Resume Writing- What I wish my resume could say to employers

Resumes are what we allow ourselves to be judged by.

Resume Writing- Keep up with the industry and know what you gotta know to make it work for you
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What I wish my resume could say...

Most of us have resumes that speak of our industry related experience, our skills, our education and our talents. We log into places such as LinkedIn to be sorted out and evaluated by other professionals who are looking to hire. We pray each and every day that we are a match and that a company is a match for us. I don’t know what everyone else thinks or feels about this, but I hate it.

I wish I could put down the formal jargon, and just say what I want to say and put it all out on the table, and actually have someone offer me a job. I do SEO related services as a freelance writer for a living at the moment, and I tell you what- I love what I do, and I am good at what I do, but I am not so good at actually getting payment for what I do to benefit others, and I am fed up with not getting paid. Due to this, I am back on the job market, desperate to find a job to earn a paycheck to pay my bills before my phone and electric are turned off and my home goes into foreclosure. As I search and respond to job postings, I am growing more and more frustrated with the situation and sinking further into dept. I have considered rewriting my resume, but I doubt what I would like to say would benefit me in the slightest of ways. BUT…if I could speak freely, this is what my resume would look like…

In a lovely world...we could say something other than, I believe I am a good candidate for the position...

Why can't we just say- Look, I need a job- you got a job I can do- Hire me and I will prove to you that I am awesome?
Why can't we just say- Look, I need a job- you got a job I can do- Hire me and I will prove to you that I am awesome? | Source

Now a Days...

Online job searches are something that everyone is doing. How do you stand out in the crowd to get a chance for an interview?
Online job searches are something that everyone is doing. How do you stand out in the crowd to get a chance for an interview? | Source

I would get real and say it like it is...

Hi,

My name is Holly and I am a writer, photographer, SEO specialist and Social Media enthusiast who is in need of a job. I am a good person and often get wrapped up in my work. I give well over 100% when I am working, to perfect what I am doing. I am looking for an employer who will first and foremost, pay me for the work I do, and also help me to further develop my skills. I do not want to work with any more companies who care nothing about their employees and only see them as work horses that are expendable.

I could list my past experiences with Web Development Firms, Marketing Agencies, and Advertising Solution Services, but the truth is- they are not who I am. I provided them with my services and for one reason or another I left those companies for more than what they were able to provide me with. I am not defined by a position, but I rather be a person whom defines a position and grows within it.

I can write what you need me to write. Learn what I need to learn, and do what it is you need me to do…PERIOD. With respect to my past employers and positions, it really does not matter what I have done, but should matter what it is I can do for you, your team and your business.

Why can't we just say what we want to say, rather than what they expect us to say on our resume?

Knowing me is far different than reading my resume. I am smart- I am dedicated and I am someone that will amaze you- But you have to get to know me to know that.
Knowing me is far different than reading my resume. I am smart- I am dedicated and I am someone that will amaze you- But you have to get to know me to know that. | Source

My Resume would focus on my abilities and dreams, not experiences

As far as my personality goes, I am easy to get along with and a happy person overall. Although, when I am taken advantage of and not appreciated, I tend to get irritated with the situation and people regarding it. I do not appreciate or work well under micro management, but do work well alone and with a team that I can bounce ideas off of and receive applicable feedback.

I can give you a dozen recommendations and reference letters from people that know me, have worked with me and believe in my abilities as a person, professional and employee, but regardless of all that, what really matters is what I believe I am capable of, and what I believe I am capable of achieving is far more than what any one person can describe to you. All I ask is for you to give me a chance to prove to you that I am or will become the right person for this job.

I am open to an interview with your company and learning what it is you do, what you believe your services do to benefit others, and how I can help this benefit. If you do not like me after that, well… that is fine by me, but I hope that you do.

