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Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, 3rd Edition by Daniel J. Ryan Ph.D.

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CHAPTER 4Creating Your Resume

What is a resume? First of all, let’s talk about what it isn’t. It isn’t your life story. This isn’t the time to tell about every experience that you have had. Think of it in terms of music. A life story is similar to an anthology—a collection of all the songs by a band or an artist. The Elvis Presley anthology is made up of hundreds of songs sung by Elvis. Few people other than die-hard Elvis fans would buy the anthology, however.

A resume is more like a “greatest hits” album. The record companies have released collection albums of Elvis’s love songs, Elvis’s gospel hits, and Elvis’s movie music, as well as many others. These albums appeal to certain specific groups of people. They may buy the album because they ...

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