Resume advice abounds for the job seeker trying not only to make a good impression but also to stand out from the competition. Reading books and clicking through websites, people search for the secret that will so elevate a resume that an employer immediately calls to schedule an interview.
Unfortunately, for some do-it-yourselfers, there's too much advice out there to unearth any secrets. So what do you do? First, before looking for resume help, understand there is no one "right way" to create a resume. You can start your online Resume-Building Workshop at Job Search Master Class.
Knowing this will help you decipher advice. That advice needs to acknowledge the fact that a good resume depicts your unique situation while also being tailored to each prospective employer. With this in mind, you can choose your helpers.
The online route. To evaluate whether a site has good resume advice, look for the website's credentials and those of its author. Is he a resume writing professionally? Has the site been around for a while? The websites of reputable resume writing and editing services, human resource specialists, career mentors, and universities are good places to seek competent, effective resume advice.
The networking route. Find resume advice by consulting your personal and professional networks. Approach friends and trusted peers who have recently gotten jobs or promotions and solicit two things. First, request a look at their resumes as an example of what works. Ask why they took the approaches they did and how they tailored resumes to respective employers. The second thing to ask of your network is feedback on your resume. Give them your "best-effort" resume, intending to improve it once you receive relevant advice.
Books. Purchasing a resume writing book might be a good idea, especially if it offers online updates and further advice. This forward-looking relationship between you and the author or publisher is important because career and resume advice grows and evolves as the economy and job market shift.