Resume Preparation

Style, Structure, Substance, Proof Points, Achievements, Reference

They Might Be Thinking:

  • Do I have enough experience to apply for this job?
  • What should I do to compensate for my lack of experience?
  • How do I make sure that everything is written properly?
  • Is my resume organized properly?
  • Do I need to include references?
  • What is the right for format for my resume?
  • How does my resume compare to the other candidates?
  • Should I post my resume on Monster, Indeed or Linkedin?
  • Should I keep my resume to one or two pages?
  • Do I need an online supplement?
  • How do I make myself stand out?
  • Should I hire a professional to work on my resume?
  • Do I need to update my resume?
  • I am not sure when I will get a job.
  • How long will I need to look for a job?
  • Will I need to get a temporary job to make ends meet?
  • Should I send a mass email to all of my contacts on Linkedin?
  • Should I call recruiters so my name is in front of them when they are looking for candidates?

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Make sure to let people know that you are looking for a job.
  • Update your Linkedin profile with key action words.
  • I would be happy to share your resume with the people I know in your industry.
  • Just be yourself. You have a lot to offer any organization.
  • You only need one job. Keep looking until you find the right one for you.
  • Prepare as if your life depends on it.
  • You are the perfect person for the job because your credentials are very impressive.
  • I'd love to review your resume and cover letter -- I may have some suggestions that could help.
  • I'm happy to pick up the tab for a professional resume writer if that's something you'd be interested in.
  • Can I help you create an online portfolio that will present you in the best possible way to prospective employers.
  • If I come across any relevant job listings, I'll be sure to send them along to you. 
  • Make sure to include your accomplishments in your resume. 
  • It it's okay with you, I would love to call my contacts at some companies you may be interested in working for to schedule a few “Get to know you” sessions.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • You should start volunteering to build up your resume.
  • I am not sure if you are going to get any calls right now. The market is really bad.
  • You don't really have a lot of relevant work experience for the jobs you want.
  • How do you plan to get some relevant experience to put on your resume?
  • I think you need to get more experience before you apply for some of the jobs you are interested in pursuing.
  • Do you have any experience that is more specific to the jobs you are interested in pursuing?
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