Your resume is a “key” component of the job search process and “one resume does not rule them all” – each resume needs to be targeted to the specific job announcement! A resume outline is your strategic advantage to highly focused resume. Remember…
Generic resumes get generic results!
Most employers, in today’s competitive environment, spend 20 seconds or less scanning your resume. That’s it – your shot at getting the job is summed up in a 20 second scan. In that time your resume needs to clearly outline how your skills, experience, education, and accomplishments “qualify” you for the position.
Many people I talk to know they need a resume, but they just don’t know where to start! I always recommend starting out with a resume outline. It takes about an hour or two of concentrated effort, but the payoff is incredible. It’s one of the best ways to cut your resume writing time in half, while allowing you to target each resume to the job for which you’re applying.
3 Benefits of a resume outline are:
- It consolidates all your information in one convenient place.
- It re-familiarizes you with your employment history, accomplishments, and the value you bring to an employer.
- It puts you in a better position to write a highly effective resume, because you’re prepared!
Follow the guide below to assist you in preparing your resume outline: