Nobody can ever underestimate how important it is to have a good resume. First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential recruiter will have of you, is going to depend on how you present your CV. This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a recruiter’s attention, or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue.
The purpose of the resume is to get the interview. After reading it, recruiters should want to get to know you better. Your resume is your friend, if properly prepared. If not, it could be just the thing that loses your opportunity. Use it to your advantage. You have complete control over whatever employer knows about you. Never falsify information, but emphasize the good, make sure your lasting impression is a profound and positive one.
Think of a resume as a tool for marketing yourself. It’s more than just a document: It outlines your background, your skills, and your education so that a recruiter is quickly and easily able to see how your individual experiences can contribute to a company’s success.
So how do you want to be remembered after that first impression? Wrinkled and unorganized. Neat and structured. Long and boring. Precise and interesting. Recruiters do not have the time to interview every applicant that is interested in the job. They use an eliminating process. That’s right – resumes. That’s why you have to outstand yourself.