Looking for a New Job? Your Resume is the First Step!

I recently joined the ranks of the unemployed after my departure from a 13-year term with a company I called home. Suddenly, I was out in the open, with no idea where to look, and no idea where my next check might come from.

The first thing I needed to do was polish a resume that hadn’t been touched for over a decade. As a matter of fact, considering that I spent almost my entire career in the same department, I’m not sure my resume was ever built for anything other than simply having one. It wasn’t there to attract recruiters, it wasn’t there to prove the feasibility of plugging me into somebody else’s department. It was just a piece of paper with my name and a few accolades on it.

Fast forward to two weeks into my unemployment and I’m starting to sweat. The money stops coming in when you don’t have a job, but the bills certainly don’t. I needed to find a way to attract some visitors to my social networking sites and a way to ensure that when they saw my resume they didn’t think twice before picking up the phone and calling me in for an interview.

I started on LinkedIn, and constructed the best view of myself I could manage. It helped as LinkedIn has great networking features and allowed me to connect to various recruiters. Did I land a job from LinkedIn? Nope.

I moved on to Indeed and crafted a similar resume with their platform. I could apply instantly to plenty of jobs and research what I might expect as a salary from most of them. Did I land a job from Indeed? Nope.

Nothing was working because I was still throwing a simple sheet of simple accolades into the inbox of women and men that had already seen my type of resume hundreds of times. I needed a way to stand out NOW.

Take a look below at some of the resume services myself and many others have enlisted to polish their appearance and land the job they actually want.

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You Need a Cover Letter

First things first, a resume needs a cover letter. Most employers will ask for them in their job listings and some won’t even look at your resume if a cover letter is not included right off the bat. Amazing Cover Letters has that handled for you.  Follow their tips in the free video and go from there. As they put it “Your next cover letter will perfectly present the best reasons why a hiring manager should call YOU for the job interview.” Give them a try by clicking here and get your cover letter primed for presentation.

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Time to Craft the Resume Itself

Okay, so your cover letter is looking good already, it’s time for the meat and potatoes of it all, the resume itself!

There are a couple options here: you can have someone critique and build your resume for you or you can train yourself to bring the best out of your resume on your own.

The Amazing Resume Creator is a neat trick and a great service to put the POP in your resume and make it stand out to hiring managers in your field. Take a look at their video, take their free tips, and go from there.

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Why Not Do It Yourself?

If you’re into the DIY of it all, and you know that you can communicate your greatest assets to the employer of your dreams, then brush up on some of the best techniques by enrolling in a course or program suited to make you a resume-writing professional. Also, keep in mind that you can use these tips and tricks to write resumes for your friends, your family, or even your own clients; you’ve got room for a bit of a side-hustle, right?

Blue Sky Resume Writing is an all-in-one course to make you an expert in the art of writing resumes. Click here to check it out and give it a whirl. You’ll be landing your new dream job in no time if you follow their guidance and give it your all.

Do you already have a great resume but you know it could be even better? There’s a service for you, too!

You may have heard of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, for websites and blogs, but did you know that there’s a service that optimizes search terms for your resume as well? Resume Scanner does just that and matches your resume to the keywords that hiring managers in your field are looking for. Click here and load up your resume to Resume Scanner and see how you can better optimize your resume to show up in the search results of your desired employers.

I hope these tools come together to land you a job that you can enjoy day-in and day-out, and most of all I hope they get you out of the unemployment line fast! That’s not a queue that anybody wants to stay in for very long.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Christopher Smith

 

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is an experienced Automotive Management Professional with over 13 years in the Automotive Dealership industry. He created this blog to share advice, tips, and tricks to running a profitable and client-services-oriented front-end in an Automotive Service Department.

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