4 Purpose of a Resume

Resumes are no longer a literal account of your work history; they are a strategic story of your most marketable skills and experiences. Think of your resume as a marketing tool and imagine yourself as the product that you are marketing. This is your opportunity to sell yourself and your skills in order to create a strong, memorable, and confident first impression.

Remember also that your resume is a living, breathing document and should be continually updated as you change, learn, and grow. Since it is often your very first introduction to a prospective employer, your document needs to impress the hiring manager enough for them to want to meet with you in person and invite you for an interview. When employers receive large quantities of resumes, they simply don’t have the time and resources to retain all the information you are presenting. That is why it is essential to be as clear as possible; this will allow the employer or hiring committee to find the information they are looking for within the few seconds they take to read it over.

An effective resume will:

  • Include keywords from the job posting.
  • Demonstrate your ability to organize and present ideas clearly and professionally.
  • Show your attention to detail by being free of errors.
  • Provide details of your relevant experience and education credentials.

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