After what might be the most stressful few weeks I've ever experienced, I got laid off from my job. Working in events marketing I had been anticipating it for a while. I've moved out of the apartment I was renting and am back living with my parents.
I must have applied for 50 jobs in the first 2 weeks and didn't hear anything back. I have lots of good experience on my resume, before settling in the events industry I tried a few different areas and thought for sure that experience would stand to me. So I was confused as to how I hadn't been at least called for a first-round interview for something.
It's been a few years since I've been actively applying for jobs. I actually got my last job through a referral I knew in the company, so I looked up some job seekers' advice. I followed all the pro tips - updated my LinkedIn profile, reformatted my resume, made a professional-looking cover letter. But still, nothing. I was beginning to think it was hopeless and the climate was just too competitive.
Then, I came across a company called TopResume in one of the job seekers' articles. TopResume is an online resume writing service with a team of professional writers who work to improve your resume and increase your chances of finding a job. I never thought I would pay for a service like this, I always figured I could find out the information myself, but at this stage, I was willing to try anything, so I looked into it.
Turns out, TopResume's experts are well-versed in what companies are looking for when filtering through resumes and when hiring, with expertise spanning across industries and experience levels. I saw that they offer free reviews of resumes, so I thought I'd start with that since I had nothing to lose.
A few days later I got feedback and I was surprised at how much could be improved, it was clear to me now that I needed help with this. I read about ATS, which is the software technology companies use to scan resumes and determine which ones stand out. That's when I knew this service would be a good investment since they were experts at this.
I answered some questions about my experience and job goals and I was matched with a resume writer that had knowledge of the particular field I was looking to get into. My writer reassured me that they could help and had helped a lot of other people get interviews even in the current climate.
Then, in just a few days, I received my new, professionally-written resume and when I compared it to my old resume, I realized how clueless I was. My new resume was worded perfectly with all the keywords the ATS would be looking for while still highlighting all my skills in a competent way.
I instantly felt more confident and started applying for jobs immediately. Once I started using my new resumes, I started to get called for interviews. Within a week of applying I had two new interviews. If it wasn't for TopResume, I definitely wouldn't have been able to stand out to potential employers in this climate.
I'd recommend TopResume to any job seekers out there. Just when I had lost hope, they changed things for me.