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TJG210
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Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


Anyone ever use this service? A friend of mine called one recently and they wanted $650. Seems a little steep when a résumé is at best a foot in the door.


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HurricaneDunc
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


If you're unable to write your own résumé, you probably don't deserve the job unless you're looking to flip hamburgers or clean toilets.





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brbowhunter
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


its not about what you know its about who you know...





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TJG210
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


It's not writing a résumé that's an issue, it's having the perfect polish on it to make it stand out.


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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


Just put some time in and research online resume examples of the career you're seeking. Google image does wonders. This is what I always do. I take bits and pieces from various resumes that I think are well put together and tweak it a little to make my own.

Read professional articles as well. Staying up on current resume practices is a must. As time changes, so does the job application process.

Oh, and I even went as far as to browse random people's LinkedIn profiles that were in my same industry as me to see what made them standout (i.e. skills, certifications, accomplishments). These people were where I wanted to be professionally, so I took it as a learning opportunity.

eta: and if its the look of the resume you're worried about, there's tons of free templates out there you will surely find suitable. But for me its not about the look, rather the content.



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TheIndulger
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


That's a silly thing to say, although 650 is way too steep. If you need help making an appealing word document it certainly doesn't imply you should work at Burger King.





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HurricaneDunc
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


It certainly does imply that you're not very good at critical thinking or doing things on your own. Get on google. Read articles. Ask for advice on TD. It's really very simple. Don't pay $650. I wouldn't hire someone that did.





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Dark Tiger
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


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it's having the perfect polish on it to make it stand out.


Hit it with a little perfume...something to get that extra attention.

Kind of like making a large X on the back of your ticket or whatever you place into a bin for a prize drawing (haha, so the person reaching in to pull the winning one out feels something a little different).






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HeadyMurphey
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It certainly does imply that you're not very good at critical thinking


How ridiculous.






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reb13
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My aunt did, I think she spent around 5,000. They wrote her résumé and did a bunch of other stuff, I think she really liked it. Obviously hers was at the high end but she also has a lot more to gain.





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lynxcat
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$650 is steep, IMO.

I've been helping enough people with this lately that I have been considering telling the next person I expect at least $100. I don't want to make a business out of it, but I do want the other person to be serious about asking for advice.

FWIW, 95% of the resumes I see are garbage. People have no idea how to put their best foot forward.

My two best pieces of advice: 1) always provide context (scale and scope of activity) 2) results (what was the outcome due to your involvement in said activity).

Most people don't drop the ball on just one of these -- they miss them both altogether.







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dewster
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Have friends in the industry you are in check it over and make suggestions.

If you are entry level, discuss the resume format with your schools's career services.

I would not pay $650 for that. That's really high.



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TJG210
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If you are entry level, discuss the resume format with your schools's career services.


Not entry level......about 10 years into a career.






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TJG210
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re: Anyone use a Professional résumé writer...


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My two best pieces of advice: 1) always provide context (scale and scope of activity) 2) results (what was the outcome due to your involvement in said activity).


Understood, but how do you keep these things in focus when you are trying to write a resume that will more than likely go through a scanner. When applying for a job like that I've always heard that you should write the resume to the job description.






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