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During the last few weeks, I’ve fielded a number of inquiries from students preparing their first resume. Also, I’ve heard from experienced professionals planning their return to the workforce after COVID. Of course, I would enjoy writing resumes for everyone that calls or emails me looking for help. Not everyone chooses to have someone else write a resume for them. Many prefer the do-it-yourself (DIY) challenge. Those that do hire a professional resume writer should understand the process so they can provide the right information. So, whether you want to hire a writer or DIY, here are three steps that are essential for preparing a successful resume to get a job.
Nearly everyone that undertakes a job search wonders at some point what employers are really looking for. Sometimes it feels as if, no matter what we offer, it’s not enough.
I’ve observed that employers and recruiters are looking for three things, in addition to work experience. These are;
1. People and leadership skills, called soft skills.
2. Specific technical skills required for the role, referred to as hard skills, and
3. Post-secondary schooling, or formal education.
The proven way to communicate with prospective employers is through a resume and related materials—job search letters and a LinkedIn profile. Here are some reasons it’s important, in our view, for us to continue offering these documents to employers:
1. The resume is your document, not an employer’s document,
2. Resumes and profiles will provide you with a written “script” for job search and networking contacts, and
3. The thought process will prepare you for all steps to follow.