The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

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Sell Your Skills and
Experience—Always
with the Reader in
Mind

We all long to be understood. Yet we know in life that a message received is often very different from the message sent. As you craft every section of your résumé, think about the receiver of your sales message so that your skills and experience—your unique story—can be easily and rapidly understood.


Goal Section?

The only people who need a Goal section on their résumés are those who are changing careers. If you are not changing careers, do not include a Goal section. If you are changing careers, then give the goal a lot of thought because this (brief!) item must clearly state your intent to transition from your past work experience to your desired work experience.

A goal statement need not exceed two sentences. Keep in mind: transferable skills are what matter, and those will be clear from your position descriptions/blurbs and other sections. Keep your goal statement brief. For example, [Transition to and establish career in X.] may serve as a suitable goal statement.

Avoid a common error: do not use [To] as the first word in a goal. Instead, begin every sentence on your résumé, including your goal (if you need one), with a verb/action word.

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