Orane Clémence Resume November 05, 2019 16:00:00
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). Once you identify your expectations from an executive resume service, you’ll have to invest some time researching the myriad of companies out there. There are several factors you should investigate before selecting the person who is going to compose one of the most important documents of your life, a decision that’s not to be taken lightly in light of today’s competitive market and uncertain economy. Lest you be tempted to hire the first service that comes up in your search for ”resume writer,” realize that you have lots of choices and because of that, need to do your homework. Hint – For even more choices, perform numerous keyword searches including ”resume writing,” ”resume writer,” ”professional resumes,” ”resume samples,” ”executive resumes,” ”professional resume services,” etc. Bear in mind that the FIRST site which pops up has no bearing on the quality of service; it only means that they have good SEO (Search Engine Optimization). In the meantime, here are a few essential qualifiers that should play a key role in your decision.
Years of experience- Though this is sometimes difficult to confirm, information can be verified merely by talking the person in charge of the service and/or checking to see when a website or business was formally established through public records. Don’t rely merely on what a website claims; pick up the phone talk to the owner. Ask pointed questions as to when they started in the business, what their background consists of and how many resumes they’ve written. Question them on resume trends, job search statistics and their success rate. In short, get a feel for who will be managing your writing project. If he/she falters, or seems to steer the conversation away from themselves and back onto you, i.e., trying to sell their services without even listening to your questions or what you need, chances are they aren’t as experienced as they say. Most true professionals in any industry are generally proud of their work and more than happy to talk about what they know, how they’ve contributed and better yet, how they can help you. Conclusion – Any answers bathed in hesitation, evasiveness, hard selling or rudeness should clue you in to either performing more research or better yet, moving on.
So how do you choose the right resume writer? Try these tips. What job market are you trying for? There are resume writers who specialize in writing corporate resumes, and others who do more in the creative realm. No matter what kind of job market that you’re looking to hit, there’s a professional resume writer that specializes in that area. Obviously, if you’re trying to write a resume as a photographer, you’ll probably want to avoid the professional resume writers that generally work with CEOs! Do you need a resume or a CV? Depending on the job market that you are working for, you might need one, the other, or both. Resumes are, by rule, no longer than a page. A CV tends to detail your entire experience in a certain area, and thus is longer. There are professional resume writers who work with those wanting resumes, and those who want CVs. There are also some professional resume writers that work with both.
Personalized Service & Relationships- Probably the most important aspect to factor in along with the above is your comfort level with your writer that is developed either through phone consults or email correspondence. You need to feel confident, not pressured. You need to be sure that your writer is going to work with you no matter what and that the writer will be open to suggestions. Yes, they are the expert, but it’s also your resume. If someone dictates what you need without considering your concerns, you will never feel comfortable using your resume. You need to make sure that they are approachable and reachable. You need to make sure that you gain a sense of personalized attention, not just empty promises. Even if a writer is busy (and most good services are busy for a reason), you should have a feeling of assurance that your needs will be just as important as other clients. Conclusion – Ask questions and trust your gut…you know the type of people with which you like to interact, so if you feel uneasy about getting the attention you need, you probably won’t. While following these recommendations cannot always guarantee a successful partnership, they can certainly help you narrow down your selection and relieve your mind of a wasted investment. In the end, it will most likely be the combination of expertise, pricing, service level and personalization that will cement your choice and you’ll ultimately be grateful that you took the time to do your homework.
The human reader – The traditional, printed, hard copy resume (yes, it does still have a primary place in job hunting!) is created to attract the human eye and attention. With the advantages of word processing applications, sophisticated formatting is possible and should be applied strategically to create eye-appeal and draw the readers’ attention to key qualifications. The computer reader – The electronic or computer-optimized resume is designed, first and foremost, to be readable by the computer. There are several types of electronic resumes, but the common element of all is the ability to be searched by keyword. Of course, once your resume has been tagged as matching a keyword search, it will be reviewed by a human. So compelling, easy-to-read content is just as important in the electronic resume as in the traditional resume. Miss these points and the effects could be devastating…you might send out hundreds of resumes only to sit at home and wonder why nobody, not even one company or headhunter, has called you for an interview. There are fundamental formatting differences between traditional and electronic resumes. If you do not understand these differences, your resume will make it into very few – if any – resume databases.
1. Spend the Most Time on the Most-Read Part of Your Resume. Contrary to what you might think, the most-read part of your resume is not your name. When there are hundreds of resumes to review, names matter little in initial evaluations. The most read part of your resume is your Profile or Experience Summary. If your resume is missing this section, you are losing your best opportunity to create interest. It used to be common to put an Objective at the top of your resume. However, the Profile or Experience Summary section has completely replaced the Objective section. Why? It is a quick 3-4 sentence overview of your qualifications. This acts as an Executive Summary for a reviewer where you clearly point out why you are the best candidate for this specific position. If you don’t generate interest in this section, your chances of further review or even an interview are slim.