Glimmer of Hope

BY ARNIE SHERR, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE RESUME STORE

What is your driving force? What keeps you going? Is it meeting the bills and living paycheck to paycheck or is it more than that? When the day is done and you lie down to rest your physical being for the night, do life-fantasies infiltrate your thoughts; many times giving way to wonderfully exciting dreams that seem vague after you’ve awaken? You cannot remember their detail, but you know they are worth re-dreaming.

Without unconscious and conscious imaginings, why is our will to go on so strong? Even among the greatest of the worst, we continue to exist and strive. Who among us would continue were it not for a “Glimmer of Hope?”

Fortunately, there are few by comparison that becomes so downtrodden that hope no longer glimmers.

For me, “Glimmer of Hope” translates to achieving personal goals. At my senior age, I have not given-up. For you, “Glimmer of Hope” may have different perceptions.

For those unemployed I make this analogy. The perception of glimmer may be “the chicken crossing an out-of-the-way bridge over a road with heavy traffic has much more than a glimmer of hope of getting to the other side, whereas the same chicken crossing a busy expressway during rush hour has only a glimmer of hope of getting to the other side.”

The moral is: “Is the shortest and more treacherous route always the best?” I can hear the chicken now, “I’ll get to the other side or I’ll die trying.”

“It is not always how quickly we get there if hazards impede the result.” – Arnie Sherr

There are no time limits on achievement; only those that is self-imposed. True, circumstances may add pressures, but remember the dangers inherent of taking shortcuts. It is like leaving the cheese out the cheese sandwich. It’s still a sandwich but it certainly doesn’t taste like a cheese sandwich. Shortcuts may get you a job; but is it THE job?

The longer and safer route to THE job is making sure your cover letter and resume complies with present employer requirements and that you are prepared and ready to interview in the most effective and impressive manners. The unemployment rate is remarkably higher. Under such treacherous conditions special attention must be given to documents, procedure, uniqueness, thoroughness, and professional approaches. Leaving stones unturned shortcuts your potential and reduces your ability to compete.

Certainly, getting A job may pay some bills; but please, do not give up on getting THE job. There is always a “Glimmer of Hope.” Unemployed Floridians are indeed challenged to get to the other side of the busy expressway during rush hours. Investing in and taking the longer route improves your odds of a successful crossover.

As ill advised as it is, would the chicken attempt the shorter, but dangerous crossing of the busy rush hour expressway were it not for a Glimmer? Were I the chicken, I would not favor my odds!

The Resume Store is the right choice for making your Glimmer of Hope a reality. Remember,

“Your resume is your real first impression. Maker it Count!”

You only get one chance to make a first impression

Editorial by Arnie Sherr, CEO of The Resume Store

How often have you heard this bit of wisdom, “You only get one chance to make a first impression?”

Article after article has been written about the importance of first impressions in the interview process. However, the interview is not your “first chance” to make that most important “first impression.”

How about considering the fact that the first thing an HR professional sees is your Resume and Cover Letter. What kind of first impression is your Resume and Cover Letter making?

Someone once asked me, “Why should I have to pay you for services just because I can’t do it myself?”

If you had a painfully abscessed tooth, would you pay a dentist for his expert services to remove your tooth, or would you get a plier from your toolkit and pull it yourself?

The fact is, so many un, under, and unhappily employed persons struggle to avoid paying for the services of a professional resume service; yet, when it comes to acquiring the expert services of a dentist, they won’t hesitate to make an appointment. In reality, the pain of unemployment may be more painful than that of a toothache.

Aside from all other considerations, your Cover Letter and Resume are your FIRST IMPRESSION when looking for a job.  That’s right; three pieces of paper that could make or break whether or not you are invited to interview. How bad do you want a job? Well, you can’t have one without first being interviewed. Without and excellent Cover Letter and Resume, you may easily have blown your REAL FIRST IMPRESSION.

Ask yourself, how much would you pay for a $30, $50 or $100,000+ a year job? When it comes to making that FIRST IMPRESSION, refusing to make the initial investment in a professional Cover Letter and Resume is a huge mistake.

“Your RESUME and COVER LETTER are your REAL FIRST IMPRESSION;

MAKE IT COUNT!”

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