You: Resume, Interviewing, and Negotiation Basics
Think of yourself as a product-what truly differentiates you
from other candidates? What accomplishments have you achieved,
and where do you want to go in the future? Your resume and your
interviews should help tell that story.
Building a Strong Case for Candidacy
Powerful resumes need to be complete, absolutely accurate, and
professional in appearance. In a competitive marketplace, employers
look for traits that distinguish one candidate from another.
Start at the beginning and ask, "Does the stated objective
target my employment goals well? Does it limit my options by
being too specific?"
The format you choose isn't just a matter of style either. In
general, most resumes follow one of two styles: traditional
chronological order, or functional summary. The more traditional
chronological resume presents skills and accomplishments within
the framework of past employers. This approach often yields
the best results because it provides the most explicit description
of the quality and application of skills and shows a steady,
progressively advancing employment history.
The summary or functional resume distills total work experience
into major areas of expertise and is a good choice for those
who have changed jobs frequently. If a hiring manager is interested
primarily in technical or problem-solving abilities, this is
probably the most productive approach.
An effective resume gives an employer a good sense of your potential
value by emphasizing key elements in your background and presenting
qualifications in a favorable light.