Having a resume is very different from having a great resume. After all, almost everyone has some type of resume on their computer, but very, very few people have a great one.
I review thousands of resumes and LinkedIn profiles from retail leaders every year and, unfortunately, probably 95% of them are not very compelling. I'm not suggesting they're all terrible, but there is significant room for improvement on nearly every resume I see. And, in some cases, the person truly believes they already have an excellent resume. I need to explain to them that it's missing crucial information, wastes space with irrelevant information, is poorly formatted, has spelling or punctuation errors, is too long (or too short), goes back too far (or not far enough), or just gives a really poor impression. In many cases they had been using that resume for several months with no success.
One of my past clients (a store manager in Florida) said it best in a LinkedIn recommendation after he received his new resume:
"I thought I already had a detailed, well thought out resume. I was dead wrong."
Job searching is a competition
The success of your job search doesn't just depend on how your qualifications stack up vs. the requirements on a job posting, it depends on how your qualifications stack up vs. everyone else who wants the same job. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you're competing against someone else who has a similar background (and there are many, many people with similar backgrounds, trust me), the person with the better resume - ie. the person who makes a stronger case that they will succeed in the role - will have an edge.
That's precisely why professional resume writers, such as myself, exist. We provide clients with an edge over their competitors.
Get a free resume assessment
As a professional resume writer, I only work with clients who have a background in the retail industry (whether or not they plan to stay in retail). But not just anyone - I work exclusively with single and multi-unit leaders in store operations such as area/district/regional managers, general managers, store managers, co-managers, assistant store managers, and department managers - and my LinkedIn profile includes more than 400 client recommendations.
If you'd like a free assessment of your resume, please contact me at the address below. As long as you reside in the United States or Canada, and your background is in retail management as explained above, I'd be happy to review your resume and let you know what I think of it. Send it to this address and ask for a free assessment:
Don't wait too long to find out whether your resume is helping or hurting your job search!