It’s not enough to just send your resume to an employer; you also need to know the document inside out. If you go to the job interview and the interviewers first questions is ‘walk me through your resume’ you should be able to walk them through it. But, if we assume that you had someone else write the resume for you, you will have no clue what is inside the resume, and as such you won’t get the job.
But, even if you did write it yourself, memorizing what’s inside the resume can be difficult. This is why spending some time familiarizing yourself with the content can get you one step closer to landing a job.
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So here are some reasons you should know exactly what is inside your resume:
#1 Employers Will Ask Questions
Perhaps the most important reason you should know your resume inside out is employers will use the document as a platform for questions during the interview. This helps them to determine whether your written statements are honest. Judging from your responses they will be able to tell if you are lying and if that’s the case, you are out.
#2 It Helps You Focus on What is Important
Going through your resume before you send it out, will help you focus on those skills that you talk about and regard as your main strengths. Where you position these in your resume will help you promote your strengths in the most effective way possible. During the interview, you will expand on these elements to convince the employer you are fit for the job. So, for example, you can choose to put your education section on top or work history whatever you think will bring out the best in you. You can provide the focus, and you can choose which elements of your resume you want the employer to see first.
#3 It Helps You Talk About Your Skills
When you have decided on the skills to include in your resume, it will be much easier for you to talk about them during the interview. So, if at any point you don’t know how to respond, you can still improvise by talking about your skills in more detail. Preparing an example to back up how you developed each skill in real life, will show employers that you know what you are talking about.
#4 It Represents You
If you can’t explain your resume, who else will? Your resume talks about your education, work history and provides a reference of your life experiences. That’s why it is important to speak about it in detail, full of confidence and without any hesitation. Doing so will help you present yourself to employers more effectively and will help you answer any questions any employer might have.
#5 It Makes You More Confident
If you know your resume inside out – but most importantly what it says about you – you are more likely to be confident and less stressed in an interview. Think about it just like when you are studying for exams. When you have studied hard and know what to expect, the belief that you will do well usually makes you calmer and more effective when taking the actual exam. Similarly, the calmer you are in an interview the better you will do.
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Not knowing your resume could cost you your dream job. If you can’t explain it to employers, they will think that you are not sure about yourself or serious about the job. Before you send it again, make sure that you take some time to understand its main points as if you were giving a presentation.
Have you ever been asked to explain your resume to an employer? How did it go? Let me know in the comments section below…