Also, since I work with so many clients with such varying needs, my experience at my previous and current job reads like a laundry list of accomplishments and skills. I was thinking of having my resume professionally done since I have no idea how to put my experience on paper in an organized way that will make sense to hiring managers.
I feel like once I have the basic wording and formatting done I can use what I get from the service to tailor my resume to a job opportunity. Do you think this would be helpful, or is it a waste of money?
Do I just need to sit down and power through it or could having a set of professionally trained eyes sort it out for me be helpful? Of course, you can fix the latter yourself, but it says something about their overall quality. Look at some sample resumes online for inspiration if any have an objective at the top, move to a new site and try to do your own first.
Everything else is frosting. Give it a shot. Just be really, really picky about who you hire. I got mine done. The main thing is to give accomplishments that any third party can grasp or understand to the level you gave.
Honestly of all of the advice over my course of 3 years of job searching, the SAR was the best. Alison, bravo — you are absolutely correct. I think the need for resume writing services is way oversold. 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: Is that person going to be engaged and compelled to move based on a resume that parrots their company's job description?
Again, if you can create an accomplishment focused resume that clearly highlights your impact, do it. But there is no shame if you need to partner with someone to identify your strengths, uncover your acomplishments and present that info in the best light possible. Jenab, do you know if there is anyway we can private message on here? I'm fairly new to this forum, but I'd definitely like to chat with you guys. JD I would love to make contact, just not sure how to do it! Let me know and I will get in touch!
I don't think there is at this time, at least not that I can see. But I've noticed that some people like me have their screen name linking back to a profile, so I'm wondering if that may change in the future. You might want to go to www. If enough people are asking for it they may add that feature. I know just a couple weeks ago I couldn't see my own comments in one place and made a suggestion and now I can it may be they were planning on that, but it was great to be able to see that now. JD in Yerington, Nevada.
And by the by, for anyone who may be wondering, I'm not trying to spam, and I'm not selling anything - just a guy who wants to help, no strings attached. JD in Yerington, Nevada said: They haven't removed my post to Erik on page 1 yet; my e-mail is there. I don't think anyone in this particular discussion is trying to spam; just the opposite. I think several people have been caught up in trying to be helpful. Since so many people were including their emails I wanted to make sure everyone was aware in case the comments disappeared.
It seems to take a a few days for non-flagged comments to disappear if there are links or email addresses. I don't think Indeed has the no-contact information in forum comments rule just to curb ads, but to protect privacy, as it can be seen by anyone looking at the forums. HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington said: And in a less obvious way, it helps you validate what's on your resume for each position you submit it to; you can tie in your best relevant CAR or STAR stories.
Burnt Toast in Champaign, Illinois said: It helped me let go of an old resume that I had grown emotionally attached to. It took me 6 months to finally get around to overhauling my own resume, and it looks so much better.
I keep a master doc of all my experience and other info useful for applications. It made it easier to let go of certain things in the resume itself, especially knowing if it was relevant I could easily switch it out and not have to recreate it from memory. Because no one knows your experience better than you do, and a standard resume is not complex. Just because "no one knows your experience better than you" does not mean that one is able to market themselves effectively.
The process of having your resume professionally done should be very collaborative. As a professional resume writer and HR consultant , I can assert that a true professional will take his or her time to build a comprehensive understanding of your background and motivations, as well as help you uncover strengths and achievements.
They then use the information they have gathered and their expertise in the job search process automated resume screeners, HRIS , etc. Like I said before, if you are confident that you can create an outstanding resume, that is wonderful. But many people find it very difficult to see themselves objectively and market themselves effectively. That is why it can be extremely smart investment to employ a professional resume writer.
JD in Fernley, Nevada. HR Uncovered, I can certainly see your point; some people aren't comfotable or able to market themselves, andin that case, a "pro from Dover" may be a good idea.
If I gave the impression in any of my posts that prfessional resume writers should never be used, I apologize; that was never my point. I just see may people who go instantly to a pro and assume that they're going to make the best resume in the world - which is not always the case. If one is wanting a resume, I believe they should first consider whether they can make a good one on their own first: If that individual doesn't think they can do a good job after researching resume writing, then by all means use a pro if it's affordable.
And you're right in another area as well - if a pro is called upon, it should be a collaboration, not just a "give me your work history and I'll tell you when it's done.
JD in Fernley, Nevada said: HR Uncovered, I can certainly see your point And I have to put an exclamation point behind "do your research! There is little value in that. And while affordable is likely important to many, I would caution people from simply evaluating professionals on price. I agree, to a point - sometimes, all a resume needs is a little reformat to change it from decent to great, especially for electronic submissions.
BUT, in my opinion, if that's all a pro is seeing wrong with an existing resume, then they should be upfront and say so, either showing the individual the needed changes or charging a reduced amount or doing it for free. In any case, with it being a collaboration, the writer should be honest and explain what they're doing and why, whether it's a simple reformat or a complete overhaul. Jacalyn in Mumbai, India. I paid for CV Writing from a company called dubai-forever. They specialize in customizing International resumes according to Middle East standards.
I received personal attention too, as they are a small firm. Linda in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Maybe coincidence, but i dont think so. She's affordable and fast, and did a great job. I am getting interviews about to go on a second interview!!
I used a service and have been very pleased. I'm sure it depends on your background and the writer. There's good resume services and bad ones out there Stillsmiling in Saint Marys, Georgia said: I have no idea why someone would pay to have a resume written for them.
With all the ones you can find online Very easy to do. If you aren't sure how to use those key words, read someone elses resume that has a job or some from online. They give pretty good examples of what to do. Save your money and do it yourself.
Then you will also be very sure of what is on your resume. Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado. Not only that, by writing your resume yourself you will be sure it will present what you want to present, in your own words. I regard resume writing as a first step for interview prep. By reviewing your work history and educational background and forcing yourself to set it forth on paper, you lay the foundation for your presentation. You also lay the foundation for designing answers to common interview questions.
Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York. I had my resume done years ago. At first I thought the writer emailed me the wrong person's resume. KL in London, Kentucky. I have used one before. The guy who wrote it was really nice. I spoke to him on the phone and through email to tell him what I was looking for.
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