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Create a Supreme Resume

A resume is essential to tell your story to potential employers and it helps potential employers match your qualifications to their needs.  Your story is unique.  No two resumes are alike and the person whose resume best fits the needs of the employer will get a call for an interview.  How can you be sure your resume will result in an interview?

You need to make sure your resume closely matches the requirements of the job that is posted.  This is not accomplished by copying the requirements listed in the employer's job posting and pasting it into your resume.  This is making certain that your background, qualifications do match the job requirements, and that your resume reflects this match clearly and concisely.

Improving the chances of your resume being read is not a matter of simply being a good wordsmith.  If that is all you do, it may get past the first screen but the employer is smart and it will not make it much further.  The purpose of carefully reviewing the job posting is to determine whether you have the qualifications for the position and how well you match the requirements.

Employers do not expect that applicants will match 100% of the job requirements.  The rule of thumb is you should match approximately 80% of the job requirements.  The remaining 20% may be what the employer considers the most critical requirements but you have no way of knowing that.  Use your best judgment.  If you match 70-80% of the requirements, you should apply.  Avoid the temptation to stretch your experiences to match 100% of the job.  The most important thing to remember is you need to be honest with yourself about your qualifications and ensure you are honest on your resume.

This does not mean you need to tailor your resume for every job opening.  For example, the requirements for a financial analyst are similar from one company to another.  You may need to tweak your resume when applying for a position apart from that you can be certain that your resume will not be at the bottom of the hundreds of resumes an employer receives.  If you possess the qualifications then make certain it is obvious to the potential employer.

Getting your resume to the top of the stack is the first step to landing a job interview.  Then the real fun begins.
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