Posted on Sep 13, 2014
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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Would you mind elaborating on your reason for choosing one service over the other? Thanks for your collaboration.
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I would prefer to write it myself with aid from an advisor. I would also ask him questions about the format and what employees are looking for. I learned a while back you should never use the same resume twice. It should cater to the position you are applying for.

On a side note. I see you work for shell. Where does shell seek to place military personal, occupation wise? My father works in the Gulf as a Maritime Engineer down there. I know a little about it.
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MSG Sommer Brown
MSG Sommer Brown
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I prefer to write it and be coached on improvements, how else are we to learn and grow as individuals. The conversation had, reveals more information and teaches someone more than to pay someone who doesn't know you to make you sound great and wonderful. If you can't take the time to sit down and put together your own resume and seek help from a coach or adviser and discuss areas of improvement, then that in and of its self says something about that person or does to me. Again, everyone has an opinion and that is mine. I do find it hard to do my own resume, simply because I underplay my "skills" and "experiences", I tend to look at everything as being part of my job and not a big deal; this is where a coach or adviser helps to point out, that what I see as small is not necessarily looked at as being small to others.
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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Sommer,

The best way is to get the product together and let someone tweek or coach you through making it better. You noticed I said better not perfection. I always tell people get me in 1k grid and we can go from 4 digit....to 6 digit to an 8 digit grid
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I have found after interviewing many hundreds of people for many dozens of jobs, that it is very easy to know who has written their resume and who has had their resume written for them.

If you write your resume, generally you will speak like you write. You will use the same style and words. You will know what your resume states. You will know your skill list and your record of employment.

When a professional writes a resume, it is was generally, glaringly obvious the applicant had not written what was being presented. The mannerisms were not in synced. This would automatically place the applicant in a lower standard than if they had written their own. I would typically deep-dive into the resume to find out what was truth and what was spin/fabrication.

In my time hiring over 20 years or so, I can remember hiring exactly one candidate who used a professional service. This was a for an entry level position and the applicant suited the position and just did not know how to write a resume with almost no content.

By-in-large I found that applicants who wrote their own resumes to be better interviews with the applicant more confident in the content as well as their ability.

Too often resume services over state capabilities and responsibilities to get the applicant noticed, and the applicant would not stand up to scrutiny regarding the fabricated material.

In summary, in my opinion, the applicant appears more professional and more trustworthy when they write their own.
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MSgt Scott Gaston
MSgt Scott Gaston
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Very interesting...Never even thought about that!
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PO1 Larry Castle I would rather see a rougher, accurate resume than a polished fabricated one...
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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Ivan I agree with you and typically when you bring someone in for the interview you have already read their resume usually one of my first question is so tell me a little bit about your role in position "X"......I literally asked someone this question and his response was its on the resume. I know what is on your resume I am trying to find out if there is a good fit. So if you get someone to write your story know what they are writing about you because a skilled hiring manager, recruiter will sniff it out
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Absolutely!
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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I'd like to write my own and be coached. I've been doing a lot of resume writing lately and it is not a one resume fits all even for the same position. I did have some services take a look at mine some years back and it was both funny and pathetic to see how each contradicted each other in resume philosophy. It left me very confused so I never tried it again.
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PO1 Andrew White
PO1 Andrew White
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I always recommend (particularly to guys on their way out of the Service) to write it themselves...but definitely have someone else look at it. The "Family Service Centers" have plenty of resources available for writing a strong resume. Above all, "demilitarize" it as much as possible using civilian translations for jobs and positions held.
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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The biggest take away is that you want to minimize the amount of eyes on it because honestly you will get different perspectives. The resume is a working document. It should be written for the employer it is your story to depict the roles you were in the key is that you include metrics. When you joined the organization how was it, when you touched it what were the improvements money save, processes improved, and the list can go on......but you are telling your story.
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