Have You Ever Had Your Resume Critiqued?

Executive, Career Changers and Graduates can benefit most by adding a powerful, clearly phrased summary section to your resume.

Do you feel that your resume is pretty good, but you are not able to secure any interviews? If you are a pretty good writer, it may be very good to have your resume critiqued. This may require an investment on your part, but may be well worth your time and effort if fine tuning your resume helps you to secure interviews.

Let’s take a look…..

One. Look at the visual appeal from a distance. Does it look good? Do you see clear demarcations highlighting your job title, company name, dates, and locations of job descriptors…. inconsistent placement makes you appear less than honest and at the very least you will be perceived as someone who does not proofread.

Now let’s look at the content…….

  • Can you say that your resume meets these qualifications EXCELLENTLY, FAIRLY or POORLY?

1.Is the targeted job position included in the first sentence in your professional summary section?

2.Is your resume well constructed and summarizes your expertise in a nutshell?

3.Are your primary targeted skills, attributes, and qualifications included?

4.Does your resume contain heavy-hitting, marketing-savvy, impactful statements?

5.Have you used varied sentence types that entice the hiring officials to want to read the rest of your resume?

6.Have you used applicable keywords and industry-specific keywords for your profession infused within your resume?

  • Check these additional bits and pieces of information on your resume?

1.Does your resume target an employers’ needs with matching qualifications demonstrating a fit between your qualifications and their needs?

2.Is the most important information listed in the top one-third section of the resume?

3.Are your employment gaps skillfully handled?

4.Does your resume go back no more than 15 years?

5. Does your resume play up your strengths and minimize your weaknesses?

6. Have your technical skills and other relevant proficiencies pertinent to your job/career identified and included in your resume?

  • Well, let’s make sure that your resume includes the following…

1.Does the first bullet under each job/career area include your most important responsibility in each position?

2.Does each description begin with an action verb and include as much specific information as possible, including percentage of success, amounts of money, and numbers of persons collaborating to complete a tasks.

3. Does the resume include the areas of success that you are most proud to discuss?

4. When read, does each descriptor showcase comprehensively offering a full understanding of what you accomplished.

5.Is each word on your resume concisely mentioned. Are only the most necessary words listed on the resume. Have you deleted any unnecessary words. Is the content on your resume simply stated?

We offer an 8-page resume critique to assist you. Shoot us an email at info@jobwinningresumes.net for more information. Be sure to ask for your free welcome kit, contract job lists, and free career books.

 

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6 Steps to UP Your Resume Game Completely

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Would you hire you? Take a look at yourself.

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Everyone of us can use an update, a critique, a lift, a polish. And when you are seeking to grab the hiring managers attention, it is paramount that when crafting your job-winning resume, you can’t stop just at the resume. What are you gonna do after you are invited for the first interview?

1st Step is to proof your resume for inherit challenges. Do you have a gender-neutral name? Has your previous employer changed names? Did you have a long unemployment gap? Do you need your job search to be confidentiality? Did you leave the world of work due to personal reasons (caring for a sick family member)? Have you been underemployed and are seeking to align your talents with your potential?

Seek the help of a professional resume writer to help shape your job-winning resume.

2nd Step is to check with your references prior to submitting their names and be certain that they are aware of your professional value.

Email your references a copy of your resume and also send a copy by snail mail.

3rd Step is to check your online presence by googling yourself and see what comes up.

Landing an interview is only the first step. Understanding how to move to the next step is a big part of the resume process. Be aware of how you are viewed on social media. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile showcases your personality, passion, and also the skills that you care most about.

4th Step is to mind your grooming. Hair, nails, facial hair, posture, diction, little points (earrings, nose rings, belts, buckles, shoes, socks, stockings, skirt length, tightness of pants, panty lines, various color hair (unless you will be working in a creative field), elbows, knuckles, open toe shoes).

Double check your grooming. It matters.

5th Step is to update your outfit and take new pictures to make sure that you look like a WINNER! Everyone wants to be on a winning team. Do you look the part?

Look good, look relevant, look inviting, look like a winner!

Yes, I do see a winner. Teddy Mosier is almost ready to go!!

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Even your resume writer, Debra Ann can use a good sprucing up! Resume writer, ready to go !!

6th Step is to showcase your Ready to GO look and speak on your subject matter expertise!

Here you go 2 winners. Ready to help our companies, clients, and colleagues win!

Do you need help with your resume and all that goes into landing that job? Contact us and let us help you. We offer a few free resources that will help get you in tip top shape:

-101 Ways to Skyrocket Your Career

– Welcome Kit

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6 Clues to What’s Wrong With Your Resume: Free Class

Debra Ann will serve as 2016-7 NRWA Dir of  Industry, Workforce, Military, Community Career Services

What’s wrong with your resume?

I bet you don’t have a clue!

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It sure is surprising when we present our very best and get little to no response. I attended our annual National Resume Writer’s Association Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, last week and if I heard it once, I heard it stated twice, that:

If you are not getting interviews, it’s your resume! 

Many others have much to say about this interviewing-grabbing document that we call a resume.

#1 – Avoid the old school big block format. Give your resume an appealing look.

#2 – Use active voice! Give your resume spice and energy. Avoid using “responsible for, assisted, provide, performed, tasked, and in addition to.”

#3 – Take out acronyms and technical jargon. Make sure that anyone outside of your line of work can understand your resume.

#4 – Don’t turn in irrelevant resumes. Match your work experience section to the targeted position.

#5 – Don’t demonstrate mediocre data. Hiring officials want to read about your unique contributions to your job. Include your best accomplishments!

#6 – Add education – Go beyond just the degree and college name. Include a list of courses and / or descriptions of three significant projects.

For those in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Please join us over the next few months for our Free Resume Training Class.

