Thursday, August 27, 2009

First Impression: Writing Your Resume

It is a document that most of us in the workplace have had to write at some point, unless your last name is Trump. The resume, outlining your work history and your (real or imagined) skills, is that irreplaceable document that you use to sell yourself to a potential employer. It is a powerful communication tool that can make your professional future or leave you on the shelf for a very long time no matter how talented you and your Aunt Merle think you are. If you are not able to professionally communicate your er.exceptional gifts to the persons you want to hire you, then your skills will remain hidden gems.

Many a mistake has been made preparing the resume. Some people make the error of writing down every single job they have ever held since high school. This is right on the money if you are applying for another summer job, but chances are if you are at a different stage in your life and do this, you might not get the thumbs up if you are gunning for that cushy management role. You might want to re-think that strategy - quickly.

Now it is all the rage for potential candidates to get their resumes written by 'professionals', but believe it or not there was a time when you had to learn to craft and embellish that resume by yourself. In fact, it is not as hard as it seems. There are a few tricks in trade that you can use to create a more than decent resume for yourself. This is what I have learnt having written a few resumes for myself and others, and more importantly, having read resumes written by prospective employees.

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