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Professional Resume Writers and Their Magic Wands


Today I’m working on a fantastic project. My client has a diverse and interesting background and is making a career change. His experiences are perfect for what he wants to do next, but presenting them well means carefully sifting through them and selecting the things that are most helpful while minimizing the stuff that might distract recruiters.

I love doing this and I’m good at it. I instinctively know what to include and what to leave out and how to lay it all out on the page. If you have relevant experience, no matter how long ago, or how unusual it is, I can help you show your worth.

But sometimes I’m approached by people I can’t help. People who simply don’t have the experience required but who think I have a magic wand. Today’s was an IT professional who wanted to go into web design. The only problem is that he hadn’t done any web design – I don’t mean he hadn’t done any professionally. I mean he hadn’t done any. No volunteer work, no college studies, no unpaid work for friends and family. Nothing!

“I know I could do a great job,” he told me. “I just need someone to give me a chance and I can learn on the job. That’s where a good resume comes in.”

Um no. Actually it isn’t.

There is nothing I can do on a resume that can make up for the fact that you haven’t put in the time. If you have unpaid experience, I can make it look paid. If you’ve freelanced while working full-time jobs, I can bring that freelancing to the forefront. if you started out in design and then moved away from it, I have tricks to bring that design experience back into focus for employers. If you’ve taken college classes, I can write about your college design projects.

But if you’re just hoping to persuade employers to hire you with no experience and then teach you the job, you’re hoping for a miracle and miracles I don’t do.

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Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

3 comments on “Professional Resume Writers and Their Magic Wands”

  1. Hi Louise,

    Fantastic article. I really do think job seekers sometimes assume we can magically transform their work experience into something that it’s not.

    For example, why do some people automatically think they are the perfect candidate for pharmaceutical sales just because they are an instrument tech?

    Goals have to be realistic and clients may have to work their way into a chosen field with baby steps, or entry level positions, just to get the experience.

    Great post! 🙂

    Erin

  2. Keiran says:

    Great piece of work! Found some thing real interesting to read after a long time. People really need to understand there capabilities and need to find jobs where they can use there skills to the fullest.

    Thanks for the post, have bookmarked this post and wiill share with my friends as well.

  3. ukjobsguide says:

    First you have to know where the jobs are before you mount a strategy to go after them. Most executive job seekers look to executive recruiters and job boards for open positions. The problem with this is recruiters get 15% of all executive searches and fill half of them, and only 1% of anybody ever gets a job from a job board.

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