It’s safe to say that most people write their own resume, and know the basics of writing a resume, but how many people know how write an excellent resume? A friend of mine who is a sales professional, recently came to me for assistance with his resume. He had been job searching for a few months and was not receiving any responses from employers. I agreed to review his resume and help him in any way I could. After reviewing his resume, I realized that although he had many years of experience, the resume didn’t reflect certain attributes that employers look for when hiring a sales representative. Many job seekers fail to realize that employers look for specific key words, and more and more employers are now able to download resumes into a database that digitally scans and searches for exact key words. Now, ask yourself, “Can I benefit from hiring a professional resume writer?” Before applying for your next job, seek advice from a professional resume writer to in order to ensure that you have included specific key words and attributes that employers look for.
Resume writing and Curriculum Vitae writing are two entirely different things; however, many people confuse the two. They are both used for the purpose of seeking employment; however, there are clear differences. Before you begin to apply for the work, you need to ensure that you understand what the differences are, and when to use each of the items.
While perusing the Web, I came across the following example of a profile by a resume “expert.” My comments are in parentheses.
The content of your resume is of course very crucial, and to present it one should format and style the resume with a congenial method. Your resume needs to create a compelling effect on the reader; so it has to be short, sweet, and pleasing to make the recruiter or an employer look at your resume and call you for an interview. There are people who just write their resume in the preformatted or template document; these types of resumes are not that captivating and worthwhile, as it comprises of the simple formatting and style. Apart from presenting the resume with eye catching style, it is also very important to use the proper and unique words to describe your employment history and other parameters.
Doing consulting work is interesting, boy have things changed since I was in business. Still, I got a blast from the past the other day as an entrepreneurial client asked me to help him interview a few potential key members for his executive team. We’d already been to their LinkedIn pages, and knew all about them, nevertheless, one of them handed me a resume on some rather expensive water marked paper. I didn’t care much about the resume, as I wanted to talk with the gentleman to see if he knew his stuff. He looked at me funny when I glanced at his resume, shoved it under my leather yellow note pad folder and asked; “should we begin?”
Next to your resume, your cover letter is the second-most critical part of your employment-search package. It has been estimated that only about 50% of hiring managers or recruiters actually read cover letters, which might leave you asking, “Why bother?” But how do you know — how can you know — in which 50% the hiring manager you are targeting falls?
Once in a while, there comes a point when our minds are battling the war of stress. And at times, we tend to seek professional help to give us a helping hand.