Amy L. Adler Nominated for Prestigious TORI Award, Salt Lake City, UT

Amy L. Adler Nominated for Prestigious TORI Award, Salt Lake City, UT

Five Strengths Career Transition Experts, Salt Lake City, UT, is proud to announce that Amy L. Adler, CEO, has been nominated for Career Directors International’s Toast of the Resume Industry Award (TORI) for Best Executive Resume.

Local writer, Amy L. Adler, CEO of Five Strengths, has been selected for nomination in the category of Best Executive Resume in the 2012 TORI Awards, also known as the Toast of the Resume Industry. This is the first such nomination for a Utah-based professional résumé writer in the history of the TORI Award program. It recognizes Adler’s excellence in executive resume writing, a critical component of Five Strengths’ comprehensive career transition program.TORI Award Nomination for Best Executive Resume logo

Five Strengths serves executives and professionals in career transition throughout Utah and across the United States by preparing them with customized career coaching, professional resume writing, and outplacement services in Utah’s changing employment marketplace. Says Adler, a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, upon receiving the TORI nomination, “Having successfully served hundreds of executives in career transition, I am delighted to be recognized for resume writing excellence. Executives and professionals need to be prepared better than their competition for the jobs of their choice. By hiring a firm recognized as one of the best, they can develop the professional portfolio they need to succeed in a competitive job market.”

About the TORI Awards

The TORI Awards recognize excellence in professional resume writing and are presented annually by Career Directors International (CDI). Each year, TORI nominations and selections raise the bar and set new standards for resume writers and career coaches worldwide. Professional resume writers submitted entries for the TORI Awards in June, and a panel of the industry’s top writers judged the submissions. Up to six entries have been nominated in each category. The winning resume and cover letters will be announced in October.

CDI’s President Laura DeCarlo, proudly states, “While winning a TORI Award represents the pinnacle of resume writing expertise within the industry, nomination for a TORI is one of the most prestigious honors a resume writer can achieve. Being recognized as ‘one of the best’ by your peers is an accolade that very few get to savor.” CDI is the industry’s premier professional association and maintains more than 500 members, providing continuing education, testing, and coaching for professional resume writers and career coaches.

About Amy L. Adler and Five Strengths

Amy L. Adler, MBA, MA, CARW is the founder and CEO of Five Strengths Career Transition Experts, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five Strengths is the region’s premier career transition and job search company. Amy, who manages all aspects of the company on a daily basis, is one of the most experienced career transitions experts in the nation and frequently writes and speaks on jobs, career transitions, resume writing, interview skills, and online presence maintenance. A Certified Advanced Resume Writer, Amy has written hundreds of resumes for C-level executives and professionals around the world. She founded Five Strengths to provide a comprehensive approach to job search preparation and career transition. Five Strengths has coached hundreds of professionals, rising directors, and leading executives to achieve the interviews and job offers of their dreams. Five Strengths also offers a personalized approach to outplacement services for companies experiencing downsizing or other transitions.

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Your Professional Resume Shows Your Authority—and Builds Great Resume SEO

Your Professional Resume Shows Your Authority—and Builds Great Resume SEO

More answers to Top 5 Resume Mistakes That Say “Don’t Hire Me”.

“Responsible for” Is Not Good Resume Writing

The question of whether a job seeker is “responsible for” something is old news for resume writers. We know not to include that type of language. It’s boring. It doesn’t describe anything active or with an outcome. It sounds like a copy-and-paste from the person’s human resources job posting. I am not going to retread that information. If you want more about that, see this article on 7 Words You Can’t Say in a Resume. It’s always been one of my favorite—and most popular—posts. I’m not going to retread it here.

Resume SEO Means Fewer, More Powerful Language

Resume SEO—a new phrase that is hitting the forefront and capturing the attention of career coaches and professional resume writers alike. Job seekers, too, need to pay attention to resume SEO. One of the best ways you as a job seeker can do this is by making sure that your resume language has power per total words. That’s not an actual measure, of course, but it should give you something to think about as you review your own resume language.

