Christine Lea September 5, 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.
Even the ”cheapest” services may end up costing you more in the long run when you realize you‘ve just thrown away money to someone who used the same Word template you could have utilized on your own without including important information. The higher-priced services may conversely, lead you to believe that you absolutely NEED a $1000 resume and frequently land their clients based on a strong sales pitch for the resume and additional services, not on their writing talent. Price should equal value, i.e., the ultimate return on your investment. If you are quoted a reasonable fee (somewhere well in-between the $99.00 guys and the $1,000+ heavy hitters), you have a good chance of paying for a well-crafted document that can easily generate more interviews, boost your confidence and frequently position you as a candidate worthy of a position that commands a higher salary.
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!
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.
Resume builders are software specifically designed to help anyone create a well-formatted resume by asking you basic personal questions and converting your answers into a professional resume. Builders come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are free and some of them require a fee. Some builders are quick and easy while others may require a bit more skill. There are enough options out there that you are certain to find the resume builder that is right for you.
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.