Resume Writing Group
Why do you need an entry-level resume?
So, getting your first “REAL” job or changing fields isn’t as easy as you thought it was. It is one thing to look up vacancies in the classifieds and on career sites, but once you’ve sent in your application, the ball just isn’t in your court anymore… and you have no control on whether you’ll get an interview, let alone the job.
The simple truth is that though applying for a job is intimidating and holds many uncertainties, there’s actually a lot you can do to better your chances of acquiring a call back / interview and becoming a front runner for the position available.
One of the ways to better your chances for a successful job application and possibly the most important is through submitting a professional resume. The problem is that simply writing your own is not as easy as it used to be, the competition is just too great. Simply listing your qualifications, key skills and experience is not going to be enough to make an employer pay attention.
Take a minute to consider what your resume is, in reality it is a picture of who you are in a professional environment, a portrait of words that defines you as an employee. Just as supermodels pay money to have their headshots taken by a professional photographer, to make them stand out from other model’s portfolios and entertainment artists pay publicists to focus the media’s attention towards them, you need someone to help you stand out of the crowd. A professional writer is skilled at doing just that.
If you’re applying for a position at a large corporation, HR managers are used to receiving hundreds of resumes and application forms, even when they’re not hiring. Then when a position becomes available, there’s already a stack of archived documents to work through on top of the ones streaming in. Many times the person reviewing them will only read the cover letter and the first paragraph on your resume, in order to quickly narrow down the candidates and then pass the shortlisted ones on to the actual person doing the interviews. So, from the very first word you need to grab their attention.
When applying for a position at a small firm, the employer would be very selective on acquiring the right person for the job, as they don’t hire that often and needs someone that will fit in well with the core identity of company. This type of employer will look for different things than the HR manager of a large company, i.e. personality and individual strengths where as a big company would be more concerned with how efficiently you work in a team.
If you are applying for a highly acclaimed position, the need for an A-class resume is even greater, as most companies like to fill their top positions from within and you need to express the fact that you are a better candidate than an existing, trusted employee. It is important that it is well directed, well written and edited in a way that addresses the concerns of various employers. Each one will look at you from a different angle.
There are too many competitors in the job market. A lot of them have much more experience than you, thus you need to make sure you’ve done your part to get ahead and present yourself in the most professional and enticing way possible.
The benefits of hiring a writer is that they are skilled at writing to target the employers interests and present you and your skills in such a way that the employer will find necessary information quickly and within a few minutes be able to see whether you are the right person for the job.
Reading through resumes is a longsuffering task and those that are: aesthetically pleasing, concise, and well written, perform better than those that have too much content, grammatical errors, bad layout and poor execution. It is quite a skill to write a winning one, it requires a lot of talent and research on the part of the writer, as well as time and effort.
Just like you would get insurance for a new car, it is well worth the investment in your future to make use of resume writing services to “insure” your professional career profile and help you acquire the job you’re applying for. Though it can’t necessarily guarantee the job, it will surely increase your chances for success.
Being an entry-level job seeker, your finances might be tight – but you can get good quality professional ones for under a $100 even. Some even offer to include the cover letter.
Whatever you decide, remember you have one chance to make a first impression and it starts with your resume.
Why do you need a professional resume?
So you are professional, well educated, have years of experience and a lot to bring to the table, but you’re still struggling to work your way up the corporate ladder because you keep being outshone in job applications by younger or better educated people, even by those with less experience.
What are you doing wrong then? Well, you might be the package deal, but what does your package look like? How are you presenting yourself in these applications?
Ask yourself a few introspective questions:
1. When last have you read your own resume, from start to finish? And I don’t mean just spell check it, really read the content!
2. How often do you update it?
3. Have you ever asked a friend in the industry or colleague to read it?
4. If your resume belonged to someone else, would you hire you?
5. Based on appearance alone, what would a stranger think about it?
These questions might seem strange to you, but it is crucial that your resume looks as professional as you are, and read as well as you are equipped. A well written and beautifully presented one gives you power, 70% of what we take in as humans is through our eyes – it might seem cruel but the majority of HR managers would shortlist a stack on those that look good first and then reads through the shortlisted stack.
It sounds shocking, but if you had piles of stacked up on your desk, you’d probably do the same. Plus there is a lot you can tell from a person’s resume visually – think a but it, if a trained brain-surgeon sat in front of you dressed like a homeless person, would you believe he’s a highly skilled doctor? Probably not! In the same way, a badly looking one might contain the employee of the year, but won’t be taken seriously in the professional sector.
As a mid-career job seeker you really should be willing to invest in proper self-marketing tools, there’s no question that the most integral part of acquiring an interview is through the means of your resume. How much have you done to have it suit your image, or are you merely expecting a list of skills to do that for you. As I have illustrated above, you really can’t afford to do that.
By hiring a resume writer you can rest easy that they will aim to serve your professional skills, education history and personal information on a silver platter, and make it appetizing for the prospective employer to take the time to read it. They would be able to layout the visual appeal and textual information in the way employers wish to read, targeted towards your industry and 100% representative of who you are as a professional.
Resume writing is well worth the investment and not that costly at all, plus if you put it into perspective of what you can achieve with such an esteemed document in your hands, it’s really a “No Brainer”.
In the grand scheme of things, having paid for a professionally written resume will still not guarantee you a successful job application, but it will enhance your chances of success significantly.
Times have changed, and you need to show that you are up for the game, the competition is going up and the economy is down – make sure you have done everything in your power to show you are best pick in the pack.