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Today is the last day for 20% off Professional Resume Writing Services!

A quick reminder that today is the last day of 20% off all professional resume writing services. Use promotion code christmas09 to receive your 20% off discount.

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Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2010!!

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Categories: Resumes

20% OFF RESUME WRITING ENDS THURSDAY!

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to have a professional help you rewrite your resume now is the time. Our 20% OFF any order promotion ends on Thursday.

You can purchase online at Great Resumes Fast or you can send your resume for a free resume analysis by submitting your resume to freeanalysis@greatresumesfast.com.

Be sure to use promotion code christmas09 when placing your order online.

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Top 5 Worst LinkedIn Mistakes

December 28, 2009 30 comments

The talk about LinkedIn could go on and on, but every time we write an article or blog post about the topic we receive a huge response. We have heard from thousands of people about their LinkedIn experiences—good and bad. We’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes that you—the readers—feel LinkedIn users are making. If we’ve missed something in our list, feel free to share!

1. Misrepresenting how you know someone or how you’re connected. In other words, it really bugged our readers when someone claimed that they were friends and they really weren’t.

2. Randomly requesting connections from people you don’t know or would have no mutually beneficial relationship with.

3. Contacting LinkedIn users to get something rather than to give something or offer your services/talents. LinkedIn users have had enough of receiving solicitations from people in unknown countries trying to sell them something they don’t need.

4. Using the blanket LinkedIn invitation with no personal note about why you want to connect.

5. Wanting to connect for your own personal gain instead of creating a mutually beneficial connection that could enhance the networking and professional relationships of both parties involved.

Most of our readers take networking on LinkedIn very seriously. They enjoy connecting with others and want to maintain the integrity of the site and its intent and purposes. If you’re making any of the above mentioned mistakes, take a step back and reassess how you’re using LinkedIn. You will make better and more meaningful connections if you go about them the right way. Building a network of trustworthy and fruitful connections takes time, and you can’t be in it only for “me, me, me”. You have to be willing to offer something in return.

Best wishes for a wonderful, productive, and prosperous New Year!

You can read some of our other articles on LinkedIn here:
The Best LinkedIn Invitations

A Big LinkedIn No No…

LinkedIn Invitation Etiquette

Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. She has written more than 100 articles that are featured on some of the best career advice Web sites today. In addition, her writing has been included in Launch pad, a career search strategy guide featuring exclusive information by the top career experts in the industry. Published quarterly, Launch pad is the respected guide used by career development centers and MBA programs throughout the country.

As CEO of Great Resumes Fast, Jessica enjoys collaborating with forward-thinking professionals and executives, identifying their personal brand and value proposition and leveraging their unique talent, passion, and vision to position them as a leader in their industry. Her passion is helping professionals and executives uncover what makes them stand out in the crowd.

For a free resume analysis, e-mail your resume to freeanalysis@greatresumesfast.com or visit our website.

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Only A Few Days Left…

December 22, 2009 1 comment

If you were contemplating professional resume services now is the time. We only have a few days left for our 20% OFF special we have running.

Visit us online at Great Resumes Fast to see our services and receive your 20% off discount!

Don’t forget to use promotion code: christmas09 to get your 20% OFF.

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Does Your Resume Come With Benefits? It Should.

December 12, 2009 1 comment

Does your resume come with benefits? Well, it should. Advertisers, companies, and marketing gurus try to sell you—the consumer—on the benefits you’ll receive from the purchase of their product or service. Likewise, your resume should showcase the benefits an employer will receive by hiring you.

Companies sell their product based on its uniqueness—why it is different from (or better than) similar products—and the benefits you’ll realize upon the purchase of said product. You are the product employers will ‘buy’. Your resume is the packaging that explains the benefits, perks, and ingredients if you will.

Benefits equal the accomplishments and contributions you bring that no one else does—your unique promise of value—the one thing you can do for that organization that no one else can.

Perks refer to the return on investment the organization will receive by hiring you. Simply stated, you mean business—and when you come into the organization you plan to deliver X, Y, and Z. You have done it for other organizations, and you will do it for them too.

