The Resume Specialist

Resumes Open Doors

Resumes don’t get a job. YOU get a job. Anyone who guarantees you’ll get a job after using their resume service is being dishonest. The only person who can get you a job is You.

YOU ARE going to get a job, and one of the top tools in your get-a-job toolkit is a resume that opens the doors marked “You”. The right resume, delivered in response to the right ad, will always get you an interview. Then it all comes down to The Conversation, about which we’ll chat another time.

One-size-fits-all resumes do not work. Let’s say that another way: A resume that tries to fit into several different jobs will succeed in opening the door to none of them. If what you want is a generic resume you can use to apply for a couple of hundred jobs, do not waste your time and money on a resume specialist or career coach. Do it yourself. You’ll save money — a good thing, because you’ll need it given the amount of time you will be waiting for the phone to ring.

Think of your resume as targeted advertising. In the ideal world, when an employer or recruiter posts a job, a magic piece of software would work behind the scenes and present appropriate resumes to them. That’s how online advertising works, of course: What you see is based on your browsing habits. Wouldn’t it be great if the same thing worked for resumes.

Actually, in a way, it does. The well-written resume is targeted at a specific job type — often at a specific job AD. My clients get interviews because that’s what we do. We target a specific ad, then craft a resume that highlights the experiences and accomplishments best aligned with the advertised job.

It’s just common sense, isn’t it? It’s why my resume work gets people interviewed.

Now, all that aside, there are ways to create a sort of patent-adjustable resume, one that has all the basics loaded in so you can tune the rest to the job in which you’re interested. But that’s a topic for another time, and a blog post.

In the meantime, if you want a resume that gets you interviewed, or would just like to talk career trends, send me an email at now at mwknowles dot com. We’ll have  a fine conversation.