The classes will be held at the Leap Org Building, located at 1860 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Join us on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11th, 6pm
  • Wednesday, October 26th, 530 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 6pm
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 6pm

These free classes will encourage, enlighten, and inspire you to present your best skills forward!

Reserve your VIP Seat NOW!! http://bit.ly/2dvkz3C

Call for more information: 931.269.WR1T (9718)

 Learn how to Make Your Resume Work For You!

Debra Ann Matthews, contributor, Modernize Your Job Search Letters

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“Resume Writers Don’t Give Up On Your Lower Level Clients” by @Letmewriteit4u on @LinkedIn

Debra Ann will serve as 2016-7 NRWA Dir of  Industry, Workforce, Military, Community Career Services

Have you ever received a client contact and you felt deep down that they were not very accomplished ? Or at the very least could not afford your packages? How about that call you received from an accountant or construction worker who were formerly incarcerated? Feel like you can’t help these groups of clients?

Well, let’s take a look at 2 points to help you never to give up on your clients:

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Debra Ann Matthews, M.A., JCTC is a passionate career coach and resume writer who works with hundreds of clients throughout her career to achieve their dreams. Her extensive experience includes helping in President Clinton’s AmeriCorps, Up With People, and Job Corps. She loves to help motivated career changers in her business Let Me Write It For You. She’s noted in USAA Military, NBC Chicago, MSN Latino, Monster, Monster Working, Calgary Sun, Money Mix, & Careerbuilder.co.uk. Connect with her on LinkedIn at letmewriteit4u.

2 Tips to defend your resume

When getting ready to be attacked or violated, most people are not paying attention and become victims of circumstance walking in dark alleys or carrying huge purses that shout to criminals, “Take Me!” Have you prepared your job search strategy such that you don’t should out, “Here I am, ready to be assaulted?”  Resumes are a major component that needs defending. Let’s give you 5 tips to consider defending your job-winning resume?

As a motivated job-seeker, you must plan for the attach on your career communications ! Be ready to defend your resume with the details that prove your professional value !
As a motivated job-seeker, you must plan for the attach on your career communications ! Be ready to defend your resume with the details that prove your professional value !
  1. Tip #1 – Take a stance! One good way to ward off the resume criminals is to stand! A resume that is grounded and is sure of itself is sure to be safe. No longer is it acceptable to have one resume fit all solutions. Resumes are marketing documents that offer a solution to industries problems and pains and are specific to an industry. So are you in sales?   Are you an administrative specializing within the medical field? Are you a recent graduate interested in expanding your career in public relations? To take a stance, stand within your professional field. Hiring managers can receive your resume better when they know who you are professionally.
  2. Tip #2 – Arm your self ! To defend your resume, you must be armed with skills. We all know that you have worked and followed protocol. If not, you would have been fired. But hiring managers are looking for people who do more than is required. How have you armed your self with career skills that protect like pepper sprays and mace? Where have you gone to extend your knowledge base beyond the basics? Do you read industry publications? Attend monthly professional lunches? To help your resume defend against being thrown away, a good defense is to have in your arsenal, training experiences, certifications, advanced knowledge from your career area to showcase on your resume.

Keep in mind that to get the attention of hiring manager and recruiters, you must be able to defend your resume demonstrating that you are a good fit for the company and culture within the field. Set your resume to defend itself with keywords, innovative formats, relevant demonstrations of your past ability to solve problems and savvy testimonies. A huge part of being able to defend your resume is to get your career communications together and be on the ready to showcase your specific skills.

We hope that this article has helped you. Please email us and let us know how you have defended your resume? Connect with us via http://www.linkedin.com/in/letmewriteit4u or email us at letmewriteitforyou@gmail.com.

3 Weird things about your resume

Creativity is good in your professional life, within reason. Now you’ve always heard that you should dress for the next position that you desire on your way to the top. And we support these thoughts and ideas. However, you are just a weird person. So let’s stop for a second and remind you that you have 3 weird things on your resume. Let’s help you camouflage a few things. It’s always best to let the weird come out a little later in the interview process.

Weird thing #1 – Your words are not right. They are vague and boring. In many instances, your words are extravagant, yet they do not add value. STOP IT !

To help you to unweird your resume, try using simple words that describe how you have helped solve challenges, pains, goals and company expectations using #’s, %’s and $. Simply state your success in the most important of your job duties. Next state the second most important level of responsibility that you have in your job. Speak about your success. Then simply state achievements in the third most important of your successes. Use simply language or industry specific language.

Weird thing #2 – Your resume looks so boring and so very dated. Stop IT!

To help you to unweird your resume, keep in mind that if you are a creative field or graphic arts field, having a resume that offers visual pizzaz is expected. Otherwise, as long as you do not use a word template for your resume, you should be okay. Use formats including lines, boxes, shades and logos to give your resume a fresh, updated look. Include linkedin, blogs and websites urls to help showcase that you are social media relevant.

Weird thing #3 – You are using colored, speckled gray, blue, severe off-white or yellowish-brown paper for your resume. STOP IT.

Unweird yourself by splashing colored words from a neutral perspective. Based on your career field, it is okay to add a blue heading or a green heading within your resume. Using bold or colorizing headings and keywords may help your skills to pop out for the hiring manager. Otherwise, if you insist on being weird, don’t blame me when you get no results.

Be sure to proofread everything and don’t simply rely on spell check. Double check your resume content for flow. Eliminate any disjointed thoughts or sentences. We hope that you will find this article helpful. Be sure to share with us some of the weird things you’ve placed on your resume. Connect with me at http://www.facebook.com/letmewriteit4u or via linkedin at http://www.linkedin.com/in/letmewriteit4u. Like my website at http://www.letmewriteitforyou.org.

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