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A fellow peer wants to know if resume services are worth the money and if anyone has an effective tip about job mining, as featured in the Sept. 4 CIO Focus e-newsletter. Join career professional Bob Weinstein in offering some solid advice.

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No to resume services

by pauleugene In reply to Resume services and job m ...

I once used a resume service and what they produced was terrible. Maybe it would have been better if it had specialised in IT.
Get books and read articles to get advice but produce the resume yourself.

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resume service - waste of money

by DamnIT In reply to Resume services and job m ...

Resume service is waste of money. I used several in past and they produced junk. Than I contacted one of my recruiter friend and asked for some IT executive resumes from his database. Studying other executives resume is the best way to learn how to create an executive resume.

I found that cover latter service is somewhat helpfull. But generic cover letter does not work with every job postings.

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DIY!

by db3031 In reply to Resume services and job m ...

The resume services do not know your experience. So you have to provide them all the information to create your resume. If you have the information in front of you put it into a resume. Use an example from a book or from the internet. I've not used a service myself however, someone I know tried it, spent way too much money for her to do all the leg work, then she was not satified with it, when they finally finished it. In fact, she ended up changing most of it.
In my humble opinion, DoIt Yourself!

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Unproductive

by CRM Expert In reply to Resume services and job m ...

I spent a bundle of money (xx,xxx.xx) and recieved some very nice responses such as "yor skills are quite impressive but at this time...". You get the drift. And I could have done the same thing throught the identification of the types of compnaies (SIC codes) I was targeting, creating a mail merge, and posting the multi-thousand letters.

I have to admit that I did recieve a few calls from HR because the CEO passed it on to see what it was all about. HR is not who I wanted to talk to. HRhas little knowledge of what I do and the value that I bring to the organization.

Save the money and spent the effort focusing yourself on the job and company that you want.

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Networking, networking, networking

by maryw In reply to Unproductive

You are right-- just sending "direct mail resume's" may not do the trick. What it really takes to get a job in this market is connections. Go to technical and trade events, hand out your business card, and always follow up with the people you talk to. Write or call them to thank them for talking to you when you get even a glimmer of a lead. Find people who will refer you to someone who knows someone. Eventually, that will pay off with some connections. What will get you a job is gentle persistence and good follow-up. As you have discovered, it ain't easy. You need to turn on the charm to get noticed. But it will pay off.

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WHO YOU KNOW and WHO THEY KNOW

by mus_tang_u In reply to Networking, networking, n ...

The biggest way to get yourself noticed is WHO YOU KNOW and WHO THEY KNOW. In this industry its always best to never burn the bridges of past friends and coleges in the field.

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Get help -- But don't pay for it

by jdseigel In reply to Resume services and job m ...

You want help in polishing up your resume and probably also improving your networking (people, not computers) skills. There is help available out there, and it isn't with the resume firms. They will give you a cookie-cutter resume that looks and feels like a service created it. What you want to do is joing one of the many groups in every city dedicated to helping people in job transition. These groups typically have a one time charge somewhere between $10 and $100 dollars. They have weeklymeetings and will help you with resumes, job searchs, network contacts, and general advice. You will end up have dozens of people help you with your resume and it will turn out significantly better than if you had gone to a service.

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Groups helping people in job transition

by PYDSS In reply to Get help -- But don't pay ...

What groups are these? I've never heard of them. Wish I had, since I've gone through 3 big moves with the attendant difficulties in making contacts and establishing a professional network.

Thanks!

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You have been missing out

by barb In reply to Groups helping people in ...

There are many groups out there that do as the person previously posted. Our local group is comprised of business people from all walks of life to give a rounded view (get it past the HR office into the hands of who needs it)This group helps with contacts, resumes, decisions for going on own etc. Some of the best contacts are the national members of a trade affiliation group. IEEE, NAFE, Tech republic etc.

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Get 'Real' Help

by SupportManager In reply to Get help -- But don't pay ...

Don't use a resume service, but do get help. What you really need is someone in H.R., public relations, or jouralism to "interview" you. You need an objective friend to ask you probing questions about what you contribute to an organization, what skills you possess, and where you want to go. Have that interviewer write down your answers--that is the information you need to highlight in your resume.

Then, use another friend or associate (preferably a teacher or secretary) to edit and spell-check your resume--do NOT rely on a computer for the spell checking. I see hundreds of resumes a year, and if I find a typo or spelling error, the resume goes straight into the trash--it won't get past most recruiters or H.R. professionals, either.

Finally, meet some people who do the job you want (or supervise that position). Don't ask them for a job, just ask them what they feel is important about their job, what they look for in a competent associate, etc. That is what you stress in your cover letter. Good luck.

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