Friday, March 10, 2006

Should I Hire a Resume Service?

You’ve updated your resume, sent it out to companies and recruiters, but you aren’t hearing anything back. Is it your experience, or is it your resume? Resume writing services can improve the response you get to your resume because they know what employers look for. They can “package” your experience to present it in the best possible way.

You may decide a professional is what you need to help you with your resume. But, before you decide to hire a pro to redo your resume, take a critical look at it yourself. Here are a few easy improvements:

  • Check your formatting. Is the resume easy to read, is the type large enough, is there some white space?

  • Make sure you have an objective that clearly states what kind of job you are looking for. Make it short and clear. It’s the first thing people read.

  • Make sure the important things about your experience are as close to the top of the resume as possible. If you have more than 5 years experience, move your education to the bottom of the resume (unless you are seeking a position where education is more critical than experience).

  • Pretend you have no knowledge of yourself or your industry. Is your resume still understandable?

  • Consider adding a very short descriptive phrase under each company, telling what the company’s product or service is. For example, “CRM Automation Solution Company”. This helps recruiters and hiring managers better understand how your experience relates to their opening.

  • Use bullet points to list your achievements under each previous position. This format is easier to read and also shows what you accomplished in a position. Avoid listing tasks that were included in your job description and instead state what you achieved.

  • If you aren’t comfortable with your writing skills, enlist a friend you trust to review your resume for you.
Resume writing services offer a good service and generally are worth the money you will invest.Try these changes first and if you still aren’t getting the response you need, it’s time to call a professional.
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