Seven Résumé Writing Myths That Literally Stop All Job Search Progress!
By Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach at http://RighteousResumes.com; copyright 5/14/2020 all rights reserved
It's May 2020, we are in the middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have 16% unemployment nationwide and the Internet of Things age is just beginning, yet many professionals still do not get it. While it's true many professionals only search for a job once every seven years, now that you are in a job hunt, someone with the expertise and experience has to tell you how to avoid months of unemployment, so study this entire article. I hate to see professionals losing all their hope, faith and confidence, so please excuse me for being brutally honest here. Unemployment is financially, emotional and mentally draining. That is bad enough, but this also results in a sizable employment gap on your resume, which further compounds the problem by making you the candidate even less attractive to employers. This is why we need to focus on how you can have a productive job search. Your job search should always start with a high-performance résumé that caters to exactly what hiring managers want.
Myth 1: The most popular myth about résumés is that a résumé is just a typewritten document, so I should shop for the cheapest priced resume service in town or online resume builder. Ha! Let's suppose you earn or want to earn a healthy income, who will help you earn the highest salary. land a job with a better company and get hired faster? Would it be the cheapest resume writer you can find or the best resume writer you can find? Would Google Search have 60 million search results for Resume Service if they could be replaced by cheap resume builder software/online resume builder software? Hiring a great Certified Professional Résumé Writer is an investment in your future success that will pay for itself many times over. Your new résumé is also reusable and tax deductible.
Myth 2: The second most common myth about résumé and cover letters in 2023 is that anyone can and should write their own. No way, today every smart professional that earns a healthy income hires the best Certified Professional Résumé Writer they can because their family's livelihood depends on a consistent income. If that myth were true, 92% of all the résumés would not be dishwater weak, dull or merely average. Professional Résumé Writers are still thriving because the candidate (or the company) with the best marketing and advertising normally wins.
Myth 3: The third most common myth about résumés and cover letters in 2023 is that merely average is good enough. Consider this: Your best competition is using professionally written résumés and cover letters already. How does your résumé compare when viewed side by side in comparison? (Here's a hint, if you are like most professionals you over look proper formatting, keywords/SEO, editing, proofreading, great content, effective selling and what hiring executives want to see in an ideal candidate.) The best way to answer this question is to email your current resume to a Certified Professional Resume Writer asking for a free resume review. Consider it a blessing (reality check) that will save you 6-12 months of wasted effort.
Myth 4: The fourth most common myth, which still persists in 2023 is that the automated spell check will catch all the errors for me because it must have AI. Wrong! How can a spell checker know if your email address or mobile phone number is correct or not? Recently I saw "VP of Virtue Realty Entertainer Division" instead of VP of Virtual Reality Entertainment Division on an executive's resume right at the top. He used the spell checker alright (but selected poorly on the list of correctly spelled words) and those words are spelled correctly but it is a total failure as a job title. He didn't see it because he knew what he meant and the colored lines underneath that indicate errors were gone in Microsoft Word. So many errors such as logical, numerical, contact info and homonym errors are not caught with a spell checker. Homonyms are words that sound the same but are spelled differently (e.g. two or too and their, there or they're).
Avoid fatal spelling, logic and grammar errors because they will cause employers and recruiters to give you the cold shoulder (yes, no calls/emails for interviews is rejection). Most professionals are blissfully unaware that automated spell checkers only catch 44% of errors in spelling, grammar and logic. When it comes to typing anything with numbers, industry jargon, abbreviations or medical terminology that percentage drops like a rock.
Myth 5: The fifth most common myth is that résumé builders are helpful for those seeking careers that pay more than $50,000 annually. In reality, those heavily advertised automated résumé builders and cheap and fast typists only produce typewritten work histories or pathetically weak resumes. Unless you are looking for low-paying work with third-tier employers, I urge you to avoid them like the plague. Great résumé writers have never worked for peanuts and never will. Expect to invest in your future and cough up the dough it takes to create and develop a great résumé. Your résumé is the single most important document you own. Why would you ever bring a knife to a gunfight? Use your God-given intelligence and invest in your future success.
