Category: Questionnaire

Don’t Hire a Résumé Writer Before Taking These Preparation Steps

For those of you who have been out of the job search for years or maybe even decades the barebones classified section of the Sunday newspaper may come as a surprise. Gone are the days when you could pick up a couple of the local Sunday papers and circle job opening ads that you could easily fax, or email your generic résumé to.

Today’s 21st Century digital job market can begin on your smartphone and an internet search, and winds a job candidate through tunnels and caverns of steps from the initial application process, through perhaps several interviews, until you get to the final decision stage. Since this process can be so daunting and a job in itself, many folks enlist the help of a résumé writer or career coach who can help them put their best foot forward. What some don’t understand is that career coaching and even résumé and LinkedIn profile writing MUST BE a collaborative process between the client and the writer. 

The writer cannot create a compelling career story without your input.

  • You will be throwing away the money you pay the writer if you pay and then disappear expecting them to write your career story without your detailed information.
  • You risk not providing enough material to the writer that helps them create a keyword optimized résumé that boasts about 1000 characters (with spaces) within a two-page résumé.
  • Yes, a two-page résumé by the mere fact that it is two pages allows for a more keyword infused document that applicant tracking systems like.
  • At The Talent Mill / #JobSearchSuperhero we believe that a résumé’s length should be determined by the client’s years of service, their industry, the number of relevant awards, courses, certifications. In other words, each project is different, and it is not a sin to use a two page or even a three-page résumé.

So, before you search for and hire a résumé writer, you should prepare by doing the following.

*Write down notes about your career story or answer a couple of the writer’s questionnaires to provide them with content, clarity, and clear/concise information for the writer to tell a compelling career story and highlight key points in your accomplishments.

We believe that everyone can come up with accomplishments if he or she thinks back on his or her life. Keep in mind these essential facts while writing:

  • What kind of job are you seeking? To target your resume so that an actual person will see it, you should provide at least two job advertisements to the writer.
  • The writer can then scan the document against the job ad to make sure that the targeted industry and job role keywords are in your new resume. The days when you could use a “basic resume” to submit to a potential employer are long gone. It would significantly improve your chances of your résumé being seen by a human if you edit each résumé before you upload it to a corporate or recruiter website to apply for an advertised position. Your résumé will be analyzed by algorithms using whatever search query the hiring manager or recruiter entered on their end. That is why keyword dense (2 page) résumés for a mid-career to upper management person increases their chances of hitting the right target keywords and selected to be shown to the recruiter in a search for candidates.
  • What are your job titles? If you have had many years of service/employment for the same company, you must have changed roles or moved up the corporate ladder. It would be best if you were prepared to provide the writer with the job title, dates held, accomplishments, and description of what the role is.
  • What are your accomplishments? To make your resume stand out, you must show your achievements and how you helped the company. Did you bring in more clients? Have you trained people? Did you earn any recognition? How is that company better off from the service you provided for them during your time with them?
  • What honors or awards have you received? During the course of your career make sure you can document and share all the honors and awards earned over the years of employment. If you have any copies of annual reviews or reference letters from management share them with the writer.
  • What kind of professional development did you receive? Were you sent on a corporate outing or given any education to improve your performance, on the job training, and then received certification for that workshop?

After the client has provided this information they should also adhere to this:

  • Have access to a computer or laptop so they can enter their edits and promptly return them to the writer. (All free public libraries offer the use of computers)
  • Client’s cannot expect to efficiently edit their résumé on their mobile phone when necessary which will be quite often. It would be best if they at least owned a tablet with a keyboard. Microsoft Word .doc and .docx files are sent to the client along with a basic ASCII text file. They can also usually be edited and opened/viewed on free software like OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice.org however the writer is not responsible for, nor can guarantee document compatibility between software. Therefore your document may look skewed or resized. For this reason, we at The Talent Mill also include an Adobe PDF file that maintains the format. We provide our clients clear instruction with their final files on which files to use for which type of application, interview, etc.

Communicate with your writer and reply to emails which can be several during the writing process of your documents.

  • Get all the questionnaire answers back to the writer quickly. If the writer does not have information, they can’t write your resume. Remember they don’t know you personally. They ethically cannot just copy and paste data or job descriptions from another online résumé. It is imperative that the client provide answers. The career writing project is a collaborative effort, so the client needs to make themselves available to work with the writer. This is generally handled through emails or a quick text or call.
  • Résumé writers try to finish projects promptly since they continue to see more and more clients in today’s tight and downsizing job market. Most writers are usually working on documents for anywhere from two to ten clients simultaneously. Most projects are typically completed within the 7-10 day average industry turnaround time, dependent on how quickly the client returns emails, questionnaires, or text message replies from the writer or writer team.

REMEMBER: Achieving an impressive new résumé and other career documents or online profiles is a TEAM EFFORT between the client and their writer! Neither should go it alone.

Best of luck in your job search! ~Mill and the writing team 

*Need us to do it all for you? Text us at 201-667-2994 or drop us a note at https://JobSearchSuperhero.com/contact-form 

My 2017 Reflections Guide For an Improved Me (Grab a Free Copy)

Happy New Year 2017!  
Answer the questions to help you reflect and improve in the new year!

One last parting gift to help you bust into 2017.

We wanted to give our clients and followers with an adapted guide from one that has been used successfully by many people in 12 step fellowships to get to the heart of the issues in their lives that might be holding them back. While we make no express claims or guarantees about using the guide in our free resources and tools section, we do feel it is a good place to start in getting to the root of what could be holding you back from career and success in general. Take a look at some of the following questions you will answer as you work through the guide and if you would like to see more and give it a try just follow the link to the download page.

 

1) Am I generally restless, irritable (which means “easily annoyed”) and discontented

(which means “never satisfied”)? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I experience these feelings often? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I feel like I never belong or that I am not a part of, even at work or home? YES _____ NO_____.

Am I usually uncomfortable in my own skin? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I experience an ongoing sense of sadness? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I often feel like “something is missing”? YES

Does there always seem to be the same thing bothering me? YES _____ NO_____.

Can I easily solve a problem YES _____ NO_____.

Or does the problem linger for months or even years? YES _____ NO_____.

2) Am I having trouble managing my personal relationships?

Do I take care for others too much, to the point where I neglect to do the things I need to do to take care of myself? YES _____ NO_____.

Is there anyone in my life that dominates my thoughts, my actions or how I feel? YES_____NO_____.

Is there anyone in my life who is controlling me through their actions?

YES _____NO_____.

Do I snap at people or talk harshly? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I find I disagree with most people? YES _____ NO_____.

Do I always want things my own way? YES _____ NO_____.

Is there a personal or work relationship that ended that I refuse to give up on? YES _____ NO_____.

If so, do I keep trying to find ways to contact or see this person or company?

YES _____ NO_____.

Am I happy with the way things are in my current relationship or work status?

 

*If you would like to see more and give it a try just click the image below to the free tools download page*

*This guide is on the last 2 files at the bottom in both PDF and Word formats*

My 2017 Reflections Guide For An Improved Me

2017 Reflections Guide For An Improved Me