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#1 To market yourself to prospective employers. An effective resume works like advertising copy. Think of your resume as your personal brochure and one you can live up to. You don’t have to make “hard sell or make any false claims, but you do have to get over your modesty and toot your own horn a little bit. If you don’t, who will?

#2 To win an interview. A resume provides your basic contact information, and facts about your achievements on the job to prospective employees. It’s what thy want to know about you, in a format that’s easy to read and glean knowledge from quickly. A concise, accurate, powerful and truthful resume establishes you as a professional person, someone a potential employer can’t afford to ignore.

#3 To keep track of your achievements to date. Even if you aren’t looking for a new job, a stellar opportunity might present itself—or downsizing could rear its ugly head. Be ready for either possibility with a strong and current resume.

#4 To tell the truth. If you fib about your education, job experience or any other elements of your work history, you will probably live to regret it. True stories abound of professionals achieving the highest levels of success, only to have their careers ruined when research revealed that their resumes were fabricated. If a job title you had does not adequately reflect the work you really did, be sure the description of the job makes your duties clear… but don’t gild any lilies.

#5 To demonstrate what you’ve accomplished on the job. Employers are concerned bout one thing---how an employee can contribute to their bottom line. Quantify how you’ve saved the company money, and give prospective employers numbers to prove it. A powerfully written resume conveys how you can be an asset to the company’s profits and productivity.

#6 To act as a covering piece or addendum to a part of a grant or business proposal, or as an accompaniment to a graduate school application. A resume is a versatile document that is required in more situations than just the job-seeking process.

#7 To hit the highlights, not serve as a biography. Remember your resume is only one element of your job search strategy. A resume is needed to get you in the door,. Yet cover letters, email, and telephone interactions will extend the conversation and add further evidence of your ability to do the job. Be prepared to give more detail later, live, to a real person.

You work hard every day. Why not track your achievements and give yourself a little credit? Maybe you’re modest and expect applause, but if you don’t keep score, who will?

One of the best ways to sell yourself to a prospective employer (or to negotiate for a raise at your current job) is to quantify your achievements. Keep your file (either an electronic document or an actual file) of your achievements to date. If you receive an award, earn a certificate or receive a note of appreciation form a client or co-worker, keep it. If someone compliments your work verbally, write yourself a note and keep that too. This is not in vain. These pieces of paper are proof of your excellence performance and tools you need to help you in the future.

Also in your achievement file: an updated resume. Even if you aren’t looking for another job, keep your resume current and record each step you’ve taken in your career to date. Use to remind yourself of how far you’ve come. And if that irresistible opportunity comes along (or if you fall victim to downsizing) you are ready to go,

Some other things you may want to keep a list of are specific things you may consider yourself an expert on. Are you a whiz in Excel? Are you the person in the office everyone goes to when the network goes off-line, or the paper in the fax machine needs changing? Do you always know what to say to a difficult client? Are you the fastest invoice writer? Even though these things may seem small, they are important to getting the job done—and done well.

Give yourself a little credit for what you do. And keep track! It can help you take the next step in your career.

Simple steps to find out the ideal length of your resume.

#1 Take personal inventory of your existing resume to determine how strong your presentation really is. The real question Have you communicated why you are the best candidate for the position?

#2 Your resume is not just a job description. However it include the results you achieved on the job.

#4 Make sure you have weeded out any unimportant or irrelevant information that does not support your career objective.

  • No personal information,
  • No references. Don’t use references on request they are going to ask for them anyway. You don’t need to give them permission.

#5 When does your job history start? A maximum of 15 years ago is appropriate. Mention early jobs briefly.

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