Myth 6: A résumé is only a brief typed work history that goes back ten years created to help you get selected for interviews. Wrong, again. It's a powerful career document that is designed to build your value, market and sell to employers/hiring committees. Today, almost everyone who wants to earn over $50,000 annually will invest in a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and LinkedIn Profile Writer. Here's why - Your career documents will be compared side-by-side with the best in a pass or fail competition after each round of interviews (most better paying jobs/better employers require candidates to pass 3-5 interviews). What good is it if you never make it past the first interview because you have a weak/generic resume? What good is it if you don't go into all your interviews with confidence? What good is it if you cannot distinguish yourself in interviews because all the employers ask you questions about boring responsibilities and reasons for departures thanks to a cookie cutter/mass produced resume?
Myth 7: Résumés are supposed to be all about your duties/responsibilities. Ugh! This is a most persistent myth indeed. Accomplishments, awards, team awards, great results, cost savings generated, improvements in efficiency, productivity and accuracy, goals met/surpassed, complimentary bonus skills, fluency in foreign languages etc. all are far more important than mere responsibilities. Employers stopped looking for worker bees in the 1990s, when the US became the most productive workforce in the world. Now, they are looking for employees with a high ceiling who can make significant and lasting contributions.
Another essential part of résumé writing is search engine optimization and keyword density through keyword research and inclusion. It is no longer enough to submit a résumé and cover letter to an Internet website or an employer's database. It must come up in the advanced Boolean search results, otherwise few if any human eyeballs will ever actually read it.
Your résumé must rank in the top five percent of the employer's database search results because otherwise you will be invisible. Consider when you search for something yourself using Google, Bing and Yahoo, who looks any further than the first page or second page of search results? I can assure you busy hiring managers do not. Today, you really have to earn the right to be hired more than ever because modern technology and the Internet makes it easier than ever for out of state job hunters to be hired. Fortunately, you can hire a great Certified Professional Résumé Writer, not a company or service because you want to know exactly who is writing and editing your résumé and what their credentials are.
If you cannot sell yourself on paper, delegate the task to avoid the dreaded financial consequences. In this job market, selling and marketing yourself successfully on paper is a mission critical priority you just cannot ignore. Most professionals/ executives are completely unaware of this fact. Did you even know that only the top five percent of resumes not candidates are selected for interviews? Logically, this means employers actually reject 95% of resumes submitted.
Resume writing is a daunting challenge for nearly everyone, so delegate your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile writing to the #1 Résumé Writing Expert in the Nation at http://RighteousResumes.com. You will be so glad you did.
Is Writing Your Own Resume Still a Winning Strategy?
By Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach at http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 2023 all rights reserved.
Fact: All the smart job searchers that earn over $45K annually hire the best Certified Professional Resume Writer they can find. Why? Well the return on investment is indisputable - Quicker to employment by 4-8 months, higher salaries, better bonuses, benefits, Supervisors and employers. Nevertheless, millions are duped by online resume builders that produce weak typed work histories that produce dismal results. Many more unemployed professionals are unaware that 95% of all resumes in use today will not earn interviews because they are merely average to dreadful regardless of who wrote them (beware of all fast and cheap typists who offer resume writing help - generally in life you get exactly what you pay for). Yes, your resume will be compared side-by-side with excellent professionally written resumes. Yes, your resume must pass through sophisticated advanced Boolean search strings (e.g. the Linkedin Advanced People Search Tool) and applicant tracking systems (ATS e.g. Zip Recruiter) with automated keyword filtering to optimize the efficiency of candidate selection. Fortunately, the investment in expert resume writing assistance only averages < 1% of your future annual salary.
We are in the Information Age in a highly specialized society, thus it is a sound business decision to delegate your resume writing challenge to an expert. If you have chosen carefully, you will earn 200-300% more calls for interviews as long as there is a market for your skills. When you have a righteous resume and cover letter, you can also expect to earn more. Especially if you insist on a veteran writer with serious copywriting (sales and advertising writing) experience. Yes, your resume and cover letters are sales and marketing documents. Employers will only be interested in hiring you if your talents match employer's wants and needs. Thus, your resume must, be written specifically with your targeted career goal in mind and your future employer's needs in mind.
A veteran Certified Professional Resume Writer has the brains, experience, SEO and sales skills to make sure your job search is over in half the normal time. You must realize that every week you are unemployed, another $1000 in take home pay is lost minimum. Thus, if your normal job search matches the average six months, the financial loss is $24,000. By cutting your job search time in half, you save $12,000 minimum. Of course, that is just an average. Once you consider the fact that your regular bills still keep coming in while you are unemployed, you must acknowledge the additional painful loss of your savings by the same $24,000. Hence, by keeping your savings whole while you are unemployed, you again will save a fortune. The total savings from cutting your job search in half would be $24,000 minimum.
