Have you lost count of the number of resumes you’ve sent out? Are you waiting impatiently by a phone that never rings? Are you beginning to think that you’re never going to find a job while wondering what it is that is keeping the hiring managers away? If after you send out your resume you are continually met with little or no response chances are the problem lies with your resume.
It is often hard to see a problem with your own resume because you are too close to it and too emotionally attached to the information it contains. Therefore, you may be the last person to even realize that there is an issue. So unless someone comes right out and tells you, you may remain clueless to why you are receiving such a poor response to your resume.
If the above sounds like you it’s time to pull out your resume and review it with a critical eye. Chances are you are blinded to the shortcomings of your resume and may be completely puzzled why the calls aren’t rolling in. In that case, you need to enlist the services of a trusted friend that you can count on to tell you the truth about your resume. It is essential that you ask someone who can be honest with you and not tell you what you want to hear. It’s also extremely important that you are able to accept criticism from this person without getting upset.
If you want to explore other options for an opinion on your resume there are many professional resume writers that offer a free review of your resume. It is important to keep in mind that these free reviews are generally offered in order to convince you to purchase other services. Frequently (but not always) the responses are templates that are designed to make you think that your resume can only be improved by hiring this writer. So, take the review with a grain of salt and an open mind. I would absolutely caution you against paying for anyone to review your resume.
You can also do your own research to find the latest trends in resumes. The internet allows you access to numerous resources that can guide you in creating a resume that meets the expectations of hiring managers. There are countless resume examples to view though the quality may vary greatly. If you do a little homework you will have an idea of current resume strategies.
Additionally, most cities and towns have a career center that offers assistance in all aspects of a job search. These are a great resource for anyone looking for resume help, wanting to improve their interviewing skills, or needing a lead on where to look for jobs. Take advantage if you can!
If your resume isn’t getting the response you are looking for you need to convert it into a document that does. Whether it’s using one of the above ideas to revitalize your resume or another strategy all together the most important thing is that you realize your resume is the problem and search out an effective solution.
by Megan Koehler