Using A Professional Resume Writer – What Do You Have To Lose?

Wednesday, 7. March 2012


The economy may still be on the hard road to recovery, and with many out of work, about to be out of work, or looking to make a career change, that equates to a lot of competition. There is only one-way to make sure you stand out from the crowd, and that is with a professionally written resume.

Whether you are looking to have an entry level resume, a professional level CV, or an executive level bio written for you, a professional resume writer will be able to provide you with the competitive edge you need.

Here are a few other reasons why you should use a professional resume writer:

You Only Have One Chance To Make A First Impression
Your first impression starts with you resume. Whether you are submitting it online, through fax, email or snail-mail, your resume is your introduction and the hiring manager’s first impression of you. It can make or break your ability to get an interview; so ensuring that it is professionally written, polished and free of any errors is of the utmost importance. A professional resume writer can ensure that your first impression, is your best impression.

Cheaters Never Prosper
Although this idiom rings mostly true, most of the time, when it comes to using a professional to write your resume, it is by no means cheating. You may be an expert at whatever group of skills you possess that makes you perfect for the position you are applying for, but no one expects you to be an expert at something you will only do a few times in your lifetime. So, leave the resume writing to the professionals, let them use their skills to help you prosper.

Satisfaction Guaranteed
Many professional resume writers offer some form of satisfaction guarantee, whether it is a free rewrite, a money-back guarantee, or some combination of both. A profession resume writer will use their skill to create a resume that will help to open doors for you and get you that interview. After that, it is all up to you.

So, what do you have to lose when using a professional resume writer? Absolutely nothing.

Top 10 Careers For Women In 2012

Wednesday, 22. February 2012


Authors Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D have determined the Best Jobs for the 21st Century and in the sixth edition of the their book by the same title, Shatkin has compiled a list of the top 10 jobs for women, based on a number of factors, including satisfaction levels.

The top career in Shatkin’s list was teaching, specifically a career as a post-secondary teacher. Careers with the lowest satisfaction rates included servers, retail and administrative assistants.

So before you go and update that teaching resume you might want to consider our list as well. Our list is not as extensive as Shatkin’s, we based ours solely on the 2011 numbers that took into consideration average yearly income and the percentage of women are represented in the field:

1) Doctor
In 2011, women doctors earned an average yearly income of $84,000. With only 31% of women representing this field, there is definite room for growth. This is why Doctor takes our #1 spot for top 10 careers for women in 2012.

2) Pharmacist
Following closely behind, pharmacist is our #2 spot with an average yearly income of $83,500 and 48% of women are representing the field.

3) CEO
In 2011, women who held the role of Chief Executives pulled in an average yearly income of $83,000. With only 26% of women are representing CEOs, there is much room for advancement.

4) Lawyer
In the field of law women, who on average earned $76,000 in 2011, represent 35% of American lawyers.

5) Computer Software Engineer
Only 21% of women make of this industry, however, on average they earned $75,000 in 2011, so it might be worthwhile to update that engineering resume after all.

6) IT Manager
Since only 30% of women are currently represented in this field, IT is a growing industry that is hoping to attract more women in its ranks. Since the average yearly income is $73,500, it might not be a bad idea to get your IT resume updated.

7) Physical Therapist
In 2011, the average yearly income for a Physical Therapist was $63,000. As 62% of women already dominate this field, choosing a career as a physical therapist is #7 on our top 10 careers for women in 2012.

8) Speech-Language Pathologist
Women make up the majority of Speech-Language Pathologists in America with representation of 97%. Last year on average, a Speech-Language Pathologist earned a yearly income of $61,500.

9) Computer Programmer
Only 22% of women are represented in the field of computer programming, however their yearly average income of $61,000 makes this a pretty viable career choice.

10) Human Resources Manager
In 2011, the majority of human resource mangers were comprised of women with 71%. In 2011, they earned an average income of $60,500.

Customize Your Resume For Your Profession

Wednesday, 8. February 2012


The days of the one-size-fits-all resume are long gone. Today many job seekers are finding it virtually impossible to land a job without a professionally written resume, one that is tailored to a specific profession. The standard resume template just does not cut it anymore.

