When clients ask me “What makes The Resume Clinic the choice over other resume services?”, the first thing I tell them is to review the samples. You see, no matter what a silver-tongued sales associate tries to sell you, nothing tells the tale quite like the work itself. It is, as they say, where the “rubber meets the road”.
When you review resume writer samples, you should look for four things:
INITIAL AESTHETIC IMPACT
Let face it, as with everything, appearance plays a role in the overall impact of your application. Would the resume sample stand out in a sea of 50, 100, of 150 other resumes? If your resume is #88 of 110, you want to be sure that the tired and bored reader has a reason to stop and take notice of the resume. Looks may not be everything, but it opens the door more than some of us would care to admit.
IS THE RESUME AN EASY READ?
Even if the resume is well designed, make sure there aren’t design and layout strategy issues that make the resume difficult to look at or navigate. Are there alignment issues? Are the paragraph lengths intimidating to the reader? Is there proper breakup in the visual layout so as not to be repetitive and boring? A good writer makes sure the document not only catches the eye, as mentioned in the earlier section, but holds them as well.
THE CRITICAL SKILLS/CONTRIBUTIONS AND GOAL HAVE TO BE COMMUNICATED WITHIN 15 SECONDS
Any resume that fails this test is half-way to the garbage can. It is a cardinal sin to expect the reader to “dig” for the valuable information that others will be willing to make easy to find. The sample that you review should be structured in a way that a glancing scan will reveal the applicant’s goals and key highlights that demonstrate the difference between them and the the other candidates. To achieve this, a resume has to be written for the goal. General, broad resumes are hit-and-miss, making a job search about as effective as playing darts in the dark.
CONTENT VERBIAGE MUST BE CONCISE, YET POWERFUL AND SOPHISTICATED
A rÃ©sumÃ©’s content only comes into play by passing the three tests above. Because if a resume is unattractive, difficult to look at, and uninformative, why would the reviewer continue to read in detail when there may be dozens of other resumes left to review that will make things easier on them?
Check the verbiage for sophistication level, brevity, and impact. The prose should capture you and make you WANT to know what comes next. Resumes have a limited amount of real estate to get the point across. Be sure you’re selecting a writer who demonstrates the ability to perform this delicate skill.
At the Resume Clinic, we proudly display our samples because they are our best selling point! Many resume writers do not display samples, claiming the do not want them stolen. Mostly, the concern is that the potential client is going to be receiving a resume from a template that looks exactly like the sample and they do not want them to see it beforehand.
Now that you know how to assess the work, feel free to review our samples at the link below:
Compare them to the competition and you’ll see why we are the resume service to assist with moving your career forward.
William Mitchell, CPRW
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