Certified Professional Resume Writers know how to work with advanced Boolean searches and applicant tracking systems. They are also great investigators. This is so important because weak content is a relentless plague on resumes from coast to coast. Just last week I interviewed a management candidate who had no luck finding a management job for five consecutive years even though he had 7 years of experience as a Manager and he lived in Dallas TX. Yikes! The root cause for all of this is that he went to online resume builders and ended up with a weak typed work history that focused on boring responsibilities. His old resume missed 8 promotions, 2 significant awards, many accomplishments, the fact that he was bilingual etc. What a disaster, but no one had given him any feedback so he didn't know.
Additionally, CPRWs are expert problem solvers. If you have one of the many resume challenges, like transitioning from the military to civilian life; then do not even dream of writing your own resume. Some other challenges would include: Immigrants that have limited command of English or writing, employment gaps, career changes, very competitive fields, just rejoining workforce after taking care of the family, frequent job changes, frequent temporary/contract work, self employed transitioning to employed, technical resumes, executive resumes, too modest to market and sell yourself, too ordinary and industry downturn challenges.
Name any job hunting challenge, we have solved them all before and ended up victorious. We researched them, trained for them and solved repeatedly, so take advantage of our affordable expertise. Remember our fees are normally 100% tax deductible as a job hunting expense. Another vital area where Certified Professional Resume Writers will help you more is knowing what employers want. Any CPRW with actual Hiring experience gives you a considerable advantage over 95% of applicants. For various reasons, most resumes just miss the mark when it comes to catering to employers' needs. So, Find a great CPRW with at least ten years of experience and a great reputation and invest in your future.
If you are not earning enough interviews, 95% of the time it is your resume and cover letter's fault. You can have all the skills, talents and abilities in the world but if you do not get enough interviews, you will remain stuck in a rut. When you compare the average cost of a great resume and cover letter at $500 to the cost of your lost wages for 12-24 months ($24K-$48K), hiring a Certified Professional Resume Writer to write your resume and cover letter is a smart business decision. Do help yourself now instead of waiting three, six or nine months to find out your resume is still not earning you interviews because it's too late when you are flat broke and busted. Time is money! Unemployment causes loss of self-esteem, sadness and gut-wrenching poverty. My advice is plan on being a winner at the start of your job search buy investing in your future success.
I highly recommend you go directly to an independent Certified Professional Resume Writer who provides a personal interview as part of the service, posts all prices on their website, shows quality writing samples you can review, has a convincing website and has experience as a Hiring Manager/Recruiter. You must inspect their recommendations written by clients on Linkedin.com, resume samples and their own resumes. If these are missing they are omitted because there is something to hide. It's your job to hire the best writer possible for your resume because it will shape your future as a professional. I recommend you do some research because all the value of a CPRW comes from the successful results and return on investment, not typing! Review a CPRW's website carefully to verify ability, credentials, results and good reviews. Does the CPRW you have found do a great job of selling himself on his website? Is evidence offered/used to verify claims of expertise? Have they been in the business at least ten years or are they just another part-time hack looking to make a buck at your expense?
Pass on any Resume Writer who does not offer an in-depth personal interview as part of the resume writing process. Without it there is no way to provide all the vital information employers want. Resume Writers need to investigate until they find the most helpful data just like a Police Detective does when he interviews suspects/witnesses. Your future and starting salary depend on this ability. Weak Resume Writers do not interview their clients because they are afraid to expose their weakness and they are only concerned with typing lots of documents daily. Great Resume Writers have plenty of Linkedin recommendations and five star reviews. No talented CPRWs are not cheap, so focus on the better results and ROI to invest in yourself with confidence. Know that smart professionals, managers and executives always invest in their future success just as Farmers buy seeds with 1% of their annual earnings.
Resume writing is serious challenge for everyone so delegate your resume, cover letter and Linkedin profile writing to the expert at http://RighteousResumes.com. That way you will be winning from the beginning in your job search.
Is Your Resume/LinkedIn Profile Being Ignored?
By Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach at http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 10/23/2015 all rights reserved.
