Write Your Resumé the Easy
And Increase Your Chances of Getting That Dream Job
by Donna Rickerd
I can't think of anyone who enjoys writing their resume (even if
they enjoy talking about themselves for hours on end!) For many, writing
a resume conjures up visions of tortuous self-searching, intermittent
pad scratching, scanning piles of example resumes, and continuous
rewriting, all the while struggling to stay abreast a paper ocean. The
frustrating finale? After all that hard work, chances are slim for getting
But it doesn't have to be that way. You can be the one employers call,
signficantly increasing your chances of getting that dream job. All you
need to know are a few easy secrets. To start, consider these little known
is not just a biographical work history. It is a highly effective
marketing tool, and many underestimate its importance. Contrary to
popular belief, resumes aren't like plastic widgets, in that they are
all the same. Suppose XYZ company is looking to hire an electrical engineer.
A hundred electrical engineers eagerly apply for the position. Submitting
a generic resume or one similiar to those of other engineers, is not going
to do much to put you on top. Your resume needs to be custom-made and
tailored for the jobjust like you.
amount of time an employer spends reviewing a resume, even when screening
resumes for Chief Executive Officer, is only 15-20 seconds. Does this
surprise you? Admit it, the personnel manager at Diva Stripes would rather
browse Cosmopolitan, not your resume. Faced with a threatening
pile of papers, the weeding out process makes short shrift of those who
imagine their labored histories will be appreciated. Your resume must
make a strong impression in a short amount of time. It needs to
be an effective, easily read product brochure, the product
being your experience, achievements, and abilities. Remember: out of 100
resumes, only 10 percent will get an interview.
of your resume is to get you an interview, not to be a chronology of your
work history. To achieve this in today's competitive job market, it
needs to be strong, clear, and focused. It should motivate employers to
want to meet you and discuss employment possibilities, not be a file for
future reference or meat for the paper shredder.
resume is an integral part of your total presentation. Think of it
as you on paper. Even after the interviewing process, it continues
on the job, arguing your case. In the final decision making process, employers
review and evaluate all candidates. Your resume will be your last and
most powerful advocate.
So how do you go about writing this interview winner?
First, determine the kind of position you want. This is called your job
objective. Be realistic, but don't censor yourself by thinking
you don't qualify for what you really want. When you decide on the kind
of position you're looking for, you can focus your resume to reach that
goal. This is called targeting your resume. For example, don't
write a position in finance or human relations
or marketing. Be as clear as possible. If not sure, ask yourself,
What do I want to do? Then, Where do I want to do it,
and at what level of responsibility?
For example, you might decide on a position as editorial assistant
in book publishing or an entry-level position in financial
analysis with a major financial institution. Don't skip this step.
Without a clear objective, your resume lacks focus, and your writing will
have no direction. Remember that people who take the longest time to find
a job are often the ones who insist on telling everything they ever did,
or mentioning every skill they'd like to use, hoping the employer will
figure out what they want and where to put them. With this tactic, the
usual place their resume lands is not the hiring manager's desk but the