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In the last month, I have done 366 resume reviews from 13 different countries and four different languages, despite only speaking English (ask me about that later). Some of you had PhD’s while others had little more than a high school diploma. Every industry was covered, skill included, activity and interest referenced. With each resume, I was looking for a story, but I found so much more.

I Observed...

The best resumes are overtly obvious. They tell more than a story, they show the writing on the wall. Rather than assuming your audience will get the proverbial it, leave little room for open interpretation. Share your brand upfront and use your academic and professional experiences as proof.

I Discovered...

More often than not, we know what’s right and we also know what’s wrong. To change seems menacing, almost inconvenient. If she doesn’t understand the jump from finance to technology than it’s her loss. Sometimes it takes a professional opinion and objective assessment to set us back on the right track.

I Was Surprised To Remember...

You gotta give to get. At least 183 resumes included an objective asking for a job at X company, position in Y field with Z responsibilities. Rather than opening with what you want, why not lead with what you can offer? Oh, and one final offer. In the spirit of giving, I want to offer you another chance to submit your resume for a free review. Visit MichaelPeggs.com/Resume and sign up today. And to those already registered, thank you for your patience. I’m off to work on 367 right now... Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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