A Resume Writer’s Guide to Printables
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
1w ago
  What are printables? And how can they benefit YOU and YOUR JOBSEEKING CLIENTS? Printables are things designed for the purpose of downloading and printing, such as: worksheets, checklists, to-do lists, trackers, planners, journals, guides, and calendars. Outside of the career industry, printables can also include color pages, art projects, patterns or designs. Printables come in all shapes and sizes and have a wide variety of uses. For jobseekers, they can help them organize their job search, track their job search activities and make quick work of completing tasks, and collect and synt ..read more
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Resume Templates — Yes or No?
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
2w ago
  I’ve been a resume writer long enough to have seen many generations of resume templates over the years. In the 1990s, there were the “resume-in-a-box" software programs. In the 2000s, you had Microsoft Word resume templates — which were either super boring or overly designed (with multiple columns). More recently, you've been able to purchase resume templates on Etsy or use the resume designs in Canva. The problem is, many of these documents LOOK good, but aren’t GOOD to use in an actual job search because, especially in recent years, they have not been compatible with applicant tracki ..read more
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Profile of Professional Resume Writers 2022
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
3w ago
As a resume writer, do you ever wonder how you compare to other career industry professionals? The Resume Writers’ Digest Industry Survey is the tool I use to provide this kind of information to the industry. The results are published in the “Profile of Professional Resume Writers: Who We Are, What We Charge, How We Work.” The survey was conducted in February 2022, asking respondents to reflect back on 2021. The results were compiled in March 2022 and analyzed and turned into a report written by Kristin S. Johnson in April 2022. If you are a career industry professional, you can receive t ..read more
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20 Years Later: Freelancer or Entrepreneur?
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
2M ago
In my “From the Editor” column from the January/February 2002 issue of Resume Writers’ Digest newsletter, I talked about the difference between being a freelancer and an entrepreneur. Twenty years later, it’s still a great topic.  As a resume writer, do you want to be a freelancer or an entrepreneur? (There is a difference.) Here’s the original column: Many self-employed professional resume writers consider themselves to be entrepreneurs when, in fact, they are more likely freelancers. Does it matter? Changing how you define yourself might create more opportunities, lower your stress lev ..read more
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10 Questions with Linda Whited
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
4M ago
Get to know other resume writers in our community with our “10 Questions” series! Today’s profile is Linda Whited, NCC, CCC, of Time to be Career Savvy. Linda has been a resume writer for six years. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Career Counselor (CCC), and member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). 1. Why did you decide to become a professional resume writer?My calling is to help more people make confident career decisions. I believe that the hours we work should matter and not just be a means to an end or paycheck. So helping others with their ..read more
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10 Questions with Madelyn Mackie
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
4M ago
Get to know other resume writers in our community with our “10 Questions” series!  Our newest profile is Madelyn Mackie of Madelyn Mackie & Associates | Activate Your Career Dreams.   Madelyn is the “career activator”! As a Certified Career Management Coach, member of the National Resume Writers’ Association, and former board member of the National Speakers Association, Madelyn offers conference keynotes, professional development trainings, and career coaching to help her clients design unique, job-getting documents, build successful career plans, and create lifelong success ..read more
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Two Words That Can Help You Write Interview-Winning Resumes
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
6M ago
In 26 years of writing resumes, two words help me when I’m collecting information for client resumes: THEN WHAT.It’s a great strategy when you’re working with a client who is having a hard time articulating their accomplishments. Here’s how it works: Let’s say you’re writing a résumé for a preschool photographer. I chose that one by going to Indeed.com and looking for the first non-sales job I found in Omaha, Nebraska, where I live. It’s much easier to get accomplishments from sales people than from folks in the “helping professions.” I’m not sure if “preschool photographer” is a help ..read more
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Book Review: Grossman’s “Guide to the Post-Pandemic Job Market” Highlights Challenges and Opportunities
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
8M ago
The world is in a “demographic, healthcare, and technological revolution” writes Frank Grossman — founder of Resumes That Shine — in “Guide to the Post-Pandemic Job Market,” his new e-book about today's job search process.  Those societal shifts — combined with challenges brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic — mean that jobseekers will have to be more nimble in the the future.  “Whether you are in school now or are in mid-career and plan to work another 10, 15, or 20 years, your skills could be obsolete if you don’t respond to change,” writes Grossman. The average jobs ..read more
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How to Get Started as a Subcontract Resume Writer
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
11M ago
  Fifteen years. That’s how long ago I published the first edition of “Making Money as a Resume Subcontractor.” But that was probably five years after I actually started writing resumes for a contracting writer. I also wrote for CareerPerfect from to May 2004 to October 2008. But before that, I wrote for a solopreneur contracting writer. Along the way, I earned between $500 and $2500 a month from my subcontract writing. Before, during, and after my subcontract writer phase, I also worked with my own clients. Many subcontract writers  ..read more
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Answering the “Tell Me About Yourself" Question (Creating Your Elevator Pitch)
Resume Writers' Digest
by Bridget Brooks
11M ago
“Tell me about yourself,” the interviewer says. “So, what do you do?” asks the person you just met at a networking get-together. You find yourself on an elevator with a person you’ve wanted to meet. What do you say?   Be ready to say something! It’s smart to prepare a brief summary of your background and experience. Often called an “elevator pitch” — because it should be short enough to give during an elevator ride — there are many situations when a short, pre-prepared introduction (no more than 30 seconds) will come in handy. This type of introduction can be used: •    ..read more
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