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How To Write the Perfect Resume…And Other Unicorn Myths!

resume-writingIs there really a such thing as a perfect resume? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple; however, by keeping a few guidelines in mind you CAN create a branded, targeted resume that positions you for new opportunities!

Resumes need to be customized to your unique goals, objective, and value proposition.

The one-size-fits-all approach runs the risk of making you look like a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. If you don’t have a specific field or position to target, you can still focus your resume by honing in on key transferable skills and utilizing quantifiable metrics to demonstrate mastery.

Here’s the challenge though. Even a professionally written, amazing resume may not get your foot in the door for career pivot opportunities on its own. You still need to do some networking work on your end to crack the door open.

Think of your resume as the door stop you jam into the slightly ajar opening.

Don’t think you have a network? Think again. Everyone you know is part of your network. Just because you are shy or introverted doesn’t mean you can’t start networking like a boss.

In fact, sometimes the more passive approach works in your favor. People who know and love you are excited to be able to finally help you with something because you have never asked them before!

Ok. Back to the “perfect resume”. My team and I create amazingly branded resumes that boost your confidence and pique the interest of hiring managers to get your phone ringing. As a professional resume writer, what I do for my clients is three-fold.

1) Understand your strengths

2) Qualify & quantify your achievements

3) Demonstrate your emotional intelligence in addition to subject matter expertise

Interested in learning more? Contact me to set up a consultation and mention promo code PERFECTRESUME for a free cover letter with your resume order!

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What is the Best Format for My Resume?

Often clients come to me with an idea of exactly how they want their resume to look. Understandably, they request samples of previous resumes that I have written in helping to select my services over the competition.

The reality is that a great resume writer knows the content is the most important part of your resume, and format is really used as a tool to showcase your career in the best light possible. Strategically placed elements are the tricks of the trade, used to help the reader interpret and instantly download your unique value.  Read more

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Gaining Perspective When You’re Facing Burnout

In my business, I am constantly working with people who are – for one reason or another – unhappy with their job. In many cases, the reasons are valid, but the #1 mistake they make is letting an unpleasant employment experience cloud their judgement, and impact their future job decisions.

Just because you don’t like the way things are done in your current role doesn’t mean you would not be happy in a parallel function, maybe under a better manager or in a more positive work environment.  Read more

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Can I Use Tables to Format My Resume?

The dreaded ATS & Table debate. Short answer – I wouldn’t. Caveats – it’s probably ok. The ATS debate really stems a lot from actual fact, but has been bumped up by resume writers and other career professionals looking to add value to their clients. Some if it totally accurate, some if it more fluffy.  Read more

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