Is a new trend about to emerge?
Who wrote your resume?
- You did it alone (86%, 173 Votes)
- Someone else (mostly) (8%, 17 Votes)
- A professional resume writer (5%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 201
My own case
In my post-army service French job search of 1999, sending out 15 resumes resulted in 7 replies the next day, so I was more than satisfied with the quality of that resume.
In my Internet Crash-era job search in Israel of 2001-2002, I sent out dozens of resumes and only received a handful of rejections replies- not very impressive at all. When I followed up, companies and recruiters confirmed what the media was saying- no one was hiring. Still, if I had done a better job searching for leads and targeting them, I could have found better job offers than the 2 in 8 months that I turned down.
Applying the lesson learned, during my last search for a job Israel in 2006, I was much more careful about how, how many and to whom my resumes were sent out. As a result, like in 1999, my rate of returns was much higher.
Although I had a lot of help from friends and family with translating my resumes from English to native-sounding French and Hebrew, I have always written them on my own. That worked fine twice, but I sure could have used expert help the other time to bring up my response rate.
What about you? Who's writing your resumes? Vote now.