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Friday, July 27, 2012

Paul Doro: It's time for a new resume

By Paul Doro
I can't tell you how many times a client has told me how surprised they are by the changes in what constitutes a good resume. In most cases they have not updated (or needed) a resume in 10, 15, even 20 years. Many have been at the same company the entire time.

In these challenging economic conditions, a strong resume is more important than ever. An average resume is not going to cut it. No matter how experienced you are, no matter what you have achieved, it will be added to a pile and never given a second glance.

Hiring Managers and Recruiters are only going to spend a few seconds looking over your resume. Their attention needs to be captured immediately. You need a document that is going to stand out from the rest and cause the reader to examine it closely.

There are numerous advantages to having your resume written by a professional. Here are a few key components of the services I provide highlighting why it is worth the investment:

1. Best Practices: They are constantly changing. How long should my resume be? Should education be on the first page? How far back in my career should I go? Does it need to be in chronological order? I can answer all your questions about how a resume should look and what it should say. To stay current on trends in resume writing, I attend the annual Career Thought Leaders conference hosted by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark.

2. Internet Searches: Monster, Career Builder, LinkedIn. Today's job searches are being conducted with web-based sources. It is critically important to ensure that your resume is designed for those and other sites.

3. Keywords: Why are keywords important? What keywords should I have on my resume? Where should they be?

Numerous studies reinforce the importance of having a professionally written resume. According to a beSatisfied Resume Rewrite Impact Survey, job seekers who had a new resume created by a professional were 38% more likely to be contacted by a Recruiter, 31% more likely to get an interview, and 40% more likely to land a job.

The fact is, almost everyone could benefit from a new resume, even if you aren't currently searching for a new position. Having seen and written hundreds upon hundreds of resumes, chances are yours could use a fine tuning. Take a few minutes to review your resume and see if any of the following apply to you:

1. Career Summary Section: Does it have one? What information does it contain? A resume must have a career summary section.

2. Long Paragraphs: Does your resume contain long job description paragraphs? If there are paragraphs more than 4-5 sentences long, that is a problem.

3. Achievements: Are there specific achievements for each position? Are they easy to find? Are they an appropriate length?

4. Bullet Points: This is one I see all the time. Is your resume just a long list of bullet points? Or do you have 10 or more bullets within a single position? No one will read a resume like this.

5. Irrelevant Information: Hobbies? Church activities? Marital status? None should be on your resume, unless you are applying for positions with a religious organization.

-- Doro is a Wisconsin based Career Services Professional expert writing resumes, cover letters, biographies, and more for professionals at all levels across numerous industries. For further information or questions, email paul@dororesumeservices.com or visit http://www.dororesumeservices.com.

Comments: 6

At July 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Blogger Michelle Custodio said...

Make sure that your resume is timely. These facts that you have presented are really helpful. Thanks! When getting the resume writer Edmonton, make sure he has proven to have accomplished a lot of winning resumes.

At January 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM, Blogger Sana Khatri said...

I would estimate about 90% of the jobs I applied for I never heard from again, maybe 5 replies from a total of about 40 applications.. Some of those replies arrived months after I applied

At October 17, 2013 at 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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