With a little research and reading many can write a resume that will accurately reflect their work history and get them the much-coveted interview. Writing is an extremely important skill for the workplace. If the job seeker is lacking in that area it is time to gain the writing skills you will need to succeed in you career.
You are also correct on the need to continuously update your resume. Home improvement DIYers have some motivation and interest to learn what needs doing and succeed with varying outcomes and speed.
But I see your point about writing skills. Quantifiable bullet points to highlight your key accomplishments that speak to the job you are now seeking — excellent advice. I like recommending the SAR as a way to structure answers in interviews, though, almost all the time, especially behavioral interview questions but a savvy job seeker can use the SAR to make their answers more compelling by proving their experiences with an example story using SAR as a clear structure for their answer.
Employers only look about 30 seconds at your resume. They will be able to give you a fresh perspective and be a second set of eyes for grammatical and spelling details. When I have had to write a resume, I do a few things:. I look for their values and personality.
This helps you know if they are a match for you and also helps you to tailor your resume and cover letter to their personality. After researching, I use my boiler plate resume and customize it. Then I create the cover letter. I created my boiler plate resume with Pongo Resume. Did they read the job posting? Did they customize their resume? If someone has done a good job with the above, its a good indicator that they are thoughtful and a hard worker.
This is actually really really helpful. I actually had a discussion with a friend who is job searching the other day. I tried to explain how a resume is a form of creative writing in a much tougher format. You have to try and sell yourself not in complete sentences but in bullet points.
Hopefully will give you a clearer direction on how to shape the specificity of your resume. That is a good idea! It sounds absurd- but it honestly never occurred to me to lump things together like that. The list will still be pretty long, but it will be much more manageable if I can categorize them into therapy methods used, and conditions.
Ditto about doing research to gain insight and build rapport and the line that you want to avoid crossing into stalker-ish-ness: If you have some decent writing skills, motivation, do some research and some folks that you think can give you valuable feedback on your self written resume, you can probably come up a decent, or even pretty darn good resume. Reviewing resumes is part of my job I direct a grad school program and I always advise job hunters to write their own resumes. The resume along with the cover letter and other things represents the applicant, and if it is written by someone else it will, to one degree or another, represent that other person — in the writing style, what is emphasized, vocabulary, even formatting choices.
Write your own resume yourself — it is your task, as the other tasks of job hunting are your responsibilities as well. I also disagree with writing letters FOR people for the reasons you two mention above much to my clients dismay: I, for one, like knowing if the input on my plumbing issues is from a plumber, or a dentist or a Home Depot employee, just so I can consider each with that insight.
It amazes me how in the box people still are. No wonder we are doing business with people who know nothing. Apparently their resumes passed the automated screening tool test. I think the ability to find competent help in the areas where you are unskilled is in itself a good skill for an employee to have. I just have no idea where to start in organizing this sucker. This was spot on. No, definitely not incompetence! I have a similar background not same field as OP: I forgot about the overall resume and just took each position I had one-by-one and systematically put down each of my accomplishments in bullet points.
Once I did that for each position, again going back to small chunks, I grouped the bullet points into different skill-sets so, admin successes are together, accomplishments in childhood intervention are together, etc. I did this for each job. Then I figured out my overall layout and organized my resume accordingly.
I saved that super large but well organized! Then, for each job I apply to, I cater my resume to highlight the relevant skills.
Because I have a lot of different experiences, I do add a Qualification Summary at the top to cater to each position. There are arguments for not doing it this way ie: I also like some kind of very short Profile or Summary or whatever at the top, because it frames your candidacy in a way that can be especially helpful if your experience has been a little scattered.
I love this approach too! This will be a tricky change! So you would cater it that way. Which is where I get overwhelmed: This is exactly what I do with my resume since I have experience in several different areas of my field.
It makes it so much easier to customize each resume for a specific job. They have hundreds available. Most for specific fields. You can select a resume with the right template for you for inspiration. The OP is obviously well-spoken, she just needs inspiration from a template. Perhaps RachelTech means to just use them for ideas, just never use the actual template format, ever.
Templates are cookie cutter and get noticed all right — as the same ole same ole as everybody else. My recruiter friend said her team feels this way, too.
I think templates are fine to use. I agree with Alison. I believe it echos your philosophy. It is a little wordy, but the exercises it recommends are great.
It shows you how to tailor, how to show your acheivements, etc. Another source to consider is the local library. Not just for books on resumes; but to see if they offer resume seminars. This could be hit or miss. I lucked out in that my local library brought in someone who knew what she was doing.
Perhaps, not as good as someone in your field writing your resume for you; but it was free! And it was by far better than anything the state offers. Also the library limited the number who could sign up. It made a huge difference in the responses I was receiving.
Also, sometimes state employment departments can help with resumes. Just asking questions helps: What was the hardest part of your job, and how did you deal with it? What took up the most of your time? I also like starting in an empty word document with no formatting to worry about. It seems less daunting than staring at the resume heading and bullet points. I also have a resume list. This is a document with all the bullet points I might include, but then I swap in and out the ones most suited to the particular job.
Moving forward, I find it helpful to keep a little file of accomplishments. Yes, You have taken the right decision. Your resume is the first impression to your employer. One of my friend also had a same problem about getting the job. Then he asked a writing service to write a resume for him. I think you can also ask them to write a resume for you.
Your resume is a marketing document. It has to have a strong impact very quickly. When you work with a good resume writer. Note that this is where most people struggle especially finding strong accomplishments. And maybe the aspect which is harder to do on your own. How to show this or that? In my situation, is it better to say X or Y? I find that with good research, simply using Google, most people should be able to answer these questions. You also need to read a fair amount, to make sure you have no blindspots The real expertise shines in the previous point.
Again, as long as the job seekers are willing to do their homework. So how about the cons? You still have a lot of legwork to do, as far as networking, applying, tailoring each resume, interviewing, and so on. Thanks for the feedback, as a recent grad I figured it might be a good idea to kind of get a good base and then build it myself as my career progresses.
A reader writes: I was wondering what your opinion is on professional resume writing services. Are they worth it? What about for new grads? I have 5 years.
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Is a Resume-Writing Service Worth It? The quick answer: Maybe. Benefits of a resume-writing service. a professional might play up your skills in such a manner that you stand out among the. The problem with many resume services is that they are not industry pros - they are writers that haven't been in the business of reading or reviewing resumes. I think my service is worth it (obviously) as I've been the one who chooses which resume gets moved to the next step and which one doesn't.