Career Builder.com, and Wetfeet.com offer free resumÃ© tips in addition to links to professional resumÃ©-writing sites such as CareerPerfect.com. Like Buffkins, some resumÃ© writers are members of the Professional Association of ResumÃ© Writers and Career Coaches, a 14-year-old organization that trains and certifies experts. You can also find a resumÃ© writer in your area at the association’s Website: www.parw.com.
6 Don’t just send it out randomly, Young cautions. “You have to protect your brand,” says Young. “Be selective about who you send your resumÃ© to.” That means doing research on your targeted company and making contact with someone there for an informational interview before you send your package. “It’s important to build a relationship with someone in the organization up front … so when you decide to send your credentials, they already know who you are and will be looking out for that information
- Mackel’s current resumÃ© runs three pages, which is long, wordy, dense with text, unfocused, and filled with jargon and acronyms.
- It fails to paint a clear picture of her goals or the industry or position she is targeting. “If an employer looks at this resumÃ©, they’ll question what it is that she wants to do,” says Buffkins. “It’s just saying, ‘These are the things I’ve done -fit me in where you think I can be utilized.'”
- Mackel begins her resumÃ© with highlights of her qualifications, including a mention of her “excellent interpersonal and management skills.”
- After highlights, she lists her education -a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in health administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
- After education, Mackel features her technical certifications and training, including software such as Microsoft Office Suite 2000 and PVCS Tracker, a specialized software used to track versions of software code and development.
- Mackel says she is ready to leave behind the “unstable” contracting business. Her work on contracts through the firm can last two to four years, but when a contract ends, the possibility of a layoff looms. She has been laid off once during her career. She is seeking greater job stability, as well as a shorter commute from her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she lives with her husband, Craig, and their three small children. Mackel has sent out about 50 resumÃ©s via e-mail, regular mail, fax, and Internet posting and has had no requests for interviews. Hoping to create a document that speaks well of her accomplishments, Mackel agreed to let LeRachel H. Buffkins, owner of Writing for You Inc., a resumÃ©-writing business based in Laurel, Maryland, perform an extreme makeover.
- Most of Mackel’s experience begins with her job title, except the first listing, which begins with her status as a senior member of the technical staff.
- Mackel includes a lengthy explanation of a software system for a project on which she worked. She says she did so to help interviewers understand her past work. Because so much space is used on summing up a project, vital details of the actual work she