Six Questions to Consider RE: “International Update Your Resume Month”
The fall is one of the seasons of the year that is traditionally associated with self-evaluation, work-life management, and change resolutions. This is a great time to seize the opportunity to manage your career and life situation: to be proactive rather than defensive, especially in the face of challenging economic times.
Many people call, asking that I tweak their resume; in most cases, a more complete revision is needed. What are some of the factors you should consider when considering how to proceed? Remember – the resume is a marketing tool that speaks for you when you aren't there…
- Does your resume make a convincing case for where you want to go – in the future?
- Do you use industry-specific keywords? Do you use terminology that helps to make a transition?
- Is your resume more than 2-pages long? How dense is your text? Is your writing style clear, concise, and compelling?
- Does your resume describe job duties or success stories? Does the text of your resume support your "brand" or "your SSP (special selling points)"?
- Is your resume relevant? Do you emphasize quantifiable and recent accomplishments; those that are relevant to your future goals?
- Is your resume an effective marketing tool? Never lie, and never market yourself in a cheesy or over-the-top manner… Know yourself: plan your campaign strategically; tell your story with understated enthusiasm, in writing and in-person.
See the archives of this blog for other posts on resume-writing; see CAN's tips to "Avoid the Round File" (Download 0405-TRIBUNE_EDITED_E-MAIL.pdf); see books by Enelow and Kursmark for current samples, including those by this writer.
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