What is a Resume?

A resume is a written communication that highlights your education, experience, and qualifications to produce results for a particular employer. Its sole purpose is to assist you in obtaining a personal interview!

Most people hate the thought of writing a resume, so they put it off until the last minute. When they finally do sit down to write it, they often become convinced that their background and skills are inadequate. They can't imagine how any of their work experience or education pertains to the career they are planning. These feelings and concerns are common--here's how to deal with them.

Keep your purpose in mind. Your resume is a sales tool that introduces you to the employer in your absence. It is:

  • a record of your education and experience
  • a sample of how you communicate
  • a way to generate interviews

Samples of Good Resumes (PDF Files)

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