Let’s be real. Writing a resume is tough – especially if you have no experience doing so. What do you usually do when you don’t know how to do something? You type it into Google and begin to get lost in the countless services and blog posts on formatting, word choice, etc., etc. Long story short, you’ve been Googling for an hour and you still don't have anything to show for, nor do you know how to write a resume still. Resumes are a key document to getting a job and it takes a next-level resume to get a next-level job. In this article, we will discuss a couple of the options and places of resource to get you on your way to your next job, whether that’s purchasing a resume through a resume-writing service, or looking through the right blogs to learn how to either write a resume, or take your existing resume to the next level.
Okay, so there’s a lot of choices. Resume-writing services are a dime-a-dozen and honestly not a bad option if you’re willing to cough up the cash. There are a few options out there, and we’ve discussed them before in-depth in another article (linked here), but we will review for the sake of this one. Basically, you have three options.
The first, also the cheapest, option is a formatting template service. Basically, if you have your information already written, or you want to write it yourself, you can plug all your information into these websites and they’ll format all your text for you. This is a great option if you’re either not great at Microsoft Word or you’re unsure what format is right for the industry you want to enter. If you have no idea what you’re doing, or you already know how to format, move onto option two.
The second, middle-priced option involves editing. If you have your formatting down and have a basic idea of what you want to say, you can send your information into a resume-editing service, where they will take what you have and optimize it for the specific industry you’re going into. They won’t do anything more than just refine your word choices. This is obviously a great option if you have all your experience written down and you’re proficient enough in Microsoft Word to format the content, but are unsure about what you should have/not have given the industry you’re entering. You could also be strapped for time and not be able to add to/edit your outdated resume. If you’re a combination of the two, then continue to option three.
The third and final option is the complete package. This is by far the most expensive, but also the most beneficial. These resume-writing services are extensive in terms of detail. You don’t need anything prepared – you just need to be able to talk on the phone about your experience – your representative will do the rest. Even for the most basic of complete packages, your representative will become your temporary expert – they’ll scrape your Facebook and LinkedIn to capture the essence of your experience, and they’ll even reach out and talk to people you’ve worked with to get a better idea of an in-office experience with you. This is your best option if you have a lot of money and are looking for a high-paying job. Usually, these services are marketed toward executives, which leaves a void for an affordable but reliable resume-writing service for people who don’t have a lot of time or money and still don’t know what they’re doing.
So, all in all, resume-writing services are an okay option. Most of them are either too expensive or not what you’re looking for. There’s one option that’s above the rest, something affordable, yet extremely reliable and that satisfied your expectations. We’ll mention that at the very end.
There’s a million and two reading blogs out there about career services and the modern resume. After learning, you could probably edit resumes as your position by the time you get good enough! That’s the only issue with the do-it-yourself option. It not only takes a lot of your own time, but usually most send out their resumes to be reviewed by their parents or close friends, which also takes up a lot of their time as well. We will go over some of the blogs as well, diving into what to look for in a good blog post.
Most people, when searching through the blogs to find a good one to read, look at the title and the beginning to gauge how easy it is to read and whether the information is valid or not. Many people just write blogs as a hobby, so what they’re saying may not necessarily be right. When looking through, look closely at the opening paragraph. If it’s clear what issue they’re addressing or the main purpose of the blog is obvious, then that’s a great start. A great blog is clear about what they’re trying to say and they don’t beat around the bush. They’re easy to read as well – bullets, short sentences, and formatted text to make the important points stick out.
Another thing worth looking at is if the blog is written on a website relevant to the topic. If you’re looking for a resume-writing blog post, but you’re on a sewing website, then you’re probably in the wrong place. Many companies will just fill pages of their site with irrelevant blog posts to help their Google page rank, so you must weed those out as well.
In conclusion, you’re looking for an effective, well-organized blog that knows what they’re talking about. You should be able to identify that the blog post is the right one for you in the first paragraph, and should be satisfied only a few paragraphs in, rather than being lost the entire time you’re there and leaving without anything useful.
As you can probably tell, figuring out what to do or where to start can be tough. Writing a resume wasn’t made to be easy. There’s also no real inclusive service that meets the need of every person that needs a resume – an effective, versatile document that doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to create. Again, some services meet this need, but they’re nowhere near affordable for the average person.
Meet Backlight, a new-age resume-writing service completely online for anybody to use. It’s impactful, affordable, and created by people who experienced the same issue. Myself, along with a few peers at Northwestern University, started up this company because we, along with many of our fellow students, were looking to get jobs, but didn’t have a resume ready to hand out. Sure, writing down your information isn’t hard, but formatting it, editing it, and updating it is the tough part. Many colleges don’t have great career services either, so millions of college students are left to themselves to figure out how to write their resume. Backlight is here to save the day. We utilize cutting-edge AI technology alongside some of the best copy editors to optimize and edit your resume quickly, for a low cost, without compromising the quality of even the best resume-writing services. If you’re looking to write/update your resume, check out some of our services here. You will not be disappointed – we worked hard to provide the best templates, technology, and overall experience for our customers, essentially the same people as us!