First and foremost, job seekers need to make their resume readable. As a job seeker, you should know that most of the employers screen resume for a span of only 2.5 to 20 seconds. To make resume more readable, use bulleted lists instead of using paragraphs. Bulleted lists make the resume look nicer and cleaner as well. Find out about what the employer is actually looking for. According to the accepted resume ingredients rule, the dates on the resume are not as important as the tile or job position you held in your last job. Besides that, you need to list your working experience and education in the reverse chronological order so that the most recent one remains at the top of your resume.
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?
A resume is the first impression that a candidate can give to their potential employer. Expressing their talents and skills through words can be extremely effective in portraying the right impression, especially if completed by an expert resume writer. That is fundamentally what a resume writing service can offer a potential candidate: a better chance of creating that vital first impression. Whether you are provided with an opportunity to present yourself in person through an interview is more often than not, dependent on the impression your resume makes to the employer. When the candidate in question is unaware of how to successfully present themselves through words, they can potentially lose a great opportunity by simply having a badly worded or presented resume.
Additionally, video resumes pose a risk to companies that paper resumes do not, legal risks that have caused some companies to discard all resumes that are accompanied by videos. When some companies these days black out names on resumes to avoid potential race or gender bias among those who review resumes, video resumes open employers up to potential claims of race, gender and age discrimination-even how the applicant looks in the video, in some instances, can clearly cause more problems for the applicant than they solve.
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.
I recall an HR Director who wanted me to coach him on his interviewing skills. He told me the "secret" to his "great" resume. He just keyword searched resumes in his company's database, pulled out ones he liked that closely matched his skills, and pasted together the document. When I questioned his ethics, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "it's common practice."
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