A resume doesn’t really apply to young people or to minimum wage workers. They fill out applications and don’t have job experience. A resume is a mature person’s game. People who have graduated from college and people who have been in the workforce many years have resume.
Resumes are a game where you find yourself selling yourself…when all that is needed is a short conversation to prove your worth. It may be the foot which gets you in the door, but it won’t be the deciding factor.
Which is why I don’t think there is a market for resume writing, forgive me people who write them, I don’t see them really generating any income or being a large market. Really, creating a unique resume is one of the easiest things to do ever. List your accomplishments, educational, job, and other and tailor your resume to your audience, your hiring manager. If your resume’s skimpy, that doesn’t mean you should rewrite, but it means that you should work more, get more education, accomplish more things. Don’t lie, though it’s tempting.
Don’t write any thing on your resume more than 10 years ago, no matter how juicy it is. Hiring managers want relevant recent experience, not how you were, but how you are.
The resume is personal. It is you in a nutshell. I can’t understand people who want their resume to read like an outline. It’s damning to see people’s lives scripted and listed. A resume should be tailored to the job you are seeking. If it is a writing job, you should have your writing gigs, jobs, experience and education. Don’t forget to list your goals, and don’t let a lack of experience phase you. Your goals are just as important as what you have accomplished.
Think of this as an essay of your life, your proof of the right to fight for your job. You have a thesis, your job goal, and your proof, your experience and work.
Besides all this there is more technical details on writing a resume that I’ll get into later.