We like to use a short Skills Inventory to quickly screen candidates. But once the resume reviews begin, so begin the headaches.
There are more highly skilled resume writers accessible today than at any time in history. So why are so many resumes so poorly crafted?
Well, as one State University Director of Student Engagement is quoted as saying in The Huffington Post, “I think they’re telling them ‘make your resume stand out’ and they’re interpreting that as USE GLITTER!” (head shaking)
And, 56% of more than 2,500 hiring managers surveyed by CareerBuilder have caught job candidates lying on their resumes. see – You Won’t Believe How Many People Lie on Their Resumes
If you’re not careful, top recruiters &/or hiring managers may toss your resume. Here are just a few reasons why.
- Too ‘Light’ On Skills Or Experience — Applying for jobs without meeting the minimum skills and/or experience requirements simply wastes everyone’s time.
- Too Many Lies — Yea. It’s true. People who lie on their resume are more likely to lie in their interview, and on the job.
- Too Many Errors — One school of thought is that a good resume should have zero errors (i.e., spelling, grammar &/or punctuation).
- Too Informal — Instead of “Hi,” write “Dear Mr. Recruiter,” Instead of “Thanks,” close with “Sincerely,”
- Too Personal — Many firms have adopted a “don’t tell” policy to avoid potential bias suits, and won’t even risk even having a cover letter / resume package handed to them if any of it contains personal information illegal to ask during the hiring process (e.g., age, marital status, or race).
- Too Fancy — When recruiters see an over-designed resume, they think the applicant is trying to overcompensate for some shortcoming.
- You’re A Hot Mess On Social Media — Most recruiters will Google you AND look you up on Facebook before submitting your resume to a prospective employer. Those favorite bar-night Facebook photos can cost you your next job before you even start.
A poorly crafted resume does more harm than good, and (most importantly) it wastes the reader’s time. No wonder I can’t stand the damned things. LOL
Solution? Resume writers.
Why I LOVE Resume Writers
Most 5-star resume writers I know use new and interesting resume designs that adapt your resume to fit your industry without compromising the integrity of your story and your voice. It’s easy when you’re given sunshine and rainbows, but takes real talent when having to turn lemons into lemonade. LOL
They tend to know their local job market well. That’s because they get to craft sooo many cover letters detailing why ‘this job’ or ‘that job’ in their market is so great.
Most are hard workers who emotionally invest themselves in the success of their clients. They share their writing, editing, and sometimes even career coaching skills to help clients succeed in their job search.
And they’re are regularly exposed to current qualifications necessary to gain employment in a wide variety of fields … After all, they write resumes. How could they not be, right?
I mean, I wouldn’t even consider starting a job search without the help of a skilled resume writer who regularly worked my target market. It’s like asking for help from the people who see nearly as many resumes as recruiters and hiring managers. Just makes good sense.
The Inc.com article by J.T. O’Donnell entitled, “5 Minor Resume Mistakes That Are Making You Seem Self-Absorbed” helps remind us to refrain from sounding like we’re the center of the job universe (even when it’s true). LOL
And the Forbes.com article by Liz Ryan entitled, “Grab Your Hiring Manager’s Attention With Your Human-Voiced Resume” reminds us to write about ourselves “in the first person, the way humans do.”
Need a qualified resume writer in your local market? Connect with me on LinkedIn to see some of the 5-Star Resume Writers we work with.
Asking for help from the people who see nearly as many resumes as recruiters and hiring managers just makes good sense.
Are You A Resume Writer?
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could mine your old client database and earn referral income from former satisfied clients who’ve left the job market to pursue their B2B entrepreneurial dream?
Well … you can.
If you run your own resume writing service, we’re interested in hearing from you. Connect on LinkedIn or schedule a quick call to see if we’re a good fit.
It will be well worth your time.