Alexis Israa July 9, 2020 Resume
First of all, ask yourself what it is that you expect from an executive resume writing service. If you think that a new resume will automatically get you in the door, you‘re wrong. A well-written, visually impressive resume that highlights your achievements will certainly improve your success rate, but there are no guarantees in ANY job search unless you maximize the use of your resume. You‘ll also want to determine what you are willing to pay and why -- are you looking for quick and cheap or are you willing to invest in your career? Those are two important questions that need to be carefully weighed.
Ok, first of all, let me explain one thing. There is NO such thing as the perfect resume. I am going to repeat that statement only because I feel I have to. ”There is no such thing as the perfect resume”. That being said, you must be very disappointed. In fact some of you are probably saying, well then why bother. Why be worrying, sweating, thinking, pouring my soul out, going through a gut wrenching and emotionally charged time with writing a resume when there is no such thing as a perfect resume? It‘s simple. You do not need a perfect resume to have your resume placed on the offer an interview pile rather than the trash and shred it pile.
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.
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, ”How do I build a perfect resume, one that is guaranteed to get me a job?” Here is my answer to this dilemma. Every employer out there has a slightly different idea of how they want to see a resume laid out and what kind of information should be on it. Over the years I have been continuously interviewing employers, recruiters and resume writers so I can keep up to date with the times and see what employers expect in a resume from a potential candidate for the positions they are offering and how resume writers think a potential candidate‘s resume should be written. The bottom line is, there is no one right answer. There are many different ways to write a resume that are all just as good as the next. There may not be a perfect resume but you can get close, very close.
It is not uncommon for the job hunter to mistakenly assume that the potential employer is easily able to sort the highly qualified from the less qualified job applicants. When you consider that you will be competing with hundreds, possibly thousands of other job seekers, you will appreciate that your chances of being successful are significantly reduced. Then when you take into account that your potential employer is likely to have a ‘screening‘ process in which the goal is to reject as many applicants as possible before actually looking to see who might be suitable, you are sure to realise that you really do need to do something that makes you stand out.
Following that train of thought, I have always believed that you should have a number of different resumes prepared. In a previous article, I talked about having the wherewithal to adapt one‘s elevator speech to the situation one finds him or herself in. Likewise, the cover letter and resume you send should be tailored to the needs of the person receiving it.