How Much Value Do You Place On Your Resume – and on the Person who Writes It?

After reading a blog post “How much is your resume worth?”  I was very interested in the dozens of comments following. However, one particularly stood out for me (though I confess I didn’t get the chance to read all the way to the end).

This comment by a Ron McManmon:

“…Would you cut your own hair? Mend your own broken arm? People think they can “get by” with some resume help from a friend and some can, but I think it is important to recognize when it’s time to call in a professional. There are all ranges of pricing for “professional” resume writers but know this: you typically get what you pay for, just like with anything else. A bargain isn’t always the best product. I consider this to be a fair statement: “I don’t believe too many people have been hired solely because of a great resume BUT I am certain many people have NOT been hired because of a bad one.”

Understand, just because a professional resume writer crafts your resume does not mean you are not a competent, even a skilled, writer. It is extemely difficult to write objectively about your own skills and achievements, and there are many rules and strategies to creating a truly powerful resume.

Yes, of course you can write, and you can also pick up a pair of sissors and cut your hair BUT you don’t because you recognise that you have your unique area of expertise, the hair dresser has his or hers, and same with your mechanic. You wouldn’t hesitate to hire a professional in these areas.

Many job candidates don’t realise a resume crafted to ‘sell’ him or her as a highly desirable candidate – and after all that is what a resume should be – a strategically targeted, uniquely tailored sales tool – can easily take 7 hours plus plus.

Perhaps it’s time resume writers – and I am speaking of highly skilled/accredited writers – received broader recognition as the professionals they are.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Warm regards, Beverley Neil

October 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm 2 comments

How Does Your Hair Colour Relate to Your Job Prospects?

 According to an article in the Telegraph U.K. Blonde women are dyeing their hair brown to be taken more seriously in the office. In the study commissioned by Superdrug, involving 2,500 women across the UK, some startling results have been revealed:
*  62% of people think brunettes look more professional than blondes in the workplace

*  31% of blonde women have gone brunette to appear more intelligent in the office

*  38% of fair-haired women believe their hair colour has held them back in their career

*  38% of those who have changed their hair colour believe they are now taken more seriously by their boss
Go figure!!

Here’s to writing powerful resumes – and to fairness in the work place!

Beverley Neil

September 30, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

The Most Frustrating Part of Being a Resume Writer

I find the most difficult part about being a resume writer is educating people what a resume could and should look like.

Because everyone has had a resume at one point or another – and often several resume versions – most job seekers feel they know all there is to know about how to write a resume.

My own dear family are a case in point. I have offered on a number of occasions to write a resume (free naturally being my family) for an extended family member, however, each have declined politely saying it was ok as they had already written one. They have never seen the style of resumes I write and are just as much in the dark as the general public.

When many of our own educational and government institutions are also in the dark with the advice they provide students on compiling a resume, why would the general public think any differently.

If you want to know what a professional resume can look like, email me at and I will be only too happy to email you an example no obligation, no hassle, no follow-up.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 27, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Concerned About What Interests to Include in Your Resume?

There seems to be lots of confusion and uncertainty about what interests, if any, to include in a resume. I have already blogged on this but, in short, it comes down to how relevant the interest is to the position, does it showcase a side of your personality that will stand you in good stead and is it a perceived ‘high-risk’ or even socially ‘senstive’ interest.

For example:

1/ You may get little benefit from including stamp collecting on a personal trainer resume but get a lot of milage by including kick boxing. This does not mean you should necessarily leave stamp collecting off as it does show a side to your personality, but that it is not an interest that will necessarily help you land an interview as much as kick boxing would.

2/ Endurance sports and endeavours such as marathon running show aspects of your personality such as determination and goal setting while team sports can demonstrate your ability to work within a team environment for the ‘greater good’.

3/ Sports such as caving may be regarded as high-risk in some industries and best left off your resume but then discussed at the interview where you have the opportunity to go into the safety standards and dispel any concerns about your not showing up for work on Monday.

As with every aspect of your resume, each section needs to be written and tailored with your audience and the role in mind.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm 2 comments

New DIY Resume Writing Course for Job Seekers

At last, my new DIY resume writing course for job seekers is up and running full of step-by-step instructions, tools and samples. Take a peek at

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

September 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Are Credit Checks on Job Applicants Set to Rise?

It seems a survey conducted on  reveals some employers are conducting credit checks on potential employees to verify the applicant’s identity and employment history, level of current responsibility, and to ascertain if there is any risk of workplace theft.

These checks can be applied to applicants for financial, accounting and bookkeeping roles, those who supervise budgets and anyone who handles or has access to cash and other valuables.

It’s possible trends like this could be set to rise.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

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May 26, 2009 at 10:12 am 1 comment

Are You Showing the Wrong Kind of Emotions at Your Job Interviews?

“In today’s ultracompetitive job market, even getting an interview is a feat. Yet recruiters and hiring managers say many unemployed candidates blow the opportunity by appearing desperate or bitter about their situations — often without realizing it.”

So says a very good article in the Wall Street Journal. If you’re in the interview market click over and read some very solid advice –

Here’s to writing powerful resumes – and keeping it together at interviews.

Beverley Neil

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May 20, 2009 at 11:23 am 2 comments

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