There’s nothing more important than that resume, as you are getting ready to seek a position. Most students who are graduating understand that the marketplace is competitive and that they have to have documents – resumes, CVs, and cover letters that will get them noticed, that will set them apart from other applicants, and that will result in that all-important interview.
Performance during an interview is quite another matter. But, let’s take first things first – getting that resume perfect and presenting yourself in the best light possible – a light that will capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager who decides to take a closer look.
Crafting a Resume
If this is your first experience with crafting a resume for an entry-level career position, you have probably spent a lot of time on it. You may have even gotten some help with the format and best method for presenting your background and skills.
You also understand that your basic resume will have to be tweaked for every position applied for. You have to look at the position postings, look at keywords within that posting, do some research on the organization, and then revise what was highlighted in your resume, based upon those individual postings. You are gaining confidence as you continue to re-work your primary resume to “speak” to the needs of individual organizational needs and show your value to those organizations.
Good for you! But, in all of that re-working, you cannot forget a key component – proofreading.
You can have an amazing presentation of yourself. Don’t ruin it by having grammatical and mechanical errors that will surely be picked up by readers of that document. When there are these types of errors, readers see you as lazy and as someone who does not have the attention to detail that they want in their employees.
The bottom line? Get that resume proofread by a professional.
Where Do I Go for Help?
First, accept this fact. You are not the person to proofread your own resume, just as you are not the person to proofread any of your writing. You are too “close” and emotionally connected to writing to find those detail errors that an objective “outsider” will find.
And make no mistake about it. You must have another set of eyes – an expert who can find those small errors that readers will pick up on and determine that you are not worthy of their consideration.
You can certainly use friends and relatives to proofread the resume. But how expert are they, really? A resume is a unique document, and proofreading it may not be the same as other writing. What you need is someone who has lots of background and expertise to proofread resume documents. This person is not your roommate.
Look for Professional Resume Editing and Proofreading Services
There are professional writing services that have entire departments that do nothing but review and proofread applicant documents – resumes, CVs, cover letters, etc. Once one of these services is found, simply place an order, say “proofread my resume,” and upload one or more of your resumes for that task.
Can we point you in the direction of the best websites for affordable proofreading services online? Yes, we can. Here are two you should consider.
EssayThinker: Here is a professional service that focuses on applicant documents too. They have a large department of experts who can take your resume, review and proofread it, and report all issues to you so that you can approve any changes before they are made.
SmartCustomWriting: You can’t go wrong using this service. There are experts from the fields of HR recruiting and employment who will provide expert analysis and proofreading. Prices are affordable and urgent requests are no problem.
Take a look at the options you have for professional proofreading and get the help you need. The stakes are high.
Posted by Diana B.