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How to Draft a More Effective Résumé


A résumé is a lot of things: a virtual first impression, a selling tool, a proper introduction. And while it could be your ticket to career bliss, there is no one-size-fits-all. A résumé for an Art Director position at a creative agency will widely vary from that of an accountant or civil engineer. But regardless of whether you are seeking to join the financial world, arts and entertainment or the manufacturing industry, one thing rings true: write to capture interest. 

So, what's interesting? Stories are. A résumé should tell a compelling story about a candidate in a way that doesn't require the reader to have to read too deep in between the lines. The language in which your résumé is crafted should speak volumes to your intelligence, academic and professional experience. Are you results-oriented, process-oriented, or both? Are you more comfortable with handling numbers or abstract ideas? Are you a better leader or follower? Or are you just a jack of all trades? The verbiage in your résumé should allude to these types of professional qualities. 

Aside from meeting the underlying qualifications of educational background and number of years of experience, what is it that brings home that unforgettable first impression just from a piece of paper? What makes the reader or employer feel that you are the one who can get the job done? A résumé that concisely explains three things: (1) what did you do? (2) Why did you do it? (3) What was the result? And when you receive a phone call to come in for a face-to-face interview, this becomes your opportunity to fill in all of the details in between. 

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