Create an effective resume
An effective resume is critical to a successful job search.
You may wonder why you still need a resume in an age where employers can Google you and tools like LinkedIn allow you to create something similar to a resume. But you still need a resume. For one thing, many employers require a resume as part of their employment process.
Also, your resume communicates your qualifications and your brand—who you are and what makes you different—to employers and recruiters. In a tough job market, you need a resume that helps you stand out in a sea of applicants.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” resume. In order to achieve the goals of a great resume, you must customize your resume to fit the specific job criteria each time you apply for a new position.
Your resume serves a different purpose than an online profile. Its main purpose is to get you an interview. Your profile on a social media page, such as LinkedIn, is first and foremost a networking tool.
It has a long tradition other tools don’t. Resumes have been used for years and are an expected part of the job search process. You’ll almost always be asked for one.
It’s more flexible than other tools. While there’s a lot you can do with an online profile, a resume is still easier to target to a specific job or opportunity.
It’s more portable than online profiles. When you’re networking or at a job fair, for example, it’s nice to have a document you can pull out and share with others.
It may offer a more fair and objective screening process. Because online profiles can contain photos and other personal content, biases may enter into the review process.
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