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Do Your Research

A key first step in creating your resume is gathering information. Some facts will be more obvious, like companies you've worked for or courses you've taken. Assembling this basic information is a great way to get started, especially if you tend to procrastinate!

But for a focused resume, you need to dig deeper to determine what you're looking for, what employers are looking for, and how it all fits together.

  • Your job target. Are you going after a specific, advertised position or a more general opportunity in your field? What's your goal?
  • Employer needs. Find out what employers are looking for, and explore the latest trends and skill requirements in your field.
  • Your qualifications. What special assets and unique strengths do you offer? What values do you hold that make a job a good fit?

Your overall objective is to match your goals and qualifications to employers' needs. This is what will ultimately win you the interview.