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  • resume-writerWhen you considering hiring a resume pro while preparing for a multi-front job search, you may have to make some tough decisions. Your resume writer can’t realistically prepare multiple documents for the price of one (additional keyword research, potential rephrasing and re-ordering based upon the goal, new cover letter focus, etc.). So, how does one approach this dilemma?

    Option #1: Hire A Resume Pro Willing To Give Discounts On Additional Work

    When your resume pro prepares properly for the project, research is done on the industry and the position in question. A strategy is then developed based upon your particular qualifications mix to best bring immediate focus from the hiring authority to the relevant concepts. If you are seeking multiple position types (that vary in core skill utilization), you need a resume for each one to fully optimize your chances for success. Any credible resume service should be willing to prepare  additional targeted resume and cover letter packages at a discount. After all, you actual background doesn’t change and usually, the resume that was just prepared can usually be used as a starting point. check with any resume pro with which you consult to ensure this is an option.

    Option #2: Send A Resume Pro 100% After The Top Priority

    Perhaps you have a few employment areas that can be viable options for you, but there is one type of job in particular that you really want to land. if this is the case, your resume pro should develop a strategy to land interviews for that particular job. But along with developing strategy for that #1 target, your resume writer should seek opportunities to include concepts from the other job targets. But the kicker is, the #1 target should not be compromised in doing so. It is the resume equivalent to biting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. The primary target gets diluted, and now your resume is not strong enough for any of the employment goals.

    Option #3: Have A Resume Pro Develop An Excellent Base Resume That Can Be Retargeted As Needed

    If your employment goals are in the same ballpark, you can have a resume pro to build a document that gives you a good foundational resume that can be easily directed toward different, but related goals. Of course, this depends upon how comfortable you will be in making the resume changes yourself. A few keyword changes, profile entries and perhaps re-ordering duties and highlights to bring the most relevant ones to the top can be all you need. But be sure to seek consistency in phrase styling, formatting and spacing.

    Your resume is always to be written for your audience. So if you are not comfortable retargeting your resume and cover letter to pull attention to critical areas, be honest with yourself. Remember, a sluggish job search is a drain on your financial resources and delay in career advancement. Not to mention that the longer you are unemployed, the more “unemployable” hiring managers perceive you to be.

  • logistics manager resumeWhen it comes to developing a good logistics manager resume, the reader should fully understand the organization’s dependence upon your ability to manage the area and processes involved in receiving materials and supplies. After all, organizations rely on the efficient manage of the supply chain to meet customer demands, whether internal or external. When developing the strategy for your logistics manager resume, clearly showing these to 5 profession-specific skills will greatly increase your chances of getting the interview.

    Resume Tip #1: Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) System Knowledge

    MRP systems help logistic managers to balance the availability of supplies materials for products and production with controlling costs by keeping the lowest possible levels. Along with supporting the planning of manufacturing activities, MRP software provides tools for delivery and purchase scheduling. Additionally, your involvement with MRP systems will also communicate your experience with inventory control and bill of material processing. When done correctly, your logistics manager resume will demonstrate to your reader that you can manage the maintenance of sufficient quantities of supply resources used in the manufacturing process, while protecting against waste that can tie up cash resources. Good MRP management also ensures order production at ideal times to ensure on-time customer orders.

    Resume Tip #2: Material Cost Analysis

    When materials on hand fluctuate in price due to global economic factors, business enterprises can experience inaccurate input used for profitability analysis, pricing, and production planning. Your ability to lead material cost analysis helps management to understand the link between materials cost and other business areas. Be sure that your logistics manager resume shows any experience that you have in running scenarios involving material cost fluctuations, as well as how they can affect future profitability. This tells your reader that you will be a valuable resource in prioritizing customer production when materials are at a premium, as well as provide management with insight into how material cost changes impact operations.

    Resume Tip #3: Cargo Movement

    Just how important is the transportation management and cargo movement aspect of a good logistics management resume? One has but to look at the numbers to get picture. Transportation and logistics companies in the United States saw revenue of $1.3 trillion in 2012, which represented 8.5% of the annual GDP. But guess what? You can’t sell it if you cannot transport it. A good logistic management resume will show how you have impacted your employer and its customers by optimizing shipping accuracy, balancing supply chain logistics, and reducing transportation costs. Management will want to ensure that their logistics management team is consistent in maintaining order and shipment visibility. If you have experience in negotiating carrier rates, be sure to point this out on your resume as well.

    Resume Tip #4: Loss Prevention

    A good logistics manager understands onsite lost prevention, as well as workplace safety. Your ability to drive an efficient warehouse operation plays a big role in this area. Be sure that your logistics manager resume shows how you have used key performance indicators to control safety numbers and workers compensation costs, as well as reduced accident frequency rates. Do you evaluate your employees on safety metrics? Your readers need to know. Have you been on any safety committees or develop any safety incentive programs? Don’t be shy about these.

