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Your Job Target

The key to a great resume is knowing what you’re trying to achieve. One of the biggest complaints employers have about resumes—and one of the main reasons resumes fail—is lack of focus. To write a great resume, you need a clear set of goals:

  • What’s the purpose of the resume you’re preparing? Is it to attract employers who may have opportunities, or are you applying for a specific, advertised position?
  • What’s your current career objective? Are you in a field that you enjoy, or are you looking to change careers? What’s the next logical step in your career?
  • What kind of company or organization do you want to work for? Where are the employers in your field, and how much do you know about them?
  • What do you want to achieve in your work? Are you looking for greater responsibility? Higher income? More meaningful work? What’s most important to you?

Next, learn about employer needs

Department of Labor CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration