21st Century Resumes (2) - Hiring a Resume Writer

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Many people searching for a new job simply don't have a clue about writing a resume, and may not know how to write a resume and decide to search for a resume writer. But, before you hire a resume writer, you should be cognizant of what to ask the resume writers about their own background, experience, skill sets, and for examples of client resumes as well as looking for publicly available recommendations and referrals.

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21st Century Resumes (2) - Hiring a Resume Writer

  1. 1. Job Hunting in the 21st Century: Using Technology for Career Search Advantages An Applicant’s Ultimate Tool to Getting ‘Behind the Recruiters Wall’ for the Career Seeker’s Advantage in Job Searches
  2. 2. Who Am I? • I am Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D., with 22+ years of human resources, recruiting, and resume writing experience, of which half those years were in federal government contracting. • I have re-written over 10,000 resumes (8,000+ in two years!), and assisted 100s of job seekers get their resume before recruiters, headhunters, or hiring manager for serious consideration as a job candidate. • Transparency & Disclosure: My consulting company helps job seekers rewrite resumes for job searches. • If after watching the presentation(s), you don’t / can’t do it yourself, I can help you with your resume to get that new job. 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 ©; www.DBoyerConsulting.com 2
  3. 3. Before you spent thou$ands • This video is provided as an alternative to spending gobs of money you can’t afford for a career assistance company to rewrite your resume, provide mass-mailings of hard-copy resumes, and interview training and feedback, all to pay their huge overhead for fancy offices in high-rises and office buildings. • The goal for this richly informative training is to provide all you need for a job search – using the skills and knowledge you already have and will learn to use here, to find that ‘next great job’ – and at a cheaper price! 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 3
  4. 4. Develop a Plan! • Every trip worth making begins with a goal • Every trip worth taking has a map to follow • Successful businesses have a strategic short- and long-term plan • Treat your job search as a ‘strategic business goal’ …Job Searches and Career Planning should be NO DIFFERENT! 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 4
  5. 5. What to know about resume writers • There are hundreds of professional resume writers ‘out there’ looking for hungry job seekers. • Some resume writers are very good. • Others are so concerned with making the resume ‘pretty’ they don’t do the job seeker any favors. What do you need to look for in a professional resume writer who knows what they are doing? 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 5
  6. 6. What to know about resume writers • Ask for samples of resumes written recently for a similar business or industry to your career goals. • Are the resumes full of subjective terms (Ex: excellent, speedy) that don’t describe anything ‘concrete?’ • Do the samples have lists of achievements relating to percentages, dollar values, revenue, overhead reductions, or describe projects completed within specific timeframes? • Would you want to hire that job seeker based on their resume? 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 6
  7. 7. What to know about resume writers • Ask how many resumes they have written in their career. If they have written under 40-50 professional resumes, they are still ‘amateurs’ themselves. • If the resume writer has hundreds – or thousands – under their belt, then they have a process, a format, and a successful formula that works for their customers. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 7
  8. 8. What to know about resume writers • Ask the resume writer if they are certified or have been writing the resumes for a corporate project or program such as a proposals or contract bidding department. • Don’t trust - simply because they are a career counselor, they are good at resume writing or job search advice. • Experts have experience analyzing data in resumes and are well-versed at compressing an important message into as few words as possible. Well written resumes ‘show, not tell’ a story. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 8
  9. 9. What to know about resume writers • Do they know how to SEO (search engine optimize) resume with key words, buzz-word, and industry terms (long-tail phrases)? • Do they have recruiting experience themselves? • Do they know how recruiting software (Automated Tracking Systems [ATS]) works with query engines to understand the process on the other side of the ‘firewall?’ • Can they create an easy-on-the-eye format that digitally converts from a word-processed version to a text version without adding extra line spaces or losing any data in the document? 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 9
  10. 10. What to know about resume writers • Does the resume writer insist on a 1-2 page resume (sure to sink a career search like the Titanic)? • Your resume is a career history, told in a precise manner, that highlights your most brilliant career achievements. • It cannot be reduced to one page for decades of experience and cheats the job seeker from telling a story. • Approximately one (1) page per decade of career experience ensures the important knowledge, skills, and abilities are described for a headhunter. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 10
  11. 11. What to know about resume writers • Are the services spelled out and explained thoroughly for each stage or rewrite of the new resume? • Does the resume writer try to add on other services that have no ROI? (i.e.. there is no market today for hard copy resumes mailed to hundreds or thousands of point of contacts. Those services are wasted money in today’s digital age.) • Does the resume writing service provide social media career management as a vital service that is well-worth the price of Internet placement targeting your market? 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 11
  12. 12. What to know about resume writers • Does the resume writer charge exorbitant prices or are they charging so little money you are not sure you will get the quality you need or deserve? • Many ask for payment up front because they are unable to chase down customers – or go after customers if they decide arbitrarily not to pay - ask for referrals (Google+ and LinkedIn are great for recommendations.) • The more referrals posted, the more likely your resume writer will be an experienced and trusted professional. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 12
  13. 13. What to know about resume writers • A professional resume writer should charge between $200-$300 for a resume rewrite and $600-$1,000 for an executive or skilled professional resume and bio). • Resume writers should be open-minded and accept ideas and suggestions from the job seeker as they rebuild the resume. • Job seekers should recognize that any written or verbal ‘interview’ questions from the resume writer are to help them rewrite the resume in the most concise and tight manner as possible in the limited space used. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 13
  14. 14. What to know about resume writers • Don’t skimp on using a professional to help you find that next job faster. It’s not worth saving a few hundred dollars if you can’t find a new job. • Every week without an interview or new job is money you are not earning. • Resume expenses for job-hunting is tax-deductible. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 14
  15. 15. What to know about resume writers These are understandings job hunters need to know when shopping for a resume writer: •Your resume is only as good as the likelihood of a recruiter finding it in a mountain of competitors. •A poorly written resume will naturally camouflage itself from a headhunter. •You want your resume to wear the ‘orange vest’ of key words and terms for SEO. •The professional you hire should have a history of practice, experience, and a multitude of samples and referrals from satisfied customers. 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 15
  16. 16. Instructor’s Qualifications Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D. experience: • Written/rewritten 10,000+ resumes in 11+ years • 22+ years in Human Resources (Sr. Manager / Director) • 11+ years as Professional Senior Recruiter & Headhunter • 11+ years in defense & government services industry, retail, wholesale, transportation, warehousing, logistics, and InfoTech • PhD in Education - STEMPS, Occupational and Technical Studies, Training & Development in Human Resources • Social Media Networking (LinkedIn Subject Matter Expert) • Published Writer (Human Resources, Reference, & Genealogy) • University Professor (Info. Tech. & Communications)4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 16
  17. 17. What to know about resume writers 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 17 At the end of this presentation /segment you now know what to ask professional resume rewriters before you purchase services or decide to write your own resume
  18. 18. HIRE AN EXPERT! Visit Now! http://DBoyerConsulting.com Contact me at: Dawn.Boyer@DBoyerConsulting.com Hire an expert to re-write your digital resume to obtain results you are seeking to advance your career! 4/18/2014 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 18

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