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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

A job seeker should not use a resume writer who will not teach the person how to change their resume for every job.  A resume is part of a job seeker’s campaign to advertise their skills, experience and qualifications for the job. Each employer is looking for someone that is a strong match for their unique needs. It is impossible to appeal to everyone with the same message repeated over and over. Let us think of a large corporation. Are the advertisements they show in St. Louis, the same as the ones they show in Los Angeles? Are the ads that run on a children’s  television show, the same ads that run during late night TV? Of course not. They are appealing to the audience that is watching. Your resume has to work in the same way.

Companies have to screen hundreds of resumes for every job. Those resumes that clearly reflect the candidate’s qualifications for the position and prior experience performing the same job duties are most likely to get a call for the interview. One must use the same terminology as the job description to make it an obvious match for the recruiter. When I work with clients, we first prepare a strong base resume. We make sure that all skills, experience and accomplishments relative to their industry are reflected. After that is done, we can examine a few examples of jobs that are a fit. The resume would change every time based on what the employer is looking for. Although this may take a lot of time, it will save time in the end. The response rate will increase and you will be one step closer to finding the right job. Recently, Rick went on an interview. The interviewer felt Rick was professional, well spoken and a good candidate overall. Why was he not hired? He was unfamiliar with some of the technical terms listed on his resume prepared by a resume writer.

When preparing a resume, a writer can often get caught up in making sure that it will shine. The resume will get you in the door for the interview. When you are in the interview, can you explain everything that is on your resume?  When someone receives help with a resume, the person has to make sure that the skills, experience and knowledge that are listed are accurate. If technical skills are listed that they do not possess, it will often come out in the interview. If someone is helping you to prepare the resume, read it over carefully before sending it out to potential employers.

A job seeker should not use a resume writer who will not teach the person how to change their resume for every job.  A resume is part of a job seeker’s campaign to advertise their skills, experience and qualifications for the job. Each employer is looking for someone that is a strong match for their unique needs. It is impossible to appeal to everyone with the same message repeated over and over. Let us think of a large corporation. Are the advertisements they show in St. Louis, the same as the ones they show in Los Angeles? Are the ads that run on a children’s  television show, the same ads that run during late night TV? Of course not. They are appealing to the audience that is watching. Your resume has to work in the same way.

Companies have to screen hundreds of resumes for every job. Those resumes that clearly reflect the candidate’s qualifications for the position and prior experience performing the same job duties are most likely to get a call for the interview. One must use the same terminology as the job description to make it an obvious match for the recruiter. When I work with clients, we first prepare a strong base resume. We make sure that all skills, experience and accomplishments relative to their industry are reflected. After that is done, we can examine a few examples of jobs that are a fit. The resume would change every time based on what the employer is looking for. Although this may take a lot of time, it will save time in the end. The response rate will increase and you will be one step closer to finding the right job. Recently, Rick went on an interview. The interviewer felt Rick was professional, well spoken and a good candidate overall. Why was he not hired? He was unfamiliar with some of the technical terms listed on his resume prepared by a resume writer.

When preparing a resume, a writer can often get caught up in making sure that it will shine. The resume will get you in the door for the interview. When you are in the interview, can you explain everything that is on your resume?  When someone receives help with a resume, the person has to make sure that the skills, experience and knowledge that are listed are accurate. If technical skills are listed that they do not possess, it will often come out in the interview. If someone is helping you to prepare the resume, read it over carefully before sending it out to potential employers.

About the Author: Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, Lion Cub Job Search:www.Lioncubjobsearch.com