Resume Writing: The good and the bad
ROCKVILLE, MD -- The good news is that, with a little extra effort, you can create a resume that makes you stand out. Even if you face fierce competition, with a well written resume you should be invited to interview more often than many people more qualified than you. The bad news is that your present resume is probably much more inadequate than you now realize.
It is a mistake to think of your resume as a history of your past, as a personal statement or as some sort of self expression. Sure, most of the content of any resume is focused on your job history. But write from the intention to create interest, to persuade the employer to call you. The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. A resume is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less.
A great resume doesn't just tell them what you have done but makes the same assertion that all good ads do: If you buy this product, you will get these specific, direct benefits. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career. The bottom line is that it inspires the prospective employer to pick up the phone and ask you to come in for an interview.