Everyone's Situation is DifferentYou will find some resume services that will tell you there are only a few standard ways on how to develop a resume, such as keeping all your information on one page or only going back 10 years in work history. This may be true in some cases, especially if you are an inexperienced job seeker with no established job skills or proven track-record of success. The truth is, if you are an accomplished executive or seasoned professional, it would only make sense to show the breadth of your background to a hiring manager, even if you exceed one or two pages in some cases. Everyone's individual situation is different and a one page resume may not be the best scenario for you, so understanding your personal needs and one-of-a-kind background is an essential skill of its own for a resume writer to possess while handling your project. Read more information about resume length to find out how long a resume should be.
Basic Resume Development GuidelinesThere are many industry-standard guidelines to follow when it comes to writing or editing a resume, and if you are not sure about how to follow these guidelines, you could drastically reduce your chances of landing interviews with potential employers who read resumes every day. First tip of the day, it is important to keep your resume concise (straight to the point) for the simple fact that you do not want to bore the reader with repetitive information or too much "fluff" about obvious responsibilities throughout your work history. We focus on many other guidelines as well, such as typing the resume while ensuring correct grammar and punctuation, keeping sentences brief yet informative, maintaining an appropriate length based on your experience level, using an appealing font style with a readable size, measuring uniformed margins on all document tables for proper alignment, properly formatting between sections and headings so they are correctly spaced, and printing on high quality (cotton fiber bond) ivory or cream colored paper. A professional resume writer can meet all of these pertinent tips and guidelines to ensure your document is absolutely flawless and immune to hiring manager rejection.
Accomplishment Driven Resume DevelopmentMost job seekers tend to list their responsibilities of their past and current positions in chronological order only rather than listing qualifications and accomplishments first. While this may be important in some cases, it may not necessarily need to be the main focus of a resume in others. The higher level the position you are targeting, the more important the achievement aspect of your document should be. Nevertheless, you still need to provide proof of the results you were able to achieve with the impression that you can bring the same or better results to the prospective employer. Careers Plus Resumes, Inc. knows exactly how to do this based on many years of resume writing industry expertise and recruiting experience throughout various sectors of employment. Our resume writing service will help you achieve the results you are looking for and give you that extra step you need into the door of your future career.
Factors & StrategiesMany times during the course of a resume development project, there are several important factors and strategies that are ignored, such as format consistency, table alignment, character uniformity, bullet-point accuracy, etc. Believe it or not, these factors play a huge part in the effectiveness of your resume and can be detrimental to your job search if your document is not designed correctly. Be sure to utilize a service that has expertise writing resumes in your particular industry, knows how to correctly format a resume, and can provide you with the know-how needed to land the interview. Below is a checklist of some essential points that should not be ignored.
- Format Consistency: When creating a professional resume, it is important to maintain consistency of your format to create an organized document that will not bore or confuse the reader. For instance, you don't want to add a topic header with one design (color, style, etc.) and then add another with a different feel, such as using a different shade or font style than the previous header. This simple oversight can cause the hiring manager to think that you do not pay attention to detail, which is one of the main qualities they will look for. A strong attention to detail will bring the organization a reduced amount of risk from liability, costs, discrepancies, etc., and you and I already know, those particular factors are most definitely the backbone of any successful company.
- Table Alignment: Aligning tables on a resume is no walk in the park unless you know your word processing software from top to bottom. While it is really pointless to try to explain how to create and align your tables without taking up half the page, it is important to tell you that this task will dramatically improve your resume's uniqueness and creative touch.
- Character Uniformity: Using the same fonts/characters is good, although sometimes it is beneficial to mix up the text font style to make important information stand out and catch the reader's eye.
- Bullet-Point Accuracy: Use bullets accurately throughout your document to ensure pertinent information is not overlooked. This can be a tricky task if you have trouble with margins or tables in your word processing program. Using an expert professional resume service to do this for you is a giant first step in achieving the overall goals that you are going to achieve!
How We Can HelpWhether you are an accomplished C-level executive with many years of work history and achievements, a mid-career and experienced professional, an entry-level candidate, or recent college graduate, our writers and editors can help you by developing a resume from scratch that is guaranteed to land you interviews. Also, we can help if you have a resume that was written either by yourself or another resume service years ago, and you are not sure if it's effective enough for today's competitive job market. If you have been searching online for hours, if not days and weeks, and are bombarded with information about how a resume should be written and how it should not, look no further. We can help you turn your old resume into a job-winning, attention-grabbing document and save you the time and headache associated with online information overload. Careers Plus understands that the pressures of the economy in a highly competitive marketplace can be overwhelming at times.
Justin Olsen (CPRW)