If you need a job, or are even bucking for a promotion, business deal, or some memberships, you need a resume! I know, a post about resumes sounds really boring. But, please read on as I tell you in my own way how a resume can help you.
When starting out into the working world, especially if you are a young person going for that first job, a resume can help you stand out and get that job. When I was in my 20’s, I tried for a call center job. it was just a menial, part-time job, but as I had no job at $0 an hour, this “menial” job would be a good step up! So, I went to a group interview and had, in addition to my application, I also had my resume. And, as it turned out, I was the only one who submitted a resume along with my application. I got the job! And I believe that it was simply submitting my resume, even though it wasn’t much of a resume, that gave me the extra advantage in that situation!
A resume brings together those things that will not only give a prospective employer a snapshot of you as a potential employee, but will also give him or her a better basis for the questions they might want to ask you should you score an interview. This also helps you as well. You see, in creating your resume, you are forced to evaluate your skills and experiences, and to remember things that can lead to better answers at interview time.
When you are asked what problem did you have in the past and how did you deal with it, you may be more likely to remember that obscure temporary job you had at the corner store and how you helped a particular customer. When answering the question, you’re less likely to sound as if you were “fishing” your memory for an answer.
Once you have your resume created, it is easier to update it or to create a second resume aimed at a specific type of job, especially now with computers having replaced the typewriter in most cases. And, your resume can also act as an important reference when filling out applications for future jobs.
In addition to its use in job hunting, a resume can also be used when trying for a promotion, membership to an exclusive club or group, or, if you are an entrepreneur, to secure a loan or engage in a business deal or partnership!
Now, while everyone has their own information, many aren’t sure how to put it all together. There are guides available, as well as resume writing services.
Which service is best? It depends. Most I’ve seen will charge $50-$75 for a simple resume and cover letter package, usually going up from there for a host of other additional services, including fancy paper with designs, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and keyword emphasis.
As I’m not an expert in SEO or keywords, I just do a simple resume and cover letter for $30. I’ve had a few clients, one of whom told me later that they did secure a job after I did a resume for them. I don’t know for sure if SEO and keywords have a great effect on the likelihood of a resume getting further notice resulting in a person getting the job, since keywords change all the time, as does SEO. And, one hiring manager’s keyword may be what turns off another hiring manager, resumes that go to HR departments are often skimmed over quickly and keywords may not always be noticed. This is just my opinion, however, and I may be wrong about this.
Also, the type of employer one is trying to get a job from can make a difference. The owner of the small grocery store, who does all of the hiring and everything else related to it, may just want to see what a prospective employee is bringing to the table and is not interested in looking for keywords or SEO and may not care what kind of paper the resume is on, just that he or she can read and understand the resume itself.
Go to the Services page or Resumes Available Here! page of this website for your resume now! And if you know someone who needs a resume, send them here now!
Thanks for reading! 🙂