© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Amazing Resume Creator"
There are many guides to resume writing online. Some of these guides are useful, others are so basic and generic as to be useless and a couple are actually so badly thought out and written as to be harmful to your efforts to write resumes. One thing that most of them have in common is that they focus most heavily on the specifics of what should go into the resume, without spending a lot of time on the overall theory of why some resumes work better than others.
A guide to resume writing which neglects the reasons why you are writing what you are writing serves you in the moment and lets you write one resume, but does not provide guidance for any subsequent resumes you may write. Furthermore, it leaves you dependent on that guide for the rest of your resume writing career. As the old proverb goes, if you give someone a fish you feed them for a day but if you teach them to fish you feed them for life. Consequently, the guide to resume writing that you are reading now hopes to give you a theoretical foundation to use as you write your resume over and over again throughout your career.
A Guide to Resume Writing You Can Use
After reading this guide to resume writing you should know three key concepts well enough to integrate them into your resume writing practice. The first is that a resume is purely a sales document, designed strictly to convince the reader of your qualifications to adequately perform the job and solve the problems which that position is responsible for. What this means to you is that your first order of business as a job seeker is to find out as much information as you can about what duties the opportunity performs, what responsibilities it holds and what results are considered proof of success. Once you've figured these out, write them down. Anything your resume contains that doesn't relate specifically to these is irrelevant as far as the hiring manager is concerned.
The second concept that this guide to resume writing hopes to instill in you is that the strongest method of convincing a reader that you are qualified to perform the job and solve the problems the position requires is to demonstrate that you have already solved those problems and achieved the results which the position requires. At some point in the resume, you should recount the problem you faced, the actions you took and the results you achieved. The third concept is that every piece of the resume can do work to convince the reader that you are qualified and successful at the relevant problems and challenges. Your educational achievements, your awards, your activities, your organizations all speak to your abilities and successes in those relevant areas so should be written in a way to prove it.
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