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Résumé Writing

What exactly is a résumé?

Your résumé is simply your written snapshot—a word picture of the unique combination of skills and qualities you offer an employer. Employers screen résumés in 10 seconds or less, so your résumé should quickly capture the reader’s interest. There is an art to résumé writing. When learned, it can open doors to unlimited career opportunities. Since your résumé is your representative, make certain it is a good one by learning and applying the principles of first-class résumé writing.

What is its purpose?

Since résumés are screened in such a brief amount of time, it is imperative that it capture the reader’s interest and spark a desire to speak with you personally. It is as simple as that. Your résumé’s job is to land an interview! However, it must allow a prospective employer to quickly and accurately perceive who you are, what you do best, what you want to do in the future, and how you can benefit the company’s interests.

OptimalRésumé Builder™

With the sophisticated OptimalRésumé Builder™ you can build and manage 5 separate résumés which can all be accessed by links, as in a personal résumé website, or in the standard Microsoft Word® Document. The Flash version of the résumé can be embedded with "infobytes" or small pop-ups of background information that might be useful to the reader.

Since the résumés are online, changes made to them take place immediately so this is an advantage over the typical emailed attachment or hard copy.

OptimalRésumé.com is fast, easy and free to all Tulane Students!