Custom Resume Writer - I help clients showcase their strengths to potential employers with a professional resume, a cover letter designed to elicit interviews, and a coordinated page for references.
                       **GREAT ADVICE!** 

"Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid" -
excerpts from article in Business News Daily

 Not following instructions   
     I just hired an assistant and had to review over 250 resumes and cover letters for this position. My ad asked to not send a generic cover letter and to visit our website and explain why their skills are a good fit for us. Seventy percent of the time they'd shoot off a non-customized resume, and 90 percent of the time they wouldn't include a cover letter. Because of this lack of following direction it weeded out a huge portion of applicants. - Julie Weinhouse, principal at HERO Entertainment Marketing.

     The rest of the list...
  1. Nondescript objectives
  2. Small fonts
  3. Formatting problems
  4. Colored resume paper
  5. Using the wrong tense
  6. Not listing details
  7. A bad resume name
  8. No photos, please

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    Your résumé will only be as good as the information you provide.
    If you are engaging someone to write your résumé, be ready to provide the information they request in a timely manner to expedite your project. The differences in the communication style of clients is very interesting. We might get a 2 or 3 word response to "what did you accomplish in that job?" OR we might receive several paragraphs to pare down to the 'meat' of the matter.

    Although industry 'jargon' may be perfectly fine for the understanding of a first-line supervisor, don't forget there can be one or more levels (of people OR screening software) that will have to pass your résumé on to that person. Using proper terminology and spelling out acronyms is crucial. Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible. It is much more impressive to say "increased sales by 50% in first year of business" than to simply say "grew business."

    If you have more than a few training courses and certifications, you can save yourself (and your résumé writer) time by simply providing copies of the certificates or cards. This helps ensure accuracy of the course or certificate names, the date issued and by whom, and whether or not they are current or expired.

    I hope these tips will help as you gather information for your professional résumé!   
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Prepared for your interview?

Are you spending enough time in preparation for an interview? Do you have 'prepared talking points?' Have you formulated an answer for the most commonly asked questions to avoid stumbling when asked? Have you brought additional information (in writing) to share with the interviewer? "Custom Résumé Writer" can help you find creative ways to be a stand out!
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Job Search Resources

Are you at a crossroad in your employment? Do you know which path to take? Looking for more than "just a job?" Have you explored several options? Have you considered aptitude testing to see what your strengths are and what job would be most fulfilling for you?  

Do you know about the wealth of FREE resources such as job search sites? Some sites are specific to certain industries, so gone are the days when you can just choose a ‘one size fits all’ site.

Search engines are full of important information from articles about the latest trends in employment to reviews of your potential employer. Books can also guide you in your quest for something new! 

Have you considered using an agency? Do you know how they work? Do you know which agency would be best suited for you?

If you need more information about HOW to search for your next employment opportunity, we offer one-on-one help with job search resources.
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This may seem obvious, but it is very important.

Your job search documents must not contain one typo, one misspelling or one usage error. Your proper use of the language conveys your intelligence and maturity. When a hiring manager gives your résumé a first look, be sure there aren't cliches and over-used terms that immediately make him/her think "This looks no different than the boring résumés I've read before."

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Always use Action Words
 
Your résumé should describe what you have accomplished in your job
and let the reader know what skills you have.  In other words, what makes you qualified for the job for which you are applying?
 
A common mistake in résumés is simply listing your job duties or responsibilities instead of your accomplishments and results.
 
 
Below is a list of some action words that are effective.  How could you use these to describe YOUR work?

achieved          collaborated
coordinated         developed
generated       implemented
maintained          organized
oversaw               promoted
reported                resolved
supervised                tested
Other Tips:
 
Check to be sure the verbs are in the proper tense. Example: Use present tense if describing your accomplishments in a job you still hold.  Likewise, use past tense in describing previous jobs.
 
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"White space" is important for your documents to be easily read.  You do not need to fill the page with words.
 
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You might consider separating your experience into more than one category such as "Relevant Experience" and "Other Experience" if some of your employment is not related to the job for which you are applying.
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Good cover letters are valuable selling tools.


Are you getting interviews when you have the experience and talent to do the job?  Many times hiring professionals will reject 
résumés that have cover letter problems.  Even if your résumé is great, you may need professional help with your cover letter.