Resume Writing the Black Art of Job Hunting
So far, I have had three separate and dissimilar groups of people say the same thing. My resume sucks. I answer, “This format got me a job 20 years ago. What could be wrong with it now?” they smirk at me knowingly.
I am being facetious. Maybe, however, the science and acumen to write the “killer” resume are not currently in my writing capabilities (but it will be very soon). The resume is the key to the front door of any job you apply to (unless you have terrific contacts), and it needs to capture the interest of someone who is going to spend no more than a minute reading it (unless this is an electronic system, like Workopolis or Monster, which has other parameters to keep in mind). A resume must catch the reader’s attention quickly (not like a blog, which can ramble on and on mindlessly about singing horses, or why you hate the banks or whatever else is on the blogger’s mind). Writing punchy, short and catchy phrases is essential, this is one of the reasons your resume sucks.
Why Does Your Resume Suck?
Well for the obvious reasons given, most folks never take a course on how to write a resume. I will be attending a seminar on this exact skill tomorrow, so I might know more soon. However, a lot of folks that will review your resume, tell you your resume sucks because they want to rewrite it for you and charge you $600 for this service (at least). Another reason they say that your resume sucks, is because they want you to buy their book on how to write a resume, or attend their seminar on how to write an effective resume.
Does your resume suck? I have no idea. However, remember that if someone tells you that and wants to offer you an expensive service to fix it, you should wonder what their motives are.
I do know that my resume sucks.