So you would cater it that way. Which is where I get overwhelmed: This is exactly what I do with my resume since I have experience in several different areas of my field.
It makes it so much easier to customize each resume for a specific job. They have hundreds available. Most for specific fields. You can select a resume with the right template for you for inspiration. The OP is obviously well-spoken, she just needs inspiration from a template. Perhaps RachelTech means to just use them for ideas, just never use the actual template format, ever.
Templates are cookie cutter and get noticed all right — as the same ole same ole as everybody else. My recruiter friend said her team feels this way, too. I think templates are fine to use. I agree with Alison. I believe it echos your philosophy.
It is a little wordy, but the exercises it recommends are great. It shows you how to tailor, how to show your acheivements, etc. Another source to consider is the local library. Not just for books on resumes; but to see if they offer resume seminars. This could be hit or miss. I lucked out in that my local library brought in someone who knew what she was doing. Perhaps, not as good as someone in your field writing your resume for you; but it was free!
And it was by far better than anything the state offers. Also the library limited the number who could sign up. It made a huge difference in the responses I was receiving. Also, sometimes state employment departments can help with resumes.
Just asking questions helps: What was the hardest part of your job, and how did you deal with it? What took up the most of your time? I also like starting in an empty word document with no formatting to worry about. It seems less daunting than staring at the resume heading and bullet points. I also have a resume list.
This is a document with all the bullet points I might include, but then I swap in and out the ones most suited to the particular job. Moving forward, I find it helpful to keep a little file of accomplishments. Usually this is just an email folder, where I move any messages of kudos on a project or if I think I did something particularly effective, I will note it there as well.
I recommend this to everyone I work with early in their career. Sometimes a reminder of the good stuff does the trick. Just one example — but I fully recommend going over the content with someone trusted, preferably someone who knows your work — because it can highlight what you may be leaving out. There are resources for the job seeker in your community, especially if you live in a larger city.
Churches or non-profits offer free or very low cost workshops, I happen to volunteer at one in my community. The workshops will typically help you organize a search, write a resume, give you interview tips and practice, help you understand how networking works and what leverage you have in negotiations, etc.
They tend to offer a learning environment that is supportive and non-threatening. I wrote down every duty and every accomplishment. And I saved it. Every time I apply for a job, I open up the boffo resume and then select what I think is most relevant to the job I am applying for. In most cases, the resulting resume is one page long. In my mind, professional resume services are useful to people who fit the range of entry-level to mid-level experience primarily due to their not having much experience with hiring processes other than their own personal one.
That would not be money well-spent. Was it the best resume in the world? I did have my parents both attorneys! Using it I received about 5 interviews and my dream job!! When I called them, they also deliberately avoided answering my questions and tried to give me the hard sell over the phone.
Furthermore, I saw that almost NONE of the writers had any prior experience working for HR or being in any sort of position that involved firing and hiring. I just now asked a professional to write my resume, she had a lot of good feedback, good background and was affordable. The economy is so bad right now, that everyone needs help with getting their foot in the door. If I could have the help of a professional who has experience in writing and has a background as a HR manager, why not?
Its just like going to see a Dr. As long as they are truthful in what they are writing, I see no harm. I did my resume myself awhile back and just kept updating it but I never get any call backs, she looked it over and immediately said why. I honestly am just not the best writer. Obviously I will look over the finished product and edit it myself if it needs to be done. There is always someone more knowledgable than yourself- I dont mind asking for help, I just need a job!
My experience is that these services are over-rated. I have had it done twice and both times the results were full of errors. One even had the name of my last employer wrong. There were so many errors, especially the second time, that I just could not be bothered to go back and put it right myself and cut my losses.
So many things were guessed at and information even made up. And some agencies tell me they put the resume through a scanner to pick up key words to shortlist you for a role and the professionally written CV does not include this. Also, the job coaches always recommend you tailor your resume for each individual job application so what is the point of spending money on a professional CV if you have to edit it each time anyway? I think hiring a resume writer can help.
It certainly helped me. I went from no interviews to a job within a couple of months. But the key i think is to find the right resume writer for you. Ive seen some that are just loaded with fluff and fancy words. These were not even in my original resume. The writers also made things up, claiming experience and qualifications I did not have.
I have also had offers of free resume checks and have taken advantage of these with my professionally written resumes. They were completely redrawn again. Experts rarely seem to agree with each other. The 4th paid-for CV was good, but I was told later that it made me look over-qualified for the jobs I was actually suited for.
I was therefore unsuccessful with this. I have now tweaked and sharpened my own original version and am getting on much better with this. A well written resume by a professional that understands the industry and knows what they are doing is worth every penny.
Watch out for resume mills, the quality is lack-luster, at best. You want to work one and one with a professional, someone that has been in the industry. You want someone that understands what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for AND is up to date on ATS systems, online job search and technology. A well-written, highly effective resume is a personal marketing piece and is worth the investment.
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