Often professionals, managers and executives wonder why their resumes and Linkedin profiles are ignored by hiring managers, Recruiters and HR professionals. Yes, sometimes there is a shortage of vacancies or hiring. It could be that your field is serious decline, you are in a remote location, you are a victim of age discrimination or you are located in an economically depressed area like Rhode Island. However, when you can make a brief yet compelling case for yourself to hiring managers/executives, I can assure you that the doors of opportunity will open for you like never before, especially if your talents and experience are in demand. My current resumes and LinkedIn profile are excellent examples to follow. Click the link in blue to find them and connect with me on Linkedin.
Here are the top reasons why your current resume is not helping you earn interviews:
Weak, Vague and Ambiguous Resumes - This weak writing that does not add value to you and it actually repels employers. Avoid resume builders/resume software at all costs. Their goal is to create a document, not help you find employment fast.
Resumes with Non-Standard/Hard to Read Fonts - Inappropriate fonts include handwriting style, Old English (really?), Western style, Calligraphy and really artsy fonts. First, your resume must be able to be easily scanned. Second, it must be located and readable by technology (search engines, ATS software, database searches, etc.).
Objective Statements - Especially those that make demands or tell employers what you want. These resumes are instantly dismissed. Objective statements are okay if you are an entry-level employee, intern or still in college though because they know you do not have enough to brag about yet as a professional.
Novel Length Autobiographies - I often get 7-17 page resumes that people actually use for months without results. Sure the extremely gifted and talented can have longer resumes and get away with it. However, editing is a universal requirement because hiring managers are very busy people. Great editing aka brevity is also a sign of a professional with impressive intelligence. You must respect employers enough to present a brief resume that is powerful and convincing.
Functional Resumes - Hiring managers already know that functional resumes are normally designed to cover up significant issues/problems. I recommend that you avoid this style if at all possible, even though sometimes a functional resume is best or is actually preferred in a narrow-niche field.
All Purpose Resumes - Shows lack of desire and intelligence especially in a recession where there is not too much hiring going on and the employers hold all the cards. Let's face it people, we are in the information age now. Using one generic all purpose resume today is similar too taking up sky diving as a profession and forgetting your parachute on the first flight.
Resumes Focused on Responsibilities - Not only are these boring typed work histories, they ignore the fact that employers normally want the best talent they can find versus anyone with a pulse. Hello? Wake up and smell the coffee people.
Resumes with Frequent Changes in Employment - Job hopping is evidence employers do not like you, your performance is below average or you do not like employers/co-workers. Employers want professionals with relevant experience and above average social skills and soft skills. Loyalty and stability is definitely an asset because it is independent third-party evidence of your true value, plus it says a lot about your social skills/likability quotient.
Resumes with Long Employment Gaps - Because of the great recession, long employment gaps have become more common, especially in down industries. Yet, these are still ignored is because hiring managers, recruiters and HR professionals think that if everyone else already passed on you for 18-24 months already, why should I waste my time investigating and interviewing you. Other valid reasons these are ignored include it shows laziness, low initiative, no flexibility, you were in prison/home confinement, have a drug, alcohol or gambling addiction and a general lack of intelligence.
Resumes with Tiny Print - Keep your font's point size at 11 or 12 if possible as most hiring managers are over 40 and many of them have glasses or tired old eyes. Executives and other highly accomplished people often use 10 points although this is the smallest allowed period. Another thing, margins and white space are always beneficial for the interviewer's notes.
Info-Graphic/Artistic Resumes - These are trendy with new college graduates today, but are far from effective. For a few creative professions these are wonderful (e.g. Web Designers or Graphic Artists), but not for Teachers/Professors, Managers or business professionals. There are strict file size limits in employers' databases, email boxes, applicant tracking software, and in resume submission websites. They do not inform you your resume has been rejected, although after months without interviews you should improve your resume by hiring the best Certified Professional Resume Writer you can find.
Resumes Riddled With Poor English Grammar, Errors, Typos and Mistakes - These are instantly dismissed. A resume, cover letter and Linkedin profile should be a sample of your finest work. These remain your first chance to make a positive impression with employers.
Resumes Without Relevant Content, Keywords/SEO - These are submitted to databases and stuck there never to be seen by humans. You must adapt to the filtering technology most employers use today with content that is specifically targeted to your top job title goals. Again your job is to motivate the hiring managers/ executives to give you an opportunity to interview and today there are 17 well-qualified candidates for every legitimate job vacancy (keep in mind that many job postings are either old, for compliance purposes only, for a backup candidate or are designed to collect data for resume databases, direct mail/telemarketing marketing lists or credit reports).
