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Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies by Jason Williamson

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Chapter 13

Creating a Winning Résumé

In This Chapter

arrow Defining the purpose of a résumé within the hiring process

arrow Learning the keys to good résumé writing

arrow 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.

Understanding the Importance of a Résumé

The résumé — which details your education, training, and ...

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