Studies have shown that Recruiters and Employers will not spend too much time reviewing a resume. If in 30 seconds to a minute, the resume does not grab their attention, it will be discarded. There's been a lot of talk lately about resume editing services. It wasn't so long ago when to most people editing a resume meant having a spouse or friend look over the document. But, in today's competitive market it can be a good idea to turn to the professionals for resume editing. Resume editing services have a lot to offer and you can benefit tremendously from their services.
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.
When gaps in employment occur - especially for explainable and legitimate reasons - use the functional format which emphasizes accomplishments in employment rather than indicating when you worked. If you are changing your career or are returning to civilian employment from government work, use the functional or the hybrid format to emphasize your ability to transfer learned skills, accomplishments, leadership, and rigorous training to move into the employment of the profit or non-profit arena. In addition, retired, injured, downsized, and older workers returning to employment may elect to choose the functional or hybrid model.
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.
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.
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.
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