December 17, 2008

Resume Donkey: Don't Donkey Around With Your Resume

By Mike Fruchter of (Twitter/FriendFeed)

We are living in dire economic times right now. The economy has been crushed, the housing market has tanked and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed. In November alone US employers axed more than 500,000 payroll jobs, the most in 34 years. No job sector is immune, Yahoo recently laid off close to 2,000 people last week. AT&T is cutting 12,000 positions. Sony is planning on laying off 16,000 workers in the oncoming weeks. The picture is not pretty, and surely is expected to get worse. Let's not talk about the big three US automakers, their fate is yet to be determined.

There is no denying it, we are in a recession. While it's going to be that much harder to find a new job in the current market, jobs are scarce but available. Having a polished and professional resume is crucial now more than ever. You are now competing against a much larger applicant pool than ever before. You may have the skills that can pay the bills, but if you have a poorly formatted resume, or it's missing the crucial components that employers are looking for, your chances of getting your foot in the door for an interview are slim at best. Now is not the time to be gambling with your resume. If you are not getting any callbacks, your resume is probably the culprit. It's imperative that it grabs the attention of the person making the hire.

Resume Donkey, an online resume review service that launched today, wants to help you stand out from the crowd. Despite the funny name, they are serious in helping you perfect and get your resume in top notch shape for potential employers. The concept is very simple and straight forward. Resume Donkey provides a thorough and detailed review of your resume, using a team of professional HR representatives, publicists and copywriters to ensure that your employment history is reflected on in an engaging, effective, compelling, and accurate manner.

The difference between a good resume and a great one is making your personal objectives stand out, clearly highlighting your accomplishments, using attention-grabbing phrases, keywords, and actions words, and of course spelling accuracy. This is what Resume Donkey does once they receive your resume. They re-craft your resume by making recommendations, revising the phrasing, revising the wording of your objective/mission/skills etc, and all of the other critical components of your resume. Resume Donkey does not write resumes from scratch, they enhance them and provide the crucial feedback that is needed to get your foot in the front door for an interview.

The reason that I like the service and would use them is simple. I'm currently looking for a new job, and my resume is far from polished. I'm tired of constantly tweaking it and hoping it will work. For someone like me, who recently became unemployed, I cant afford for my resume not to work. I have looked at and compared other resume review services, but they are costly compared to Resume Donkey. Their pricing is very reasonable, especially for someone like me now, who is trying to watch every dollar spent more closely then I ever did.

They charge half what the competition charges, $39.95 for a standard resume review with turnaround in one business week. They also offer an express resume review for $59.95, with turnaround in 48 hours. If you are not happy with the feedback, they will work with you until you are satisfied. If that's not good enough they will refund you back your money. Seriously folks, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Try them out and let us know what you think.

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