Your resume is your chance to make a great first impression. It's the most critical document that will follow you throughout your job search and your career. Given its importance, be sure to put in sufficient time and effort to get it to look, read an be great. It should have immediate impact, compelling the employer to want to read more and ultimately want to meet you. It has to be relevant to the job for which you're applying and it has to be accurate. Your resume is a representation of who you are and what you do, including what you've accomplished. It has to suggest and imply that you're a good candidate for the role. Keeping it current ensures that you can respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. Give yourself the edge in a job search by staying close to your resume throughout your career.