A job opportunity has presented itself and you need a resume fast. You consider your options …

a)    Borrow your friend’s amazing resume.
b)    Search the internet and find a well-written sample.
c)    Use a template found on your computer.
d)    Hire a certified professional resume writer.

Is your resume a true reflection of who you are and what you offer an employer?

Is your resume a true reflection of who you are and what you offer an employer?

The first three will help you get the resume you need quickly but option D is the only one that will help position you as a top candidate for the position you are seeking. Why?

A. Your friend’s resume was created for your friend and shows their skills and abilities.

B. Samples show a carefully fictionalized version of someone else’s strengths, traits, experiences and personal brand. There is no way it can communicate YOUR value because it wasn’t created for you. Using a sample as a resource is ok but simply replacing names, titles and a few entries is not. Another downside to using a sample as your own is – you have no idea how many other job seekers have copied that very same document.

C: A template is a great way to get started. It familiarizes you with what you should include on your resume but it also locks you in to a preset format and will not help set you apart from other candidates with similar skills and abilities. Your resume should reflect you and not be a one-size fits all template.

Using a friend’s, a sample, or a template may seem like a great idea; however, the outcome may be a stalled job search with no interviews which is totally opposite of what you are hoping to accomplish.

D. Engaging the services of an experienced, Certified Professional Resume Writer will help give you an edge in your job search. An experienced resume writer will know what recruiters and hiring managers want to see in a resume and will help you define, position, and promote your job skills in an accomplishment and keyword rich format.

Your resume plays a key role in your job search. Make sure your resume is YOURS and that it represents you in the best possible manner.

If you need help developing or polishing your resume, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service is a virtual (online) business that offers assistance to people from around the globe. From the privacy of your own home, you can contact Tammy at awordpro@aol.com.

About the Author:

Tammy Shoup, Executive Director and Head Writer of Breakthrough Résumés, is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books. Please review Shoup’s information at www.breakthroughrésumés.com or www.tammyshoup.com or inquire directly to Tammy Shoup at awordpro@aol.com
Wishing you the best in your job search campaign! †