You want feedback on your new resume before starting your job search. But who gives the best resume advice? Who among your family, friends or colleagues should you turn to to get constructive feedback?
Probably none of them.
Occasionally when I’m working with a client, they report feedback from “my brother-in-law,” “my manager,” or “the career center at my university.” And that feedback typically centers around suggestions that reveal a lack of experience with the recruitment process. While well-intentioned, feedback from individuals who aren’t familiar with how a recruiter goes about sourcing candidates isn’t necessarily useful. Even hiring managers – who are likely the final decision-maker – don’t participate in the candidate screening performed by an internal or external recruiter. And often, that recruiter only sees your resume if it passes through the ATS.
Think back to when you were writing your college application essay. EVERYBODY weighed in, didn’t they? But how familiar were any of those people with the college admissions process? Other than your high school guidance counselor, and I’ll bet that’s whose opinion you and your parents went with, even if you/they disagreed. Because the person who works with colleges every day, year after year, knows best.
it’s no different now that you’re an adult. The best resume advice comes from someone who has participated in recruitment, and that should – but doesn’t always – include the person you select to write your resume.
The best resume advice I can give you is based on my profession – human resources – which required me to recruit and hire hundreds of professionals. Read about my pricing and process, and let’s get started.