Report: #750337

Complaint Review: Resume Professional Writers - Woodland Hills California

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  • Reported By: Luis — Allentown Pennsylvania United States of America
  • Resume Professional Writers

    Woodland Hills, California
    United States of America

Resume Professional Writers Mary Wilson They are not "Professional Resume Writers" Woodland Hills, California

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Professional Resume Writers are a rip off. They are clueless about writing effective resumes.
After buying their service and answering their questionnaire. I was assigned a writer that completely out of touch. We went back and forth through email messaging for near two months, until I got totally frustrated an called Mary Wilson to cancel my order.
She would not cancel it and insisted on assigning another writer to the project which I accepted, because It seemed, I had no other choice.
After going back and forth with this new writer, who seemed to be somewhat more skilled. I finally accepted it.
They posted it in a bunch websites mostly, I had never heard of and since than the only response I had was from "scam artists" from all over the world.
I recently had it critiqued by a true resume writer who told me the resume was useless and wrote the following;

" I'm the -------- resume expert who was assigned to evaluate your resume. I reviewed your resume with the goal of giving you an honest, straightforward assessment of your current resume, and not a judgment of your skills and qualifications. I should warn you about my style: I'm direct and to the point, so I hope you won't be offended by my comments.
My goal is to help you present yourself to potential employers in the best possible light, increasing your odds of landing a job you want.

Jack, most people I work with at your career stage are looking for the next step in their career. It may be a move into management, earning more money, or even changing to another industry or profession.
Ironically, the majority of resumes I review for people like you are actually working against them by only qualifying them for a position at the same level or even below their most recent position. Its an expensive mistake I would like to help you avoid. You need to develop a strategy for your resume that moves you up the ladder of success.

So, lets get started on reviewing your resume:

Heres the good news: My first impression of you is that you have an impressive array of skills and experiences. Youre a qualified Tool and Die Maker with a lot to offer an employer. Now, heres the bad news: Your resume does not pass the 30-second test, and the content is not up to the standards one would expect from a candidate like you.
Countless studies have proven that resume quality is the key determinant as to whether a candidate is selected to be interviewed.
Your resume needs a boost from a visual, content, and overall writing standpoint to engage the reader. It needs to make them want to learn more about you. I didnt find it to be exciting, and it didnt make me want to run to the phone to call you. In short, your resume is effectively sabotaging your job search.

Jack, your resume is missing key elements that we see on the best resumes at your level of experience. Here are the major issues I see on your resume:
Your resume's visual presentation

The resume I am viewing for your critique is in plain text format, so I will only make one comment on the visual presentation. I do, however, have more than enough information to comment on the content, sequence, and grammatical elements and they are the most important factors to consider in a resume. Regarding the text version of your resume, it
looks like you converted it from another file format and did not delete the extraneous characters. I recommend you create a cleaned up text version of your resume that can be used on sites that require you to cut and paste your resume into a form or upload a text version. I assume you have a Word version of your resume that you use for interviews and
uploading to sites that accept Word. If you have a Jobfox profile, be sure to upload the Word version. It will be typically much more visually appealing to employers when you have designed it correctly.

The content of your resume

As I was reading your resume, I was trying to imagine myself as a hiring executive, looking for that ideal Tool and Die Maker.

When I reviewed your resume, I asked myself if I could easily pick out your key attributes, experience, skills and accomplishments.

A recruiter will do this to quickly decide if youll be successful in the job they have open. When I read your resume, the answer to that question was no. Here is one of the reasons why: Your career summary is weak. Its a critical element of your resume that should be designed to compel the hiring manager to keep reading.
The purpose of this section is to define you as a professional and cover those areas most relevant to your career level and job target.
By having a weak career summary, you are making it easier for the reviewer to say pass when your resume is given the customary cursory glance.
From the way the resume is worded, you come across as a doer, not an achiever. Too many of your job descriptions are task-based and not results-based. This means that they tell what you did, instead of what you achieved. This is a common mistake for non-professional resume writers.
To be effective and create excitement, a great resume helps the hiring executive envision or picture you delivering similar achievements at his or her company. Here are some examples of task-based sentences in your resume:
Performed inspection on mold components prior to finish grinding, fitting, and assembling all types of injection molds Provided strategic leadership and training to junior machinists and apprentices with their daily tasks
Employers want to know about your previous contributions and specifically how youve made a difference. More importantly, they want to know how you are going to make a significant difference at their company.
When I read your resume, I didnt find compelling language that brings your work to life. I saw many passive words and non-action verbs. Phrases like coordinated and provided are overused, monotonous, and add no value to your resume. Strong action verbs, used with compelling language to outline exemplary achievements, are essential parts of a well-constructed resume.
Now, lets put it all together. Heres a real life example taken from a former clients resume. By changing the language, we helped improve the perception of the candidate.
Passive language/ Doing: Duties include dealing with difficult customer service issues Action language/ Achieving: Entrusted with the most complex customer service issues as a result of exceptional ability to promptly resolve concerns and satisfy customers.
A change like this makes a dramatic improvement. I hope you can see the difference when we implement action verbs, achievements, and results.

The writing on your resume Its easy to overlook errors in your resume. They could be typographical errors, inconsistent verb tenses, grammatical errors, punctuation problems, or misspelled words. Youve rewritten the resume and proofed it multiple times so you may not notice the issue. But errors can be the kiss of death for your resume. Recruiters are reading
your resume with fresh eyes, and theyre experts at finding errors. A misspelled word or punctuation error may not seem like a big deal, but to an employer these errors demonstrate unprofessionalism and a lack of attention to detail. Thats not the impression you want to leave. I spotted at least one of the above-mentioned errors on your resume.
Additional Issues

I liked your use of bullets to emphasize, but you probably want to consider limiting them in some areas to increase the impact to the employer. If they see too many bullets, they might find it difficult to zero in on the most important information. Size and type of bullets are also a consideration. Although seemingly minor, visual impact of a resume is the key to ensuring that an employer reads it thoroughly.

My recommendation Your resume is selling you short, and I recommend that you make the investment in having it professionally rewritten. Professional resume writers are skilled at writing a resume for the job you aspire to have.
They are trained to help move you up the ladder in your field. They are also skilled at taking what you have done in the past and translating it to show how it is relevant to other industries or professions.

Many people ask a friend or colleague to help them write a resume. Sadly, unless they are an experienced, certified resume writer this is usually a big mistake. Companies now use electronic tools to capture, evaluate, and screen incoming resumes, so your resume must be organized with the right structure, keywords, and format to be processed by a resume tracking system properly. It must be designed to identify select, and track you as a qualified candidate. This is known as keyword
optimization and most non-professionals are not well-versed in this technique.
Putting your best resume forward now is critical. The sooner you invest in having your resume professionally written, the faster you increase your odds of landing a job you want. Once your old resume goes into a companys database, it stays there permanently and could affect your candidacy for other jobs at that company as well. You will be amazed when you see the difference a professionally-written resume can make in presenting your credentials.
As Im sure you know, be certain to send a cover letter when you forward your resume directly to a recruiter or hiring executive for a specific job. A well-written cover letter can give you a valuable edge over other candidates with similar skills. Its the best way to make a memorable appeal that grabs attention and personally links you to the job. Use it to explain why you are uniquely qualified for the specific role.-------  can craft a custom cover letter that distinguishes you from the crowd (and its free when you purchase a professionally-written and formatted resume.) "

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