Q&A

1. Must my resume be “one” page?

For years, the myth that resumes must be one page has cost many job seekers interviews. Moreover, for most candidates a one-page resume is insufficient to represent that which employers seek to know when deciding, of the many resumes they receive, whom to interview. Although, no one really knows who came up with the “one and two page resume rule,” two pages has become the industry standard.

There are circumstances when more than two pages are necessary. In such cases, the third or more pages may be included as addendum.

2. How important is it to have a well-written and formatted resume?

It is absurd that a person whose job is framing walls on construction sites or dredging sewage from blocked sewers must submit a flawless resume; however, unlike many years ago and before the evolution of human resource departments, resumes if required had much less stringent guidelines with which to adhere. In fact, for many jobs simply filling out an employer application was good enough to
land an interview. Nevertheless, things have changed as the population grew and companies evolved into global entities in search of new markets and resources. As they grew so did their demand for highly qualified employees. So much so, that they instituted departments whose mission was and is to seek-out and screen potential new hires. In addition, these new Human Resource departments managed all aspect of the workforce (I.e., benefits, wages, environment, harassment, etc.).

As the present economic anomaly ensued, many who at one time were secure in their jobs, found themselves unemployed in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Estimates suggest there are only enough jobs to accommodate 1/5th of the number of unemployed or five candidates for every vacancy. As a result, employers are receiving insurmountable numbers of resumes. As such, they developed procedures designed to lessen the height of the stack. Unfair though it seems, this is the reality. It is why resumes must be perfect; free of grammar mistakes and misspellings; formatting must be impeccable and most important; resume content must be extremely relevant.

3. Do you think it is important to meet in-person?

Many resume writers are comfortable conducting consultations over the phone. Although The Resume Store has done and will continue conducting phone consults for customers too far to consult in-person, we firmly believe in-person consults are much more effective. Therefore, we have implemented software to hold person-to-person consultations globally utilizing a web-cam and www.ooVoo.com, a free high-quality video chat and video conferencing resource. Such chat and video consults take place through our customer’s notebooks, desktop computers w/ web-cams or cell phones equipped with cameras.

Resume writers must create documents that accurately represent their customers. The best method of achieving that objective results from face-to-face interactions. Looking in each others eye and getting a sense of one’s sincerity and professionalism. Probing their inner core with intriguing questions, careful to notice evidence of passion or otherwise. Conversely, potential customers may advantage the consult to develop a sense of confidence in The Resume Store and its ability to attend and solve their cover letter and resume needs.

4. What format is best for resumes?

Due to overwhelming job seeker interest, employers receive insurmountable numbers of cover letters and resumes.  Because of the demand on human resource personnel to evaluate what are unmanageable numbers of documents, they have developed steps designed to efficiently diminish the size of the stack. The process they have implemented is a 5-second visual scan. In other words, it is likely they will view merely the first third or half of the first page of a two-page resume. Because of this time-saving process, it is their preference to receive resumes in the functional format, leaving the old, but traditional chronological format in the archives.

5. What are the latest employer requirements for resumes?

Functional format is preferred. Resume content is to be relevant to the posting’s requirements. Although no one knows who made the 2-page resume rule, it is a given that resumes exceeding two-pages are quickly deposited in the trash (5-second rule). Correct spelling and grammar is imperative. An adequate inclusion of keywords is important and work histories are not to exceed about 15-years.

In some cases, employers may request resumes in a scan format. Many employers utilize Optical Character Recognition Systems (OCR) to search for keywords. When the OCR recognizes a pre-determined number of pre-programmed keywords are identified, respective resumes are set aside to be examined thoroughly.

6. How much information should I include in my resume?

Resume content must be relevant to postings of interest; they are not to be professional autobiographies.

7. Do you know my industry?

The Resume Store has written resumes for more than 300 career designations and for those occasional designations we have not tackled, we have the resources to write extremely effective and focused documents.

8. May I see samples of resumes written by your company?

Yes, we have many samples that exhibit our unique abilities to meet and exceed your needs and expectations.

9. Is The Resume Store skilled at working with people like me?

Yes, The Resume Store has successfully accommodated hundreds of uniquely talented individuals, individuals of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, ethnic, professional and philosophical difference.

10. How long has The Resume Store been in business?

The Resume Store has been writing resumes for more than 21 years, the first fourteen, under the name “Sherr Enterprises.”

11. How much should I pay to have a professional write my resume?

Costs for resume services vary from service to service; however, as with all things price is relative to value received. Many things justify the perceived value of resumes; the amount of confidence you have in your chosen service, their demonstrated ability to understand your needs and objectives; the number of reviews uncovered by researching their history via professional networking sites like LinkedIn.com, Manta.com and other well-known reference reporting sites. Check to confirm company ratings, history, contact information, performance, complaints and resolutions thereof.

12. Is there an industry standard for resume pricing?

No; however, the size of the price is not an indication of quality or excellence. “More is not necessarily better.”

13. Should I check with the Better Business Bureau?

Yes

14. Are cover letters important?

It is The Resume Store’s opinion that of cover letters and resumes, the cover letter is more important. A well-written cover letter is the catalyst that encourages its readers to advance to the resume.

15. What should be in my cover letter?

Most include in cover letters information highlighting content from accompanying resumes. The Resume Store applies its creative attributes to writing cover letters that create a call-to-action by stirring the emotions of its readers. We believe and past cover letters demonstrate that honing in on the real reasons a person is hired is what creates the desired call-to-action; the interview invitation. Candidates do not receive offers of employment because of resume content; resumes succeed only in earning interview invitations. Job offers are made for reasons that cannot be written to resumes; reasons that by their intangible nature must be demonstrated during the interview process. Our cover letters are created to introduce those intangible characteristics, attributes and core values that determine who is ultimately offered employment.

16. When is the best time to have or prepare a resume and cover letter?

The best time to have or prepare a resume and cover letter is during gainful employment. It is easier to afford and in the absence of the pressures inherent of unemployment, proper time is available to work with your chosen resume service to arrive at the best possible cover letter and Resume.

17. May I use my cover letter and resume for other career objectives?

While experts suggest it is best to customize resumes for specific postings, it is realistic that most sets of skills and attributes match other career objectives equitably. In addition, most career designations are vertically diversifiable. That is to say, a Vice President of Sales may be a terrific buyer because of his or her knowledge and understanding of the merchandise, customer appeal, quality, product value and turn. Examine what you do and try to match it with other jobs for which your experience and skill-set seems compatible.

18. On what kind of paper should I print my cover letter and resume?

Print Cover Letters and Resumes on plain white paper. It is best to play it safe because you do not know if the person reading it is conservative or not. Fancy, is sometimes viewed as ostentatious and may undermine the importance of your resume’s content.

19. Do you write KSAs for government jobs?

Yes

20. Does The Resume Store coach for interviews?

Yes; however, by uploading our FREE e-books you can absorb a great deal of useful information on the subject of interviewing and other important considerations.

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