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Career Connection: How to Prepare to Create a Great Résumé

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I am often asked, “How can I write a great résumé?” As a résumé writer and career coach with a background in chemical engineering, my answer is: “Hire a résumé writer.” However, you can write an excellent résumé for yourself if you prepare before starting to write. I require my clients to go through most of the steps below before I write their résumé.

The primary purpose of writing a great résumé is to get an interview for the job you want. A résumé alone generally will not get you the job. The process of preparing the résumé will help you focus on where you want to go, learn your unique value and what you bring to the organization, know who you are, and show what you offer employers. Key steps in this process include identifying what you want to do, understanding career trends, reviewing your skills, finding positions that match your goals and values, avoiding mistakes, and showing how you can add value to the organization in your résumé...

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