Two Persistent Myths About Resumes

 

There are a couple of persistent myths about resumes.

 

The first myth is that a good resume is a key to getting job. This is simply not true. The resume is merely your calling card; it provides a prospective employer with a snapshot of your background and skills. While resumes play important role in the job search process, they are often overrated. The key to getting a job is a job interview. A good resume is the key to getting the job interview– not getting a job. The bottom line is, if you don’t get a job interview, you won’t get a job, good resume or not.

 

Another myth about the resume is that you should emphasize your work history. Again, not true. Employers are interested in hiring your future rather than your past. Therefore, your resume should emphasize the skills and abilities you will bring to the job as well as your interests and goals. Letting prospective employers know what you are likely to do for them in the future will set you apart from your competition.

 

 

About the Author

Russ Hafferkamp is the Founder and CEO of the Athlete Success Network and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Career Athletes, LLC (www.careerathletes.com). Russ is recognized as a leader and coach in the career development of collegiate and elite athletes and is the author of “CareerBall: The Sport Athletes Play When They’re Through Playing Sports” and "CareerBall: The Athlete Career Guide and Handbook".

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