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Developing a Resume With Help From SI-CDO

There aren’t too many folks out there that would argue with the fact that your resume is the most important document you will ever write. And the folks that would, would probably be arguing about calling it a curriculum vita (CV) instead of a resume. But those folks are likely academics or Europeans, so pay them no mind (unless, of course, you meet that description... or hope to be hired by one!).

Yes, this is one written work that you really ought to put your all into, even if that means hiring someone else to do it. I’m sure we can all agree that writing your resume isn’t necessarily fun--even hiring someone to write your resume doesn’t get you off the hook entirely--but start off with some good, solid effort and give it a little TLC every few months, and you will always have an impressive, up-to-date resume that is sure to land you an interview for that job you’ve been dreaming about.

Thankfully, the SI Career Development Office has a complete resume and cover letter writing guide that can help you figure out how to best present all of the amazing things you’ve done in your career in one or two short pages. As the SI-CDO points out in the guide, there are a number of ways to format and present yourself in a resume... while there are best practices, there is no absolutely right way to do it. It is all about highlighting your strengths as a candidate, which will not only be different for each person, but also for each position to which you apply.

Now that you’ve got a hard copy to impress everyone with, here’s the fun part: get it on the web! Digital and interactive resumes are on the rise in nearly all fields and adopting this strategy now will give you an edge in more ways than one. Interactive resumes, from social resumes to Visual CV’s, engage the reader (hopefully the hiring manager for that job you’re dreaming about) and provide the opportunity to showcase skills and information that would be difficult to include on a paper resume. Some folks are even taking to video to summarize not only their experience, but also their personalities.

While some of these methods may not suit your style, the bare minimum for a professional digital presence is your LinkedIn profile . Seriously, if you don’t have a complete profile set up, you are missing out on an effective method of showcasing what you can do, a boost for your name’s page rank, and countless opportunities to connect and network with people who could potentially lead you to your next job.

So, go forth SI’ers... knock out that killer resume! The SI-CDO provides some awesome resources (including specialization-specific info) on the SI Career Development cTools site. And if you can’t find what you are looking for there, the SI-CDO staff is always available to help.

Posted by embow at October 8, 2010 11:51 AM

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