The Fastest Way to Write a Killer Resume For Free

Need to write a professional resume fast, and for free? You’ve probably seen that pitch on the web before – and there’s always a catch.

This time, however, there is no catch. Here’s how to easily make a professional grade resume that will land you interviews faster.

Step 1: Use an online resume builder to lay the foundation of your resume

Here’s the strategy:

It’s simple, just use an online resume builder to make a resume!

Create a resume that covers ALL of your professional experience, at least back twenty years or so. This will make a resume that is too detailed, too long, and too unspecific. So what’s the point?

Writing a resume like this has two major benefits for. First, it will serve as an excellent rough draft, and allow you to quickly make several different targeted resumes. Secondly, you’ll save hours of agony trying to remember your job responsibilities and figuring out how to phrase them on your own.

Step 2: Export that information into a .txt file

Choose to export the information you just build into a .txt file. It will have no formatting and look messy, but it comes at the best price – free.

If you try to export the document into a PDF or a .doc, the resume builder will demand your credit card details. But this article is about making free resumes. So don’t do it, unless you’re willing to pay for the convenience.

Step 3: Find a resume template

Microsoft Word comes with a few different resume templates. The Internet also has many places where you can find resume templates to download. Pick one that you like, and open it up.

Step 4: SELECTIVELY copy & paste the contents of your .txt resume into the new template

In this step, you’re going to start making that rough draft into professional, targeted resumes.

You’ll need to think about the companies that you are applying for, and what the job roles require. Thinking about going into sales? If you have previous sales experience, be sure to emphasize that. If you don’t have previous sales experience, be sure to highlight previous responsibilities that may have transferable skills, such as communication skills and persuasive ability.

The rule of thumb is that your resume should respond directly to what was written on the hiring manager’s job description. By creating a massive rough draft resume with the resume builder, it should be much easier for you to craft a targeted resume.

Step 5: Make your resume more specific by adding numbers

The resume builder will provide you with generic sentences like this:

  • (Generic): Trained instructors and supervisors in various techniques and skills to handle employee relations.

That’s not bad, but it isn’t professional grade, which is what we’re aiming for. To make it professional, you’ll need to add numbers specific to your job. That means you may have to do research. Here’s how you can change that generic job responsibility into a specific one:

  • (Specific): Trained 7 instructors and supervisors in conflict resolution techniques and communication skills to handle employee relations.

Here’s another example of a generic job description, followed by a specific one.

  • (Generic): Prepared budgets and approved budget expenditures.
  • (Specific): Prepared yearly budgets totaling $200,000, and approved cost cutting measures, saving $50,000 over two years.

Use this strategy wherever possible. More than anything else, it’s this kind of specificity that separates average resumes from professional ones.

Step 6: Save your resumes with professional and specific names

By now, you’ve converted that giant, messy .txt file into your beautiful resume templates, and specified and quantified the job descriptions. Save each resume according to the job you’re applying for, with your name and the word resume.

A few examples:

  • Big Sales Brand – John Doe – Resume
  • Mid-Size Restaurant – John Doe – Resume
  • Huge Bank Enterprise – John Doe – Resume

Remember – each of those resumes should be different and targeted!

Step 7: Get your resume double checked by friends and family

Mistakes will be made. Be sure to get all of your resumes checked over for spelling and grammar errors. Resume builders rarely make a mistake, but since you’re going to be editing the job responsibilities, there’s always the possibility of human error!

This is by far the fastest way to write a professional resume for free. Remember, however, that your resume is an extremely important document, so you don’t want to rush it too much. The major benefit of this strategy is that it’s fast, the resume builder significantly reduces the possibility of human error, and you get all the positives of having tailored resumes!

How to Stop Being Passive at Work

 

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At work, do you find yourself taking the back seat instead of up front at the driver’s wheel? Are you often bored at work and don’t know what to do?

 

For many people it’s hard to stay motivated at work, especially if you get into the same day-old routine. According to a recent government survey, the typical employee (aged 25 to 54, with children) spends an average of 8.8 hours at work or work-related activities, which is over one third of your day!

 

And when sleep is taken into account, time spent at work takes up over half of one’s waking hours. However, getting too used to doing the same thing every day is no excuse. It’s time for you to take control of your actions, job, and outlook. Don’t let passivity ruin productivity in your workplace and life. Check out our tips below.

 

1. Prepare the Start of Your Day

The beginning of each day is very important. Most people don’t realize that what you do in the morning will naturally set the mood and pace for the entire rest of the day. Take the stress out of your commute and setup a short prep session that will help you focus on the required actions you need to get going.

 

Take a few minutes every day before beginning your work to get your thoughts sorted and your tasks prioritized. Have you been putting off following up with a co-worker but need his or her input to complete a task? Make that first on your to-do list.

 

2. Strategize Your Work

If you do not take some time to collect your thoughts before starting your work day, then going to work can be like jumping in the middle of a chaotic battle. Take some time to plan your strategy to avoid being bombarded by less-than-important tasks or needlessly distracted by co-workers.

