From No Interview To The Desired Interview
Dear Job Seeker,
If you are result-oriented and a fan of action, this is going to be the most exciting message you have ever read about resumes.
You will have a great resume; do it yourself or assign me. Yes, I am your best resource for resume writing.
Let us start with the challenges you face to get a job. Your resume,
- First, pass ATS Application Tracking System.
- Then get attention of a recruiter (You know 6-second test), and
- Interest the hiring manager.
I write “You are the best Fit” resume. Read how I do it.
Before that let me tell how successful I am with resume.
My First Innovative Resume
I am Mukesh Shah and have to fight my handicap with resume.
In May 2005, I came to the USA on immigration visa from India at the age 55. At the age, people start retirement planning. I have to start a fresh and no question of retirement. I was excited of American dream since my younger days.
I came with one handicap an impaired speech because of cancer surgery. I am account graduate and marketing diploma holder and had experience of 30 years. I choose Houston, TX mainly for the support of my childhood friend. Took a house opposite him and started life in the US.
Finding work was the only job after I get my social security card because without it no one considers you for employment.
I did what a best practice was. Created Monster account and started applying. I consider my no American experience and education/degree were disadvantages.
And major problem was initial phone screening here all recruiters do.
I can’t communicate on the phone, and things didn’t go further. I tried to email of my speech handicap and seek a personal interview, but no one responded.
Job fairs were an option and were good for me. I can go and talk to recruiters at least. I usually write if not understood in person and it works. In person, people are friendly.
My challenge was to overcome my speech handicap. The tool I had was a resume. I have to prove through a resume that I am worth hiring.
I can’t talk to recruiters as they won’t understand my speech. One need time to adjust to it and that too require patient. No one had time at the fair booth.
360 Turn to Resume
I was seeking accounting job. There was a job fair organized by Houston chapter of Texas CPA association. The announcement states if “You have accounting knowledge we have a job for you.” I wanted exactly that.
Since it was CPA job fair, all recruiters must be accountants I assumed. I thought carefully, how to differentiate myself. The best way to sell is to talk the language your prospects understand.
Well, the accountant’s language is balance sheet and profit and loss statements. I thought of a balance sheet as my resume instead of a traditional chronological resume.
I created Mukesh Shah’s Balance Sheet.
There were Assets and Liabilities columns, and I put my account degree, experience, writings as my assets and my speech handicap, medical expenses as liabilities. My equity was learning mind and creative thinking.
I did this for the attention of recruiters and initial interest. I was confident if they talk I will prove I am fit for the job. And fortunately, my Balance Sheet got the attention of all the recruiters I met, and I get my first job as a staff accountant at local CPA firm.
Thanks to my 360 turn to resume and made ‘Balance Sheet’ my resume.
I am not thinking about this much. It is an effort I did to get a job nothing big deal. But in 2015 I did one headline writing course, and there I mentioned my experience, and I got comments from fellow participants. The comments encourage me sharing this here.
“I did sell my concepts through letters. In Houston also, I got my first job at CPA firm by a different approach to resume. I went to a job fair of CPA association. Since I had a speech problem and was desperate for a job as I have to start in The US, I created my resume in accounting language. I made Balance Sheet as a resume. Balance is education, experience, etc. and liability is impaired speech, medical expenses, etc. It was a success my resume got the attention of all CPA recruiters and got a job with a CPA firm.”
"The idea of the balance sheet resume is a great one! That's A-I-D-A in action." -by Kai » Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:19 am
"I love the balance sheet resume too. Cool, creativity and demonstration of fitness to the job. Welcome!" -by Jeff Moore » Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:42 pm
"Now that's creativity, Thar! The balance sheet resume - would be the first honest resume building system the world has ever seen." -by Jon Kenworthy » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:01 pm
"Since I read your post on Saturday, I used your idea in helping out a young programmer. For his, the graphic has three parts: input, processor, output. The input is his skills, and the processor is him, the output is the people/groups/impacts that he's had." -by RobM » Mon Aug 10, 2015, 5:32 am
You will Succeed
You want a job so I won't tell and bore you telling I am good writer and give you a great unique resume etc. But I show you how I communicate and write resumes. You will assign me your resume when you go for a professional service, because you are smart and see the value.
