A couple of months ago I met a guy who heard that my resume stunk, and was keeping me out of interviews. He asked me if I could check out his resume and let him know what I thought. I was happy to do it but realized that I was not the best person to help him out. And that two-month journey has led us to The Resume Experiment.
I have asked various experts to weigh in on his resume. Some responded with a complete resume rewrite, others responded with questions and concerns. Everyone had similar concerns, and everyone noted that they really couldn’t do this job justice without more information (I only sent them an introductory paragraph and the “current” resume). There are various reasons for the differening results/feedback.
While the end-result is interesting, I was fascinated by the process. I have heard comments about resume writers – just recently I read an e-mail post on a forum that said that resume writers turn out canned resumes from templates, and aren’t worth it. I would have let that opinion sway me 100% a year ago – I didn’t want to spend the money to get my resume professionally done. You know where that got me?
A few months down the road, with interviews at only two companies. And no job offers (I got the the third interview with each company).
The problem was evident – my resume was keeping me out of interviews. The math is simple – 3 months * $5,000/month (could be more, could be less, put in your own number to see what its worth) … not having a resume that got me interviews cost me at least $15,000. So you tell me how much I should have paid to get my resume fixed and start getting interviews!
Over this week I’m going to explore what I’ve learned from the experts. I will pick apart the thought processes and procedures. I want to help you understand how this resume thing works, and empower you with more knowledge about how to move forward (in other words, if you are wondering how to choose a resume writer, hopefully you’ll walk away with some ideas on how to proceed).
To get started, read the real resume. This is a Word document that has some of the information changed to protect the innocent – but almost all of the descriptive stuff is original. The formatting is original. This resume was not getting results (interviews). Can you guess how the experts are going to react?
Finally, I’d like to introduce you to the people that have participated (there may be more as the week progresses). I’ll introduce them in alphabetical order so you can’t try and determine my bias (if I have one )
Alison Doyle – the About.com Job Search expert. I had lunch with Alison last week in Park City (Utah) and it was just too fun. Alison has many years of experience in the HR and job search arena. She blogs at JobSearch.About.com and with Susan Heathfield at their Career Savvy blog.
Barbara Safani - Owner of Career Solvers, with expert experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching, resumes and organizational development. Barbara blogs at the CareerSolvers blog and contributes to the CareerHub blog.
Carl Chapman – Carl is the owner of CECSearch, which is an executive restaurant recruiter firm for operations at all levels from store to executive office, as well as corporate support roles. Carl blogs at Confessions of an Executive Restaurant Recruiter.
Liz Handlin – CEO of Ultimate Resumes and VP of Marketing for Broadpeak Collaborative. I met Liz in Austin this January and could not believe how accomodating and helpful she was. Liz blogs at the Ultimate Resumes blog as well as the Broadpeak Executive Forum.
Louise Kursmark – President of Best Impression, author of 18 books, and was the first person worldwide to earn the prestigious â€œMaster Resume Writerâ€ credential. She contributes to the CareerHub blog.
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