I often get asked: what makes a really good résumé? Truth is, that is a loaded question with no real good answer. Every employer is different and every job description is different and every applicants’s qualification’s are different. In fact, there is no perfect, good resume example. The only right answer to that question goes something like this: “The good résumé is the one that perfectly adapts design and content to an employer’s expectations, personal tastes, and goals and highlights all the skills necessary for the position, plus does a little something extra to ‘wow’ the employer.”
Now if that isn’t a difficult task, I don’t know what is!
Of course, there is no real need to panic. Good résumés, like any other well-constructed document, do have some best practices. If you look at a few good résumé examples, you notice some trends. And with a little creativity mixed with professionalism, you can design a really good résumé: one that makes employer’s say, “wow, I want to hire this person!” (or, at least, he/she will want to interview you, which is the goal of a résumé—to get you in the door).
To make a good résumé, you have to mix good content with strong design. Below I have created an easy-to-use “Anatomy of a Really Good Résumé” to get you started. It is a basic example of a good résumé. I also encourage you to look at other good résumé examples. For a very different look at what a résumé might look like, feel free to view my personal résumé.
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