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Improve Your Business Communication (Collection) by Natalie Canavor, Terry J. Fadem, Claire Meirowitz, Jerry Weissman

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Truth 43. Strong résumés focus on accomplishments, not responsibilities

Whether you want to advance your professional career, apply for a new job, or build your own business, getting your assets down in writing is critical. There are various kinds of résumés—a consultant may need a “functional” skills-based résumé, for example, and a scientist a detailed curriculum vitae, or CV—but each should be framed to target your goal and audience.

The principle also applies to the newer social media résumé, which can incorporate video, photos, podcasts, and blogs. We’ll focus on traditional résumés, but you can adapt the ideas to other formats if they’re better suited to your industry and highlight your strengths more appropriately.

A résumé’s goal is ...

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