What is the difference between a Resume and Handbill?

Submitted by: Community Career Center Staff (information shared is courtesy of CCC Networking Packet)

Job Seekers often ask, do I need a HANDBILL,  if I have a RESUME? First off, let’s talk about the difference between a resume and handbill. Although both a resume and handbill play a part in marketing yourself, they both serve a different purpose.

A RESUME is a brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experience that you send to a hiring manager when applying for a job. It offers information about what you have done and where you have done it.  A HANDBILL, on the other hand is an effective networking tool to use when attending networking events, such as those held at the Community Career Center - Lisle Township Job Club, MAP Group, Lean-In Women’s Networking Group, and MNG – Men’s Networking Group. It is a one-page flier used to get your message out, helping people remember you and telling others where you want to go. It is a concise version of the best of who you are and what you have to offer!

Handbills may include a picture of yourself and include headings such as:

-Accomplishments (4 – 5 is appropriate)
-List of Target Position
-List of Target Companies/Industries and Professional Experience - listing recent companies and titles

Target companies listed on your handbill are a must and they have a multi-purpose:

·         Help trigger ideas from your networking partner

·         Provide opportunities for conversation

·         Offer a way for someone to help you by connecting you with contacts they may have at your targeted companies.

So, if you are looking for another way to engage others with you in a networking environment, you may consider putting together and bringing a handbill to your next networking group!

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