Resumes with Long Paragraphs - I mean more than five lines in length. I often receive resumes with long blocks of text that are 7-23 lines of consecutive text without a break (white space is good and bullets are good). Understand, employers prefer to skim through resumes first. Yes, they will read it later in detail if they are interested and motivated enough.
Resumes with Personal Photographs - You might be lucky enough to be beautiful/handsome and you want to let people know it. Yet as a smart hiring manager, I do not care what you look like or how old you are if you are a top performer. This is just bad strategy to be honest because it increases an employer's liability to discrimination lawsuits. Photos are fine for your Linkedin profile though because this is a personal networking website first and foremost. If your goal is to be a TV News Anchor, TV Weatherman, Actress or Model, then your photo will actually be an asset. However, that's only 2% of the population.
Resumes with Exaggeration or Deception - Resumes should be strictly factual and a sample of your best work. Those involved in talent acquisition know the Degree Mills that print out formal looking Bachelor's degrees and graduate school degrees for a fee. They also can spot exaggeration easily and know when you are being untruthful in interviews. You would be surprised how much a background check, credit check, employment verification, Google search on your name and reference check will reveal. Try a Google search on my name, Darrell DiZoglio for example (you will see 40,000+ results).
You have not shown that you have the right skill sets, experience and/or industry knowledge - This isn't always easy to do, especially when you are changing careers or attempting to enter a new industry. Yes, it's true what you do not know can hurt you because many others competing for the same career opportunity will have the right skill set, experience and industry knowledge.
Resume writing is a serious challenge for nearly everyone, so delegate your resume, cover letter and Linkedin profile writing to http://RighteousResumes.com you will be glad you did. (Click the link in blue above.)
Top Ten Résumé Writing Tips From Hiring Managers & Executives
By Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach at http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 02/24/2015 all rights reserved.
Lengthy gaps in employment are a serious warning sign/red flag to us. Try to avoid them whenever possible. We will be questioning you on these employment gaps because these gaps often indicate minimal demand for your services, ill health, incarceration, addictions or laziness. This is especially true when the economy is average to above average.
Many employers refer to resumes without a link to your LinkedIn profile as dinosaur resumes. If your resume doesn't have a hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile add it in ASAP. However, remember that the minimum standard for LinkedIn profiles and resumes is excellence, so if it's not good enough to represent you in a job search yet do something to up grade it ASAP.
Employers are impressed with independent third-party evidence of your performance. LinkedIn recommendations from previous supervisors, business partners and clients will help you get hired (co-workers no so much). Your LinkedIn profile is an online résumé on the #1 career website in the nation, so make the most of this golden opportunity.
You should know that as hiring managers, we search for ideal candidates on Linkedin.com first to save money on expensive recruiter's fees and job posting expenses. LinkedIn is our go-to resource for many different reasons. A consistent pattern of professional development, continuing education and certifications shows that us you are diligent, a positive thinker and that you will likely continue to invest in your career. This is a big positive for your résumé.
We are convinced that passive candidates really want to work for us. We still always prefer passive (employed) candidates because they normally workout better. It has been our experience that unemployed people we hire often leave soon afterward due to finding a better opportunity, more appropriate work, better benefits or higher pay. They are dealing from a position of strength when they are hired and negotiate their salary. This is a fact, we simply cannot admit to publicly per the legal department. It's important for you understand that we must minimize employee turnover (a huge expense/waste).
Please do not focus on informing us your responsibilities. Instead tell us the who, what, where, why and when of your outstanding performances, accomplishments and awards. We only want to hire the top 5% of qualified candidates. Responsibility-based resumes are ancient history because in the current job market there are 17 well-qualified candidates for each job vacancy. You have to market yourself more effectively than ever before.
Yes, you should show us that you are ready and willing to advance. We are always looking for management bench strength, so when we earn a promotion we want to have you prepared to step into our old position.
Ordinary, average or good enough is definitely not going to get you noticed anymore, your résumé, LinkedIn profile and cover letter should be a sample of your finest work. The sad truth is that fast and cheap typists, résumé builders and résumé writing applications only produce weak résumés, so ignore all the hype.
Verbal and written communication skills are requirements in business. We have to make judgments based on them when we review resumes and try to hire you.
We respect professionally written résumés because it shows us that you have enough brains and desire to invest in your own success to separate yourself from the others in contention. Besides 90% of all professionals that earn over $40K annually already do it.