    Research Tip #5: Quality Assurance

    Remember, you are competing against dozens, or maybe even hundreds of other applicants. As such, you are not looking for a resume that says you are an ordinary supply chain manager. You want your logistics manager resume to communicate that you understand how to keep the standards high. What the hiring manager will be looking for is an applicant with a history of error-free shipping, minimal product damage, optimized cost control, and compliance with any and all regulatory guidelines. If you have any experience with ISO 9001 principles, be sure to include this into your logistics manager resume. If you have any experience in developing and utilizing tools to measure performance metrics, don’t wait until the interview to let them know. The concept of “command and control” will be an important factor in selecting that next candidate.

  • mechanical-engineer-resumeIf you ever were wondering what a mechanical engineer contributes to our society, simply look around you. If you can see it, feel it, or touch it, a mechanical engineer has something to do with it. Mechanical engineering is defined as the branch of engineering dealing with the design, construction, and use of machines. By applying the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science, mechanical engineer professionals make life easier for us all.

    When it comes to writing the perfect mechanical engineering resume, there are so many areas that one can focus on. But when you have less than 10 seconds to impress your reader, you want to be sure that they get the important ones right away. The following are five critical concepts that you will want to ensure your reader does not miss.

    Manufacturing Process Oversight

    As a mechanical engineer, you may be required to assist in organization in actively overcoming supply chain and operational challenges. Your ability to apply rigorous scientific methodologies to solve real-world problems are very important here. You will want to ensure that your mechanical engineering resume touches upon your knowledge and skills in the areas of design quality, process improvement, troubleshooting, quality system assessment and manufacturing data analysis where applicable. If you have improved or innovated processes with measurable metrics improvement, be sure your reader does not have to hunt for it within the resume. Make it obvious. After all, your new employer is looking for someone that makes an impact.

    Root Cause Analysis

    As a mechanical engineer, you are always reviewing systematic processes to determine the source of problems, as well as identify approaches to resolve them. Root cause analysis (or RCA) centers around eliminating these problems in the future before they can occur, not putting out the fires as they happen.

    Your mechanical engineer resume should tell your reader where your RCA skills have solved real world problems, reduced expenses, increased workplace safety and improved reliability. Have you played a hand in reducing environmental impacts or improving performance management? How about your RCA efforts improving sales or supporting project management? Ensure the resume demonstrates this.

    Computer Aided Design (CAD)

    Within the tool set of any good mechanical engineer will be the mastery of CAD software. By creating powerful two and three-dimensional diagrams, structures and schematics, a mechanical engineer is able to perform analyses that help calculate stress levels and identify forces that influence various elements of design. CAD software is equal part design and analysis and an experienced mechanical engineer uses it to interpret designs, locate flaws, errors and inconsistencies.

    Your mechanical engineer resume will be most effective when you can demonstrate your expertise in sketching new ideas, determine mechanical malfunction sources, provide graphic simulations and provide functional lifespan estimates. Be sure to showcase your ability to  simulate various environments and stresses upon prototypes.

  • resume length What is the “right” resume length? It seems as though this debate has lasted as long as the one about the chicken and the egg. To this day, I have clients and potential clients who have been indoctrinated one way or another with regard to how long their resume should be. Is a one-page resume enough? Is a two-page resume too much? Well, Let’s clear it up, shall we?

    Let’s first address the absolutes: there is no specific “requirement” regarding resume length. Actually, there is no specific anything when it comes to your resume. If you simply consider the situation of this makes sense. When you seek to write a good resume, you are usually attempting to stand out from the crowd with only a few seconds to impress your reader. So, if everyone followed the same guidelines with regard to length, information inclusion, font, margins, and any other factors that can affect the resume, how could you possibly differentiate yourself? Now, Let’s Get down to real-world “brass tax”, shall we?

    In actuality, the general guideline is in fact one to two pages for resume length. Again, it want to stress here the word GENERAL. Now, it is true that many hiring managers and recruiters have indicated that when they receive resumes longer than two pages, they to as them. But this is not the case for everyone. I have worked with recruiters in the past that specifically requested three pages for their clients. Recruiters can be one of your most common exceptions to the guideline because they forward your resume to their clients “pre-qualified” as a viable candidate. So instead of them wading through 150 resumes (with 75% of them being nowhere near qualified), yours might be 1 of only 10 that make it to the decision makers desk.

    As certified resume writers, we are taught that a resume should be “as long as need be to be compelling”. Of course, most gifted certified resume writers will tell you that regardless of the experience level, they can work that content into two pages without losing any potency  (I know I can). But there are some common sense considerations that can guide you in determining the right resume length. For example, if you are a college student with zero or little work experience, a two-page resume is usually unnecessary. After all, just how much is there to say? In many cases, when I find a client with minimal experience with a two-page resume, the main issue is usually inefficient formatting. Likewise, if you are a senior level executive with 25 years of experience, it is likely a one-page document won’t tell the story comprehensively enough.

    Suffice it to say, you should never go into the writing if your resume with rules that lock you in. Every applicant and job target is different and the resume should adapt accordingly. Yes, there are guidelines, but they are the starting point.