If you are looking for a career in the Accounting, IT, Engineering, Sales, Nursing or Education sectors, take a look at the tips below for some information that may help you to customize your resume for your profession:

Accounting Jobs

Your resume, regardless of profession, is the first opportunity to capture a hiring manager’s interest. When it comes to an accounting, your resume should reflect your in-depth knowledge of accounting and your ability to judge financial investments.

To stand out from the crowd, make sure you incorporate a hard-hitting opening statement into your accounting resume. Followed by your accounting skills, abilities and accomplishments. These include such things as certifications and licenses you have aquired, such as your CPA and brokerage licenses.

Furthermore, you should also include a section for your Areas of Expertise as it relates to accounting. It is in this section where you not only want to convey your expert skills, but also write in a manner that is rich with keywords, making it that much easier for hiring companies to find you.

IT

When it comes to Information Technology, or IT, the industry is always changing. New technologies come out every few months. This is why it is so important to write a specifically tailored IT resume that showcases your knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies used in the industry.

You will want to highlight any certifications and levels that you have acquired in all applicable programming languages, applications, software and hardware on your resume. Most companies know what they want when they are looking for an IT professional, so determine what your strong points are and build your resume around them.

Engineering Jobs

There are more than 25 different fields in which an engineer can specialize, so when you are setting out to tailor your engineering resume, it is important to keep in mind the specific field in which you are applying for. Just as the one-size-fits-all resume longer works in today’s job market, the same applies to your engineering resume, and a simple template resume is also bound to fail when applying to different fields within the industry.

Your engineering resume must illustrate your skills in the particular field that you are applying for. The more qualified you are for the specific field, the better your chances will be to be invited in for an interview.

Just as in the accounting resume, your engineering resume should include a Areas of Expertise section that will help you to not only showcase your specific engineering skills, but will also be an area to add keyword-rich writing that will help you to be found on the internet by hiring managers.

Sales

Your resume is a sales pitch for yourself, and this is why it is extremely important to have a specifically customized sales resume when applying for a career in sales, regardless of the field you are applying for.

There are many opportunities in sales, as almost every industry requires a sales force of some kind. The biggest growth industry today, in regards to sales careers, is the pharmaceutical industry.

When it comes to your sales resume you definitely want to include all of your past employment that illustrates your best sales experience. Your resume should also demonstrate your particular areas of expertise, and list your strongest skills, but by far the most important aspect to include are the tangible achievements you have accomplished.

Hiring managers need to see how successful you are at sales, so include all the numbers you can. A great success story will go a long way to prove that you are the right person for the position.

Nursing Jobs

Nursing is not only a career that is in high demand; it is also a very demanding job, but as anyone working in the healthcare field can tell you, it can be very rewarding.

Your nursing resume should reflect the latest industry trends and address the evolving roles that nurses are expected to fulfill in today’s society.

It is also very important to list all the various positions you have held. For example, if you have been a charge nurse in various units, you should not only list those units you were part of, but you should also include an explanation of the different duties you have been responsible for.

Additionally, make sure your resume highlights any significant licenses, degrees and certifications that you have acquired, as well as the dates that you obtained them.

Teaching Jobs

The growing trend of professionals seeking to further their education in the hopes to advance, or enhance, their careers has led to a demand in teaching jobs.

Today there are many academic fields in which you can specialize as an educator. In order to show that you are the right fit, you will first need to have a professionally written teaching resume that effectively communicates your qualifications as an educator.

Your resume should not only demonstrate that you have experience teaching, but it should also show that you have been involved in making a difference in the lives of your students. Your teaching resume should also highlight any special skills and any training that you have received, including any awards, accomplishments or accolades.

Regardless of your chosen career path, the most important aspect of a professionally written resume is to customize it to your specific field or industry. Getting away from the template one-size-fits-all resume will help you to grab the attention of the hiring manager. With a professionally written resume we can guarantee you an interview, after that, your success is up to you.

Top 10 Signs That You Won’t Land That Job… And Why

Wednesday, 1. February 2012


Here at ResumeMag we have provided you with a host of sample interview questions that you can expect to be asked in order to prepare yourself for an interview. Everything from the Top 10 Job Specific Questions, to the The Top 7 Scenario Type Interview Questions, and even The 10 Most Popular ‘About You’ Questions And How To Answer Them.