Education and experience are both important on your résumé! Name brand education is not nearly as impressive as it used to be thanks to the declining work ethic of the young and wealthy population.
We are in business to grow and prosper, so industry specific experience trumps irrelevant experience every time.
Avoid errors by proofreading! We REJECT the 95% of résumés and cover letters that do not meet our standards for quality, readability or relevancy.
We know all the names of the Degree Mills that print out fake college and university credentials. We know how to verify employment, run checks on your references, credit and background. We do recognize deception in interviews.
We have some flexibility on the requirements in our job postings, but not as much as you might think because almost every hiring manager has supervisors and orders to follow.
After your résumé and cover letter is submitted online, it goes into a large database. If it does not contain the right keywords in it, it will likely never be seen by human eyeballs. The solution is targeting your résumé to your audience. You must customize your résumé with the appropriate keywords and info for each opportunity you are pursuing.
We admire your loyalty to employers. We notice and respect community service and volunteer work. It shows you are kind, generous and will fit well in our team.
We do not want to see your picture on your résumé (unless you are an actor/actress, model, TV reporter etc.) our legal department instructed us to avoid liability from discrimination by deleting all résumés with photos. It's normal to have one on LinkedIn though because that website is primarily a professional networking website.
In the event you want to transition into another career/career field, you will receive much more interest after you have six months of industry specific experience or six months service as an intern or apprentice. We want to know you will be happy with us for the long-term.
We know your résumé was professionally written by a great writer and we respect you for not sending a weak résumé. We like intelligence, desire and action. Now, that you are in the top 5% of candidates you can expect us to call to set up employment interviews.
We prefer to hire local candidates whenever possible. As hiring managers and executives we are always trying to improve our P&L, so expensive relocation costs are normally something we will try to avoid. Would you be willing to telecommute?
Always make a great first impression. The best chance for you to earn an increase your annual compensation is when you are being hired. We are thinking long-term when we hire you for a full-time position. If hired in a temporary role, give it your all, prove yourself and we will make a place for you. A highly motivated workforce makes a tremendous difference in our bottom line, which means a bigger annual bonus for us.
Avoid extended unemployment and financial ruin by earning great results from a Certified Professional Resume Writer at http://RighteousResumes.com. Offices located in Dallas Texas, however we service clients all over North America by phone and email. Click the link above to say, "Yes to Success."
Why Writing Your Own Résumé Can Easily Cost You $35,000+
By Darrell Z. DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach at http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 5/27/2015, all rights reserved.
Professional writing, editing and proofreading assistance from a proven Certified Professional Résumé Writer/Executive Résumé Writer will allow you to overcome your job search hurdles. If you have one of the common résumé challenges like selling yourself effectively on paper vs. thousands of competitors, changing careers or transitioning from the military to a civilian career, do not even dream of writing your own résumé or LinkedIn profile. Some other challenges would include: Immigrants, limited command of English or writing because English is not your native language, employment gaps, multiple career changes, very competitive fields, just rejoining workforce after taking care of the family, a challenging niche/industry, frequent job changes, frequent temporary/contract work, self-employed transitioning to employed, technical résumés, executive résumés, too modest to market and sell yourself, too ordinary and industry downturn challenges.
As Certified Professional Resume Writers/Executive Résumé Writers, we have faced these challenges before. We researched them, trained for them and solved them repeatedly. We have learned a tremendous amount from client feedback and face-to-face interviews with Hiring Managers/Executives, so take full advantage of our affordable expertise. Remember all our fees are tax deductible as job hunting expenses including job search coaching. Our fees are merely a breadcrumb compared to your new annual salary and benefits package, less than one percent on average. More importantly, we are here to help you and you will benefit from our work for years to come even though we are paid just once.
The bottom line is a genuine résumé writing expert has the experience, expertise and professional skills to make sure your job search is over in one-third the normal time. You should know that every week you are unemployed, another $1000 to $2500 in take home pay is lost minimum. Therefore, if your normal job hunt length matches the average of 12 months, the financial loss is at least $52,000. By cutting your job search time by two thirds you would save at least $34,667. That is just an average. Even reducing your job search by six months (half), would save you $26,000. This is just one reason why your résumé is likely the most important document you own. The other is most hiring managers have the ability to pay you either a below the average salary for your profession or 20% above the average salary for your profession. That is a $20,000 to $40,000 range for most professionals and it is based mostly on your résumé.
