Old Resume

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Edgar's resume Case Study


45 years

Previous Job

Construction Safety Expert

In a nutshell

Failed the 6-second test, story didn't work.

The challenge

Edgar has had a lengthy career in construction. He had not needed to apply online to jobs very much, and found applying online didn't get him as many interviews as applying with a paper resume used to.

How Vincent, a TopResume writer, helped Edgar

There are a lot of ways the job application process has changed since Edgar started working. For example, his specific skills were worded in long phrases and sentences and not into keyword couples like "Hazard Prevention" or "Accident Investigation" that are smoother to read and better to feed sorting computers these days. And, it seems counterintuitive, but recommendations and people's names are now usually reserved for the interview stage of the application and can actually hurt to have in a resume. I went through all the new trends with him and tidied up his problems.

Secondly, his resume was way too long and not easy on the eyes at all (sorry, Edgar!). His old resume required a lot of reading to learn what Edgar was all about, and failed the 6-second test -- that's the time you get to impress that HR rep. I worked from the top down on the layout and content, starting with a crystal clear header and everything you need to know about Edgar in the first half of the first page. Nicely formatted and impressive career bullet points filled out the rest. The result was a clear narrative that was both interesting to read and also very complimentary of Edgar's skillset.

In his own words

I think the resume writer did a fantastic job of converting a story outlining my career into a concise and effective marketing tool. Well done!

Package details

Edgar bought the Career Evolution package. This package includes a resume, cover letter, and two revisions:

  • Professionally-written - By experts that know your industry.
  • Formatted for success - Formatting that will get an Employer's attention.
  • Keyword optimized - Your resume will be optimized to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems.
  • Cover letter - Employers are 40% more likely to read a resume with a cover letter.
  • 60-day interview guarantee.

What customers say about us

I was hesitant to pay for these services, but my resume needed some serious help. It wasn't a week after I received my updated resume, and I was offered a position. The staff was extremely helpful and responsive-- they were thorough in asking what I wanted and the goals I was hoping to achieve. 10/10-- would recommend to anyone.
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Excellent service. My writer was able to take a jumbled mess that eventually became 6 un-edited pages of job duties and responsibilities and turned it into a two-page concise document that represents me in a professional manner.
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