Ready? Let me show you.
ATS and 6 Second Test
My job is to get you an interview. To achieve it the first I clear ATS, get the attention and interest of the recruiters & hiring managers. I use your strengths to your advantage and tell "You are the best fit for the job" to the company you apply.
I use headline and title to address first two challenges.
- To clear ATS I use title and job function from the company’s job advertisement. The company will short resumes for the job role, function, experience, etc. as per their requirement and when you have those words from their advertisement, your resume will be in their selected file.
- To get recruiter’s attention I put a headline because it tells what you do and contributes to the company up front. No one can ignore a headline, and when it says their interest, it works every time, and they read further.
I am a trained headline writer.
See the before and after
Your battle with the hiring manager is hardest for most of you. Unfortunately you are not taking care of them. Be little careful and tell them what they are searching and looking for you will be their favorite.
I love hiring managers, and you should love also. You know they have a big problem?
Every hiring manager does complain “It is hard to get good candidates.”
This complaint is your opportunity. Telling them you are good can work, but I do more. You should do it also. Here is how you interest hiring manager.
The core of resume is an experience. Most of you have a list of experiences.
I write your experiences with stories. The story tells how you perform the job they want to fill.
Here is an example from my sales position resume to give you an idea.
My 110%+ Goals Story
I am an aggressive seller and had goals in mind. To reach "Winner's Circle" I had to average 110% to goal throughout the year to be eligible for the Award, and that was not always easy due to the competition. What I did differently? I did lots of secret shopping on the competitors such as DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T to strategize my sales technique. That made me trainer also.
Cox Communications – Oklahoma City, Ok Account Manager 9/2013-5/2014
- Responsible for the development and facilitation of various training topics for 20+ stores to ensure complete knowledge of products, services, and independent associate development. I Gave sales training to all levels of employees.
- Responsible for prioritizing, identifying, and publishing the marketing and educational content with all staff member associated one on one.
- Provide work direction and coaching to employees for career/personal development.
- Handle day-to-day relationship management, cold calling, outside prospecting, and maintenance of clients.
- Responsible for building customer relations.
- Meet and exceed sales goal.
Do you feel a difference between your list and Story?
Do you think the story will make a difference?
Hiring managers read and like to know more. It prompts to call you to find out more about you and discuss.
Let me make it recruiter and hiring manager’s favorite. Your resume will get immediate attention and will be in top 1% pile.
Bookmark this page because you are evaluating proposals and will need it.
Story is easy you should try.
Share situation or problem and the action you took to address it. Tell the result. Write the result by sharing how it positively affected your employer.
The story gives the manager context. When writing your experiences, it is best to lead with the results to the company because this is usually quantifiable.
With stories in experience, HR cannot ignore you. The art is conveying what HR wants through stories and bullets.
People find it difficult telling success stories. Most feel they have nothing worthwhile to say.
The truth is everyone has good things to say. You think your work is normal and average and nothing to say about, but the information is knowledge for others.
You know that famous beer story of Schlitz beer (US beer brand) reached to the number one position in six months by simply saying the process of making beer in advertising. Everyone make the beer the same way, but Schlitz said it and people find value in information.
You are good but can't articulate and think value in strength. I will dig out info from you with questions. You tell the info, more the better. Your input is fodder for headline, branding, title and story. The story I shared above had 56 emails between me and client. Don't worry usually they are 10-12. At times I go deep till I get a right trigger. I never care how many hours I put.
The first thing I do is we agree for branding. It is positioning you as an expert. it's a joy to you and me both when we get a good headline or title and branding. Most of you do it for the first time and open up slowly.
To be dead sure recruiters and hiring managers to pay attention to resume I brand your resume.
The branding should read like it fulfills the company’s potential employee’s job requirement. It has few bullets and a statement.
