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about 3 years ago
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Your Resume' Sucks. I don't care WHO wrote it!

So many people here talk about how they are not getting call backs after sending out their professionally written resume. As someone who served as a hiring manager for over 15 years, and has been a professional writer for over 20 years, I can tell you right now that very, very few people know how to create a resume' that works. And that includes the so-called "professional resume' services" that charge hundreds to thousands of dollars!

If you decide to hire a large firm to do your CV, please understand that the people most of these companies hire are working for pennies on the dollar and usually do not have a clue about what it takes for you to succeed. They are NOT in the "getting you a job" business. They are in the MONEY MAKING business! This means that the persons they hire to edit and write resume's are typically paid by the piece, not the hour, and that means your resume is not lovingly read and reviewed in great detail. It means that some poor person is trying to make better than minimum wage by skimming as quickly as possible to catch any major errors (and a lot of times missing them!), and then reformatting your words and ideas just to look like they have added value to your history.

Were you interviewed by the writer before you submitted your resume'? Did the results of that interview show up in your resume'? Were you given a single resume' or were you shown how to create multiple resume's from a large bucket of work experiences that comprise your professional career? Did you feel like someone wanted to get to know you before they created something that represents you?

How can a stranger trumpet your song to the planet, if they don't know a single note from your symphony?

You might be thinking that, if you are not the Stephen King of resume' writing, your life will be like that of a Stephen King victim. But do not despair, there is a way out! If you follow a few simple rules, you can create a resume that gets you to an interview:

  1. NEVER send a resume out the same day you created it! Let your resume' rest for 24 hours, and then you can look at it with "New Eyes." It is amazing that you discover so many things you left out, how many mistakes you made, and the target mistakes you made after you review the document.
  2. NEVER send the same resume to anyone! EACH resume needs to be tailored to the job! No two jobs are alike, so it should be impossible for you to match your experience exactly with the requirements of multiple companies!
  3. ALWAYS include a unique Cover Letter for each job! It has been said here and elsewhere that cover letters are dead. I am here to tell you that a cover letter can be that wedge in the door you need! If the hiring manager does not want to read your cover letter, that is fine--but if you DON'T have the cover letter and NEED one, where does that leave you at hiring time?
  4. RESEARCH the company, and make sure you say something about it in your cover letter! You can always use some interesting fact about the company as a driver for your application.
  5. TEAMWORK is key! Just about everyone applying for a particular job will say they have the skill set, education and work history to do the job. If you are all equal in the eyes of HR, who will get hired? That is why I always searched for the intangibles--how well will this person play with others? If I felt that a candidate would not work well on a team, they were NEVER considered for hiring! I did not care WHAT their skill set was! Tell me you play some kind of team sports at some point in your past, or participated in some kind of group activity! It is THAT important!
  6. Your life cannot fit into a couple of pages of text. Nor should it! Write out, type out, the experiences of your life as they relate to work, and keep those details close when you are matching your history to the requirements of the job. I currently have over 20 pages of experiences to draw upon. And I am not special!

How many of these points were answered by your resume' service? If you follow these rules, you can easily find someone to fix any spelling, grammar or formatting errors in your CV. Hire a pro for that. If you do, you are most likely going to work with someone who perfectly fits your need: a second set of eyes on your content. But don't ask them to be Hemingway for you.

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Ashley Wilson
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Great tips, thanks for sharing. Love this..."You might be thinking that, if you are not the Stephen King of resume' writing, your life will be like that of a Stephen King victim. But do not despair, there is a way out!" : )

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Robert Hays
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By the way, you can look up Robert Hays Content Services on fb for more information about what it is I do.

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Tina Adkins
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Robert Hats, Consructive criticism is often hard for me not only to hear because often then not I know what feedback that was submitted on my behalf was not only bluntly true, but something I needed to hear. U have my greatest gratitude and appreciation for even offering your feedback. Thank you for being honest w/ me and not sugar coating it. Unfortunately ur words of wisdom I know will help me in my seeking of landing the job for me. Thank you Tina Adkins

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Laura Chitester
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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