Your résumé can either “make” or “break” your chances of getting hired in the position you are applying for. This is why extra care must be considered and taken in writing your résumé. It is your “key” to entering the business world successfully so you cannot afford to be careless and sloppy with your own résumé.
Writing a good résumé is not easy. In fact, it can be quite tricky. Some people “dread” and try to “avoid” writing their résumé for many reasons. Some of them find it a “tedious” thing to do while others find it “so boring.” After all, who would want to go back in time and remember all his or her job experiences, especially when some of these experiences were unpleasant and even painful? Still, this is one thing that is hard to escape from, especially when you are constantly looking for a job.
Before we go any further, it is important to know what a résumé is and how it is different from a Curriculum Vitae (CV).
Résumé is a French word which means “summary”. To put it simply, it is a summary of one’s education, skills and employment history submitted to a potential employer. It is usually one or two pages long. It is precise and concise and don’t use too much words.
Curriculum Vitae is a Latin word which means “course of life.” It is more detailed than the resume and normally 2 to 3 pages long. Sometimes, it could even be more than 3 pages. It describes in detail everything about the candidate’s professional experience.
So now that you know the difference between a résumé and a Curriculum Vitae, we can continue with our main topic.
Remember, your résumé is the “key” to your getting “accepted” or “rejected” from the job you are applying for. It reflects your education, character and capacity as an employee. It tells the prospective employers what your background is, what you have accomplished in the past, your skills and who your past employers were, etc. These things would help them make a decision, whether to hire you or not.
However, in order to make a lasting impression to employers, you must make sure that your résumé is almost, if not, perfect. It is really hard to come up with a perfect résumé because different people have different ideas how to write a good one. Despite this, you can improve your chances of getting your foot in the competitive job market by “polishing” your résumé and “selling” your unique skills in the business world in the right way.
Here are some tips on how to write a good résumé:
If you follow these simple tips, you can make sure that your résumé will stand out among dozens of applicants for the relevant position you are after. So if you still have that old résumé in your file, bring it out now and start revising it now. Good luck in writing your résumé!