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Perfecting your Resume

The purpose of your resume is to get you the interview. The purpose of the interview is to get you the job. As such, you need only include the information that helps a recruiter or hiring manager pick up the phone and call you. In essence you will be SEO’ing (search engine optimizing) your resume with the keywords and phrases that help one of the country’s one million recruiters find you.

Include the software programs you have used within the section on each job you’ve held, not just in a “Skills” section at the top. This helps hiring managers know when you used it, how long, and how long ago.

A good resume is graphically appealing with the right amount of white space, no grammatical errors, consistency in the bullet points, and an easy to read font. If layout and design are not your thing, you might consider using an online resume template service.

Resume Writing / LinkedIn Profile Service

After reviewing over 150,000 resumes and receiving precise feedback from elite employers across the country for more than fifteen years, our Resume Writing Service is nothing short of miraculous.

If your resume has been on the major job boards and you are on LinkedIn, but you are not getting calls every week, your resume needs attention.

Our formula is so successful we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you don’t start getting calls on your resume or LinkedIn profile within weeks of working with us.

  1. The first step is to correctly brand yourself by determining what job you are going after.
  2. The second step is to analyze others’ resumes and the jobs posted in your field to determine the correct vernacular and keywords needed to enable you to be found by one of the nation’s one million agency and corporate recruiters.
  3. The third step is to put it all together in a visually appealing format.

Contact us for a free resume assessment and career consultation.

Preparing for the Interview

Begin by researching the company: their website, news feeds, and insights from people who’ve worked there.

Get plenty of rest the night before.

Dress for success.

Even if coming from work, try to arrive early, but wait in your car until 5-10 minutes before your interview time. Make sure you have clear directions, know who to ask for, and have a phone number in case you need to reach someone at the last minute. Note that an interview unofficially starts as soon as they can see you and continues until you have driven out of sight.

Bring multiple copies of your resume, a pen and notepad in a nice binder.

Prepare some questions in advance, that you may or may not ask, and also ask questions that come to mind during the interview.

Don’t overthink the process. You have, in one way or another, prepared your whole life for this moment by being good at what you do. You don’t have to rehearse or memorize the things you are an expert at.

Smile and pray and let your natural personality come through. You want to be chosen to work at a company that matches your values and personality, not some contrived version of the real you.

If you have been on several interviews but not yet landed a job, we can discuss alternate strategies and approaches to help you portray yourself in a more favorable manner. We do not believe in being fake or misleading, but can help most people learn how to interview better.

Building a Rewarding Career

Building a rewarding career doesn’t usually happen by accident. It is important to plan the course you desire to take. Start with a vision of the job you hope to retire from. Work backwards from that job to the job you need now that puts you on the path to reaching your end goal.

Learn everything you can that will help you do your current job well, as well as prepare you to succeed in the next job you want. This may include studying and practicing on your own time. Don’t wait for the company to tell you to learn new technologies or processes.

Gladly take on extra work and responsibility, making yourself indispensable to the company.

Perfect your interpersonal and communication skills.

Work as hard when your boss is away as when they are present.

It’s important to work quickly but it’s almost more important to work error-free. Double check everything before sending it out. “There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it again.”

Avoid gossip and every other undesirable personal characteristic.

Don’t make excuses, make good.

Ensure that your reasons for job change revolve around learning new and advanced skills rather than less relevant criteria. Developing better skills … that can lead to an even higher paying job in the future or an accelerated career path… is more important than how far you drive or even how much you’re paid today. A strategic approach to career advancement is the only way to guarantee you maximize your lifetime earnings and overall job satisfaction.