Some companies have popped up to help interviewers and job seekers make the most of this new technology. These companies help applicants put together a professional, edited video. Some have contacts with specialized areas of the job field - engineering firms, non-profits, etc. - and can send your video resume to companies interested in such resumes. Many employers are opening up to video resumes because in some cases they serve as the "first round" of interviews, saving the company money and time.
Resume Make Professional is another resume software program that gets great reviews by its users. One of the most valuable features that this program offers is the ability for more than one person (user) to use the same program. This means that the whole household can use it for the same price as one user. This software also gives users the ability to upload their finished resume to the internet and publish it as its own website. This comes in handy because you can direct potential employers to your "website". Professionally formatted e-mails are also made possible by Resume Maker Professional, which are sure to impress any future employer. This software costs $29.95 and an additional $19.95 for the upgrade.
A video resume firm can also help you find the best keywords to use on your resume. A lot of HR professionals use candidate screening software that look for specific keywords related to the job. If your resume doesn't have those keywords, the software will kick your resume out of the candidate pool without ever being seen by human eyes. The resume professional will be able to help you get your resume through the software process, so it is actually seen by a real person.
Following that train of thought, I have always believed that you should have a number of different resumes prepared. In a previous article, I talked about having the wherewithal to adapt one's elevator speech to the situation one finds him or herself in. Likewise, the cover letter and resume you send should be tailored to the needs of the person receiving it.
To make it clear: the purpose of your cover letter and resume is to get an interview call and not a job. So, consider your cover letter as a type of sales letter for your resume that needs to be clear and precise. It needs to highlight the most important points of your career and life, capable of attract the attention of the potential employer motivating him to give you a call and invite you for an interview.
Resume Works Pro is another decent resume building program. It lacks some of the specialized features that the programs mentioned above come with. Nonetheless, Resume Works Pro is equipped with over 1000 sample cover letters and resumes to help its users. It has a feature that allows users to burn their resume along with their portfolio to a CD/DVD. There is also a database of pre-formatted response letters that can be used when contacting a potential employer. Taking all of these features into consideration, the Resume Works Pro is a useful program that only costs $19.95.
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