Resume Writing: What is a resume?
We all know that a resume is a document that is necessary for job applications. The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. It is an advertisement that aims at selling the idea of you as an employee to the recruiters of the company that you have applied to. A great resume doesn’t just tell them what you have done but also convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career. It inspires the prospective employer to pick up the phone and ask you to come in for an interview.
Realizing the fact that a resume can be your ticket to getting exactly the job you want is the first step in creating a real masterpiece out of it. Since your resume is the single most decisive document in your job application, it is important to get it as perfect as possible to increase your chances for selection. A great resume doesn’t just inform the recruiters about your qualifications, achievements and experience, it interests and excites them. A resume, therefore, needs to be written from the intention to create interest and persuade the employer to call you.
A great resume has two sections. The first section is the assertions section, where you make assertions about your abilities, qualities and achievements. The second section is the evidence section where you back your assertions with proof. This is where you mention your qualifications, work experience, etc. To find out how to nail the assertions section read the next blog “Resume Writing: Making the right assertions”.