The best outline of a resume should not only have a professional look and feel, but generate high interest from hiring authorities.
Most resumes share too much information and are poorly formatted.
In short, your resume is your personal advertisement of your professional skills, strengths, and accomplishments.
Trust me...it's worth it!
Companies rely on resumes more than ever to determine who gets interviewed and who gets rejected. You simply can't afford to do a half-baked job on your resume
...especially in this turbo-competitive job market.
As a veteran executive recruiter I have to sift through literally thousands of resumes a year looking for outstanding candidates to present to my key clients.
My livelihood depends on not only convincing an employer to interview one of my candidates, but then pay me a hefty fee if they hire them.
I've seen just about every outline of a resume you can imagine. It's a miracle I'm not permanently crossed-eyed and brain damaged by now.
Believe me...after you've looked at 4 billion resumes, you know a good outline of a resume when you see one.
There are human resource specialists who spend half their day just reading, sorting, and screening resumes. Only a handful of resumes ever make it up the mountain to the hiring manager's desk.
I don't know which job is worse...a resume reader or a tollbooth collector.
So why am I telling you all this?
Fact: The number ONE complaint I hear from job seekers is, no response from an employer after sending out a resume. Nothing. Just dead silence.
Don't you just hate that?!
Reminds me of the old saying: Treating someone with indifference is worse than bullying them...because it's like you don't even exist.
So how do you stop the silent treatment?
By creating a well written, professionally formatted resume like the one I frequently recommend to job seekers.
It is the best outline of a resume I have ever used.
After many job seekers use it, they report getting more calls from companies inviting them in for an interview.
Does my outline of a resume work all of the time?
Of course not. Nothing works 100% of the time.
But it will improve your batting average...and in some cases...a lot.
I want to make this as painless as possible for you because I'm sure you already have plenty of pain either being unemployed, or working somewhere where the highlight of your day is lunch and 5:00.
Special Tip for Long-Term Unemployed: When you've been unemployed for longer than 6 months, desperation sets in. Many job seekers start adding more and more information to their resume in an attempt to make something happen. Resist doing this.
Less is more when it comes to creating a powerful resume. The more information you add to your resume, the more reasons you give prospective employers to screen you out.
Keep your resume simple so people want to know more about you.
I've created a PDF file with a good resume sample of my free professional resume. This way you can print it off and see exactly what it looks like in its completed, polished format.
I've also created this same resume sample in a PDF file with my notes written in the right margin explaining why you should build your resume this way.
Here is another page on my site that describes my logic behind building a powerful resume. I share with you words and phrases you might want to use, best formatting, the length of your resume, do's and don't s, font sizes and styles, and common resume mistakes to avoid.
Cover letters for a resume should be used sparingly and only under certain circumstances. I've written about this topic because there is a lot of confusion about when and why to use a cover letter.
Lots of books and websites have been written about other resume outlines, such as functional resumes, but that is beyond the scope of my website. For now, I just want to share with you one free resume format that has been very successful for many of my candidates.
If you find yourself staring at your computer screen for hours and muttering to yourself, I just can't get motivated to do this, you might want to pay a professional resume writing service to help you create your resume.
Professional resume writers are not cheap, but it might be well worth it...especially if your career has had some unusual twists and turns that may be causing your resume to be rejected. Here is an excellent, reasonably priced resume writing service: Great Resumes Fast.