Employers often spend only 15-30 seconds scanning a resume, so it must work hard to quickly communicate your skills and value. Think of it as a marketing tool that shows that your product (you) meets the needs of your potential customer (the employer).
A resume is a succinct outline of your education, experience, activities, accomplishments and skills as they pertain to your career goals. Effective resumes get noticed because they:
- Emphasize relevant accomplishments and potential contributions
- Focus on the skills and requirements of a specific field or position
- Are concise, well-organized and easy to read
Need help getting starting? Check out our resume guide which includes great advice, worksheets and samples to help you get started or update your existing documents.