Considering hiring an award-winning resume writer?
If so, you’ll find plenty of resume services online and via social media that tout award-winning expertise and credentials.
A quick search for “award winning resume writers” on Google produced more than 31 million resultsfrom nearly every country in the world. The same LinkedIn search yielded dozens of resume writers, all claiming awards on their Profiles.
You’d have reason to question these “awards.”
Of course, you’ll want to vet any resume writer thoroughly if you plan to hire them. Your resume (and LinkedIn Profile) are easily the most important career documents you’ll ever need – and if an award-winning resume service is truly important to you, being cautious will pay off!
In other words, you’ll benefit by looking for truth in advertising.
Follow these tips to ensure you’re working with an award-winning resume writer whose performance has been independently tested and verified: (more…)
If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you’re among the multitudes in this job market.
Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did.
I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-so-perfect career history for What To Do When Your Resume Looks Like Bad News, reiterating that problematic job situations can often be overcome with just a few key changes to your resume.
Here’s how to address common “sticky” situations (ones that seem to trip up even the most well-qualified job seekers):
A period of unemployment is no longer an automatic red flag to many employers. Therefore, you’ll want to be as up front and concise as possible when dealing with a gap.
As many of you probably know, hiring managers in today’s job market are swamped. Inundated with job descriptions, lists of open positions, and calls from job seekers, they no doubt appreciate brevity and clarity when reading resumes.
So why do many candidates include every job since college on their resumes–even when college graduation dates back to 1969?
From what I can gather, fear dominates the resume writing process for many people. They are afraid of giving too little information or leaving out some critical detail. However (and you know what is coming here), fear does not drive an effective resume. In fact, it can convince people to make the resume so long and so difficult to read, that it is effectively rendered useless.
The general resume rule of thumb is that two pages will suffice for most candidates. This includes job seekers with more than eight years of experience, all the way up to executives (in some cases). Entry-level candidates or those early in their careers should stick to one page.
Five-page resumes (and yes, I see plenty of these) only confuse the reader and incite dread among those who must read them. The relevant information should be on the first page, making the second page an “addendum” that continues to describe interesting and pertinent accomplishments.
Employers can and do hire based on concise documentation of qualifications. And hiring managers may well thank you for being brief!
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