Resume SEO for Applicant Tracking Systems

Preptel.com has cornered the market on this strategy. The service enables job seekers to upload their resume and compare it to job postings, word for word. This is what a good professional resume writer does with hand and brain, but the challenge remains the same. Job seeker resumes need to have the right language within the text, so that they are picked up by human resources applicant tracking systems (think: online applications) via the search algorithms that pull up potential candidates. In simpler terms, a marketing executive resume isn’t going to be selected for an electrical engineering position—the phrases that describe a marketing executive simply don’t apply to the technical aspects of electrical engineering. In more complex terms, a marketing executive resume needs to have specific phrases that will be picked up by the search engine algorithm as matches for what a job posting is looking for.

Resume SEO for Human Readers

On the other hand, some humans—Salt Lake City, Utah recruiters, hiring managers of small businesses, and others—do read resumes with their own eyes. The more focused the language is and the more relevant the wording is, the more likely that human will evaluate the resume more closely. Fluffy, nonspecific language won’t make the grade, but highly technical, relevant wording will impress these very human brains with very specific problems they need to solve with a new hire.

What Does Resume SEO Have to Do with “Responsible for”?

SEO in broad terms can be thought of as having the right language in the right place for the right reader. Resume SEO is the same, as I explained above. Job seekers who use “responsible for” in every bullet of their resumes are adding two times the number of total bullets more words than are necessary—which dilutes the value of the words that are in there that are relevant. Simply by removing the words that a) add no technical value (again see 7 Words You Can’t Say in a Resume) and b) are simply fluffy extras will dilute your resume’s total impact on a hiring manager, recruiter, or applicant tracking system.

 

Learn why your executive resume isn’t making the cut: Top 5 Resume Mistakes That Say “Don’t Hire Me”

Including an Objective Statement: The Resume Killer

In an earlier post about resume mistakes, I mentioned that including an objective in your professional resume is a kiss of death. Hiring managers do not know you, do not care about you, and do not want to know you. So writing anything that starts with “I want” is going to kill your nascent relationship with the hiring manager, who does not care that you like people, communicate well, or want to increase your responsibilities.

Your job is to make hiring managers want to read your professional resume and learn something special about you. They want to know what makes you different and what makes you the right one for the job.

You can make that happen with by nixing the objective statement and overhauling your resume with a branding statement that blows your reader away. Remember, all hiring managers are hoping that the resume they are reading now is owned by their next great hire. All you have to do is convince them that you are the right one and make them want to pick up the phone and dial your cell.

Does this sound intimidating?

Write for Your Audience While Writing about You

The easiest solution to the problem of why an objective statement is the worst opener for a great resume begins with your sitting down with yourself and asking yourself what makes you great.

Your answers to that very general question must be very specific. They have to address your specific history and your specific abilities and skills. Some examples of these answers can include the following.

  • You drive $X revenue per year
  • You manage distributed teams for a global company
  • You have the reputation of being the go-to expert on some critical industry topic
  • You find revenue when the economy is down by increasing wallet share
  • You build operations departments for car dealerships in the deep south where the organizational silos divide every employee into either “parts” or “service.”

What You Have to Do Now

Of course, these are only examples. You can’t copy these for your own resume. Why not? Because these are made-up examples. They refer to nobody in particular, certainly not you. A famous person once said that the right answer is usually the most difficult, costly, and frustrating.

You have to pick up a pencil and pad and start to brainstorm about what makes you great. That is the only answer. But when you finally have that answer, and you are confident that the words represent you the way you want to portray your brand of excellence, you will start to notice something remarkable that might not have happened before.

Your phone will start to ring.

Your professional resume will start to get you those interviews you have been after, because you are starting to show the value that you offer to a hiring manager. You will show in your professional resume that you have done A, B, and C before, and you are likely to be able to achieve those types of results again.

Learn why your executive resume isn’t making the cut: Top 5 Resume Mistakes That Say “Don’t Hire Me”

Top 5 Resume Mistakes That Say “Don’t Hire Me”

Top 5 Resume Mistakes That Say “Don’t Hire Me”

Including an Objective Statement

Your professional resume is all about you, right? Therefore, your objective is all about you, too. However, you’re sending your professional resume to a hiring manager—you’re not reading it to yourself in the echo chamber. And guess who the hiring manager wants to think most about? Himself (or herself). Not you.

Here’s my answer: Including an Objective Statement: The Resume Killer.

