A resume frequently makes possible - or facilitates - a job interview, and without an interview, you cannot expect to receive a job offer. As such, it becomes an indispensable sales tool - a distillation of your work history in an attractive and engaging summary form. But summaries are often dull and matter of fact, so you'll need to add a little spice - a spark of life - to attract a reader's attention. Of all the elements that make up a good resume, it will inevitably be your 'results - oriented accomplishment statements' that will ignite the reader's interest in you as a candidate.
Although there are differing opinions on the subject, we suggest that a statement of objective not be included on the resume. Your job/career objective is a subject for your cover letter.
It's quite possible that you'll be considering two or more job or career objectives at the same time. If that's the case, and you state an objective on your resume, you'll need to have several different resumes - and that could come back to haunt you more than once (let's say a company receives two or three versions from different sources - what do you say and do then?).
If You Already Have a Resume
Do you need a new resume? Here are some points to check against your current resume to help you determine whether or not it needs rewriting:
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