After months and months of searching for a job, I knew I must be doing something wrong. I suspected that there was something the matter with my resume.
I am searching for jobs in the administrative and financial industries; specifically for an Administrative Coordinator/Assistant and Financial Representative position. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Economics.
But those degrees were not turning into interviews.
So I asked my friends and former co-workers to review and edit my resume. They all took a look, but hardly any changes were made. They didn’t know any more about resumes than I did.
In my mind, a major resume revision was essential. Maybe a professional resume service was what I needed to get me noticed for an interview?
I contacted a service called CareerPerfect which partners with Military.com. I signed up for the cover letter and resume service. My assigned personal writer, Caleb, then contacted me through email and gave me step-by-step instructions.
I had to fill out some basic questions about my work, my education and my volunteer experience. He said to be generous with my information and I was.
Then I was supposed to state my goals and strengths. The next step was a work experience section in which they asked about my skills, what technologies I utilized, and additional contributions or accomplishments.
After filling out all the sections and attaching my current cover letter, resume, and job description I hit the submit button.
Caleb emailed me back in a day and a half with my very much revised and refined resume and cover letter. He then asked me to review and edit it and resubmit it to him with any changes. A few hours later, I had my final product.
My new resume and cover letter were revised to a professional format that emphasized my skills, attributes, and experience. My key contributions from each job were added. He reworded my summary of qualifications to highlight my strengths.
In a million years, I would not have been able to make the changes that my skilled writer made because that is not what I do best—but I do need a future employer to get a chance to see me at my best with a solid resume.
I have received a few hits from posting my new resume this week. Fingers crossed I will get an interview soon.
I couldn’t be any happier with my new resume and cover letter. It not only looks better but has instilled confidence in me again. Is a professional written resume and cover letter worth the cost? In my opinion, it most definitely is!
Jennifer Chowela is an Air Force wife currently living in Delaware(with her husband, Jeremy, and their children, Abigail and Ryan.
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