  • good resumeI had a very long conversation with a client yesterday. He was perplexed as to why he could not find a simple job for which he knew he had more than enough qualifications and experience. He explained that he was a former business owner who had made millions in revenue. He also excelled at several other jobs over his career, all with varying skill sets. But he simply could not understand why the interviews were few and far in between, and why the few interviews he had did not result in an offer. Granted, this is not the first time I have had such a conversation. Although, he thought his situation was highly unique. But as resume writers, we see this scenario all too often.

    When most people prepare their own resumes, they do so from their own point of view. The theme of the project becomes “I have a wealth of skills and experiences that can benefit any employer. How do I summarize that best in a one or two page document and communicate it all?” What they do not realize is that the problem is their perspective. No shame in that. It is natural to take this approach. But it is dead wrong.

    A good resume is not written for the applicant. It is written for the reader. The question you should always ask when preparing your resume is “What problems does the employer likely need resolved, and how do I communicate my ability to resolve them?” Newsflash, people! Most professionals charged with the task of reading resumes really don’t want to do so. They are frustrated, distracted, and may have to go through dozens, if not hundreds of resumes before selecting a small number to come in for an interview. The last thing that you want is to have them fishing around in your resume to find the information relevant to their situation. Most will simply not bother, and move on to the next one.

    Another issue that our multi-skilled applicant will have is that if your resume communicates “executive” but the position you seek is “middle management”, most readers will step back to try figuring out why you are applying for a position that seems to be beneath your talent. Hiring managers are usually hesitate to bring aboard someone in such a situation simply because they wonder whether or not this type of applicant will be happy in a position that seems to be below their skill set. Or, they may feel that at the salary the available position offers, someone of that level will eventually want more money. Neither scenario is one that the hiring manager wants to take on. It simply means trouble down the road, resulting in having to go through the hiring process all over again.

    Employers look for a “good match”, and a good resume will clearly show one. That is not to say that an executive does not legitimately want a position with less responsibility. Many in the twilight of their careers seek opportunities to shed some of their high stress responsibilities. But your reader will not necessarily get this right away just by looking at your resume. The goal of a good resume is to give the reader what they need to make a decision to bring you in. So if that means not including the fact that you ran a $12.3 million business on your resume, then that is what you have to do. Does Target really need to know that you managed more than 2000 employees in a region in order for you to get an interview for an Assistant Manager position?

    Books are written for the audience. Movie scripts are written for the audience. A good resume is no different. If you want rave reviews, as well someone to call you in to learn more, give them what they need to know, not what you feel you have to say.

  • public relations resumeMore than anything else, what determines the long-term success or failure of most organizations and business enterprises is its reputation. Fortune 500 companies annually spend, well, A FORTUNE on crafting and shaping their public perception. This is usually done through their Public Relations department and / or personnel. If you have decided to go it on your own with developing your public relations resume, then there are certain concepts you want to ensure your reader easily grasps within the resume. Remember, you have 10 seconds or less for a resume to impress. The important concepts shouldn’t be hidden and hard to find.

    Crisis Management

    In the life of any company that had enjoyed any longevity, you can bet that an event will happen that can negatively affect the public perception. This is when a good public relations team steps in the control the narrative. When writing your resume be sure to provide examples of how your crisis management skills have helped save an entity’s reputation in the aftermath of a crisis.

    Media Relationship Management

    When you need to get a message or narrative out to the public, it helps to have connections and relationships that can quickly provide a pipeline to the most eyes and ears. As a public relations executive, your ability to build relationships with media professionals will be essential to your effectiveness. Your public relations resume should point out your experience in growing valuable relationships with media professionals who can be an agent in disseminating your message.

    Industry / Sector Knowledge

    Good communication is nuanced. A good public relations executive should be well versed in every aspect of the industry in which their employer or client is involved. You resume should communicate your knowledge of the industry’s trends and other players. It should also demonstrate your mastery of industry terminology and sector’s preferred communication style.

    Social Media Strategy

    The new century has brought about another outlet through which an organization’s message gets out to the public. Most every entity maintains social media accounts that allow direct access to the public. For some companies, social media is purely informational and simply to further cement the brand. For others, it is an additional sales portal that adds yet another revenue stream. A public relations executive has to have the ability to build an overall social media strategy that aligns with the organization’s objectives. Your resume has to show your skills in the development and maintenance of social media pages that bring eyeballs and delivers the desired message.

    Press Release Writing

    What better way to maintain the organization’s image in the public than to announce news and milestones? A good public relations executive resume will tell the reader of press releases written, as well as white papers. Well crafted press releases can sometimes lead to magazine or television interviews that move an entity’s brand to the next level. So your reader needs to be able to see this in your resume clearly.

    Hopefully, these tips can help you in your quest for the perfect public relations resume. However, if you decide you need assistance in developing a resume that will bring consistent interviews, The Resume Clinic (A+ rating with the BBB’s Online Reliability Program) is here to help with a certified resume writing staff.

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