If you don't have a clue where to start when writing a resume then you need the help of a professional resume writing service. If you find yourself applying for lots of jobs but not getting any callbacks, then either you are applying for the wrong jobs or your resume isn't up to scratch. You don't need to spend hours agonizing over crafting the perfect resume, neither do you need to spend a fortune on a resume writing service; you just need to know what the employer is looking for and the professionals do.
Out there in the world of strict professionalism, cut-throat competition and stern probing eyes, a belief has crept with the passage of time- 'it's all about personal branding'. Blame the technological boom called Internet or the Internet prodigy called Web 2.0; today the only thing that matters is advertisement. The better you advertise your skills, the sooner you climb up the career ladder. Now does that mean job seekers have to master one more skill- the skill of personal advertising, to get the desired job? Well, yes. You can call it another demand of the changing times, but today to keep up with the rising pace of the world one needs to shed his humbleness and learn to promote his assets. Hence, your resume is just another promotional stunt. Just another, yet indispensable.
It doesn't end there though. Just as common are cases of unsuspecting jobseekers that send their resume to co-workers, friends, and family for "their opinion." This makes it very easy for the recipients to use the resume as their own if the occasion arises. Imagine a peer at work who has the same title and worked on the same projects with you over several years, there would probably be a lot of crossover in duties. Even so, would you feel comfortable with them using your resume, especially if you paid for it to be professionally written by a resume writer?
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.
It is in your best interest to include only those non-professional qualities that could contribute to a company's success. Some people are bilingual. Some companies would pay a king's ransom to find a bilingual individual. Or if you have a background in the military, are a licensed pilot, or have security clearance, those are details that a potential employer may be very interested in. Rather than consign them to a place under "personal interests," incorporate them into a "professional features" section, or a "highlights and accomplishments," in a way that draws attention to them.
Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles' statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
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