In an ever-increasing competitive job market, a strong resume is a crucial component in any successful job search. Your resume serves as your personal marketing document and your first impression to prospective employers. Your resume is a one-of-a-kind, quick, and easy reference for an employer that proves you are the perfect candidate for the position you are applying for. To create a strong resume, you must first identify the message you want the reader to receive, and then determine the skills and qualifications you would like to highlight on your resume. What you highlight is generally based on the position you are applying for.

For this journal, you will explore the components of a strong resume, reflect on your own career goals, and assess what action steps you can take to build your resume or to make your resume stronger.

To prepare for your journal,
Watch the Creating a Winning Resume (Links to an external site.) webinar to help prepare you for creating or updating your resume. Here is the link (

Login to “My Career” through your Student Portal (Links to an external site.). Revisit your career goal and identify the top three to five skills or qualifications that make you a strong candidate for this career or position. My student portal login is SHPARK2707 password: Armygirl17

In your journal, complete all of the following tasks.
1. List your career goal and the three to five key skills or qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the career or position you are interested in.
2. Describe what sections of your resume you feel are the strongest and best highlight your qualifications and why.
3. Share three specific changes you made to your resume that helped to emphasize your selected skills or qualifications. If you build a new resume, list three things you put on your resume that emphasizes your selected skills or qualifications.
4. Attach your resume.

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