We can talk all day about résumé formatting, or what should be included, but there’s really only one question you should be asking (repeatedly) to make your résumé shine for any occasion.
The One Question That Will Improve Any Résumé
What will this organization find most impressive about me?
In some ways, sure. But to answer this question, you have to really understand what your target organization is looking for. Are they impressed by fancy education? Are they most concerned about where, or with whom, you’ve worked? Do they want to evaluate samples of your work?
Give ‘em What They Want
Whatever it is, give it to ‘em:
- put the most important information at the top of the page
- give it the most space
- include the most detail about it
Any time you’re evaluating whether to include something on your résumé, ask the same question: is this one of the things this organization will find most impressive about me?
If not, leave it off!
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