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Resumes. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them. 

That’s how many professionals feel about them—they're like an old cliché, these formulaic, short introductions we all must forever tweak and share, multiple times along our lifelong career paths. A chore. But also indispensable. 

In fact, turns out the resume concept isn’t so ancient. The artful, often boastful, listings of education and job experience weren’t common among job hunters until about a half-century ago. 

But this is our time, and most of us fret at some point whether ours is good enough.

The American Society for Public Administration is hosting an e-learning event this month on “Crafting a Compelling Resume,” to help you get to the other side of any concerns about yours.

“There are different perspectives on resumes—what should be on them, what should not, how long they should be, what they should cover,” ASPA says, on the value of the course. “The advice you get depends on whom you ask.” 

“What cannot be disputed is the importance of your resume; it is your first opportunity to stand out and let employers know that you are the person for the job,” the organization declares. 

The lead at the event: ASPA’s Executive Director Bill Shields, adjunct professor at American University and resume expert. Joining him will be moderator Kayla Schwoewer, from Rutgers.

“Bill Shields will draw on his 20 years of experience helping students craft effective resumes and guide you through the process of creating compelling ones—a resume that will introduce you to a potential employer, sell your skills to that employer and get you to the next step of the hiring process,” ASPA says. “The webinar will cover the do’s and don’ts of crafting your professional resume and ways to leverage it to advance your career—and allow for plenty of audience Q&A time.”

Logon to ASPA’s sign-up page to participate. The event will be held July 22, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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