Wanna write a better resume – Go back to College! But before you start rolling your eyes and clicking outta here – hear me out.
You have two choices when it comes to writing a resume. You can either have someone write it for you or you can write it yourself – pretty obvious, right.
And the pro’s and con’s are just as straightforward. Having someone write your resume – “professionally” – can cost you a pretty penny. Resume writing services and freelancers can charge up to several thousand dollars.
But it’s all relative I suppose. If you’re gunning for a ridiculously high paying job, then dropping a few hundred bucks or more shouldn’t be a problem.
Your other option may cost “less” but it requires a lot more sweat equity. You can buy and use a template program like Kevin Donlin and David Perry’s Guerrilla Resume or you can use any number of books out there. Libraries and bookstores are loaded with do it yourself resumes manuals/books.
Of course, every online job board has programs for putting resumes together.
All that said, I think there is one resource that a lot of folks tend to overlook.
This where the college line comes in.
Every school – small and large – has a career services department or program for their soon-to-be graduates and job seeking alumni. And generally, these are really good programs.
And regardless of what school you did or didn’t graduate from; you’d be remiss in not at least looking at what’s out there.
This is like a Mother Lode of Information. Some have come back to me and said that it’s too much, and maybe not even relevant. Perhaps, but this needs to be put in context.
Obviously, you are not (or maybe you are) affiliated with UPenn. You are not an undergraduate or graduate there. The information there is specifically geared toward those two groups. I get that.
Principles and guidelines for writing a good resume and/or cover letters never change.
And that’s what you need to keep in mind as you research UPenn’s guidelines, templates, checklists, and samples on resumes. And believe, the information is comprehensive – go look and see for yourself!
But do yourself a favor and spend some time on sites like UPenn’s. UPenn has spend a pretty penny – no doubt – to offer the best advice it can to its graduating students. You can take advantage, and you should.
Now lookit – for all I know – UPenn may not want non-graduates from using their site. If I get an email telling me to remove this post, then my bad. But it’s out there. It ain’t secure – it don’t need no log-in’s or registration, blah, blah, blah. Just click on the that link, or this one, and start researching (wow, my English is terrible).
So that’s what I mean by going back to college to write a better resume.