Why you still need resume help

by Evil HR Lady on April 7, 2012

You’d think that by now everyone would know what belongs on a CV, but they still make the same mistakes.

To see some mistakes, including a mention of how many children had been named after a candidate click here: Why you still need resume help.

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Elizabeth West April 9, 2012 at 1:44 am

I remember a resume we got once at my exjob. This guy came in to apply for whatever we had available.

His resume had his name at the top, next to a photocopy of his driver’s license. Underneath was this two-page Wall O’Text about everything he had ever done, why he did it, his life, people, etc. Just this crazy random stuff. It was completely nutty. Needless to say, we didn’t offer him any jobs.

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what are protein April 9, 2012 at 5:25 am

Cheers, I just stopped in to visit your blog and thought I’d say thanks for having me.

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Kayla Elliott April 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I got a resume last week for someone to work in dispatch for my company. She listed she was her high school Homecoming queen…in 1974. Not relevant, definitely not timely. I wonder if she peaked in high school…

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tet3 April 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

What’s the deal with comments over there at CBSNews? Are they moderated? By you, or someone else? I made a comment, but it’s not showing up and the comment counter didn’t increment.

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Christine April 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Mine never show up either. :(

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LTMG April 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

Years ago I was preparing to make my first professional job change. I read a few write-your-own-resume books and wrote what I thought was a pretty good resume. Then I looked in the yellow pages to find the nearest resume writer with the objective of getting a professional typing job done. Turns out the guy I saw wrote a few resume books. For $125 he rewrote my resume and gave me 25 copies on good paper. Needless to say, his version was a few degrees better than mine. I changed jobs and got an 18% salary increase. I’m convinced that having a pro write my resume made a difference in landing the job and getting a good salary increase. Since then, I have always used a professional resume writer. Last time was a few years ago and she charged $250.

I remain convinced that using a professional resume writer is a very good investment. While I might change jobs every several years, professional resume writers stay abreast of the trends in resumes which, it appears, are changing faster than I typically change jobs. Better for me to be $250 poorer and employed than submit an obsolescent resume style or format and be unemployed.

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Chris Walker April 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I saw a resume once where the first third of page one was all personal information–marital status, kid’s names, all the way down to the guy’s shoe size.

Head over to http://www.resumania.com for a pretty hilarious collection of stuff from resumes, cover letters, applications and interviews. One of my favorites is the response to an application question asking ‘Please explain any breaks in employment’. The candidate wrote ‘We got 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the afternoon and a half hour for lunch’.

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