March 9, 2010 · For Employees
Many people ask me why they need to have a current resume when interviewing for a prospective job. There are many reasons to have a good resume, including passing the employer’s screening process, establishing you as a professional person with high standards and excellent writing skills, and boosting your confidence while clarifying your direction. The number one purpose of a good resume, however, is to win an interview. If your resume gets you in front of a prospective employer, then it’s an effective resume. A resume is an advertisement; nothing more, nothing less.
Just as important is what a resume isn’t. It is a mistake if you think of your resume as a personal statement, a history of your past, or as some sort of self-expression about how you feel about something. Sure, most of the content of any resume is about your job history. But if you write from the intention of creating interest, persuading the employer to call you, your final product will be very different than from many other resumes.
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