Maddy Lucy March 20, 2021 Resume
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.
Every potential employer will want to see a resume from you and it is the quality of that resume that will determine who gets a job interview. Your resume is tantamount to a sales brochure about you. After having read your resume the potential employer should have a better understanding of who you are and your possible suitability for the advertised role. It serves to get the employer better acquainted with you so that, hopefully, they can decide if they want to get to know you better. The resume is the first step. It is your introduction to an employer and it is where the employer will get their first impression of you. First impressions really do count! If you make a poor first impression, you‘ll never get to take part in the job interview process. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make the most of the chance you get.
Resume writing services have matured over the years and been sliced in two different categories. The first category of resume composing services provides revision and edition of resumes and the second one provide a professionally written resume. In the former type of service the candidate send the resume, via mail, fax or email it online, to the writing company and they revise it for grammar or other mistakes, they then rectify it and send back to the candidate. Such services exist simple to recheck the resume and edit the mistakes and do nothing more than that.
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).
Another place to look for targeted keywords is on the company‘s website. Do your due diligence and research the company you are applying to. Find out who they are, what exactly they do, what their business model is, who works for them and if you can, even what their employees are saying about the company they work for. This will arm you with the right targeted keywords to impress whoever is looking at your resume or even to pass a software scan and help you get closer to that all important interview.
In addition to just looking impressive, the content must be doubly compelling, as it‘s the content that drives the employer to pick up the phone, not just a pretty design. Most intelligent professionals, upon taking the time to review both presentation and content, are able to decide what whether or not a resume is compelling. Not seeing a sample is almost a sure sign that this service merely ”types” resumes rather than actually composing marketing documents designed to impress the employer. Conclusion - If you aren‘t impressed with the samples or don‘t see any at all, it may be best to keep on looking!