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:
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.
True, you may be the most hardworking person of all time, but by saying, “I am a hard worker” during an interview (or on your resume) you are selling yourself short. NO one wants to be that person who is generic and unoriginal, because chances are the interviewers have it heard that description a few hundred times before. Instead make yourself stand out!
The next time you are asked why they should hire you, use specific examples that will demonstrate HOW you are hard working without ever saying it. You can also move this info over to your resume as well.
For example someone could say… "I created [insert project or accomplishment] from scratch within a 1-month period which in turn [insert amazing result].” Be as specific as you can to showcase your skills.
Remember to stand out and SHOW why you are a hard worker instead of simply stating it.
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During your endless round of interviews, you will undoubtedly be asked what your weaknesses are. You do not want to tell the potential employer that you don't have any, and you definitely don't want to give positives as a weakness ("I work too hard!")
This article actually gives excellent advice on how to answer this question, and the most important part is, they tell you to follow up the weakness with steps you are taking to correct it. It tells the employer that you know your areas of improvement and work to implement a fix to these deficiencies.
I didn't write this article, I am simply sharing because I found it useful.
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I found this check list to make sure your resume has everything it's suppose to. Just wanted to share. Totally useful and free!! https://resumegenius.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Resume-Genius%E2%80%99s-104-Resume-Checklist.pdf Let's find some jobs!
My job is NOT GOING WELL!!! I am worried it will look worse on my resume if they fire me (which they definitely are) or if I should just quit and leave on my own. Would that be better? What should I do?? Please help!