Diane Lucie February 27, 2021 Resume
The word resume comes from the French language and is defined as ”use of past participle of resumer to resume, sum up”. Therefore it is the purpose of a resume to summarize your experience, knowledge, skills and accomplishments. In the spirit of summarisation, it is therefore, important that your resume is from 1 to 3 pages long. Don‘t be tempted to make your resume any longer than this, even if you have a lot to tell, after all you certainly don‘t want to bore the reader.
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.
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.
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?”
For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet. Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles‘ statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
Price Wars- As with any product or service, it‘s tempting to choose the least expensive one. On the other hand, it‘s not uncommon to believe that the highest priced service is the best; after all, they must be good in order to command thousand dollar fees, right? Wrong. While the price of the resume and limitations of your budget are important considerations, you don‘t always get what you pay for.