Merla Tasnime September 13, 2020 Resume
This almost precludes sending out mass resumes or dropping off 50 resumes at a job fair. Having multiple or adaptable resumes mean researching and targeting. In essence you should have two core resumes. The first resume is the one that you would send ahead. The second resume would be the one you leave behind after the interview. Because while I do think that Richard Bolles is dead on, sometimes you have to send a resume ahead of you.
There are certain components of a resume that are absolutely necessary to include. The first and one of the most important components of your resume, which we will explore here is, ”Targeted Key Words.” Without these, your chances of having your resume actually read are slim to none. In this case, it doesn‘t matter what skills or experience you have, your resume could quite possibly end up in the trash.
Representative Work- If one were to order a piece of jewelry, art or furniture, a savvy consumer will want to review the talent first, right? Nobody wants to spend money on an item without seeing samples of items or products that the ”artist” has produced. This is by far, one of the most telling tales of a resume service‘s quality. Without viewing their resumes, how can you be sure that their resumes are really ARE ”the best” or the ”most successful?”
I‘ve been asked a number of times for a resume overnight or for ”discounts” on quoted services because they have only budgeted X amount of dollars. First of all, the better your resume, the more opportunities you will receive...and there is no way a writer can ”throw something together” without taking the time to learn a great deal about you! If a service promises overnight work, you have to ask yourself why? If they are that readily available, then they aren‘t a very busy practice - probably for a reason. Most quality services offer a several day turnaround time and the writer typically spends several hours on each project. A quality, working resume can‘t be rushed if it‘s done right (and beware of any service who can ”fit you in” in a day. Good writers are busy for a reason).
It is good to appear eager to do the job, but not so much that you sound desperate. There is an extremely fine line that you must walk in order to produce the best possible resume. You want to use intelligent language, however, you don‘t want to go overboard with hyperbole, or uncommon words or phrases. It is important to use everyday language whenever possible. Obviously, if you are applying for a highly technical position, it will be necessary to use some of the technical terms and specialised lingo that is used in that particular profession. As a general rule of thumb you should keep everything simple and straight to the point.
In my research, I‘ve seen more websites than not who claim to offer outstanding resumes without any proof at all. I‘ve even gone as far as contacting these companies to request a sample and have been told that since ”each client is different, a sample won‘t help.” I don‘t buy that - a good writer is a good writer, period and there should be nothing to hide. If you do see samples, make sure they are legible and not small graphics of what it will ”look like,” as you have to be able to read it!