Back in a previous life I toiled away day after day at a large staffing firm. My job was almost exclusively to read resumes and filter people out based on education, work experience, etc. Before anyone was even considered for a job interview, their resume went through me. When a person is going through hundreds of resumes a day, certain things start to happen. They don't have time to focus on every detail. They can't read every word. I would often look for a few key elements and if I didn't see them, I passed. I had to get down to business, after all. I didn't make money unless I passed on viable candidates.
Having had that experience, I cannot stress to job-seekers enough how important it is to have a great resume. It's often the first impression people get of you. If it's sloppy or poorly written, you're setting yourself up for failure. Now, I know not everyone is a world-class writer. Not everyone has the tools to put together an out-of-this-world resume.
If you've been searching for a job for a while without success, I highly suggest you consider looking into having your resume professional written. In this job market, you should take any edge you can get. And having your resume "pop" is a huge plus.
There are a lot of services and individuals out there who claim to be professional resume writers, but be sure to ask for references and examples of their work before you commit. You want the best quality possible at the price you can afford. Don't settle for less than that.
My recommendation is to start with Lightrunners International. They'll provide you with a critique of your resume free of charge and have over 20 years of experience at their fingertips, just waiting to turn your resume into a masterpiece.
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Have any of you used a professional resume writing service? How did it turn it out?