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Knowing what you want your resume to convey and writing it so that it conveys what you want can sometimes feel like an insurmountable hurdle. "I know what I want to say, I just don't know *how* to say it!" laments the struggling resume writer. Lament no longer, good friend, this is easier (and more difficult) than you think. | Resume Basics By Sue Nowacki and Steve Burt Knowing what you want your resume to convey and writing it so that it conveys what you want can sometimes feel like an insurmountable hurdle. I know what I want to say I just don t know how to say it laments the struggling resume writer. Lament no longer good friend this is easier and more difficult than you think. Structure is the easy part and this article will give you some direction you can really use. The hard part however comes before you set even the first word to paper or screen . You need to know what you want. You need to really know what you want. Then you need to know what they want the hiring managers holding the keys to the positions you re targeting. Deciding what you want may be more difficult than you first imagine. Not only do you need to decide what you d like to do today but it s in your best interest to decide what you d like to do five years from now. Why Because knowing where you d like your career to take you helps you to make better decisions regarding the jobs you accept today. Being offered a job isn t always the end of the job search and an immediate Yes isn t always the best response to every offer. Select the positions you accept as carefully as you select any of the commitments in your life. Knowing what the hiring manager of the minute wants doesn t mean you have to be a mind reader but it does mean accepting that in that brilliant mind of yours you already have at least half the answers. You already know what it takes to do a job almost any job well. Don t believe me Well try this think of any job in the world for which you have little or no experience. Let s say Brain Surgeon. I bet you can give me a dozen pieces of key criteria that will determine whether a brain surgeon is successful in his or her career or not. What personal and professional characteristics would you want a brain surgeon to possess if it was your head they d be working on The hiring manager is no different. They have a

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