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Why writing the resume requires research

Patricia Grant-Kitson

Patricia Kitson-Grant
Career writer

A targeted, interest-provoking résumé requires some leg work on your part. You will need to research and plan before you start.

Bear in mind the following as you go along:

ˇ Know what the employer is looking for and what you have to offer before you begin. Write your answers to these two questions: (1) "What would make someone the perfect candidate for the position?" or "What knowledge, skills and special abilities would the perfect candidate have?" and (2) "How can I demonstrate that I'm the perfect candidate?"

ˇ If you are seeking a job in a familiar field you probably already know what would make someone a superior candidate. If you are not sure, seek hints from the job ad you are answering, or from asking persons who work in the same field. It is best not to guess as you want to ensure that you are meeting the real needs of the employer.

ˇ Brainstorm why you are the best person to fulfil the employer's needs, and write down everything you have done that demonstrates your match with what is wanted and needed by the prospective employer.
Don't just look for work-related things; your entire life is the canvass - your talents and activities at school, church, sports clubs, volunteer work, family business, home making, etc.

ˇ Look up the certificates and/or dates for courses, training sessions and conferences you attended, whether they were conducted within a company you worked with, or you attended these externally at academic institutions, church, or social clubs.

All training and education is relevant. Many persons fail to include on-the-job (internally conducted) or activity-related training on their résumés.

**Patricia Grant-Kitson is a human resource management and training consultant. Email
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