Why You Need a Resume

Resumes are essential for any type of job search. Understand how to use a resume template to create your own in this free lesson.

Why is a resume important in the job search?

Most hiring mangers will tell you that they use a resume as a screening tool to select which candidates to interview and which to rule out. Some hiring managers perform this screening themselves, but many let someone else—even a computer—do the screening for them!

Did you know that some hiring managers may scan more than 100 resumes to fill just one position?
This means a hiring manager will likely spend less than 15 seconds scanning each one. Obviously, you'll want to make your resume worth a closer look!

A resume provides the hiring manager with his or her very first impression of you. A well-written one could be your ticket into an interview. You can use it before an interview to help you prepare your answers to the questions you expect to get, and it can even help you during the interview by giving you a way to direct the flow of questions.

Obviously, you will want to make a great first impression with your resume. So what do you need to include in a resume to make it really great? The following pages will lay it all out for you.