Because employers only pick the top 5% of résumés and LinkedIn profiles for interviews, the best way to stop the (financial) bleeding is to hire an expert résumé writer directly (no middleman markup). You will need a true professional who is focused on helping you attain your career goals vs. a part-time hack. Cheap and fast typists and online resume builders are focused on mass-producing those dreadfully weak typewritten work histories, so avoid them like the plague. You will also want to steer clear of the companies that offer resume writing services online because they outsource to foreign typists exclusively focused on mass production to maximize their profit (American English? Grammar? Spelling? No way not for $7/day). To succeed in this job market you must use a top 5% resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter. Thus, you need to find and hire a genuine High-Performance Résumé Writer with credentials, actual hiring experience, business acumen and full-time dedication.
Ironically most job hunters today are blissfully unaware that subpar to ordinary résumés and LinkedIn profiles merely put them in the employer's database with of tens of thousands of other candidates. However, employers have never been more fixated on hiring only the top 5% of candidates. That is a big disconnect. This is why I still provide free objective resume and LinkedIn profile reviews for potential clients by email. I also offer a resume editing service by phone, where you pay a flat fee for up to three editorial reviews on the resume you have written, so you will eventually have a vastly improved document and you will learn a lot along the way. Since most employers have stopped giving feedback on sub par resume, this certainly comes in handy for people who are up to the challenge. Still, in the majority of cases delegating to an expert is a far better value in the long run because the cost of missed opportunities is far more expensive than delegating it to an expert.
You also need to know that résumés and cover letters that are merely ordinary do not get the job done anymore. As a hiring manager and a recruiter for over a decade, I insisted on hiring the best talent available. I quickly came to the realization that 95% of folks just do not know their résumé and/or LinkedIn profile is either mediocre or dreadful when compared next to an excellent one. When you hire a Certified High-Performance Résumé Writer, you can expect plenty of emails/calls for employment interviews.
When you invest in a professionally written résumé from an expert résumé writer, you can expect to earn a higher salary because our mission is to build your value and show your return on investment. Best of all, most of my clients are hired quickly and I have helped over 7700 professionals find employment fast. Your employer will naturally give you the credit for an outstanding résumé and cover letter. Most importantly your résumé is a tool for marketing your unique value and return on investment, not a typewritten work history as so many seem to think. Today, your résumé must be written specifically with your targeted career goal in mind and your employer's needs in mind. That way you will be winning interviews right from the beginning. Generic résumés are dead.
Yes, résumé writing certifications great, but they are just the beginning of what you want to see. Any expert résumé writer should be able to back up his/her claims with actual evidence (like I do on my website and LinkedIn profile), have experience as a hiring manager/recruiter, show résumé samples and they will always offer an in-depth personal interview. The bottom line is the employers who do the recruiting and hiring rely on résumés, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters to weed out the less qualified, less passionate and less intelligent. Therefore, if you want to improve your chances of being hired quickly, your résumé, LinkedIn profile and cover letter must provide a convincing and compelling case for you to be hired.
Delegating your résumé writing and LinkedIn profile writing to a proven Certified Professional Résumé Writer who understands how to cater to applicant tracking systems, search engines and employer preferences is one of the smartest things you can do. Your résumé is the foundation of your job hunt and time is money. http://RighteousResumes.com
Can I Use Personal Pronouns on My Resume and LinkedIn Profile?
By Darrell DiZoglio, High Performance Resume Writer at http://RighteousResumes.com. Copyright 10/7/2013 all rights reserved.
This is one of the most popular questions that I am asked as a nationally-known resume writing expert. I only use personal pronouns sparingly in the career highlights/ accomplishments section to take sole or group ownership of important accomplishments like US patents, prototypes developed and prestigious awards. When you do not, sometimes interviewers will infer that it was a group/sole effort when in fact that was not the case (you deserve credit when you have earned it). Obviously, for managers, giving the team the credit rather than being a credit hog also tells employers you are honest, not self centered and genuinely believe in team work.
Realistically, who can find fault with a dash of personal pronouns in an impressive career document from a terrific candidate? (Apparently no one as my clients are still hired quick <90 days for most actively looking. I believe that the ever-changing market dictates we must always test each resume/job search strategy and analyze the results.) The old notion of never ever using personal pronouns is ancient history. Employers are most interested in hiring top performers, retaining talent, building management bench strength and adding people with the highest potential. All this while, remaining on budget for the department.