This branding is between the name, title and experiences, which is usually objective or summary and both are irrelevant today. I use that space to your advantage to convey what you contribute to the company you apply.
Example from one sales position resume:
- 10 years sales experience.
- Proven results were exceeding goals in a customer-oriented, results-driven environment.
- Responsible for building client relations.
- Meet and exceed sales budget always.
Self-learning and training made me ‘Customer First’ person and I become a trainer for colleagues by bosses. That earned me a place in ‘Winner Circle,’ an exclusive club of high achievers.
I believe you like the way I do resume. I use title to differentiate you. You better do the Title Test.
It is a title test for your resume. You will send your resume via an email. So file attached will be shown as per the file name you saved it. It could be many things. I won't site funny file names but assume you gave your name, as most people do and your file will be visible in an email
(Your Name) resume docx
Now think you will give the name as per the title I suggest, and I always give functional names, your file name will be
(Your Name) zero defect production pro resume docx for a production position
(Your Name) sales achiever resume docx for a sales position
Think what will recruiter or hiring manager will feel when they see your resume for the first time? What will interest them? Your distinct, unique title or common name resumes?
And check what will recruiter and hiring manager see when they open your attached resume?
For your name resume
Address Phone email:
For my title resume
Do you want to lose a "Winner's Circle" member who averages 110% to goal throughout the year or hire the star performer?
(Name) a Sales Achiever
You show few effective tactics. I work on your resume till you get an interview. That is my commitment.
I have not reach 2000 resumes. I am new on LinkedIn and have no recommendations though LinkedIn gives me work. I am among most viewed writers on Quora.com for resume/CV category.
Hi Mukesh,Austin Leu-Edmister, Premium Career/ProFinder Engagement Specialist, LinkedIn - InMail
Throughout the first 2 weeks of this pilot you have become a stand-out Career MVP Professional. Because of this we are offering the ability to review a bulk of profiles at one time (5-10 depending on your capacity). If you are interested and can still have them completed in a couple days let me know and we will assign you some. Thanks again!
Mukesh, Thank you for responding. I found you on Quora and I am really impressed with your answers over there. I am surely taking your service. Will it be fine if we start the process from next week. I do have my exam so I would like to keep focus for the exam. Regards"Diwal Pyakurel, - email
"A former recognized member of The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), 25+ year veteran professional career trainer, Stephen Q Shannon, recommends Mukesh Shah to winners who want an edge over competition."Stephen Q Shannon, Professional career trainer.
If you want your resume the way you see above let us start.
- You send me your resume at email@example.com with job description or job advertisement link.
- I will send you job description/requirement matching sheet and you will send me your matching experiences.
- I will send the first draft in a day or two and ask info I need. It will be 3-4 emails back and forth and a resume will be done in a week assuming you give a quick response.
- You pay my fee to my PayPal ID firstname.lastname@example.org It is standard practice to pay while ordering service.
Your satisfaction is primary to me and I will do your resume till you get an interview. If you target properly I don't think you need many applications. I never understand why one think 100s of applications.
You can ask any question, doubt.
Few send message on LinkedIn and ask what is the best time to talk. Please note I have an impaired speech. One need time to adjust to it so email is better for communication and it works.
You know what you get and pay
I kept four prices to make it affordable for everyone. The quoted price is $100 and can't be less as per LinkedIn Profinder rules. My most of work came from people with more than five years’ experience, and they pay me $299. Many don’t hire me for the price.
Please think what you want?
You shop around; you have to pay $600 to $2000 for a custom resume. If $100 or $150 is your benchmark for resume service, you will get that value. You should know that all experts agree on
The main reason for resume failure is ‘No customization of a resume.’
You are not paying me even average for custom resume and get more value at 1/3rd cost.
Let us take all $300 you pay, which is your one to three days salary. You pay more than you thought or planned, but it is only three days wages you spend if you are at 40K. Think cost of not trying new ways.
Do you want that interview and start your job process or continue with applying, apply, apply, and no reply? The choice is yours, still use same standard templated patterned resume. Carry on and blame everything but your resume.
Try new ways. Test headline and story resume. Get an interview for the job.
