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Face-to-face networking and social networking are becoming commonly accepted as the best forms of getting in the door to your dream job…and yet, it’s amazing how much people still stress out over resumes.

Is having a good resume an essential aspect of scoring your dream job? Absolutely. Should you obsess over it? Absolutely not.

When I work with my clients, we follow some very simple rules that lead to a well-communicated resume that sells YOU, like showcasing the results you delivered as opposed to the job you did. It’s not hard – and yet the thought of “writing my resume” really intimidates a lot of people.

I recently came across this article in the San Francisco Chronicle titled “Five Tips For Better Resumes” that features some great resume basics. The tips are in line with what I tell my clients – but what’s especially good about this list is that it goes beyond the actual resume content and gets into things that may slip people’s minds, such as considering the online format in which you save your resume when e-mailing it.

At a glance, here are the tips (I highly recommend you check out the piece for more explanation of each one):

1. Quality trumps quantity.

2. Don’t describe deeds; tell readers how well you did them.

3. Increase quality control.

4. Understand online resumes.

5. Get good feedback.

Let me know what you think of the article. I also would love your thoughts on this question: do you think people make too big of a deal of resumes?