Resume FAQs

Is it worth paying for a resume service?

Yes, hiring a resume writing service is worth it.  Requirements for resumes change over time and professionals stay current on trends.  Professional resume writers write resumes regularly and are aware of what current employers are looking for. Through the writing process you learn about your experiences and how they are relevant to the job you are applying for.

How much does it cost to have someone write your resume?

Resumes will cost you anywhere from $ 200 to $1500.  It depends on the work experience and complications of the resume.  Most resume writers know how long it takes to write a particular kind of resume.  Executives normally have a more encompassing set of experiences to convey so it takes longer whereas a student just out of college has less to talk about.

How far back should a resume go?

You are likely being interviewed for your current experiences so there is no reason to talk about what happened past 15 years ago. Writing about your current work experiences will enable the interviewer to stay focused on your relative experience. If you feel it’s necessary to list all your positions, you can just list them at the end of the experience section.  There are some fields that require more complete work histories so you will have to list all your positions.  (Federal Government, Academia etc.)

How do I make my resume look professional?

Formatting matters!!  Initially most recruiters only spend a few seconds looking at your resume, so it has to look good.  Here are some suggestions to get it there.

  1. Have clearly defined sections and list what they are. Do not make your recruiter work hard. (i.e. professional summary, work experience, education etc.)
  2. Create at least one-inch margins on your resume. …
  3. Use standard fonts that are easy to read.
  4. Do not overwhelm your reader with words. Say what you want to say and no more.
  5. Talk about the responsibilities of the role you were in, not the tactical day to day things. Employers are interested in your key responsibilities.
  6. List accomplishments including certifications, licenses, publications etc.
  7. Have someone review your resume.

How long should your resume be?

No longer than 2 pages, no one looks at the third page. Less than 5 years of experience no more than 1 page, otherwise no more than 2 pages.  As discussed above anything on page 3 is probably not relevant to the current employer. The only exception to this is a resume for the federal government or a CV (Curriculum Vita) for academia.

What is the difference between CV and resume?

Europeans often refer to a resume as a CV.

In the US a resume is designed to present key information about your professional experience. A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is used in the academic world and lists all publications as well as a relevant work experiences.

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