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Chapter 10. The Résumé > Résumé Basics

Résumé Basics

I’ve created a pattern for résumés that I’ve found to be effective. It conveys, in a succinct way, the key elements that are important to the prospective employer. Keep in mind the points described in the next sections as you prepare your résumé.

Length: Brevity Is Key

Taking into account that your résumé will be reviewed by someone who is too busy and generally disinterested in the task, your résumé should be brief. In fact, it should be one to two pages in length, even at the executive level. That does not mean that you cannot have a more detailed and longer résumé. But the fact remains that at first glance, your ability to summarize your most important skills and professional experience on a couple of pages will serve you well.


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