So much resume advice, so little time and money to work on it. It seems like no matter who you talk to the advice always changes. Through the storm of advice from experts who all claim they know better than anyone what works best, we explain 5 reasons why resume advice is tough to follow. Stop and make sense of what you should be doing while job searching.
5. There Is Clearly Too Much General Advice
Google the term “resume advice” and you will see 2,300,000 results. Usually, the first result is “Free Resume Advice” and there is no such thing as “free” on the Internet. There is always some sort of catch. The last search result would take an hour to find after sifting through all the pages.
The advice is usually generalized for creating a resume, offers templates, and leaves out mention of the fact that one resume does not work for all jobs.
4. People’s Preferences Differ Based on the Job Market and Industry
Some say, “Tailor the resume!” while others say, “Chronological resumes are a must!” Then, others will let you know why a “Skills-based resume” is best.
How is everyone right if everyone else is so wrong? The fact is you have to know your industry and what they like to see better than anyone.
This experience only comes to you through “doing” and not “seeking advice”. Resumes differ between media, arts, technology, nonprofit, and many more. Ultimately, if someone asks you to change your resume for a job interview, this would be the better time to change it. Your resume got the interview. Now, change it to make the employer happy, if they ask for it.
3. Fear of Doing Something Wrong
In a world of resume advice, you will come across the blogs that tell you what is absolutely wrong. They will offer advice such as, “Don’t say too much” and “Don’t say too little”, which sounds like, “You cannot win”.
The fear of offering too much or too little always leads to mistakes on a resume, especially when someone can always come along and tell you a varying opinion.
The word you should be thinking about here is a balance. Find the balance between “the job you want” and “what the company needs to see to prove you deserve it” to discover what works.
2. Mistakes Are Expensive Both Mentally and Financially
If you are the type of person who once thought, “I will spend money to get the best resume EVER!” you most likely got burned at least once.
The end result is that it led you not to trust anyone. So, lower prices are too good to be true and higher prices remind you of the people who took your money and gave you a poor resume.
The resume mistake was not “how much you spent”, but instead the fact you did not properly research who was helping you write your resume. Still, trust is not something you possess anymore and that will make finding a new professional resume much tougher.
1. The People Offering the Best Resume Advice Are Hard to Find
You have to imagine reading resumes with all of them following the same advice has to make things difficult. Those offering different and eye-catching resume advice are hard to find and exclusive because they know what works.
To avoid facing competition, it is safer to make money offering their services through networking on sites like LinkedIn. These resume writers are usually freelancers who cannot compete with resume shops.
Finding such resume writers takes a great deal of research, networking, and trial and error. But finding the right one that strikes a balance between “excellent” and “affordable”.