Ingredients are all those great keywords, industry specific terms, hard skills, and soft skills that make up the substance of the resume.
Put the benefits, perks, and ingredients together in one document and give it a catchy name that will attract buyers (aka, Your Personal Branding Statement), and you can’t go wrong.

If your resume isn’t packaging you as the product employers want to buy or communicating your benefits in a way that entices hiring managers to call, then it may be time to rethink your resume strategy and job search tactics.

It’s time to get creative, think outside the box, and grab the attention of major decision makers. Doing the ‘same old, same old’ is no longer a productive way to get a career—and in my mind, is an absolute waste of your time. It’s time to take the next step, amp up your job search, and give employers what they really need: YOU.

Does your resume adequately package your benefits in a way hiring managers will relate to? If you’re not sure, send your resume for a free analysis to: freeanalysis@greatresumesfast.com. Tired of doing the ‘same old, same old’? Ready for a change, one that will make a positive impact on your job search and reduce it by weeks or potentially months? Now is the time to hire a professional resume writer.

Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. She has written more than 100 articles that are featured on some of the best career advice Web sites today. In addition, her writing has been included in Launch pad, a career search strategy guide featuring exclusive information by the top career experts in the industry.

As CEO of Great Resumes Fast, Jessica enjoys collaborating with forward-thinking professionals and executives, identifying their personal brand and value proposition and leveraging their unique talent, passion, and vision to position them as a leader in their industry. Her passion is helping professionals and executives uncover what makes them stand out in the crowd.

Categories: Resumes

Holiday Special – 20% OFF Professional Resume Writing!

Don’t forget that this month we’re offering a 20% off special discount on all of our professional resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, resume distribution and interview coaching services.

Use promotion code christmas09 to receive your 20% OFF discount.

You can view and order services at Great Resumes Fast.

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Are You Using A Resume Template? Better Think Twice…

December 9, 2009 8 comments

If you are using a resume template, I’ve got news for you—as the hiring manager perusing your submission, I can tell.

Are you indifferently wondering, “So what?” Well let me tell you how much damage you’re doing—and how you’re hurting yourself.

A template is a template for a reason—everyone else is using it. Do you really want to look like everyone else? Any decent hiring manager is going to be able to spot a template half-a-mile away; and I don’t think you want that perception of yourself out there.

“Oh, I really want the job, but I didn’t care enough to customize my resume for the position or the company to which I’m applying.” Want to put the final nail in the coffin? Use wording from sample resumes and cover letters you’ve found online—samples that only vaguely apply to you or your abilities.

You want hiring managers to perceive you as a:
– Leader in your industry
– Creative, out-of-the-box thinker
– Thought leader
– Driver, Revenue Hunter, Champion of all things sales

Well, if your resume looks like everyone else’s, sounds like everyone else’s, and speaks like everyone else’s … they’re going to assume YOU’RE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Unlike being in high school, fitting in here is NOT a good idea.

Consider this: Don’t you hate it when you send an e-mail to an organization requesting information (or for any other reason that’s important to you) and you get the canned response versus the personalized reply to your situation? Sending your resume to hiring managers is no different.

Don’t send a ‘canned’ resume that is merely a knock-off of someone else’s or a template that’s used by everyone and his brother. Create a personal marketing document that separates you from the masses and positions you as a leader—and not necessarily in terms of management. You can be a leader in your industry and not be in supervisory or management roles.

Examining your resume and wondering whether it screams, ‘template’, ‘ordinary’, or ‘just like everyone else’s’? Send it in for a free resume analysis. E-mail your resume to info@greatresumesfast.com.

Ready to take a bold step and hire a professional resume writer? Now is the time. We’re offering 20% OFF any order for the entire month of December. Use promotion code christmas09 to receive your discount.

Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. She has written more than 100 articles that are featured on some of the best career advice Web sites today.

As CEO of Great Resumes Fast, Jessica enjoys collaborating with forward-thinking professionals and executives, identifying their personal brand and value proposition and leveraging their unique talent, passion, and vision to position them as a leader in their industry. Her passion is helping professionals and executives uncover what makes them stand out in the crowd.