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Get a resume that gets the job done

by Rod Besler

As you may have experienced first-hand, today's job market isn't very predictable. If you've ever found yourself unexpectedly unemployed, you also know that finding a new job can take much longer than it used to. It can take weeks, months, or even years. Why? Because competition is fierce and fewer jobs are available than just a few years ago. Besides that, many of the open jobs don't pay as well as the job you may have lost.

Things may be even more difficult if you're looking for a better job than the one you have. If you need more money, good luck finding it. If you need a better career, good luck beating out younger, more educated, or better prepared applicants.

In conditions like this, people need their resume to stand out even more. A resume is your first impression. A glimpse of you is all an employer gets to decide if you might be a good fit.
The only way to get the interview is to make sure they like what they see in that first impression--a lot. There may be hundreds of applicants for the same job, and if your resume doesn't do the job of getting you noticed, you won't even get your foot in the door.

There are three things that every employer is looking for that must be on your resume. There are also five things that should never be included. And, if your cover letter includes one of six "cover letter killers," you can forget about landing that interview.

All these factors mean that the odds of getting an interview rise to those of winning a lottery. This is why there are many professionals out there who specialize in building effective resumes for people of all backgrounds. Some will even guarantee their customers will get an interview after they've used their services.

There is nothing wrong with using a professional to put your resume together. They'll ask detailed questions about you, paint you in the best possible light, and probably get you more interviews than you ever dreamed. It will cost you a little money but landing a good job makes it well worth the investment.

No matter whose service you decide to use, make sure they're a member of the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA) or the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches
(PARWCC) and that they're Certified Professional Resume Writers.
This guarantees they have experience and certification in this area and they know what they're doing.

Author Rod Besler is founder of More Than Just Resumes. More Than Just Resumes offers several different resume packages, which can be customized to include additional items like reference lists, cover letters, and follow-up letters. All are also available on disk or CD. They also offer a free mini-course on how to obtain interviews. Those who sign up on the website will receive hundreds of tips and tricks to dramatically increase their chances of catching the eye of potential employers. For more information or to receive the free mini course, visit the site at

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