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4. Resume

The resume is a written summary of your career history and your marketable skills and strengths.  A resume may serve several functions:

·         A self-inventory as preparation for articulating your background to an interviewer

·         An introductory document whose aim is to generate invitations to interviews

·         An agenda affording interviewers a springboard from which to launch questions

Consider demand structure and your marketable strengths

The conceptual starting point for all resumes is an analysis of demand structure.  That is, who is buying and what specifically is the buyer looking for in the ideal candidate?  Resumes need to reflect the importance that hiring authorities place on a need they have now or will have in the near future.  You must spend time determining demand structure in order to capitalize on your marketability.

Components of a resume

A resume is divided into anywhere from five to twelve sections, each of which conveys a particular aspect of your background.

  • Objective (optional)
  • Summary or ProfileAccomplishments
  • Employment History
  • Education
  • Technical/Special Skills (optional)
  • Honors/Awards (optional)
  • Professional Associations (optional)
  • Publications (optional)
  • Presentations (optional
  • Licenses (optional)
  • Military History (optional).
For more information and samples dowload the following worksheet.