What is a resume?

Read below for the definition of: "What is a resume?"

When you think about getting a job, the first thing that comes to mind is: "How do I get the employer's attention?" In today's competitive job market, the answer is: "You need a resume."

But, what IS a resume?

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The short description is that it is a means for you to present yourself to a prospective employer. It is a piece of paper that details your personal background in such as way as to generate enough interest in the mind of the employer so that you are asked to meet face to face.

A well-written resume leads to an interview

How does a resume work?

An employer does not have time to meet with every person who wants to work for them. Many times, hundreds of resumes can be sent in for a single job opening. No one has time to meet with hundreds of job candidates to determine if they are right for the job or not. A resume gives the employer a way to evaluate an individual prior to a face to face meeting (job interview).

What is a resume to the employer?

When an employer receives a stack of resumes, there is usually a quick scan of each resume to determine if it should be read fully. This is often referred to as the "20 second scan" or the "30 second scan". Very little time is actually spent reading the resume during this first stage. What the employer is first looking for is anything to weed out a candidate from the rest of the stack.

A resume (poorly written) is a quick way to eliminate poor candidates.

This is the main reason that a resume has to be so well-written. Any typos or grammar errors could be the cause for elimination – even if the job candidate is otherwise outstanding.

If the goal of a resume is to obtain an interview, then the resume has to lead the employer to that goal. The best way to do that is to make sure it is accurate, contains no typos or grammar errors and highlights the job candidate's skills and accomplishments as amazingly as possible.

To learn more about that, click here: Resume Tips

Writing a great resume is a bit time consuming and requires patience and determination, but when it is done well, a job opportunity can quickly become a job offer.

For more details about this step by step approach to "How to Make a Resume", click on this picture:

You will have an opportunity to see how one person goes from a blank piece of paper to a professional resume - every step of the way. It is based on the steps listed above, but is more detailed and provides concrete examples of every aspect of the process.

One of the more important benefits is that it will show you how one person's information fits into the three main resume formats - something that no other resume book does. This book will show you exactly how to make a resume - and do it professionally and quickly.

If you are finished reading "What is a resume?", click here to read about the Resume Outline

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