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President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
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Use a resume writing service if you can afford the expense. But do your homework. Check them out, get references. Many smart job hunters can also get more value out of learning to write an effective resume on their own. It's your choice. How bad do you want the job? A resume writing service offers an aspiring job hunter the benefits of a professional touch to the resume writing process. For the most part, the professional services have a lot of practical experience in what kind of resumes get the results that the job seeker wants, and in many cases they have a thorough understanding of the theory behind the choices they make. All that expertise comes with a hefty price tag though. Professional resume writing services can charge hundreds of dollars to write a resume for you.
Resume writing services come with another hefty price tag as well, one which isn't quite as obvious. If a job seeker uses a professional resume writing service, then they don't gain the experience of writing a great resume for themselves. Though this may not sound like much of a deprivation, it really is. Writing a solid, interview-getting resume is an intensive process of research, thinking and clear writing. Going thorough the process is a learning experience that teaches you about your job history, your target company and job, the process of landing the job you want and even a little bit about yourself.
You Can Be Your Own Resume Writing Service
Writing your own resume instead of using a resume writing service can instill all these lessons because a well-written resume appears simple, but is actually the product of a lot of thought and research. Put in the most basic terms, the purpose of a resume is to convince the reader that your experience, education, background, personality and interests make you the best candidate to solve the business problems that your target job is responsible for solving. Put in these terms, you can see how your resume is a little bit more involved than simply a list of all the jobs you've had. For starters, you've got to figure out what the business problem that your target job needs to be able to solve is. This involves doing some research and some thinking to be able to summarize this in your own mind.
Once you've got that figured out, then you've got some more thinking to do about how your experience demonstrates your ability to solve that problem. Instead of just listing your jobs and their duties, you've got to consider the various skills that you've developed, instances of how you used them and relevant results that you've obtained. Lastly, your resume should demonstrate, usually by achievements and awards and extra educational efforts you've taken, that you aren't just going through the motions on your job... that you are passionate and motivated. By the time you've figured all this out and gotten it into a clear, concise form to put on your resume, you've done more than write an effective resume. You've clarified your career position and objectives, and prepared yourself to shine in any interview situation... a far better result than even the best resume writing service could provide for you.
For those with unlimited financial resources, a resume service makes a lot of sense. Getting someone else to write your resume for you is easy, it's quick, and is quite likely to result in a very well written resume that does everything a resume should do to get the job interview you want. After all, most resume services are performed by true career professionals who have a lot of insight and experience in making your resume look and work just right. So for those job seekers who are rich, or who already have a great job, then a resume service is the way to go. Now, for the other 99% percent of job seekers, the ones who aren't rich and who need a job that pays more, it makes more sense to learn to write great resumes yourself.
Luckily, it doesn't take a lot of time, training or work to learn to write resumes as good or better than the average resume service. Instead all it takes is a little bit of research, some thinking, and a couple of practice runs before you are cranking out resumes as hard-working as any that you would end up paying hundreds of dollars to a resume service to produce. What's more, because you will have created the resume yourself, you have the skills to sell yourself... something that will come in handy when you go for the job interview, not to mention the next time that you decide to re-enter the job market.
Secrets Of Resume Services
In a nutshell, the secrets that resume services use are simple; Be specific, write the resume in terms of problems, solutions and results, and use active words. Being specific means writing the resume for the purpose of getting the exact job that you are applying for. Many people write resumes which are overly broad and mushy. They say that they want a job "in" a specific industry, without making it clear that they are determined to get the exact job which they are applying for. When possible, you want for your most recent job duties and accomplishments to look more or less identical to the job description of the job you are applying for. This reduces the feeling of risk that the employer might feel about hiring you.
Writing the resume in terms of problems, solutions and results means doing a little bit of research and thinking about the most important issues which the job offers, then writing the resume to prove through example that the candidate has already solved identical problems in their career. To get a good handle on what the problems, solutions and results the new job is looking for, you might have to do some asking around of friends in the field, or do some reading online and in trade publications. Using actions words means providing bullet points which paint the picture of the applicant as someone who is doing things, not just around while they get done.
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