In December of 2008 I was laid off from my job of 8 years. To say that I was scared out of my mind would be an understatement. My paycheck went to all the bills in the household as it was the only one we could rely on month to month. Our carpet cleaning business was doing pretty good, but when you own a business you never really know what you’ll be making each week and we were entering our slow season, which made it even scarier.
When I was laid off I hadn’t updated my resume in years and didn’t have a clue where to begin. Luckily as a part of my severance package they also included a free 2 day resume writing course. Without this course, I’m positive my resume would have been severely lacking, which would have hindered my ability to find a job.
I can tell you first-hand how important a good resume is, because in this economy it is a must that you stand out among the crowd. Without the right keywords, proper organization, etc. your resume will likely not get found on job sites and could be ignored in the mass amounts of resumes submitted to a company. This is why I would recommend a resume builder (you can find more information here) to help you create your resume. Not only is it extremely affordable, it is a quick and easy way to build an eye catching resume that will help to attract perspective employers. Have you ever tried to create a resume in Word with one of their templates? If you have, you know what a nightmare it can be. If you haven’t, don’t even bother, because you’ll be banging your head against the wall in a matter of minutes. It is completely worth it, to spend a few bucks to avoid the headache; trust me on this one.
Now-a-days I’m on the other end of the spectrum. I know have a fantastic job that I absolutely love and am a part of interviews all the time. We are doing a ton of hiring where I work and we do a lot of group interviews. Plus I’m now of a 2 person phone screening team that talks to the interviewee for about 30 minutes before they even make it to the group face to face interview. I can tell you right now that I have written off people, before even talking to them, just by looking at their resume. If your resume is hard to read due to poor organization, has tons of typos, etc., you’re not going to get past me in the interview process. I know that sounds mean, but your resume is representative of who you are; it’s like a first impression. If that first impression is a mess, then I’m going to assume that is how your work will be too.
What about you? Do you have any resume writing tips or stories of good/bad resumes you’ve seen when interviewing potential employees? I love to hear from you in the comments below!