Signed,

I am a woman, who works her butt off nonstop, every day to help businesses develop their marketing online to reach the public and appeal to their prospective customers. I find solutions to problems, and do not know how to say I can not do something, but rather- I will find out how to learn and accomplish this task. I am loyal, dedicated, passionate, respectful, sometimes sarcastic, mostly polite... I am a REAL PERSON- AND I need a job…

Please call me (and leave a message if I don’t pick up my phone), Text me, or email me, I am willing to start as soon as you need me to. Thank you and have yourself a good day.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm glad you were in a mood because I loved this hub! Wouldn't it be great if we could do this? I'm having troubles getting paid as well; the people I write for pay me when they remember, usually once a month or longer....and I'm getting a bit fed up with it. I wonder if other writers have the same problem? Anyway, enjoyed your hub!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

billybuc,

I bet a lot of us have this problem, and it is so frustrating. They are always in touch when they need something, but when I need payment- they are never around the office to cut the check or tell me it is in their pile of things to get completed right away... I would like to start forwarding them my late payment fees and pictures of my kids when they do this to me... I just wish people cared and had respect for others...

I am almost tempted to start saying stuff like this to potential employers... "I am smart, and I am really good at what I do... just give me a job and a paycheck, and you will see"... Thanks for reading and for the comment :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have one in particular who is always late; always tells me about personal problems that are slowing up payment. I'm as understanding as the next guy and I like to think more so than many, but my bills don't get paid if I don't get paid, so what about my problems? When do they start counting as relevant?


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

I know what you mean Bill... I have a guy that owes me a little over $200, he provides me with all the excused in the book, and always says he will see what he can do, but he is broke... Then I see him on facebook posting pictures of him out with his wife, drinking and having a good time... Really makes me mad- and is disrespectful to me and the work I provided to him for an extremely discounted price...


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

H C, this this one awesome letter. I wish employers didn't go by a formal resume but allow the applicant have his say to tell what he is and what he can do for the company that he wishes to join. And best of all why the applicant feels he is most fit for that particular job.

My son is looking out for a job and sending out applications/resumes. But they are run of the mill ones. Hope employers read this hub of yours to gain some insight to what the applicant feels when he has to go the beaten path of resume writing.

Excellent write.

Voted up, useful and beautiful. Shared too.


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zeke2100 4 years ago

H.C.,

I am a freelance writer also. Fortunately, I have not had the experience of not getting paid yet. Everyone I have worked for so far have been people that belong to real companies.

One thing I do is: If they ask for a writing custom writing sample beforehand and will pay you for it, good. If they want you to perform work but will not pay, forget it. The people that don't act like money/payment is an issue are the ones you want to work for. Cash-strapped ads and ones that pay poorly are not worth your time.

Part of sending out a resume is "How successful is it?" (based on responses from employers). Then you must be able to screen the best jobs from the poor ones, then you must know how to negotiate the pay to the right price.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks rajan jolly- yeah, the job market isnt treating me too well these days. I am at a loss and wanting to give up finding a job... but i have kids and they need to eat, so I will continue to play the game. Thanks for commenting and for stopping by to read :)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thank you Zeke2100 for your advice. I just redid my resume and hope that this version is more successful than the previous. Thanks for reading and for commenting :)


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Yes you are absolutely right and yes some of the employers just want you to hard in as less as possible wage. It is totally wrong, every employees have to be paid as they deserve.


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zeke2100 4 years ago

Part of being a freelance writer is negotiating your wage. I prefer asking for a set price per project rather than agreeing on an hourly wage (as a part-time) freelance writer. If they think the price is too high, they will let you know. If they do not negotiate, then you may have been able to get more. Negotiating a fair wage is very important.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love this Holly! Over the years, I feel I have gotten much bolder in my cover letters. The problem I have is that all the years of experience I have and working for a couple major companies has actually hurt me on my resume when I am only trying to find something simple right now and part time. I really wanted to get a part time job as a nurse's aide close to my home. I feel like I want to get in these people's faces and scream, yeah, yeah, that's my resume, but I will and can do other stuff. Just pay me decent and treat me with respect. Funny, cuz I started signing my cover letters "openly" instead of "sincerely."

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