I was flipping through a career development textbook at a local high school this weekend and landed on the resume writing tab. The first step was to, “identify an appealing resume template in MS Word.” It proceeded to explain how to fill out the template. I was aghast. Is that what they’re teaching these days? Then I thought about it and realized I shouldn’t be suprised. I see seasoned professionals with template resumes all the time.
Throw your templates out. Right now. Delete them from your computer.
A resume must be unique to you. It must make you stand out and be noticed. Templates, by definition, are common, universal tools that make you look like everyone else.
It isn’t enough to know where you place information; you must know why you place it there. Strategy requires knowledge of the “why” and the “how” not just the “where.” A good looking document isn’t enough; you must know what the reader needs to know and present it in an ordered fashion.
What kinds of things does a hiring manager need to know about you to call you for an interview?
Asking yourself that question is the beginning of a great resume that is uniquely you.
So, what does the hiring manager need to know? Your feedback can help the other readers of this blog.
Managing Writer – Career Services International, www.careersi.com; Education Career Services, www. educationcs.com