The resume writing process can be a stressful time for the majority of job seekers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couple of years removed from college and are in between jobs, or you’ve reached a point in your career where you have quite a bit of experience worth sharing. It affects everyone the same, and there’s a laundry list of reasons why. Do any of these resume frustrations sound familiar?
- It’s not a one-size-fits-all document
- Predicting what each hiring manager is looking for is impossible
- Bragging about yourself is challenging
- Most people aren’t sure what makes a good resume!
At EBR Consulting, we help people find jobs by crafting resumes that explain where they’ve been, where they want to go, and what makes them unique. If you were going to Lowe’s to buy a new refrigerator, the brochure for that fridge doesn’t need to tell you that the light comes on when you open the door. Every fridge does that! The brochure should tell you what the square cubic feet is, whether or not the freezer is on the top or bottom, and even how many party platters it can hold. It’s the same with a resume. Rather than stating the obvious, the content should make it abundantly obvious why you are the best candidate.
You have choices when it comes to creating your resume. You can just wing it, find a template online and fill in the blanks, or have one written for you by a professional. Just winging it is a failure from the start. A poorly written, unstructured resume may not even get fed into the applicant tracking systems. Our resume writing services are grounded in the belief that your resume should be professionally written and effective in telling your story. Most recruiters will tell you that they spend about six seconds reviewing resumes. This gives you a limited amount of time to catch their attention, so you need to make your skills easy to spot.
Our resume writing process starts by sitting with you one-on-one to learn more about you and your goals. This includes:
- Defining your job search
- Gathering the obvious information (contact info, old resumes, basic employment history and job descriptions, education, etc.)
- Uncovering what makes you special (skills, career accomplishments, awards, certifications, industry-specific keywords, etc.)
- Pulling together additional information (professional affiliations, volunteer work, etc.)
- Choosing the right format and layout
- Creating the content (there are no cookie-cutter solutions at EBR)