Too many, too few, or just the right amount? I remember when I was a student at McGill University in Montreal, I thought that job hunting was a pure numbers game and that I needed to get out as many resumes as possible if I wanted a good chance at finding a job. Luckily, at that time I didn't know about resume distribution services, also known as "resume blasters", where you can pay to have your resume sent to thousands of recruiters or employers, turning yourself into a creator of job search spam. Can you imagine what it's like to be on the receiving end of those resume blasts? And we wonder why recruiters don't always respond...
The most accurate poll I've conducted so far this year (probably). Read on to find out why that is, but first... The poll results and what they mean Here are the official results of the poll: [poll id="7"] 86% You did it alone Not much surprise here, you probably wrote your own resume too. 8% Someone else (mostly) This poll answer could have been clearer, but I think voters did understand that it was for the case where the main writer of your resume wasn't you or a professional resume writer. Perhaps it was a family member, a friend, a school counselor, a job search coach, a career center staffer, etc. When I found my job at Amazon, a friend helped translate translated my resume into French. He did a great job, and the result was memorable in a completely unintentional but positive way- there were some Quebecois expressions that got a chuckle from French recruiters.
Is a new trend about to emerge?
Given various taboos about money and job seekers, I was really curious how this poll would turn out.
My take on the idea of job search spending has changed completely over the years, but what's yours?