If you're not receiving many responses when you apply for freelance jobs, it's time to consider getting resume building help. Your resume may be one of the reasons why employers are not interested in your applications. Improving your resume may increase your rate of job offers. There are many free and paid resources to choose from online and locally that you should consider:
1. Trade Associations
Check with the trade associations in your industry for a career development and planning area on their websites. Some associations give valuable tips and information on how to write a winning resume in that field, and they often include samples. Some membership associations also include a resume bank that you may have access to. If you do, look at some of the resumes posted to get an idea of what improvements you can make. For example, if you have a chronological resume, but everyone else has a functional resume, then that's a clue that you may need to switch resume styles.
2. University Career Center
As an alumnus, your college or university may offer you free resume building help. Graduates often have access to the career planning center, which may or may not be helpful. You won't know until you try, so contact them to see what counsel they can provide, and if you can avail yourself of those services.
3. Job Boards
Many job boards offer resume building help to the public. Larger job boards offer more generalized tips and information. A better approach is to find a job board that specializes in your line of work, with an active community built around it. Find resume writing tips there, and ask questions. Ask for resume samples if none are posted already on the website. Users as well as the website owner are often helpful and will post a sample or send one to you via email. You should also review previous posts to look up resume mistakes that people have written about, as well as successes.
4. Resume Builder Help Websites
There are websites that are dedicated to offering resources for building a winning resume. Some websites require payment to access templates and other helps, and others charge nothing at all. Here are some websites to consider:
- Resume Help (www.resume-help.org)
- Susan Ireland's Resume Site (www.susanireland.com)
- The Resume Builder (www.theresumebuilder.com)
- Riley Guide: Internet Ready Resume (www.rileyguide.com/eresume.html)
The owners or experts of a few of these websites have also published books on the subject and offer them for sale on the websites.
5. Job Training Centers
Local job training centers often offer resume building help to the public. These centers are funded by corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. They offer services for free or at minimum costs. If none of the above resources are helpful, locate a job training center in your area for more help.
Use the resources for resume building help available to become a better job applicant. Your resume shouldn't be what's standing between you and a job.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.