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Kavita Tipnis
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Is it appropriate to pm a javaranch moderator/bartender/experienced ranch hand requesting him/her to proof read your resume/cover letter?
(Assuming Javaranch is the only common thread between the two people :-) )
 
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I would wait and see whether you get any offers here. You can expect to pass some cash with the resume, however. that may be tax-deductible.
 
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Ahemm How about deferring the cash reward until the new job!
Well I am just looking for input as in , if you see *this* resume, then hit delete or star it .
 
Jimmy Clark
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I would like to help.

Please send me a copy of your resume with a U.S. Postal Money order for $50. I will give it a thorough look-over and provide you with feedback.

Looking forward to helping you.

James
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:You can expect to pass some cash with the resume, however. that may be tax-deductible.

Are you serious? I took it as a joke! but James post above made me wonder if you guys are serious.
 
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It is a joke. I think it would be better to approach this differently. Rather than starting with someone specific in mind, ask if anyone would be willing to proofread it for you. That way, any interested parties are PM'ng you rather than getting spammed.
 
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Half a joke. I did think the post about $50 was a little bit excessive.

You are asking for a service, and people might be willing to offer it free. But on the other hand, whoever does it is taking on a responsibility, so could legitimately claim payment. Telling you this is a "hit delete" resume or a "star" resume implies taking on part of the responsibility for your finding a job. I am willing to proof-read some things, but not applications.

There are some agencies and companies, at least here in Britain, who will review applications like that, but they charge a fee, starting about £30, which is not much less than $50.
What about your college where you were trained? Do they have anybody who can help?

Agree with Jeanne about simply asking and seeing whether you get a response.
 
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I am trying to get my resume updated following guidelines from Javaranch folks.
For Example . This thread Advices From a Recruiter
Yes there are a couple professional friends that I know who are also going to take a look but all of us average the same experience 1-3 yrs.
So I wanted to get more of a techie outlook on the resume, so I thought rather than going on a pm spree , I just ask the question and as you suggested just wait to hear from interested members. Thanks.
 
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Kavita, I was certainly not joking, and $50 is a very modest fee. However, if you think your career is worth some real investment, I have a few friends that will certainly help. Check out:

http://www.countrysbestresumes.com/

Good luck!
 
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It is a small amount to pay for great rewards. Your Payback period will be just 1-5 days.
 
Kavita Tipnis
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James Clarks wrote:Kavita, I was certainly not joking, and $50 is a very modest fee. However, if you think your career is worth some real investment, I have a few friends that will certainly help. Check out:

http://www.countrysbestresumes.com/

Thank You! I am considering your offer because it would definitely be worth it.

However your and arulk's post above spark a new question, does getting your resume done by using a professional resume services
make you more marketable?
I understand it can be hard to frame your skills and work experience such that it appeals to the person reading your resume.
But just find it hard to digest that if you can't make yourself marketable then how can someone else do it for you?
 
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A good resume service will gather information from you , e.g. what you have done, what you want to do, geography, markets, etc.,

Then they will apply their knowledge and expertise, including design, writing, subject areas ... and most importantly their marketing abilities, to the resume creation process.

So, if you are an expert writer, graphic designer, computer programmer, marketing specialist, all in one, then you most likely would not need any help creating a resume.

But, if you are not all of these things and just a Java programmer, then you could benefit from professional resume services.

 
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Firstly, writing a resume is

-- An ongoing process: you keep updating your resume every x months or so as you acquire new skills, experience, abilty, etc.

Secondly,

-- It needs to be customized for each job based on the job specification. This is more relevant for more experienced professionals.


Thirdly,

-- A good resume will not only market your current skills, ability, experience, etc in a better light than your competitors who have done the same thing as you, but also will make you realize what skills, experience, abilities, etc you are missing. So, you can go and acquire those skills and experience to improve your marketability.


So, it is better to cultivate your marketing skills -- writing effective resumes, promoting yourself in a better light at interviews, etc. You can get your first resume done professionally, and get the subsequent updates done yourself. It is not that hard, if you put yourself in an emplyer's shoes. Always get someone to proof read it for basic mistakes like grammar, spelling, format, etc.
 
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arulk pillai wrote:
Thirdly,

-- A good resume will not only market your current skills, ability, experience, etc in a better light than your competitors who have done the same thing as you, but also will make you realize what skills, experience, abilities, etc you are missing. So, you can go and acquire those skills and experience to improve your marketability.


So, it is better to cultivate your marketing skills -- writing effective resumes, promoting yourself in a better light at interviews, etc. You can get your first resume done professionally, and get the subsequent updates done yourself. It is not that hard, if you put yourself in an emplyer's shoes. Always get someone to proof read it for basic mistakes like grammar, spelling, format, etc.


I agree to this , you rather invest in learning new skills and make yourself marketable.
I guess asking professional resume services would depend on the individual. I personally feel you resume is your first impression and only you can make it or break it rather than have someone else do that for you. Then there is always Google to help you :-)
 
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