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Are you aware of the two audiences your resume will need to appeal to before even reaching a decision-maker?
Vitally important things to know when sending out your resume:
For a resume to be effective in today’s job market, it must employ a highly strategic approach. Gone are the days when a resume could be a simple chronology of work experience − like a job application − and achieve results.
Today’s resumes must be well-written, well-crafted, and targeted in their approach. Though many job seekers think that they are writing their resume for the decision-maker − the one who understands what they have done can draw conclusions, and has the authority to hire them – actually every resume must be able to survive 3 distinctly different audiences, each with very different needs.
Learn why our process is so effective.
HR Clerks & Secretaries
First, you have the HR Clerks and Secretaries-these gatekeepers are usually not familiar with your position, they have 100s of resumes to review and a stack of job opportunities to match to. They will likely give your resume a 10-20 second scan to identify if there is a match. You need to make their life easy by having clear direction followed by supporting evidence of that target. So you need to identify yourself as the ideal candidate for the job, and you need to front-load the resume with relevant keywords for the target position.
Second, we have companies who scan resumes into databases for future keyword searches. Many job seekers are tripped up by this because they either don’t know about it or, they don’t what to do. Here, you can’t make assumptions that the reviewer knows what you did solely based on a job title. So, resumes that don’t have “process” or key words will never get picked up by the scanners, leaving some of the most qualified applicants never getting a phone call. In addition, your resume must be completely OCR scannable. There are many elements of a resume such as a font type, underlining, tables and boxes, that are not scannable and can actually hurt your chances of having the resume read or not.
Third, if you have survived the first two scans, or you have a contact, your resume is now in a smaller stack of seemingly qualified individuals and it’s presented to a decision-maker. This individual is looking through the resumes trying to determine who is worth taking the time to talk to. Here you face a combination of issues based on visual presentation (does the resume grab attention?), focus on value to the company (have you emphasized your unique selling proposition in relation to the company’s need?), and results you can and will propose (have you balanced responsibilities with quantifiable challenges, actions, and results?). You need the resume to reach out and grab the reviewer and make them say, “I’ve got to speak to this person!”
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A LA CARTE SERVICES
- Professional Resume: (in Traditional, Electronic Keyword-scannable, Adobe.pdf) $595
- Customizable Cover Letter & E-note: (in Traditional, Electronic Keyword-scannable, Adobe.pdf): $125
- Linkedin Profile & Page: $395
- Professional Biography: $395
- List of Professional & Speciality Job Boards: (COMPLIMENTARY)
- List of Top-rated Professional Search Tools: (COMPLIMENTARY)
- Interviewing Tips & Tricks Presentation: $55
- Customized Linkedin Networking Scripts: $45
- Personal Linkedin Networking Introductions: $125
- Linkedin Networking Strategy Session: $150
- 1-hour Job Search Coaching/Tapping Hidden Job Markets: $225
- Internet Resume Posting: $125
- Internet Recruiter Distributions: $195
Included In Every Package:
60-day Interview Guarantee * Phone Consultation * Unlimited Revisions * Personal Branding * Lifetime Document Storage * Final Documents (MS Word, Plain Text, Keyword Scannable, PDF)