In This Chapter
Defining the purpose of a résumé within the hiring process
Learning the keys to good résumé writing
Examining both good and bad résumé elements
Writing a good résumé is the initial entry point into most quality employment opportunities, yet so many people fail to write a compelling résumé and take advantage of those opportunities. In theory, writing a résumé shouldn’t be difficult because you’re writing about someone you know very well: Yourself! Unfortunately, many people fail because they don’t understand the role of the résumé, they don’t know what message to deliver in their writing, or they fall into the trap of omitting good information and emphasizing bad information.
In this chapter, I explore the role of résumés in the hiring process and why a good résumé is important. Next, I review the do’s and don’ts of résumé writing and establish ground rules for what to write and what to omit. Finally, I provide examples of good résumé content that will open opportunities and poor résumé content that will close those opportunities.
The résumé — which details your education, training, and ...