“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is the well-meaning conversation topic raised with many children from the time they are able to play dress-ups at preschool. With toothy grins and great confidence they tell you “a fireman”, “a doctor”, “an aeroplane pilot”. On the surface this is just a childish conversation, with no consequence or real meaning. Yet research has shown that children as young as six have already eliminated possibilities for their lives, while others have internalised unlimited potential. Our hope as parents, and as teachers, is that our children grow up with a deep belief that anything is possible.
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Knowing how to write a good resume is a survival skill because the resume is an item that helps you open doors. Without a good resume, you can't get an interview, which means you won't be able to get the dream job you have been waiting for. So if you are looking to get a job (not just any job, but the job you want), be sure to do things right and learn how to create an outstanding resume. Here are some quick tips.
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