Posted byat 13th August, 2009
I have read and heard stories of several job seekers applying to hundreds or thousands of job postings with either no or minimal response. Early in my job search I applied blindly (which I do not recommend) to suitable positions where I met at least 50% of the requirements. I did not customize my resume (which I do not recommend as well) and out of the 20 positions I applied to; this resume generated 13 responses or a 65% response rate.
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In mid February I paid $300 to have my Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) resume rewritten by an executive resume writing company called Resume for Leaders. My LHH resume was good but it was the same resume format used for all of LHH clients. Likewise, I had my LHH resume rewritten for two reasons:
My Resume for Leaders resume was completed in two business days and I immediately reapplied to the 5 positions I applied to earlier. 3 of the 5 company representatives immediately contacted me.
As of today, I have applied to a total of 20 positions with 13 responses or a 65% response rate:
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Nonetheless, if your response rate is low I encourage you to download a MS Word version of my resume, put in your information, and reapply to the positions where you did not get a response. Likewise, you will be able to measure the resume effectiveness. Results may vary.
To download the MS Word version of this resume:
If you want to invest in the Resume for Leaders service, make sure your current resume is in great shape. Likewise, instead of paying $800+ you can instead pay the rewrite fee which will be substantially lower.
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