Telling the Hiring Manager that You Were “Responsible”

When I see the word “responsible” on a resume, I often chuckle to myself that this has to be a copy-and-paste from an HR job description. Human Resources always wants employees to be “responsible” for some task or solution. However, we never know if the job applicant’s resume indicates that the job seeker was merely responsible for something. Did that professional actually do something? Or was that person simply “responsible” for it, never getting around to achieving it.

Here’s my answer: Your Professional Resume Shows Your Authority—and Builds Great Resume SEO

Putting Your Education before Your Experience

Sometimes, I see executive resumes, or even resumes of experienced professionals, that include decades-old college education in the first line or two of the resume. Clearly, these job seekers must not think much of their professional experience or executive leadership. Why else would they focus on what most hiring leaders would consider a given?

Here’s my answer: Education Goes Last on a Professional or Executive Resume

Including Your High School Diploma

When your Salt Lake City professional resume promotes your high school education, you’re wasting valuable space on your resume. If you have at least one job after high school, any college education at all, or some post-high school technical training, your hiring manager is assuming that you have attended high school. What if you didn’t graduate high school? I’ve written executive resumes in Salt Lake City for senior vice presidents who did not finish high school, or who have obtained their GEDs. Your chances of success aren’t limited by your lack of education—in some cases, going straight to work shows an incredible work ethic. Either way, we don’t need to know about your high school education.

Here’s my answer: Resume Strategies for Executives Who Never Went to College

Poor Resume Design that Makes Your Executive Resume Unreadable

Ever try to read the fine print on a 30-second TV commercial? It’s impossible, because the advertiser typically does not want you to read the fine print. So why would you send a resume in to a hiring manager in 8-point type? Other common blunders include using resume bullet points that are really paragraphs, and paragraphs that should be broken into three paragraphs.

Here’s my answer: Five Easy Steps to Executive Resume Readability

Bonus Mistake #6: Pink Ink and Red Paper

Once, as a child, I wrote my grandmother a letter. In childish handwriting, I scrawled red letters across pink paper. She immediately called me and told me never to use red ink on pink paper, because it was completely unreadable. The same holds true for your professional resume: Do not use red ink (or blue ink, or brown ink, or yellow ink), and do not use pink paper (or blue paper, or green paper). Stick to basic black ink and basic white, cream, or gray paper.

 

Smart Tips for Getting Professional Training in Salt Lake City

Smart Tips for Getting Professional Training in Salt Lake City

Enhance Your Professional Resume with these Great Tips

Professionals and executives working in the Salt Lake City metro area might be concerned about how to increase their professional upward mobility in a bad economy. Advanced job opportunities seem to be scarce. Your current opportunity for immediate promotion might seem bleak. You can improve your own chances for promotion within your company or for a new job in a different company with the following tips.

Custom Fit Training from Salt Lake City Community College Offers Skills Development at a Discount

The Custom Fit Training program from SLCC’s Miller Business Resource Center offers training to suit your Utah business. Utilizing Utah state funds, Custom Fit Training will work with your company to create and provide skills enhancement that address your company’s specific needs. Although you have to work within specific parameters to apply for program acceptance, the program will pay for a significant portion of your training fees. Says the Salt Lake Community College Custom Fit Training web site, “Custom Fit Training is one of Corporate Solutions most flexible, customized training programs designed to provide Utah businesses with a well-trained workforce. Utilizing Utah state funds, Custom Fit Training is designed to stimulate economic development and facilitate the creation of new jobs in our state.” Clearly, this type of education can improve your technical knowledge, because you can obtain almost any type of training or certification with the program. Additionally, you will have the cache of adding a local brand name to your professional resume that Salt Lake City companies will easily recognize and appreciate.

Attend a Local Utah College

There are so many local colleges and continuing education programs in Salt Lake City and in Utah that provide additional training that you might need to get that promotion. Although many colleges in the Salt Lake Valley require matriculation toward a degree, so many will allow you to enroll as a nonmatriculated student. If you are lucky, you might even be allowed to audit a class—you’ll get to sit in the lectures for free or at a reduced fee, and you can read any materials the teacher assigns, but you probably won’t be able to participate in classroom discussions.

Capitalize on Your Existing Experience in Your Professional Resume

Either way, the new coursework becomes a great addition to your professional resume.

