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If a boarding pass is your ticket to flight, then a resume is your ticket to work. Depending on your industry, trade, or area of focus, your resume will vary in length, format, design, and focus. For example, someone in a creative field will likely have a more colorful and fluid looking resume, whereas someone in the sciences will have more of an exact and precise flow to theirs. Though resumes come in all shapes and sizes, they are there to serve a common purpose: to convey to a potential employer that you are the best candidate for the job.

One thing is certain about resumes, the more articulate and succinct your history and experiences are written out, the easier it is for an employer to digest what you bring to the metaphorical table. This can be accomplished by keeping a few points in mind. The first would be to worry more about the quality of the text that you have on the page rather than obsess over the formatting. Of course, formatting can be important for certain types of resumes, but employers are largely concerned with the content and message that you are trying to convey to them. Secondly, it’s very important for all of the content within your resume to be useful and serve a purpose. A great way to demonstrate that is by utilizing keywords and punctuating each bit of information with a bullet point. That way it will be very evident to the employer or hiring manager what you’ve accomplished and what you’re capable of. Once you have completed your resume, look it over again and take note of information that doesn’t serve a purpose. The goal is to have every piece of information on the page be absolutely essential. Lastly, if you have a lot of prior experiences that don’t really apply to your current career trajectory but are still important to the arc of your employment, find a way to lump them together so they don’t take up a ton of space.

Resumes are as fluid as our own careers; they change and flow over the years, rewritten and reshaped based on our present day realities. The most important thing is to remember to have your resume reflect what you’ve worked on and what you’re working towards. It’s okay to cut down on your employment history as long as what you’re illustrating for a potential employer is exemplary of your strengths and employment goals. Think quality over quantity. If you’d like to learn more about crafting the perfect short and sweet resume, check out this great article I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next month, have a relaxing rest of your summer. See you in September!

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Comment by Jennifer Mundl on March 26, 2019 at 4:22pm

Very nice overview of things to think about when finding the perfect career. Your resources are excellent and good to explore.

Comment by Joan Ray on August 30, 2018 at 1:55pm

Great article! It is difficult to present yourself well in a resume. It is something that isn't covered in all high school classes.

Comment by Nikki Abramson on August 17, 2018 at 10:19pm

This is great advice. I always struggle crafting a resume as I have so many piece meal jobs as an independent contract and have many jobs. This is a good point. 

Comment by Sammy Abeje on August 16, 2018 at 11:57am

Fantastic article!  This is something that is so useful that they don't really go over in school!

Comment by Great Lakes ADA Center on August 14, 2018 at 12:41pm

Some resume styles are industry dependent, be sure to check with others in your field if there is a common format used.

Comment by Erika J. Kluge on August 13, 2018 at 10:28pm

Great advice Adrienne- I am always surprised when do a web search for "current resume language" how the catch words have changed. 

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