Having a Resume
Good, Bad and Ugly


A resume is a hybrid career marketing document that allows individuals to market their candidacy to recruiters and hiring managers. The resume concisely illustrates a candidate’s strengths, skills, certifications, achievements, education and experience that is related to the role s/he wishes to fulfill.

Remember: The resume is your sales pitch, not your autobiography.

What’s Good, Bad and Ugly About My Resume?

Depending on whether you’re fresh out of college or 10 years into your career, you’re either going to know a lot or a little about the function and the purpose of your resume. Truth is, though, there’ll always be those few things you don’t know about your resume. That’s why we put together this guide, “The Good, Bad and Ugly of Having a Resume”.

This 10-part series will take you through the motions of having a resume, including how many believe the resume is dead, what your resume looks like to a hiring manager and why your resume is stronger in the company of its faithful counterpart: the cover letter.

5 Common Reasons Why Candidates Use a Resume

  • To submit to a potential employer
  • To gain entry into a graduate program
  • To gain entry into an internship program
  • To gain entry into a scholarship program
  • To gain entry into a professional organization

If you’re using your resume for one of these reasons, you’re not alone. Millions of candidates are in pursuit of better employment, association, and educational opportunities, making the content in this guide all the more important.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Having a Resume introduces a few of the perils and positives of using your resume. It’s not all good, and it’s not all bad. Use these 9 articles to help focus on how you can make the most of this career marketing document and your career search.

Our 9 Resource Resume Guide Will Make You Smarter

Ever wonder what it means to have and use a resume? The Good, Bad and Ugly of Having a Resume guide compiles content about the use and purpose of your resume document. We address information the everyday career seeker should know – even though it may not all be good.

The knowledge gleaned from this guide will help you create and use your resume in a smarter way:

Having and using your resume is important. If you’re doubting the power of your executive resume, cover letter or other career marketing tools, you probably aren’t ready to embark on a career search or related journey. Understanding and appreciating your resume is the first step and this 10-part guide will show you how to do just that.


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