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How To Resolve Conflicting Resume Advice

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

I’ll readily admit that I am one of the writers in the blogosphere who consistently spouts resume advice. With 15 years’ experience owning my own resume writing business, I feel qualified to focus in on this area of tip-giving. Having endured through my trial-and-error start-up years, having invested in years of training, development and credentialing, and after having successfully delivered resumes to hundreds of satisfied clients, I feel (more than) qualified to provide such guidance.

With that said, resume writing is an art form, and as such, there really is no one-way to create the “perfect” result. If you aspire to checking off certain “rules boxes” when completing your writing project in order to achieve the winning resume, then you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, your resume is a story comprised of compelling, relevant content, designed for the appropriate audience and intended to inspire the receiver to call you for an interview. That’s it.

Many well-intentioned resume advisors (and others who are not so well-intentioned) reside in cyberspace or in the work cubicle next to yours, ready to riddle you with the hard-and-fast rules of the road for resumes. Sort through any and all such unbending advice and keep only that which makes sense to YOU. For my complete story on this matter, please read my latest Glassdoor post, here: 5 Resume Secrets Revealed.

 

 

How People With Multiple Careers Can Design Cohesive Resumes

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Are you concerned that your diverse skill set and multiple career jobs have left you unemployable? Do you feel confused and conflicted when trying to build your resume, concerned that your work as a nurse does not tie into your earlier role as a teacher, and that creating a cohesive story is impossible?

The resume strategy for multiple careerists is to find one or two common threads that run through the positions you have held and focus in on them. With second and third careers becoming the norm, it’s important to highlight certain abilities you’ve picked up along the way and then present them in a light that benefits a prospective employer.

For more information and examples demonstrating how to present yourself on your resume, please visit my latest blog post at Glassdoor: How to Build a Persuasive Resume.

Recruiters Recruit; Writers Write

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Caroline, a resume client, recently asked me, “Why do recruiters have rules that would make a cool resume look just like everyone else’s?”

I love the value that recruiters provide for job-seeking candidates, as well as passive candidates open to the idea of being lured from their existing role for a possibly newer, better or career-advancing opportunity.

That said, recruiters’ clients are companies, not the candidates, and often have specific preferences in regard to resume content and design associated with their unique vetting and submitting processes. As such, to maximize this opportunity with the recruiter, I suggested my client make the changes that recruiters request; complying with recruiter needs will facilitate a smoother outcome.

At the same time, Caroline and I both agreed that her original story-board resume, which had been high-performing, netting multiple responses and interviews in its present form, be maintained as her primary, go-to resume.

For the rest of this post, please click here: Should You Always Take a Recruiter’s Advice?

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