Nowadays there are tones of services which claim to edit your resume at some magic way which would guarantee you a new job in within a day/week/month. The price is ranging from $29.99 to all the way up to ridicules $1400 (Ladders.com). Also, many of them are offering free resume critique promotions, certainly hopping to get you on the hook and make some money later on; obviously free cheese is only found in the mousetrap.
To test a mouse trap I decided to use Job Fox free resume review service. The full price for the resume writing was $399, but I only wanted to check free portion of the service with no intention to buy later on. As advertised, they did send me review within a week after I submitted my resume via this web page: http://boston-jobs.jobfox.com/Web/Seeker/Create/FreeCritique.aspx
The report they send back looked very professional (see below) and contained many useful advices, however it seemed to be very generic and applicable to almost any resume.
For those who is considering to purchase this or similar service, I would say that $400 is a lot of money for the editorial work.
I would definitely suggest ordering free review of your resume first; comparing it with mine below to see if they are actually doing a good job or sending everyone canned emails.
The amount of spam I receive now from Job Fox is still reasonable - about once in two weeks the writer sends template emails offering 10-15% discounts. So, another advice is to order free critique, then wait for couple weeks and get 15% discount.
Here is the full resume critique I have received from Job Fox, and again I believe most of the points are good and can be helpful for everyone:
I'm the Jobfox resume expert that was assigned to critique your resume. Your resume was assigned to me because my focus is on job seekers with a technical background. We've found the complex nature of technical resumes requires a different approach and base of knowledge. 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.
I have found that the most brilliant technology people are also some of the worst resume writers. In the past, even the very recent past, a talented tech professional could get away with a sub-standard resume. Simply having experience with the right set of tools and technologies was sufficient. I'm here to tell you this is no longer the case. Employers are flooded with candidates, often 300 to 500 resumes per position, and the poorly written resumes are the first ones to go. We see this phenomenon every day within the Jobfox service. On the other hand, when a recruiter sees a resume from a technology candidate that's well written and beautifully formatted, they take notice. There are so few it puts you in a category far above the rest, and in today's market, you need every advantage you can get.
Here’s the good news: my first impression of you is that you have an impressive array of skills and experiences. You’re a qualified Information Technology Professional, with a lot to offer an employer. Now, here’s the bad news: your resume isn’t doing a good job saying that to an employer. I found it to be mundane and unlikely to catch an employer’s attention. If you were selling yourself as Crème Brulee, it’s as if your resume is saying “pudding in a cup”.Your resume needs a boost from a visual, content, and organizational standpoint to engage the reader. It needs to make them want to learn more about you. I didn’t find it to be exciting and it didn’t make me want to run to the phone to call you. These days, employers are being flooded with resumes, and we need yours to compel a hiring manager to continue reading and contact you for an interview. Countless studies have proven that resume quality is the key determinant as to whether a candidate is selected to be interviewed.To be honest with you, I think you should view this version of your resume as a work in progress. It's missing many key elements that we like to see on resumes at your level.
Here are the major issues I see on your resume:
VISUAL PRESENTATION Your design is very crowded. The appearance is not polished, and doesn’t say “experienced Program Manager.” By way of example, it’s like the difference between a professionally printed brochure, and one that was done at home and printed on an inkjet printer. For people at your level and experience, I’m used to seeing a much stronger visual appeal. In the real world this means your resume is at a disadvantage when the manager is culling the pile of resumes. The ideal resume format is airy, clean, and uncluttered, with the effective and strategic use of white space.
CONTENT As I was reading your resume I was trying to imagine myself as a hiring manager, looking for that ideal Senior Project Manager in Information Systems. I then asked myself whether I’d have picked your resume, and whether it was memorable. I concluded that much of the information was superficial and that in many instances it was too long. Simply put, I wouldn’t remember you. There are a lot of words on your resume, but they’re not formulated into powerful and impactful statements.
You have both an Objective and a Career summary. Having one or the other is fine, but not both. Objective statements are used often by recent graduates, so you may give the impression that you are not an experienced professional. In addition, your Career Summary is weak. It’s 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 a grammatical standpoint, I found your resume to possess many of the most common flaws. Expressions like “working with” and “maintained” are monotonous for the reader, and serve to repel versus attract their interest.
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. Meaning they tell what you did, not what you achieved. To be effective and create excitement, a great resume helps the hiring manager visualize you delivering similar achievements at his or her company. By way of example, you can say you were responsible for managing a particular business process, or you can wow them by describing how you overhauled the process to deliver 50% higher results.Task based statements are more about what you did, not what you achieved. It would be like you saying “I played tennis last week” when you could have said “I won the ladies tennis tournament at my club last week unseating the woman that held the title for the past three years.” Which sounds more impressive?
Employers want to know not only what you accomplished at your jobs, but the depth of those accomplishments. How did your work improve things, save money, etc. Employers are looking for return on investment (ROI).
Additional IssuesAlso, I noticed that your resume changes emphasis patterns, which may make it difficult for some employers to follow. Successful resumes use emphasis elements in patterns that are easy for the eye to follow and that highlight the things that are most important to employers. This makes it easy for hiring executives to decide on whether to contact you or not. I liked your use of bullets to emphasize, but you probably want to consider limiting them in some areas to increase impact to the employer. If they see too many bullets, they might find it difficult to zero in on the most important information.
As a final tip, I recommend you use a Cover Letter whenever you are sending your resume directly to a recruiter or hiring manager for a specific job. (It’s not necessary when you are just submitting it to a database) A well written Cover Letter can give you a huge edge over other candidates with similar skills. It’s the best way to make a personal appeal to grab the recruiter's attention by linking you to the company or the job and explaining why you are uniquely qualified for the job. A Cover Letter can be crafted to be reusable because your core strengths and accomplishments remain the same. But the aspects of the letter that change each time you send off a new resume—the company address, the name of the position, how you heard of the position, can be easily filled in as needed. We include a reusable Cover Letter with our Technology Resume Package.
SUMMARY I’d like you to go back, reread your resume, and ask yourself whether it’s selling you short. Does it say “ Information Technology Professional with tremendous expertise?” A great resume is the lynchpin in your job search, and I hate to see a strong person like you being underserved by something that’s so easy to fix.
NEXT STEPS Most people are like you - they struggle to put themselves down on paper effectively, but that's where we come in. All the recommendations above can be combined in a cohesive, strategic manner so that you can distinguish yourself from other candidates. Our resume writers are experts in doing this. As I mentioned earlier, the complex nature of technical resumes requires a different expertise. You can't just go to any resume writer and expect them to understand your world. We've assembled a team of resume specialists whose sole mission is to help our technology clients with their resumes.
Countless studies have proven that professionally written resumes get more interviews, and, if it shortens your job search by even one day, a professional resume will pay for itself.Purchasing the right resume writing service is important. You want to be sure you are getting everything you need to be successful in your job search without being nickel and dimed.
• A Professionally Written Resume
• A Cover Letter
• An Electronic Version of your resume
• Technical Keyword Optimization
I've included the comparison below so you can see how the Jobfox Technical Resume Package compares to other services. At $399 we are priced to be the best value service. If you would prefer to pay in installments, we have a fantastic option that no other resume writing service provides: Six (6) payments of $69.95 per month. You will receive your professionally written resume now but have the advantage of paying for it over time.