Pin the Tail on the Resume

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Pin the Tail on the Resume

I got an email today from a prospective client. She sent me her resume – it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. The grammar was fine and she had obviously used spell check. (Yay!) The thing that stood out to me was that I didn’t get a sense of what she would deliver to a potential employer. Even worse, I had absolutely no idea what kind of job she was looking for.

Big problem.

A resume without a clear direction just won’t work. 100% of the time, it will get stuck in the ATS “black hole”.

So I called her and asked her to tell me a bit about her goals. Her answer is pretty easy to guess, right?

She didn’t know. She didn’t have a target job and had not yet decided on her next career move.

I believe in honesty and telling the truth, and that means it was tough love time. I told her to do some soul searching and to call me when she was ready. Then, and only then can we create a job-winning document. Without a goal, a resume is just a piece of paper.

Making sure that your resume has a goal will give you a competitive edge and will help you escape the black hole. Give yourself a fighting chance. Pick a target.



By | 2017-07-05T18:58:41-07:00 July 18th, 2013|Resume Writing|Comments Off on Pin the Tail on the Resume

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I'm a professional resume writer, recruiter, and job search guru who works with clients from every walk of life - CEO to software engineer, advertising executive, teacher, mechanic, doctor or even mortician (true story). My specialty is crafting individualized documents, telling my clients' stories - and making them shine.