Your resume is the foundational document in your job search. It will not get you the job, but without a great resume, it could keep you from getting the job for which you otherwise qualified. Take the time to develop a great resume.

The purpose of the resume - before you begin writing your resume, take time to understand the purpose of the resume, namely to serve the needs of both the screener/recruiter and the interviewer. They both have distinctly different needs, so make sure you are writing your resume to meet both needs.

Resume format - Understand the four key sections of your resume and how to properly format your resume.

Resume contact section - This is the easiest and most automatic part of constructing your resume, yet vital that it is correct to make connections when there is interest. No errors allowed.

Resume objective section - Yes, you really do need to have an objective, yet you can also vary it for specific employers.

Resume education section - The education section sets the tone for the resume and is an important check-the-box section for most employers.

Resume experience section - The most important section for most resumes, this section will often determine whether or not you get the interview.

Sample resumes - Review these sample resumes to see the components of a great resume.