Resume: The one page document to success

Customize your resume for your dream jobs.
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Describe what a resume is, how it is used and why it matters.
Describe the five steps required to create a compelling resume.
Apply the five steps to a first draft of your own resume.


  • Willingness to advance your career and carve out opportunities for yourself.


Do you find summarizing yourself in one page to be a difficult task? Is it difficult for you to differentiate your resume from those of your peers? Do you send out the same resume over and over again irrespective of the hiring decision maker? 

Having a successful career will have a huge impact on your general happiness and outlook because most of your adult life will be spent working. The resume plays an important role in deciding the route your professional life takes. This course is a step-by-step approach on how to craft a compelling resume.

Why Resume is crucial:

  • Criteria to judge whom to interview
  • Essential for recommendation
  • On an average one has only 20 seconds to make an impression in terms of resume.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1.  Desribe what a resume is,how it is used and why it matters
  2.  Describe the 5 steps required to create a compelling resume
  3.  Apply the five steps to your own resume

This course is taught using the same active learning method used in 5stepCareers' flagship bootcamps that have received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.0. The entire course is broken down into 5 easy-to-follow steps, each of them 10 minutes or less, suited to the average adult attention span. There will be quizzes to reinforce your learning by forcing you to recall the information you just learned and application exercises so that you can put your learning into practice. Carefully selected resources are also provided to further augment your learning. The 5 steps in this course are:

  1. Contacts and Format
  2. Additional Information
  3. Education
  4. Experience
  5. Customization

Who this course is for:

  • You want to know how to create a compelling resume.
  • You want to know which of your success stories to choose for specific recruiters.
  • You want to know the customization process of tailoring resume for specific recruiters.
  • You want to know how to differentiate your resume from others.


CEO at 5stepCareers
Brian O'Dwyer
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 853 Reviews
  • 21,641 Students
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Brian O'Dwyer

Author & Founder, 5stepCareers
Commercial Founder & Executive Chairman, CognaLearn
Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia

Career skills experience
• Reviewed over 10,000 resumes and interviewed hundreds as a hiring decision maker in finance interviews and management consulting case interviews.
• Led Credit Suisse Investment Banking recruiting in Singapore (hiring decision maker).
• Led A.T. Kearney Strategy Practice recruiting in Chicago (hiring decision maker).
• Career mentor to Columbia University and Duke University students for nearly 20 years.

Industry experience
• Corporate finance experience in 50 corporate finance debt, equity, and M&A transactions (including 20 deals in aviation) with a total deal value of US$15 billion.
• Chief Financial Officer of Australian and London Stock Exchange-listed Skywest Airlines until the sale to Virgin Australia in 2013.
• Investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York, Chicago, and Singapore.
• Management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Chicago.
• Entrepreneur: Founder of 5stepCareers, co-founder of CognaLearn and MEDNIVA.
• Appeared as an Aviation Analyst on Channel News Asia on 20 occasions.

Teaching experience
• Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Asia teaching Aeronautical Science for Management, Airport Administration and Finance, and Airline Management.
• Co-inventor of patent-pending method to optimize learning based on cognitive science with Ranga Krishnan, Dean of Duke-NUS Medical School (2008–2015). Entrepreneur-in-residence, Learning Technologies & Methods at Duke-NUS Medical School (2014–2015).
• Invited speaker, panelist and chairperson at eight conferences on blended learning, technology, and flipped classroom in Asia, Australia, and the United States.

Additional information
• MBA, Finance, Duke University.
• BS, Industrial Engineering, Columbia University.
• Founding President of the Duke University Alumni Club of Singapore. Private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and seaplane pilot.

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