Posts Tagged ‘job search’

How a Resume Writer Writes the Best Resumes

Friday, August 10th, 2012

So you think it costs too much to hire a professional resume writer? After all, why should you pay a few hundred dollars for a quick typing job that you could do you yourself, right? If this is your belief, then I beg to differ with you. Let me show you why.

Anyone who has written his or her own resume will tell you that the process takes hours to produce a document that will get you a job interview. No, it is NOT a typing job – that’s the easiest part. Preceding the typing is the assembly of your employment, education, and other resume data; organizing it; selecting impactful action words and phrases to articulate it; choosing which accomplishments merit bulleted statements; designing the format and style (oh, you’re just going to use a Word template? Hmm..); rewriting it to fit into two or three pages (depending on certain factors); and so much more.

I’m sure you’ve heard that tons of people are searching for jobs these days. Without attention to the necessary details, your resume won’t pass the 10-second glance - the time a recruiter or HR person takes to look at your resume to see if it deserves further scrutiny. What does your resume say – and how is it said – to draw in the reader? Will your resume get picked to go to the second round? Mind you, we’re not talking about job interview here, only resume screening.

Here’s how a professional resume writer approaches the resume writing process after you hire him/her:

1) Gathering the resume data

Whether the resume writer provides you a questionnaire to complete, interviews you verbally, or does a combination of both, the goal is to extract so much information about your career and education that there is much more data than could possibly be included in a resume. What’s the purpose? A resume writer needs to know your job target and the supporting background you have to document it. A resume writer uses an objective eye to tie your experience

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Using LinkedIn For Local Job Search

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Assuming you have a LinkedIn profile (if not, WHY?), the next step is “working” it. Join professional groups where you ask and answer questions to spotlight your expertise. But more than that, join local LinkedIn groups where you may also find opportunities for face-to-face meetings. Some local groups even offer regular meet-ups where you may network in person with those whom you have met online.

As a Kansas City Career Coach, I recommend the following LinkedIn Groups for relationship-building online and in person in the Greater Kansas City Area. Contact me if you know of others:

* Kansas City Live Networking

* Linked to KC

* Kansas City Networking Society

If you want to relocate to another part of the country, look for online LinkedIn Groups to join in that area. Get job recommendations from Group members to pave the path to your new job before you physically relocate. When you make LinkedIn a part of your everyday social networking, you’ll be surprised at the rewards you reap.

Wishing you career success in 2012!

Meg