My fees are different because the work involved will be different, you will pay as per your situation. The experience is different for you, and that will decide your story content, more experience will create good stories and for some story won't possible. People with no or little experience also get the story. They have done activities in school, college, sports, hobbies, volunteering, etc. Branding will be for everyone.
Students/fresh graduates $99.
Less than five years’ experience $199.
More than five years’ experience $299.
Senior Applicant Director, VP level $499.
Please understand I commit to an interview, not a job. Job offer depends on many factors. You show what I do for a resume. There is no refund for resume service.
I do get response telling they like my service but hard pressed for money. Well, I did help and did their resumes hoping to be paid later which was agreed.
Majority is honest but I don't do it now. Though I can do your resume at your price. Tell me and you will make payment while taking service. This is fair to interested but can't move forward in job hunt since months and want to change. I agree to reasonable offers.
What you have read is a general for everyone, but I will tell you specifically what your resume could be if you send me your current resume at email@example.com and you decide after my reply.
Remember Resume must TALK
You are either
- Fresh out of school or college
- With experience
- Top level applicant
The common comment recruiters and hiring managers make “Resume hardly talks.”
The Way Out
My fresh friends,
You worry about connections, no experience, no reference, etc. It is unnecessary. You tell what you will do with one relevant performance. I know you have no experience. It is anything you did in sports, travel, church, various school college activities.
I will make sure your resume tell your commitment and willingness to perform
VP and CEO aspirant,
Board wants change agent, thought leader. Show it, and you will be discussing in depth your ideas with the company you want to change.
In the age of hashtags, few words message gets attention, and your contribution story will take you to the discussion table. I am good at it.
All Career Aspirant with experience,
You struggle with telling your contribution. You have to shout in this completion. You must adopt new ways when your current resume is not giving results.
Please get out of 100s of application and no response cycle. Target right companies match your skills and experience to apply telling how you perform their tasks. My matching sheet does it first to avoid waste of your time and money. Plus story puts your resume in top 1% pile.
Your resume will TALK and Position you.
English is my second language. You will find my English different, may not like it. And I write for and to the recruiters and hiring managers, not you. I want you to get an interview. That is my goal, and they respond to my resumes.
I am careful and always run finals through Grammarly software for grammar check but like spelling it misses and questioned also, like a comma before and (, and) it always tell to put a comma.
You decide what you want, a piece of literature or result giving resume?
I mentioned language because people say
“I'm sorry I was not able to hire you. I am a language teacher, and for me, incorrect grammar jumps off the page and catches my attention. Your grammar is mostly correct, but there are a few words and phrases that do not sound like a native English speaker would say them. I need help coming up with the words to enhance my resume. Thank you for considering me as a client."
“The approach and grammar within your proposal and website are not culturally aligned to my style.”
“There were several little things like putting a comma before and ( , and ) that should never be done that show fluency of language.”
"I appreciate your time in submitting a proposal. As you are probably aware, multiple providers submit proposals for any request. While I think you have many excellent strategies for improving resumes, my choice is based largely on the use of English in the proposal. The phrasing of the proposal does not have the fluidity that matches my own personal use of English. Thanks."
I love resumes
Resumes Essential is Seduction to Ultimate Manager(HR) and Employer
Resumes Essential is Seduction to Ultimate Manager(HR) and Employer
Finally ask yourself
Are YOU getting an interview?
Career aspirant you be objective. When things are not working change is must.
Are you the only applicant?
Is the answer YES? OR is the answer NO?
If the answer is no, then it’s NOT going to get better next week or next month somehow magically.
It’s going to get worse.
If you’re waiting for something “magic” to happen, then this ancient Chinese proverb speaks to your situation:
“He who stands on the side of a hill waiting for roast duck to fly in mouth soon starve.”
Resume CAN be super effective if you crack the code.
But 95% of applicants will not do this. They will not command their destiny.
You can be different. Let me crack your story resume for you.
It’s you; I will dig info and put the pieces together. Your interview is the goal let us get it.
Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and next week you can get one.