Personal pronouns are allowed (sparingly) according to my/the ultimate industry authority, the Resume Writing Bible, "Resume Magic" by Susan Whitcomb. Sure this book is 600 pages, but anything worth doing is worth doing well. Susan is my personal hero for writing such an extensive reference book. Of course, you can always delegate the assignment and skip all the studying and hard work too. As for your LinkedIn profile, it is merely an electronic resume versus a traditional one so all the same general guidelines apply.
Still there are No Absolutes in writing a great novel, resume, proposal, screen play or business plan, only effective or ineffective writing. As you know, I take my time and keep improving each document until I am sure it will result in maximum ROI for my clients. Every resume should be a targeted marketing and sales document that builds value in the hiring managers mind first and foremost. I want my clients to be irresistible.
The real, overwhelming problem with almost all resumes is mediocrity. You can do better those awful online resume builders (horrible) and trust me, even in 2014, CONTENT IS STILL KING! Unfortunately most job searchers are only focused on completing the job when they write their own resume. Notice, I said CONTENT IS STILL KING, not company logos, decorations, graphics, pretty colors, fancy-smancy fonts and templates.
Darrell DiZoglio, High Performance Resume Writer, Certified Professional Resume Writer and Editor in Chief asks, "Are you earning enough interviews?" If not, seek professional help ASAP here http://RighteousResumes.com.
Infographic Resumes Reviewed – Necessary to Earn More Interviews or Not?
By Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach of http://RighteousResumes.com Copyright 4/26/2012
I am a huge fan of many types of art. However, as a hiring manager with a decade of experience and a resume writing expert I am focused on results. You have to be too if you want to earn employment anytime soon in this economy. I will agree that they look terrific at first glance because the vivid colors, design and graphics dominate. Many of them are made by talented graphic artists with the help of Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software) and it shows. The highest and best use for this new type of resume is specifically for creative professionals.
These trendy resumes are often used by college students without much relevant work experience, including those who are graduating soon from college/trade school or graduate school. Unfortunately, this is often because they do not know any better or they fell in love with the eye-catching artwork. Style does not hide lack of experience. The real truth is most infographic resumes are tiger traps unless you are in a creative career such as a website designer or graphic artist.
After polling dozens of Hiring Managers, Executives, HR Managers and Senior Recruiters, the results speak for themselves. There is only a 7% approval rating from those who actually do the hiring today. Here is a summary of my own experience, survey feedback and expert opinions from those in the know:
- Lack of keywords/not enough keyword density means no interviews every time. It is a known fact that about 85% of employers use some type of automation to screen resumes today.
- Huge file size from graphics means your infographic resume will be rejected by filtering software, employers' websites or email file size limits.
- You will lose the audio and behavioral learners instantly (50%). Visual learners only make up about 50% of the population. Why diminish your chances?
- Color preferences – everyone has their favorite and least favorite why risk rejection based on that alone?
- All of the graphics means employers do not get all of the right information they need to make a great decision (there are traditional limits on resume length and they still apply).
- When you are focused on creating a beautiful document instead of giving employers what they want most, failure is common. During the creative process it is common for an artist to fall in love with his creation resulting in a loss of critical objectivity. Yet another reason why these resumes in particular miss the mark.
- In a side-by-side comparison with a veteran Certified Professional Resume Writer's work an infographic résumé is all style and lacking substance. Nine out of ten employers say the quality of the content matters most in deciding who is chosen for an interview. According to reliable sources most professionals earning more than $40,000 hire CPRWs today.
When it comes to your resume/CV/career credentials and employment, my advice is to avoid the trendy and stick with the tried and true. If you are still in doubt, ask yourself this simple question, "Why should I as a veteran hiring manager settle for about half the information I need to make a great hiring decision?"
Clearly, it never dawns on many job hunters that there are serious penalties to pay for increased employee turnover, excessive training costs and poor performance. A hiring manager's first duty is to protect the interests of his/her employer (and that annual bonus). Remember, the content of your résumé will often be the critical deciding factor in whether or not you are hired, how much annual compensation you will be offered, if you are deemed a great candidate for advancement, and whether or not you will be laid off or retained.
Rescue your resume and prosperity will resume. Mediocre is simply not good enough anymore. Click here to visit Darrell DiZoglio, CPRW, Editor & Career Coach: http://RighteousResumes.com You will be glad you did.
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