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How The Resume Writing Industry Has Changed – And What You Need To Know About It

resume writingThe resume is not going away. This much we know, although for a few years that very thought was a topic of discussion.

What is happening is that the resume has become just one component of your search. Albeit a very important one – but in no means will your search be uplifted and transformed by addressing the resume only.

My current resume practice has shifted as well. Clients need a great resume but the heavy and overstocked resumes of 2010 are dead. Hiring managers are reading for only a few seconds – recruiters are giving your resume a 6-second scan. You had better make sure that you grab their attention!

So what do you need to know today? Here’s the deal:

1) Do keep paragraphs less than 3 lines and bullets less than 2. If necessary, add supporting detail in a secondary bullet.

2) Do organize information using keywords or subheaders.

3) Do keep your resume achievement oriented. Even if you spent a lot of time answering phones for your boss, that’s not going to get you the interview. Focus instead on the new filing system you implemented. 

4) Do frontload the achievements and results delivered in the beginning of the bullet – Delivered a 40% productivity improvement by implementing streamlined processes and procedures. Recruiters read down the left side of the page. Leverage this by strategically placing info you want read first.

5) Do get a second and third eye on your resumes. Have them read for content and accuracy. Take their advice with a grain of salt,  if they do not actively hire.

6) Do hire a professional if you are overwhelmed.  I not only provide writing support to my clients, but also moral support and confidence-boosting insight. 

7) Don’t expect to find a job simply by applying online. An average open posting receives 250 applications. Even great resumes get lost in the clutter.

8) Don’t rely on only the people you know. While the age-old adage remains true, you don’t know everyone so you need to expand “who you know”. The best way to do this? Cold networking. Put on your big girl / big boy pants and start reaching out to people that can actually help you get your foot in the door.

9) Don’t fixate on your resume. Yes — make changes if needed to meet the job posting, but no need to rewrite it every time. 

Reach out today to learn more about my tactical job search coaching and resume creation services. Book a 15-min call today to find out how I can help!

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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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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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