Your resume is the first meeting between you and a prospective employer more often now than ever. So, how do you want employers to remember you? Wrinkled and unorganized? Neat and structured? Long and boring? Precise and interesting? Companies do not have the time to interview every applicant that is interested in the job. They use an eliminating process. That's right - resumes!


There is something very positive about seeing your education, experience, and achievements presented in a visually appealing document. The first step in your job search is a well-written resume that calls attention to your strengths and skills and makes the prospective employer want to interview you. That's really the main purpose of a resume - to get your foot in the door.


A resume shows a prospective employer you know how to prepare. Walking into an establishment and applying for a job by simply filling out an application can cause your application to be passed over for one that includes a resume.


For centuries, we have used documents to confirm our identities, make introductions, and inspire others to see us as useful, valuable, and capable. Regardless of its origins or the new formats and methods used to present the modern resume, it is still one of the most important tools necessary to getting or changing jobs and advancing your career.



A professionally written resume is an investment. Pure and simple. If you divide that investment by the number of applications you send out, you will realize that it is worth the money. Would you rather send out 50 job applications before realizing that your resume is deficient?




1. You've been promoted!

2. Economic ups and downs in your industry mean you might be subject to downsizing or a layoff.

3. You can do the job better than your boss.

4. Your contact information has changed, or you have a new cell number, married name, address, or email provider.

5. You are thinking about moving to a new city, state, or industry.

6. You have new career goals, aspire to a better position, or want to transition to a different field.

7. Your education has changed; you've just gotten a new degree, taken new classes, or been trained in a new skill.

8. It's been more than two years since your last update.

9. You've been asked for your credentials for an award, board position, membership, or networking opportunity.

10. You might be recruited when you least expect it.


Schuman, Nancy. The Everything Resume Book. 3rd. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008.