  • If you happen to be unemployed currently, consider using this training as an addition to your professional work experience, in a line item entitled “Educational Sabbatical.”
  •  If you do not have a college degree, you can include a new line in your professional resume that indicates you are now in the process of seeking an associate of arts, associate of science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science. Including a line that you are in the process of seeking a degree prevents the online application systems from automatically rejecting your professional resume, if a degree is a requirement for the promotion you’re seeking.
  • If you are currently employed and want to get a new job in a different company, any updated training or coursework you might have will enhance your resume in the eyes of your future employer.
  • If you are seeking a promotion within your current company, enhanced education on your professional resume indicates to a hiring manager that you are seeking to prove you can handle greater responsibility.

Wondering How to Get a Job Fast? Six Tips to Focus Your Job Search

Wondering How to Get a Job Fast?

Six Tips to Focus Your Job Search

If you’re wondering how to get a job fast, you need to stop spinning your wheels and start focusing. Here are 6 tips on how to focus your job search so you can get the right job quickly.

  1. Hire a professional resume writing service. Your first impression has to be 100% perfect. If you’re not confident that you can write a resume that makes the phone ring, call a professional resume writer to get the job done. The money you spend will pay itself back in job search speed and increased salary.
  2. Stop sending out dozens of resumes. No local market has tens or dozens or hundreds of jobs that are right for you. You might find 3 or 4 in a day’s research, but certainly not more than that. Stop wasting time sending out resumes for jobs that you a) are not interested in, and b) you’re not qualified for.
  3. Join a job club. Networking is hard for job seekers, even for the savviest among you. By joining a job club, either locally or virtually, you’ll find there is a support structure that can help you overcome the difficulties of introducing yourself and communicating your needs effectively. Job clubs also often have the benefit of being led by experts in job search.
  4. Cold call one or two people you don’t know who have jobs similar to the one you are targeting. Politely request a phone meeting with them of about 15 minutes in length. Use that time to ask specific questions about their position, what they like, what they don’t like, how they got where they are. You’ll find that people love to talk about themselves, and you’ll get great information for your own job search. N.B.: Don’t ask these people for a job. If you have to ask them anything, ask if they know someone you should meet; get that person’s phone number and use it to set up another cold-call meeting.
  5. Rework your LinkedIn profile. Change your URL to a vanity URL. Pepper your profile with critical keywords. Ask or answer a question. Learn about anything with the Updates function.

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6. Practice interview questions. You’ll need to know those answers when you’ve completed #1-5 above—the more focused you are, the easier it will be for you to get a job fast.

Have questions about how to get your job faster than you can do it alone?

Call me at 801-810-JOBS to learn about my professional resume writing service.

Crafting the Best Resume for You and Your Unique Job Search

The best resume you can write—or that a professional resume writer can write for you—is

  • Unique to your specific job search
  • Targeted to the positions you are trying to obtain
  • Authentically about your specific career history and your personal brand.

There are hundreds of articles on resume personal branding. There are perhaps thousands of articles on resume accomplishment statements. However, strictly speaking, using accomplishments in your bullets alone won’t convert your history into your unique branding, or make your career history into the best resume it can be.

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You could research resume examples written for anonymous other members of your industry (or look at a friend’s) and copy the bullets word for word. You could also use resume writing systems that you buy on the Internet, which are simply lists of bullets that you can use in your resume. And there are the professional resume writers that won’t even talk to you before embarking on the tricky process of writing a resume that best suits your job search.

These seemingly simple systems don’t work. They do not capture the authentic you. If you want to be authentic in your job search and to find the best fit for your specific job search needs, you need to think about your resume as an organic document that is borne of your particular personal history. Even if you worked in a factory, or even ran one, you are not a factory yourself. There’s no such thing as data-in, data-out in a resume writing process that gets you interviews. It’s much more thoughtful and careful than that.

The following are the minimum steps I follow to write the best resume that fits your specific job search needs.

  • I learn about what makes you special.
  • I learn about what makes you unique.
  • I ask you about every aspect of your job, in the context of your position, role, and industry.

When I start a resume writing project, I start with a blank screen. Yes, this process is tougher than using a resume template, but it’s much more authentic. I start from scratch because I make sure that each client receives 100% unique content that is 100% about his/her specific career history, branding, and personal excellence.

