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An effective resume is a short-form, targeted document that shows employers how you can be an asset in a particular role with their organizations. Your resume should be:
- Tailored to a specific job with a specific organization
- Concise and relevant
- Easy to read
- Professional and error-free
- 2 pages in length + references (standard Canadian length – check international standards for other countries)
Start with a Master Inventory
A Master Inventory acts as a complete record for you to draw from when narrowing down items for your targeted document. Write down everything! There is no page limit or tailoring in a Master Inventory – it’s a comprehensive record for your own personal use; you won't ever submit it to an employer. Keeping all of your information in one place will make it easier to create targeted resumes, because it gives you a starting place so you won’t have to start from scratch for every position you apply for.
Then move to a Tailored Resume
The more tailored, the better! Most employers will only spend a few seconds skimming your document before deciding whether to read it in more depth. You must quickly show them why you're the right fit for the job or they may not give you full consideration. Some employers also use Applicant Tracking Systems to help them pre-screen for resumes that are relevant.