Your resume is a deceptively complex
document. It describes who you are, what you know, what you have done and, most
importantly, what you can offer an employer. While the finished product looks
like a simple, clean summary of your accomplishments, the process of writing it
can be difficult. Don’t be deterred! A well-crafted and
well-formatted resume will help you stand out from other applicants and is
definitely worth the time and effort.
Your resume is a marketing document and should be focused on delivering a specific message about you to your
target audience. In order to know what to include in your resume, you have to
be able to answer the following question:
What do you want employers to learn
about you when they read your resume?
Your resume cannot and should not
try to tell everything there is to know about you. The only way to know
what you should include or exclude is to identify the aspects of your
education, experience, skills and characteristics that are relevant to your
candidacy. These should comprise the core message of your resume, using strong action verbs. Once
you know your core message, you can begin creating your resume.
For more information about creating a curriculum vitae (CV), a type of resume used for academic-specific fields, click here.