Q: What role does a resume play in the job-search process. A: I get this question often and in a variety of forms, so I try to answer it from a number of angles in a number of blog posts. The core message is this:
A resume alone will not get you a job.
A range of factors - such as interviewing skills - enter into the equation. Also, many factors outside of your control are at work. Is there especially heavy competition in your field? What's the economy like in your area?
More and more, an outstanding resume is a prerequisite - a non-negotiable factor that renders you "fit" to embark on a job search. Look at it this way, if you don't have a top-notch resume, you aren't even at ground zero in terms of job search preparedness. It may sound depressing but it's true.
People are always prepared and expecting to hear me say that a resume is the magic ingredient. There is no magic ingredient.
I will say this, though... A great resume + a vast professional network + killer interviewing skills = a pretty formidable equation.