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  • resume serviceAs a job seeker, there are many reasons why you may not have identified a job target. Perhaps you have grown weary of your current career and need a change. Maybe you were suddenly downsized and don’t feel you have the flexibility to be selective. Whatever the reason, consider spending some time thinking about the type of employment you will be seeking before having your resume written.

    Your resume should not simply be a listing of jobs and education (in the industry, we call these “resume obituaries”). With an identified target, your resume writer can focus the reader on the skills most relevant to the goal you are trying to achieve. If you are seeking a position as a law clerk, you wouldn’t want your experience as a retail sales clerk dominating the resume’s landscape.

    Your resume writer may be a talented one, but even a resume written by the best in the business is a shot in the dark without a clear and identifiable target. There are many factors that can affect your resume’s effectiveness, but this is one that can be prevented on the front end.

    Make certain you don’t blow your resume budget on a crapshoot. Take time to reflect on your future so that the resume service that you select can do a good job of getting you there.

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    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    – Gauge your resume’s effectiveness; order a free 25-point resume assessment with no commitment necessay.
    – Sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep your career tools sharp!
    – Get your resume in front of the right people immediately with the Resu-Blast premium resume posting engine.

  • resume serviceWhen writing your resume, you sometimes find that your information is just long enough that it starts another page by two or three lines and you are looking for ways to keep the resume to one less page than you currently have. The first thing most people consider changing is the resume’s borders. But before you consider making this adjustment, be sure that you have the room to make the change.

    Your resume and associated documentation should use uniform border measurements. To avoid printing issues, the top and bottom should be set no lower than 0.6″ while the left and right should be set no lower than 0.8″. These minimum settings should guard against border related printing issues for the recipient.

    What most people neglect to address when they integrate resume margin changes is header/footer margins. This is adjusted in under the same menu as the document change, but under a different tab. Try to keep your footer tab 1″ below that of the resume’s settings to maintain decent spacing.

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    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    – Gauge your resume’s effectiveness; order a free 25-point resume assessment with no commitment necessay.
    – Sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep your career tools sharp!
    – Get your resume in front of the right people immediately with the Resu-Blast premium resume posting engine.

  • Because of how difficult it is to come up with powerfully written resume content that reads well and adheres to accepted guidelines for resume writing, non-professionals (and a surprising number of actual resume writing professionals) ignore the importance of a well-conceived look and feel that is pleasing to the eye and conducive to reading. Actually, if I had to give percentages to importance, I would say that visual appeal gets 60% to content’s surprisingly low 40%. Surprised?

    resume writerThink of it this way. When you submit your resume, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. In fact, it could be one of dozens (or in some cases, hundreds) of other resumes fighting for the attention of a hiring manager who may also be hiring for other positions. That’s right, this person may be looking a hundreds of resumes over the next few days when yours comes across his desk. What is going to make him take notice of yours?

    During this initial resume review phase, this manager won’t be reading anything in detail. He likely has a mandate to turn the 150 resumes into 20 within the next 48 hours to make the project manageable. No matter how good your resume’s basic content may be, if there are 20 other resumes that this manager sees that quickly communicates a relevant match upon a scan with an exciting look that is easy to navigate, they will end up in the top 20 while you are left staring at the phone wondering why it isn’t ringing.

    More of your resume’s content comes into play during the 2nd level of resume reviews, but by then you may already be eliminated from contention. To avoid this, be sure that your header is exciting and memorable, all the while keeping it professional. Use content placement strategies that give your document varied depth and make use of bolding, italics, and underlining to bring out important information quickly upon a scan.

    First impressions are in fact lasting ones. Make yours count.

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    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    – Gauge your resume’s effectiveness; order a free 25-point resume assessment with no commitment necessay.
    – Sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep your career tools sharp!
    – Get your resume in front of the right people immediately with the Resu-Blast premium resume posting engine.

  • resume serviceUnless you are an entry-level college graduate or applying for a federal position, the days of the old-fashioned “Objective” at the top of your resume are gone. In its place is the more captivating executive summaries that encapsulates your most valuable attributes and communicates what you can do for the company (not what they can do for you as is the case with most objective statements.) The alternative methods for communicating you employment goal are the job title or job target integrated into the executive summary. My preference leans more towards the stand-alone job title for three reasons:

    1. A clearly identifiable job title at the top of the page tells the reader your employment goal at a glance .

    2. In the case where your resume ends up on the desk of a hiring manager who is expected to hire for several positions ,but has less than adequate desk organization skills, there won’t be any confusion about which position you are applying for.

    3. Visually, the title presents much better if you enhance it by using a larger font size, bolding, and/or all caps for emphasis.

    An effective resume will do an excellent job of making things as easy as possible for the reader. A powerfully presented title helps to put your reader into a mindset that you are already somewhat qualified for the position before they even begin reading.

    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    – Gauge your resume’s effectiveness; order a free 25-point resume assessment with no commitment necessay.
    – Sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep your career tools sharp!
    – Get your resume in front of the right people immediately with the Resu-Blast premium resume posting engine.

  • Attention to detail is usually the difference between gaining employment quickly and floundering in the job market for months. An effective resume is going to be as effective visually as it is from a content standpoint.

    resume serviceA key facet of any resume’s visual presentation is proper balance. Most achieve this by using numerous spaces and tabs I an attempt to create uniformity in areas such as right-margin date alignment header development. There are several problems that this approach presents:

    * Changing font, font size, or document border measurements completely destroys the tedious work it takes to align entire document in this way.

    * If you send your resume as an attachment, the reader can activate the option to view keystrokes and see every stray space and tab entry that you use (this can be more of an issue for someone seeking a position requiring strong word processing).

    * You will not be able to insert more than one bullet point per line (at least I haven’t found a way to do it yet)

    To bypass these issues, make use of tables to align things and create multi-columned lists. All of the issues mentioned above will be resolved and your document will be more balanced, cleaner from a keystroke perspective, and easier to edit in the future.

    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    – Gauge your resume’s effectiveness; order a free 25-point resume assessment with no commitment necessay.
    – Sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep your career tools sharp!
    – Get your resume in front of the right people immediately with the Resu-Blast premium resume posting engine.

  • When it comes to identifying the most questioned facet of resume writing, it would be resume length. When it comes to building an effective and compelling resume, there are few “rules” since the quest to reach the reader quickly takes creativity to account for the client’s unique background and employment/career goal. However, any good resume writer will operate from “guidelines” that provide a foundation from which to work.

    In general, you should attempt to keep your document to no more than two pages. There was a time when one page was the acceptable limit, but an increase in competition for coveted employment opportunities means employers need more detailed information from the outset to make informed decisions on paring down the candidate pool. Additionally, the millennium has brought us new skill sets that we did not need to account for in the past.

    This is not to say that there aren’t still some recruiters and hiring managers who still only want to see a limit of one page, but they are few and far between. The fact is that if you can keep your resume to a page you should do so, but not at the expense of vital skills and experiences that can tip the scales in your favor.

    William Mitchell
    Certified Professional Resume Writer
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