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The purpose of a resume is to get an interview

Applying for a job is a process, and the resume is how you initiate that process. Your resume has done its job if it helps you pass the initial screening.

Resumes are one to two-page summaries of your qualifications and their sole purpose is to impress prospective employers. An effective resume is an advertisement tool to market yourself.

Your resume will not win you an interview if the employer does not instantly come to the conclusion that you "have what it takes." The first hurdle to pass--whether it ends up in the "consider file" or the "reject file"--may take less than thirty seconds.

The most effective resumes are clearly focused on a specific job title and addresses the employer's stated requirements for the position. The more you know about the duties and skills required for the job, and organize your resume around these points, the more effective the resume.  Show the employer you are qualified for the position by using the qualifications and duties stated in the job description to guide you on what to include in your resume.

Avoid sending the same resume to all employers. Customizing your resume is a great way to improve your chances of getting an interview.

Do the thinking for the employer, show what you are capable of doing and you will stand out from the crowd.

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