If this is the type of personal, one-on-one, targeted resume writing service you need, call me at 801-810-JOBS. I am confident it will produce the best resume for you.

 

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Is Not Your Resume

Your Resume Will be Your LinkedIn, if LinkedIn Has Anything to Say About It

There has been significant buzz in the last few weeks about what LinkedIn’s plans are for being the forum of choice the job application process. We already know that recruiters are using LinkedIn to source candidates. What about having job seekers turn that around and use LinkedIn as the application “app” of choice?

I recently spoke with Mary Cosgrove, of What’s Working Well? about how LinkedIn can enter this market so easily. She commented, “I think we are on a continuum to figuring this out. Current on-line applications processes are barriers to finding good hires. It’s like, ‘let me waste your time and energy to see how bad you really want to work here.’ We all know it’s broken – Linked in could be a strategy to helping.”

So if we start with the assumption that the online job search system is inefficient and frustrating, then we can be confident that there are lots of openings to make the system better, easier, and more efficient for both sides of the hiring process.

LinkedIn Has Stepped in to Fix This Problem

LinkedIn is promoting an app that dumps your profile into a pretty resume template, which users can save for downloading. At the same time, employers can now use an “apply with LinkedIn” button on their web sites. Both of these ease the burden on the part of the applicant and the employer to get applications in quickly.

Donna Svei, The Avid Careerist, recently weighed in on this issue in a recent blog post: “[S]avvy job seekers, who always begin with the end in mind, will write and format their profiles to please recruiters rather than themselves.” Regardless of whether candidates plan to use their profiles as their resumes, her thought–and LinkedIn’s, clearly–is that the LinkedIn profile will equal the resume. However, the profile remains static, unless job seekers are tweaking their public presence every time they apply for a new position.

Mary Cosgrove echoed this, saying, “If you are applying using the ‘button,’ I would recommend changing the profile to match the job. If you apply for more than one, that can prove problematic.” So, I don’t believe that LinkedIn has solved the critical requirement of resume customization per job target—yet.

LinkedIn Is NOT Your Resume

It can’t be. Not yet. LinkedIn is so flexible that it can’t serve as a resume that a job candidate can use to apply for every position worth applying for. The following criticisms of the process have been raised:

  • The templates that LinkedIn offers for resumes are pretty, but candidates need to use LinkedIn’s “Markdown” language to customize and lay out the resume text to bring the resume up to standard. The effort to do this for every new position would be significant on the part of the user.
  • Even though users can create multiple versions of their resume, and export them to PDF or save them in the system, each new resume targeted to a new position requires a live tweak of the profile. We all know that once a user hits “save” on a profile, the profile is live—there is no “holding space” for multiple profile versions. Job seekers would have to save their multiple profile versions on their desktops in Word or Notepad.
  • Resumes—and cover letters—are meant to be customized for each job search target. If a job seeker were to tweak his or her profile for every position, the world would be seeing new versions of that person’s candidacy every time he or she applied for a new position. To me, that’s just confusing.
  • There is no cover letter option in LinkedIn. LinkedIn does not provide an option for a cover letter. Because some hiring managers like them and some hate them, smart job seekers should include them. Enough said.
  • If this process moved forward, HR departments will be flooded with untargeted applications. Probably, with the ease of applying in place, candidates would apply everywhere, regardless of their actual qualifications, endlessly flooding human resources departments with resumes, which would place significant burden on HR to identify the truly viable applicants? There would have to be additional gatekeeper questions on the part of companies to eliminate the needless flood.
  • Hiring managers need to know MORE about candidates, not the SAME things about candidates. Last, and most significantly relative to managing your online presence, when people seek candidates out online, I would think they would want MORE about them, not the same stuff that exists on the resume. The profile is a candidate’s prime opportunity to demonstrate why he or she is unique, capable, and a good fit, using more than simple accomplishment statements. The rules are looser compared to those governing the stringent requirements of the resume, and candidates should take advantage of these open opportunities to enhance their online images.

Is LinkedIn the Promise for the Future of Online Job Applications

I think we all rather hope so. If there was a one-touch option for applying for multiple jobs, the process would be spectacularly easier for job applicants. We all have to work to figure out how best to customize the process so that it is more efficient for applicants and effective for the companies seeking them.