Hopefully this advice has helped you to prepare, and ace, your job interview. Today we are going to discuss the Top 10 signs that you won’t land that job… and why. It doesn’t matter how well written your professional resume is, if you have a habit of doing these 10 things during an interview, you are NOT going to land that job:

#1 Dance around an interview question
This can either be interpreted as having poor listening skills or you may come off as cagey and untrustworthy. Always answer the questions directly and as concisely as possible.

#2 Walk into an interview cold
Walking into an interview without first doing your research on the company and the position you are applying for is a sure fire way to have your application thrown right into the circular filing cabinet. To an interviewer, this is evidence that you are not serious about the position and company.

#3 Ask about pay too soon
Wait until you get an offer; otherwise, you’ll seem more concerned about what’s in it for you than the company.

#4 Talk disparagingly about other co-workers or employers
Interviewers realize that those you don’t care for may have poor views of you.

#5 Be arrogant
There is a definitive line between arrogance and confidence, so make sure you don’t cross it, otherwise the interviewer may assume that you are too judgmental and not a good fit for the company.

#6 Cut an interviewer off in mid sentence
If you think you’re more important than the person who might give you a job, you might not be a team player.

#7 Take too long to answer a question
This can be considered as another avoidance tactic, or that you are not prepared. Either way, taking too long to answer a question will not land you that job.

#8 Oversell your abilities
Overselling yourself can be just as bad as underselling. With overselling you can come off as too needy or desperate.

#9 Avoid direct eye contact
People see it as a lack of confidence, so make sure that you are always making eye contact with the person who is speaking with you and those that you are speaking to. If multiple people interview you, make sure you address each one as you answer your questions.

#10 Speak with poor diction or grammar
It’s a strike against your pitch to be an effective communicator, one skill that most jobs have in common. So take your time, prepare and speak properly. It is best to work on eliminating your crutch words as well, such as the um’s and uh’s that so easily find there way into our speech when we are nervous.

Upgrade Your Resume By Going Back To School – Just Remember To Bring Along Your Tablet

Thursday, 26. January 2012


There are many reasons why going back to school is a good idea, to further your education, finish off an unfinished degree, make a career change, or simply to upgrade your resume.

For some of us, it may have been quite some time since we last sat down in a lecture hall taking notes with paper and pen. Just by saying, taking notes with paper and pen I’m probably dating myself, especially with the recent news coming out of Apple.

With the launch of the newest app for the iPad, iBooks 2, Apple has set out to reinvent the textbook. You remember those big, cumbersome tomes of paper that are usually outdated before the printing press even has a chance to warm up? Well they’ve now moved into the 21st century. Apple reports:

“…iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less…”

Here at ResumeMag we are all for this new advancement in textbooks. Digital textbooks are the wave of the future for education, and here are the top 5 reasons why:

#1 Portable

Probably the most important aspect of the new digital textbook is portability. By loading all of your textbooks on one 7-ounce tablet, not only will you, and your children, avoid running to your locker between classes to exchange one ten-pound pile of books for another, but you’ll save potential damage to your back from lugging the heavy textbooks to and from school. As reported in the Woodinville Patch out of Woodinville, WA, ‘rucksack palsy’ is the number one preventable source of back pain. According to the article, Dr. Stefanie Haugen, a chiropractor with Fremont Spine and Wellness, says that, “Carrying a heavy backpack improperly over time can definitely result in long-term challenges to a child’s spine, including, strained muscles and joints, headaches, forward head posture and causes serious back pain, just to name a few.”

#2 Searchable

With the ability to search digital textbooks with standard computer searching parameters that we are all familiar with, you will spend less time looking for a specific reference and more time applying the knowledge that you found.

#3 Updateable

As previously mentioned, the now archaic paper textbook is typically out of date before it even comes of the press. With the new digital textbooks, updates can be made on the fly with a simple download.

#4 Affordable

Although tablets may still be a bit pricey, the costs associated with digital textbooks far outweighs the initial investment that the education system may have to incur to get a ‘tablet in every hand’. With Apple’s iBookstore℠ pricing textbooks at $14.99 or less, soon the days of the $100 textbooks that are only current for one semester. will be a thing of the past.

#5 Environmental

A digital textbook can now be created 100% virtually, without the need for paper, ink, or a printing press. Not only are digital textbooks environmental in the way that tress will not have to be cut down to produce them, but older textbooks will not have to end up in our landfills, as a digital textbook is updateable, and does not create any physical waste.