A resume has to be a compelling sales document; here are some pointers.
My son, newly-minted physics PhD in hand, is applying to become an astronaut. This week he asked me to edit the resume heíll send to NASA.
Throughout their teenaged and now adult years Iíve always encouraged my kids to write their resumes themselves, but then either let me do some editing, or to pass the document to one of a few trusted friends. When I feel a change is needed I describe why so theyíll learn how to play the hiring game.
Over the decades Iíve read uncounted resumes. Some were pretty good; a few really shined, but too many just didnít hit the mark.
If youíve never been on the other side of the hiring process, you may be surprised to learn that often the initial goal when reading a resume is to find a reason to discard it. When thereís a big stack you know that, if youíre lucky, there will be one or two great candidates in that pile. Itís most efficient, if unkind, to toss those that are less than a perfect for the job.
The objective of a resume is to get an interview. That means it must be tailored to the job youíre applying for. For example, if the iPhone people at Apple are hiring, your resume should stress any sort of RF experience (hardware or software) you have. If itís in the GUI group, be sure to highlight that graphics application you did some years ago. Each resume you send must be different and highly tuned to the specific job.
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