Resume is a marketing tool which acts as a door opener and allows an employer to assess your qualifications quickly in the prescreening process before interviews. Most resumes are initially read for 15 seconds or less (3-5 seconds if unsolicited). Help the readers form mental pictures of you and your activities as they look for key words and phrases. Among 10s, 100s, or 1000s of resumes, the employer needs to ascertain the benefits you are offering them, based on your past accomplishments. Document the results you achieved by including numbers, e.g., supervised 50 volunteers; reduced waste material by 30%; managed $100,000 project, coming in on budget and 1 week ahead of schedule.
If your resumes seem to be taking you down a path similar to your last job(s) and you want to change direction, that is quite easily accomplished. You probably have explained your past jobs in terms of the duties and responsibilities that characterized that work. You need to interpret or reframe those experiences to meet the demands of the new work you would like to have.
The resume is a more concise presentation of credentials than a curriculum vitae which is prepared for a teaching/research position in a university or for inclusion in an application package for graduate school.
It is important to tailor your qualifications to the job for which you are applying. To do this, review your SELF ASSESSMENT worksheets and the DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB information you have obtained.
Before starting a draft of your resume, summarize your points on this Preparing for the Resume and Job Interview worksheet. (来源：www.EnglishCN.com)
PREPARING FOR THE RESUME AND JOB INTERVIEW Date:
JOB TITLE OR TYPE OF WORK:
(Focus your strengths and related examples to this target market. Prepare additional sheets for other jobs)
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
Rate your oral and written communication skills (e.g., excellent, good, etc.). Include your ability to listen. Give examples of when you demonstrated those skills.
Rate your interpersonal skills. Give an example.
Rate your ability to plan and organize. Give an example.
Describe a situation where you had to solve a problem. What was the outcome? What does this tell an employer about your critical thinking/analytical/problem-solving capabilities?
Everyone is creative. Discuss aspects of your creativity (e.g., generating ideas, design, etc).
Would you consider yourself flexible or adaptable? How would you convince an employer?
Give a good example of your initiative or self motivation.
Give a good example of your teamwork.
Give a good example of your leadership.
Give a good example of your time management skills.
Did you ever do more than was required of you by your job description or supervisor? Describe.
Name 3 mistakes you made recently and discuss what you learned from them.
The world continues to change at a rapid pace. Perhaps even faster in the future than in the past. Do you see yourself as having a positive role in this change? If so, how can you help an employer?
Discuss your computer knowledge and experience.
List your achievements which form a good basis for the job.
Discuss your level of comfort with the risk-taking required.
Add your other strengths as required by the job.
In summary, when an employer asks you, "Why do you want to work for us?", what would you say to show your interest in and knowledge of the organization based on your research?
When an employer asks you, "Why should I hire you?", what would you say to convince the interviewer you are the best person for the job? Organize your major strengths in the following areas and give examples or illustrations as proof, including a statement on the success you achieved.
Work-content or technical knowledge or skills (e.g., forecasting).
Name skill, and give an example of a time you demonstrated this strength.
Transferable skills to almost any job (e.g., liaising).
Name skill, and give an example of where that experience could benefit the prospective new employer.
Personality or self-management skills (e.g., attention to detail).
Name skill, and give an example of a situation where this strength proved valuable.