Post # 1
Since I’m job hunting again, I’ve been staring, editing, and rewriting my resume and cover letter one too many times. It’s starting to look all the same. I thought I might enlist a professional to help me tweak it.
I’m just curious if you’ve used one. How was it? Was it worth it? Pricey?
Post # 3
Dont waste your money!
I am a recruiter and for free I will tell you that the average person spends about a min reading your CV. Keep it short and sweet and easy to ready. Get rid of the big words, stick to defined achievements e.g. created x amount of new sales opportunities and be transparent with dates and qualifications (hate it when people hide their degree grades, I do not have the time to chase them so turn down it is)
Look at the job description and if it asks for a particular thing, make it easy to pick out from your CV.
Cover letters annoy me – I never read them – but if you are doing them a simple formula
What you are applying for
why you want that job
why you want that company
what is so great about you
Hope the job hunt goes well.
Post # 4
@mnp: I have taught resume workshops and am often paid to redo resumes. I guess I am the service! I am also a hiring manager and while I agree with the PP that I don’t read every resume in detail, I do read them when the computer has narrowed down some candidates for me. The job market is so competitive that I think any advantage you can get is worth taking. If I see a shitty resume and a great one, which one do you think gets filed under G for garbage?
Post # 5
I have used one in the past to great effect. They cleaned it up and made it more streamlined and thought of a new way to organize things.
Post # 6
@Twizbe: Good to know about the cover letter! I’ll make sure to keep everything short and sweet.
@MrsPanda99: I’ll give my resume a lookover and then, see if I would need to hire a resume writer. Thank you!
@CaroBee: Do happen to remember the name of the service you used?
Post # 7
@mnp: I don’t actually – it was about 8 years ago. I remember I read the reviews online for several different services and did a lot of research before committing. I got a package where they updated my resume and helped draft a cover letter.
I am a decent writer – I write for my job actually, but resume writing is a different beast entirely. I was really pleased with the results.
Post # 8
I’ve never paid for a service, but when I was unemployed, I went to the local Department of Labor, and they were able to give me a template and some tips for tweaking my resume.
Post # 9
I… wouldn’t pay someone to look at my resume. Get some professional friends/family to look at it, but if you are getting that good at writing them, there’s nothing wrong with them looking similar. The companies you’re applying to don’t talk to each other and go, “Ha! This chick’s cover letter is almost the same as the one she sent you! What was she thinking!?” 😛