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
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
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
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
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
(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 http://www.morethanjustresumes.com.