Interview committees receive hundreds of job applications for a single position often with only a resume to help guide them to the best candidates. For this reason it is so important that your resume stands out, in a good way. It’s true that you may be qualified for the position but if you don’t know how to write a resume then the committee may never know that. Let’s break down the five basic principles of a resume to help get you noticed by the next search committee.
What is a Resume?
A resume is essentially an organized—and pretty—collection of evidence showing that you are qualified for a position; don’t ever forget that. Certainly it can be described as an official list of your professional accomplishments but always remember your audience, the search committee, and write your resume with them in mind.
Why They Matter
As mentioned above, your resume is the only thing standing between you and the perfect position, truly. Surely you have the relevant experience, but unless you can convince the search committee to read through your resume in order to know this then you are just another application to them. A resume can get you an interview and an interview is where you can expand on the details.