6 Techniques for Finding Superior Sample Resumes and Sample Cover Letters

Sample Resumes and Cover Letters That Got the Interviews

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Ever wonder why it’s so difficult to find good sample resumes and sample cover letters out there on the Internet? Do a Google search, and you’ll get millions of options. How do you know that the site you’re viewing can actually help you get the interview you need for the job you want?

A good sample resume has 3 critical elements:

  1. It’s a real resume with noncritical details anonymized for the sake of the actual job seeker’s privacy. A real resume that got a real interview has inherent credibility and value.
  2. The resume was written by an industry expert. Check the writer’s credentials for certifications, experience, and track record. Especially look at the person’s testimonials and success stories—mine, for example, are all real quotes from satisfied job seeking clients.
  3. A successful sample resume follows industry standards. By ensuring that the resume follows the Indispensability + Findability = Employability equation, you can be confident that your resume will be human-readable and machine-readable. Your human audience needs to understand your goals and intentions for your new position. Searchers on corporate applicant tracking systems, into which you upload your resume and cover letter, need to be able to find your resume easily among the thousands stored there.

A good sample cover letter also follows 3 essential requirements:

  1. Once again, a superior cover letter sample is a real document (anonymized for privacy). You’ll note that it matches the sample resume to which it is attached. They will form a complete package that addresses the (very real) hiring manager’s (very specific) needs.
  2. A great sample cover letter shows you how to address the job target and job description. By using language that the hiring manager expects to see, this letter addresses specific points related to the job target, showing that the applicant is competent, skilled, and knowledgeable.
  3. Last, a cover letter after which you can model your own sounds like the person for whom it was written. When you model your cover letter (or resume) after a sample you read, you should use language that sounds like you, not like the person about whom it was written. Furthermore, just as a good sample resume and cover letter go together in style and format, you should ensure that your resume and cover letter feel like they match in the same way.

Sample Resumes and Cover Letters That Got the Interviews

These 6 points having been made, I am proud to announce the publication of Sample Resumes and Cover Letters That Got the Interviews. I encourage you to download this f*ree publication, which I created especially for job seekers who need to see how successful career documentation is created and presented.

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10 Commandments for a Sparkling Cover Letter


1. Write a cover letter—then send it with your resume.

You’d be surprised how few job seekers actually include cover letters with their resumes. These “naked” resumes might get read—or they might get trashed. If your target hiring manager is one of those who loves to find out more about star applicants, you need to provide the means for her to do so.

2. Include the proper address and job title.

Don’t embarrass yourself and automatically consign your resume to the dustbin by neglecting to personalize your letter for the hiring manager and position you’re seeking.

3. Create a simple, elegant design for your letterhead.

Ensure that the hiring manager sees that your resume and letter come together as a package.

4. Don’t rehash your resume.

Your resume is a detailed list of your accomplishments. A cover letter is an introduction to your resume. Don’t confuse the two. Instead, highlight the best of your resume and explain why your accomplishments prove you’ll be the best for the job.

5. Don’t write more than one page.

Again, your letter is a teaser for your resume. If you’ve gone over one page, you’re boring your reader. Be succinct; be punchy; be powerful.

6. Highlight the best of your accomplishments.

When you do mention your career history, make sure that you’ve selected the most relevant, most incisive, and most exemplary accomplishments. You might need to tweak these based on the job posting.

7. Use impeccable grammar and spelling.

If this isn’t your long suit, ask someone to read it. Barring that, read it out loud to yourself. Backward. Sentence by sentence. Trust me: That technique will enable you to focus on each word of each sentence.

8. Use online application systems to your advantage.

If you’re uploading your resume into an online application (applicant tracking system), create one document with your letter on the first page and your resume on the second and third pages.

9. Keep e-mailed cover letters short.

Attention spans for e-mail are shorter than those for printed material. Your e-mailed cover letter might be half to two-thirds the length of your printed one.

10. Hire an expert writer if you have any misgivings about commandments 1-9.

If you have any reservations about your ability to craft a top-flight resume, cover letter, or post-interview thank you letter, hire a certified advanced resume writer.  No doubt you’ll shorten your job search.