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What is a Resume?
The purpose of your resume is to market yourself to the prospective employer.Ã‚Â You need to provide enough information to win an interview.Ã‚Â Your resume should highlight your skills, accomplishments and experiences.Ã‚Â Potential employers should be able to visualize you working for them. The key is for your resume to demonstrate not only WHAT you can do for an employer, but HOW you can do it. It should offer targeted, results oriented content.
At Keppie Careers, I ensure that your resume effectively highlights your marketable skills.
Assess Your Resume
When you read your resume, are you proud to say that it represents you? Does your resume need a makeover?Ã‚Â Review it with these tips in mind…
- Does your resume target your audience?
- Is your resume attractive, consistent, error-free and easy to read?
- Do you DEMONSTRATE what you have to offer?
If your resume is TARGETED, ATTRACTIVE and DEMONSTRATES what you have to offer, it will be more than a TAD above the rest!Ã‚Â Keppie Careers offers you a resume that is a “head above the rest!”
Difference Between a CV and a Resume
A curriculum vitae (CV) is, literally, an accounting of your life. (It is Latin “for course of life.”) It is a resume on steroids! In the old days, terminology for CV and resume was inter-changeable, and you may still find ads requesting a CV. CVs are still used in academe, medicine and research fields, where the employer expects long lists of your presentations, publications, organizational affiliations, fellowships and internships. CVs for experienced academics, for example, may go on for 10 pages or more!
Obviously, most jobs outside of these traditional fields do not welcome a 10-page document describing your life’s work! So, if an ad asks for a CV and you are not applying for a research, medical or academic job, send a resume.
How long should my resume be?
Many hiring managers still prefer a one-page resume. However, if your industry tolerates longer versions, one rule of thumb is that your resume should not exceed one page if you have less than 10 years of experience. If you have more experience, a two-page resume may work.
Keppie Careers will help you narrow and focus your resume to ensure that you are not wasting space by repeating yourself unnecessarily. Typically, our bias is that your resume should be one page unless there is a specific reason for it to be longer.
Electronic resumes do not have page limits, but you still want to hone your materials to effectively target your key skills relative to the job.
Find much more advice about your resume by following THIS LINK to my blog!
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Soft Skills List
respect for others
take constructive criticism
work well under pressure