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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. But do your homework! A quality professional will be happy to answer your questions, provide references and samples of work. I tried to observe the trend and I think some of them are also supporters of other companies.

But I still believe that a good bunch of genuine resume writing companies can still be found. I really believe that crafting a resume is a completely different skill than "being a great writer. A good resume writer will not create a document that is their "conception" of you. Anyone worth the money will take an individualized approach; working with you to uncover talents, skills and competencies that you may not even be aware you posses. A professional resume writer will take the time to make certain the resume is an accurate depiction of you and also make certain that the final product is one to which you can speak.

For a resume, especially today - in these times, you do NOT have the luxury or time to WASTE trying to put an amazing, jaw-dropping, goosebump-inflicting professional profile together yourself, do you? How long will you keep doing that and passing up all those family gatherings until you decide that hiring a professional to help you is the only choice?

Bean counter in San Jose, California said: For people who are comfortable writing their own resume — and can produce an outstanding one — fantastic. For those whose strengths lie elsewhere, there is no reason not to hire a professional. You are correct that one needs to take automated screening systems into account. However, while cutting and pasting pieces of a job description may get your resume through the automated scanning process, but what happens when you resume is in the hands of a human?

Again, if you can create an accomplishment focused resume that clearly highlights your impact, do it. But there is no shame if you need to partner with someone to identify your strengths, uncover your acomplishments and present that info in the best light possible. Jenab, do you know if there is anyway we can private message on here? JD I would love to make contact, just not sure how to do it!

Let me know and I will get in touch! You might want to go to www. If enough people are asking for it they may add that feature.

JD in Yerington, Nevada. JD in Yerington, Nevada said: I think several people have been caught up in trying to be helpful. Since so many people were including their emails I wanted to make sure everyone was aware in case the comments disappeared.

It seems to take a a few days for non-flagged comments to disappear if there are links or email addresses. HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington said: Burnt Toast in Champaign, Illinois said: It helped me let go of an old resume that I had grown emotionally attached to. It took me 6 months to finally get around to overhauling my own resume, and it looks so much better. I keep a master doc of all my experience and other info useful for applications. It made it easier to let go of certain things in the resume itself, especially knowing if it was relevant I could easily switch it out and not have to recreate it from memory.

Because no one knows your experience better than you do, and a standard resume is not complex. Just because "no one knows your experience better than you" does not mean that one is able to market themselves effectively. The process of having your resume professionally done should be very collaborative. As a professional resume writer and HR consultant , I can assert that a true professional will take his or her time to build a comprehensive understanding of your background and motivations, as well as help you uncover strengths and achievements.

They then use the information they have gathered and their expertise in the job search process automated resume screeners, HRIS , etc. Like I said before, if you are confident that you can create an outstanding resume, that is wonderful. But many people find it very difficult to see themselves objectively and market themselves effectively.

That is why it can be extremely smart investment to employ a professional resume writer. JD in Fernley, Nevada. If I gave the impression in any of my posts that prfessional resume writers should never be used, I apologize; that was never my point. If one is wanting a resume, I believe they should first consider whether they can make a good one on their own first: JD in Fernley, Nevada said: HR Uncovered, I can certainly see your point And I have to put an exclamation point behind "do your research!

There is little value in that. And while affordable is likely important to many, I would caution people from simply evaluating professionals on price. I agree, to a point - sometimes, all a resume needs is a little reformat to change it from decent to great, especially for electronic submissions.

Jacalyn in Mumbai, India. I paid for CV Writing from a company called dubai-forever. They specialize in customizing International resumes according to Middle East standards. I received personal attention too, as they are a small firm. Linda in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Maybe coincidence, but i dont think so.

I am getting interviews about to go on a second interview!! I used a service and have been very pleased. Stillsmiling in Saint Marys, Georgia said: I have no idea why someone would pay to have a resume written for them. With all the ones you can find online Very easy to do. They give pretty good examples of what to do.

Save your money and do it yourself. Then you will also be very sure of what is on your resume. Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado. Not only that, by writing your resume yourself you will be sure it will present what you want to present, in your own words. I regard resume writing as a first step for interview prep. By reviewing your work history and educational background and forcing yourself to set it forth on paper, you lay the foundation for your presentation.

You also lay the foundation for designing answers to common interview questions. Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York. I had my resume done years ago. KL in London, Kentucky. I have used one before. The guy who wrote it was really nice. I spoke to him on the phone and through email to tell him what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend it because I got phone calls for interviews literally within a week after being unemployed for about 6 months. The owner runs a blog too with a lot of good career advice.

I am 45years old As far resuem is concern believe me there is nothing as resume in job market Secondly if there is sever demand for employees and there is pressure on HR from the top so your luck will work. I spend hunderds of dollars on resume experts and nothing had come out. Once i wrote a letter to company and they call me on phone as one of their employee lift at the neck of time and they have complet the fourm and they hired me. I modified my resuem thousand of time from job to job So the bottom line is keep on trying and drop your resume every where and keep on trying one day luck will work.

Job Hunting in Brooklyn, New York. Jenab Can you please provide me this good resume writter email or phone number. The price look really good! KL in London, Kentucky said: Besides, enough free resume writing is available online, from job centers and even in books found in the good old public library.

Former AsstMgr in Oakland, California. This post has become an advertisement for resume writing services. I personally would not use the service just because of the high cost, vulture tactics and probability of failure. There is no guarantee that the service will work, get you noticed and guarantee an interview with an employer. They have one-stop career centers that offer resume writing classes.

If, your network included someone in HR, get them to review your resume. Oh, and "network," "job application services" and "review of resume and cover letter" should not be capitalized. Meg in San Jose, California. Check out some good profiles in "l-i-n-k-e-d-i-n" and copy the styles that may suit you You see, Melissa, all anyone has to do is view your Indeed profile. Viewing it reveals how patently obvious your shill is and your purpose for posting.

Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado said: Sorry, babes, but you have posted the same or similar post on several forums.


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