessarily work for you, and that's a good thing. You want your resume to reflect your unique abilities, skills, achievements, and aspirations.
- A resume alone will never get you a job. The primary function of your resume is to convince an employer to interview you. It is the interview that will hopefully lead you to the job offer.