Did you know that a Google search for the term “resume writing services” leads to about 904,000,000 results in 0.58 seconds?
It is impossible to know which link that shares online advice for resumes will offer the best answer to the question, “What should be on my resume and what should it look like?”
Instead of worrying about finding the best service out there, we explain what you should be worrying about when it comes to your new resume.
1. Worry about finding the best service for you and your industry
Do not worry about finding the best resume writer on the market. You do not have time to go through 900 million links.
Instead, find the one that you enjoy working with and makes you feel good about the final product. If you have any doubts and feel they are not being addressed appropriately, you will always have a problem with your resume.
If you are working with a resume writer and simply do not like the way things are going, somehow and in some way, this will impact your confidence in your resume.
Resume writers all have different styles of working and their styles may be a reflection of the industry they are working in. You have to find a style and service that leaves you feeling satisfied with the final product.
2. Worry about quantifiable results displayed in a comprehensive manner
Choosing to use resume templates or verbiage from other resumes that you believe fits your job title may lead to the biggest error on any resume:
Not showing numbers or results from the work completed
It does not matter what type of job you have now. You can be an executive or entry-level employee. In some way, there is a number involved. Even someone from the mailroom has to organize a number of parcels a month and deliver to a number of employees.
Show the numbers from your job. If possible, show the quantifiable results from your tasks and initiatives as a leader.
Most importantly, make it easy to read. Take into account that you will have complete strangers looking at your resume. Leadoff each experience with your most impressive results. Focus more on how your hard skills led to the results.
Soft skills come in to play more so when you start interviewing on the phone and in-person. That is when employers can really connect the dots between your experience and the person behind it.
3. Worry about making your resume easy to tailor for each job
You are going to be applying and interviewing for many jobs. Even if you are not job searching and want to update your resume, it is best to have a resume that is easy to adjust.
If your resume is built with graphics, images, and tables, the formatting and adjusting can be difficult based on the software you are using.
If someone asks you for a resume that you must tailor for a job, you should be able to tailor the resume in less than an hour, at least.
More so, if you are using a template, you may try to shape your experience to fit the template and not tailor the resume to the job at hand.
At the end of the day
Simply put, you never assign blame to your resume for not getting you interviews. There is no resume that will get you a job. Yes, it plays a part in getting interviews, but at the end of the day you should worry most about the following:
Do you have confidence in the resume enough so that when you interview, the last thing you are thinking about is, “Does my resume look good”?
There is no magic bullet resume that leads to interviews. There is a combined effort of networking, attention to detail, proper interviewing, and confidence in your abilities.