Crafting a killer resume

There are a number of people that would tell you resumes are dead. Especially for those of us looking for cultural resource, heritage conservation, or historic preservation employment. Your networking, skills, experience, and personality play a huge role in getting hired and impressing your future boss in an interview. But the resume is still an indispensable formality. Even if you do get hired, some companies will make you turn a resume over to their HR department so you’re going to need something to give them.

There are also a number of situations where you’re going to need to use your resume to land an interview. Many government jobs MUST be open to applicants and, while you can do much to stack the deck in your favor, you’re still going to need to apply. And, as mentioned in this previous post, that means you’re going to need a killer, optimized resume.

We may be in the death throes of the resume-era, but you can’t say that resumes are entirely dead.

With that said, a killer resume is one of the best personal advertisements you can have. Impressive resumes have the power to leverage a short face-to-face conversation with a potential employer into a formal interview or, sometimes, a job. Don’t give up on your networking efforts because they will pay off eventually. You also need to make sure you have an excellent resume to hand your potential boss when he/she needs it.

Here are some important tips that will greatly help you create a killer resume:

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