Everything About Résumés
A résumé is an executive summary of your qualifications to perform a responsible role in the workplace. A résumé distills to one page all of your education, training, work, and life experience in relationship to your potential value to an employer or an opportunity.
A résumé is:
- In many ways your first professional handshake
- An introduction to employers and evaluators. Be sure to check your grammar and spelling with many reviews.
- An advertisement of your employability and career potential. Make your résumé attractive, easy to read, and market-savvy.
- A document of achievements. Never misrepresent your qualifications, and always show learning, pursuit, and contributions.
- A roadmap of your career growth and direction. Make it easy for employers to see chronology and patterns of development.
- An interview prompt for recruiters. Highlight the achievements you want to talk about in an interview, and be prepared to discuss the achievements you highlight. For example, if you report that you are a member of the Sociology Society, what will you say if the interviewer asks you to describe society benefits and activities?