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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

If someone helped you with your resume, do you know what is on it? Recently, Rick went on an interview. The interviewer felt Rick was professional, well spoken and a good candidate overall. Why wasn’t he hired? He was unfamiliar with some of the technical terms listed on his resume.

When preparing a resume, we often get caught up in making sure that it will shine. We include all of our accomplishments, flesh out the duties of the jobs we have held and include all of our skills.  The resume will get you in the door for the interview. When you are in the interview, can you explain everything that is on your resume?

When preparing a resume, make sure that the skills, experience and knowledge that are listed are accurate. If a person lists technical skills that they do not have, it will often come out in the interview. If someone is helping you to prepare the resume, read it over carefully before sending it out to potential employers. Once you are comfortable with your resume and have secured an interview, read through each line of your resume as part of your interview preparation.  Be prepared to:

1. Explain the technical skills listed on your resume and where you acquired those skills.
2. How you achieved the lofty milestones for the jobs you held.
3. Give practical examples to prove your skills listed on your resume.

 

About the Author: Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, Lion Cub Job Search:www.Lioncubjobsearch.com