8 thoughts on “Paralyzer”

  1. I don’t really know if you’re looking for suggestions, or just ranting, but why not get somebody else’s help to write your resume. You’re obviously a talented writer, but maybe it’d help to get a second opinion on the material?

    I’d pay somebody who had some objectivity toward you (as opposed to a friend), so they’d do a kick-ass job.

  2. I have sent it around to a few friends who are great at these things. And I’ve discovered another problem (aside from objectivity)with friends and associates who will do it for free – it’s done on their time. And I am impatient.

    That, and I can’t seem to find a personal starting point for all the suggestions I have been given. I really just want someone else to do it at this point.

    Is there anyone you can recommend who’s got a good blend of reasonable rates (what do these things even typically go for?) and ass-kickin’ wording and formatting?

  3. I sent you a recommendation. An hourly rate for a senior professional writer probably runs in the $50 to $75/hour range. Of course, something like a resume should only take them 2 or 3 hours. If it’s more than that, they’re too slow or trying to milk you for more cash.

  4. I’d suggest making your resume one page, not two. I hadn’t had one in years and then my employers wanted one for a strategy session with an outside consultant.

    Here’s a nice one-page resume template:

    And the podcast that inspired me to go with the one-page format:

    It allows no fluff, which means it’s invigorating to write, and less likely to drag you off track. Plus employers will be grateful for less crap to wade through.

  5. Derek,
    That has to be one of the fugly-iest sample resumes I have ever seen. One page? I guess it depends on the industry you are applying for. I can’t see how applying for a technical IT gig can be covered in one page when they want a vast series of experience and skill. Maybe that’s just my experience anyway.

    Here’s a blog with some good tips, although I don’t agree with her one-page-only resume rule.

    See got a good set of resume blog posts too.

    Have you got a mentor or someone within your industry that you’ve gotten to know? Maybe offering to buy lunch in exchange for a resume review may help.

  6. mine is two. been at the same type of job going on 27 yrs. two majors and two small companies, and a contract job thrown in, so i’ve not hopped around in the industry. i don’t see anything wrong w/two pages!

  7. When I was headhunting, I frequently ran across people with very well-written, well-presented three page resumes. I didn’t mind it one bit, because it showed they put effort into presenting their experience and skills so that I could appreciate all of what they had to offer.

    At this point in your career, even if you could fit everything onto one page I would advise against it. Recruiters and employers do not expect a mid-career communications professional to have such little experience that it all fits on one page. That’s more appropriate for high-school students. WAYY better to have two (or three) pages that are easy to read and include the types of skills and experience the employer is looking for.

  8. Hi Jen, I’d recommend no more than 2 pages. If you have the urge to go longer, first consider if that that low-level job you had 7 years ago REALLY adds to your appeal more than the most recent stuff.

    But apparently you have a professional resume writer now anyways so who cares what I say as i’m not being paid for it.

    Best of luck with it!

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