Job searching has a built-in feedback loop.

If you are sending out resumes, getting job offers and have a calendar full of prospects, you don’t need a coach to help with your resume.

If you are sending out resumes and not getting calls, there is probably something off about your resume. That’s easy to figure out.  Pinpointing exactly what is wrong with the resume takes a resume coach.

Common resume errors:

  • Resumes that are too job descriptive, they read like they are copied and pasted from your job description. It makes you look boring and lazy.
  • Resumes that are not targeted, they read like they could be sent to any company and don’t have an impact.
  • Resumes that tell your entire career history. The resume is a door-opener, not a complete job biography.
  • Resumes that well-written but are sent to the wrong places with the wrong message.

I’m a little romantic about resumes. I believe they can be enjoyable to create and they should be sent out with pride. If you have any shame about your resume, do yourself a favor and get a coach to look it over. Not your neighbor, not your previous boss, not unless they are trained in resume strategy.

If you are getting interviews from your resume, but you aren’t getting offers, the most common reasons are that your resume does not correctly represent you, or you need to work on your interview skills. Or maybe a bit of both.

The biggest danger – making a bad impression with a key contact

The biggest danger about searching for a job without some assistance is that you make a negative impression with the wrong person. If you are using a resume that doesn’t represent you well you could be leaving a negative impression that is hard to undo. I don’t like to see qualified people struggle through the job search game.

Hire a coach who is specifically trained in Resume Writing or Career Strategy and whom you think you can be yourself with. Make sure that they listen to your stories and words, and are committed to making you look great, not making you look like someone else.

If you think I’m the right kind of coach for you, book a call to talk about it HERE.

Questions to ask yourself, (be honest).

  • Am I 100% confident in the resume I send out? Am I proud of what it says, how it is written, and what it looks like? If not, hire a coach or get a resume review
  • How do I feel at the interview? Do I enter the interview feeling like I understand myself, the company I am interviewing with, and how my experience helps them? Hire a coach or get trained in the Nail the Interview Prep Pack
  • Am I confident to share highlights from my career with anyone I meet?
  • Do I give off the right impression with the people who can help me further my career?
  • Do I know my top skills at my core? Or do I question/change them all the time?

A part of a job search is the basics, but the basics work best if you understand yourself first. That builds the best foundation for a search.