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.
Ostensibly, your resume should successfully arrive 'unblemished' on the desk of a recruiter, working for an interested, reputable company. The potential exposure, is that it will be accessed and replicated in the hands of ruthless individuals; now armed with an alluring and attractive resume for personal use or, re-assigned to unsuspecting job applicants seeking employment in the US. This scam may escalate dramatically predicated on the target market (e.g., IT, Healthcare, and ironically, Internet Security/Encryption).
This problem is aggravated by the fact that most professional resume writers don't have the behind the scene background that I do, so when choosing a resume writer, be sure and interview them first, before committing to use their services. In the interest of full disclosure, I do not offer a resume writing service other than assisting my active candidates with resume revisions prior to submitting their resume to a client.
LinkedIn is the number one place for connecting with, the people who matter, and will be the first place the executive resume services will have you go. Here you can connect with colleagues, co-workers, employers, industry leaders in your target industry, and most importantly, hiring managers. This is where you need to post your optimized, well-written resume. LinkedIn has become a more personal way, reliable, and effective way for employers and candidates to network, job post, and refer.
A resume in chronological order is a clear cut and uncomplicated outline of you academic as well as work history. It's clear and precise. When short listing candidates a normal employer would give only ten minutes to go through a résumé, these resumes when forwarded to higher level recruiter, gets even lesser timer. Submitting a cluttered and disorganized resume means you are trying to waste your recruiters' time which they won't do at any cost since they are always short of time.
A good resume creator will offer you some versatility. Most builders use templates to design the resumes to suit different professions or levels of experience based on the needs of the job seeker. A functional resume might work better for an entry-level job seeker but someone with more experience may want to create a chronological resume. Resume builders allow a user to choose what's best.
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