How to Test Your Resume Effectiveness With a Free Resume Critique
Lesson 5 Module 2
How Good is Your Resume? Free to Find Out What Employers Think!
Should you trust every free resume critique service you come across?
All resumes are not created equal. Neither are professional resume writers. There is only one style of resume that I've found that will greatly increase your odds of getting an interview. I increased my resumes submitted to interviews scheduled by 312% when I began to use this template. Click on my case study below to learn more.
It's a 100% honest and factual description of you that will pass through the employer's digital scanning process into their ATS (applicant tracking system) and be flagged for review by a human.
Your resume then must pass the human test quickly, about 6 to 10 seconds, and create interest with the reader. It must connect with the 'message playing inside their' head. Only then, will the reader move from a scan to really reading your resume.
Most resume fail one or the other of these tests, i.e. the digital or human scan test.
Does a Professionally Written Resume Make a Difference?
The short answer it absolutely does! Click the Case Study box below for my personal case study.
Case Study Working With a Large US Employer
I was working with a top 10 US technology employer recruiting senior candidates in the $125K to $250K salary range.
I was submitting candidates whom I had personally interviewed in-depth using Performance-based Hiring methods. I'm considered an expert in this method.
I was getting refusals to interview my candidates despite my in-depth interview analysis. I became truly frustrated by this since my livelihood depended on it.
So, after questioning my client why several of my candidates were denied an interview, they told me that these candidate's resumes didn't stimulate interest. You see, I used their resume version.
I then devised my Magnetic Resume format and insisted on my candidates work with me to revise their resume to meet my new format. These revised resumes had to be 100% honest and factual and never embellished.
I then began submitting these revised resumes along with interview analysis. Here's the result.
I improved the submittal to interview ratio by a whopping 312%.
Here's more proof!
In late 2018 a Brooklyn-based consulting firm that champions a data-centered and validated learning approach to product development, a two-part study was performed to answer two critical questions:
- Do recruiters perceive candidates with professionally written resumes to be more desirable and employable?
- Do job seekers significantly benefit from investing in a professionally written resume?
Here is short summary of those findings.
Here is short summary of those findings.
- Remember the human scan mentioned above. Recruiters rated the professionally written resumes much better nearly twice as often as the self-written resumes: 66% vs. 34%.
- When presented with the professionally written resume versions, respondents rated them for how well they demonstrated the candidate’s ability to deliver results 57% of the time, versus 35% of the time for the original versions.
- Recruiters perceived candidates with professionally written resume to be worth 7% more than other candidates.
- Candidates who had their resumes professionally rewritten by a top resume writer (the one I recommend) had a 32% higher rate of landing a new job than those who did not.
- Among candidates with self-written resumes, 14% reported landing a new job, compared to 46% among those with professionally written resumes.
- Most candidates (68%) who used a professionally written resume landed that new job within three months, and nearly half (42%) advanced to a higher position
What Benefits Can You Expect from a Free Qualified Resume Critique?
- You should expect an unbiased perspective of your resume.
- You should receive specific details and examples from your resume.
- Your resume is a strategic document and you should expect a focus on strategy.
- You should be given constructive criticism.
- If you've already had your resume written by a professional resume writer, you'll get a valuable second opinion.
The bottom line is this: When done correctly, an online resume critique should be the foundation to the process for improving your resume, whether you choose to do it yourself or turn to a professional resume writer. The critique should provide insights that you couldn't see yourself, not just observations. After all, that's what expert feedback is all about. Ultimately, it should be a starter tool you can use to strengthen your resume.
Not all online resume critiques are created equal, however. Pay attention to resume-critique services that provide accurate, objective value and meet the criteria outlined above. The top resume writing services will do this, providing proven strategies and insights and even offering sample resumes and other resources for job seekers to consider.
There's enough stress and uncertainty involved in a job search. Don't let a resume critique contribute to more. Choose a free resume critique designed to be helpful. Use the links below for more information.
Our Recommended Resume Creators - Using an Achievement Style
I've vetted these professional resume writers and executive coaches by reviewing their work and I'm confident they will create an exceptional resume built on the achievement and accomplishment style I discovered produces the best possible result.
You'll have a professional writer assigned to you for one-on-one support. You can expect a custom, modern resume that tells your career story. With that, you can expect more interviews and be assured your resume will pass both the digital scan as well and the initial human review.
You'll also want to check our Jonathan Flaks' FREE recorded Resume Master Class. Just click on the buttons below to learn more.
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