 

Out of all the tasks that are on your to-do list, which ones are priority? Which ones are just busy work? Note that it is normal for there to be some routine tasks, but also note for yourself what work provides value to others and gives you personal satisfaction or feeling of accomplishment.

 

Instead of doing tasks as they come your way, have a plan that you will try your best to stick to. One simple way to do this is to quickly jot down the top five tasks that are priority, as well as any actions that must be taken in order for the tasks to be completed.

If you have simple tasks that are actually easy to do but take a lot of time consider outsourcing them. Outsourcing work is a great way to multiply your productivity as an employee. There are tons of outsourcing sites, mostly are general where you can find all types of work. These include sites like Odesk and Freelancer. For other tasks there are more specific tasks. For example, outsourcing purely writing and composition for example can be done with local services like Englist.tw and the like.

For example, if finishing your presentation depends on asking a time to meet with your boss, then do yourself a favor and take the responsibility of asking for a meeting instead of waiting around.

 

3. Keep Learning and Stay Updated

If you find yourself stuck in a rut, perhaps it’s time to take it on yourself to learn something new. Passive behavior is usually signified by an inability to take action and often leads to a feeling of boredom. If you do not take any action and instead react to what people give you, then your productivity at work can only get so far. Make a conscious decision to improve yourself, whether it’s through skills or knowledge through hands-on practice. By taking action, you are taking control of your goals and career – you will even give others a chance to respond positively as well.

 

Here’s a list of simple actions that may help:

 

  • - Keep updated with the news, especially any relating to your industry, so you can
  • - Discuss any interesting news and trends with your co-workers or your mentor (see #4)
  • - Take an online course. Free classes on a variety of subjects are available on Coursera.org and EdX.org and are taught by respectable top-tier universities

 

4. Find a Mentor

One of the best ways to become motivated at your job is to find a more experienced person who can be a guide as you grow in your career. First of all, know what your needs are: do you want to find someone to strengthen your professional network, learn more about the industry, or help with your resume? Be specific as possible so that you will be able to communicate to your mentor.

 

Finding a mentor can be a bit of work but one of the easier ways is to take a look around at your workplace. Is there a more experienced person whom you respect? Don’t be too quick to dismiss the possibility of that person becoming your mentor. Approach the person at a suitable time and ask if they would be willing to take on a role in the mentorship relationship. At the very worst, they will refuse but be flattered by your request. At the very best, you will gain an invaluable relationship and catalyst for growth.

 

To avoid being passive about your job, remember that developing yourself and growing your career is something that takes much time and work. Sitting back and hoping for the best is not an option discover how to leave your job if you can’t stand it anymore!

How Simply Appearing Comfortable Helps Win Jobs

relaxSo you spent hours writing the perfect resume and even included a perfect cover letter to go with it. The fruits of your work pay off in landing an interview, but you never hear back from employers afterwards. What’s going on here? Well, the reason you aren’t landing jobs may be something you probably overlooked.

 

What do the below statements have in common?

“What a good job he did in that debate. He just couldn’t be rattled. Not ONCE did he look uncomfortable.” 

 

“I don’t know. I like her. She has experience and all the child education qualifications. Her references check out. But she just doesn’t seem comfortable enough with the kids.”

 

“Definitely go with her for this position.  Of the two finalists, she is a lot more comfortable dealing with high level executives.”

 

Have you identified the commonality? If not let us help you out; It’s all about confidence!

 

Make no doubts about it, your comfort level WILL be noticed.  But all is not lost. With a few small changes you can address the issue and tackle it head-on, read these 5 job search tips to help you get that interview. By asking yourself a few simple questions you can improve your odds of completing the interview successfully and landing your next job.

 

Question #1: Do you appear comfortable?

You might be running for public office, or seeking work as an au pair. Perhaps you’re up for a job as a Fortune 500 marketing manager.  Regardless of the position you seek, appearing comfortable will almost always assist in leaving a positive impression on the person doing the hiring.

 

Expressing an appropriate comfort level is especially important  when vying for an entry level position, however, over-stated confidence can be taken for arrogance and that is not the attitude employers seek. If you appear appropriately comfortable you are putting forth an approachable confidence, and this is a quality potential employers will warm to quickly.

 

As is the case with most tips benefiting the job seeker, they’re useless until you can put them into practice.  Smoke and mirrors seldom gets a job and almost never keeps one. So if you want to appear comfortable at your next interview, there is only one surefire way to do it; that is to just do it!

 

Question #2 Can You Walk the Walk? 

Comfort or approachable confidence doesn’t mean laziness or sloppiness. Nor is it over-confidence or arrogance. That’s why we show you how to nail the interview with psychological tricks.  It’s a state of preparedness and calm control. You have to go beyond talking the talk but actually be prepared to walk the walk.

 

For the most part we are talking about comfort in terms of how well you’ll be expected to perform in the position you seek. But comfort is also relevant in a very literal sense.

 

You’ve often heard you should rest well before a test or an interview or any such rigors… that standard advice is good advice! Relax with a book, take a long bath, don your coziest pajamas and break out the best bedding on the night before your interview so that you get a full-night’s worth of rest. In the morning,  dress well, but comfortably. If you are fidgety in your clothing, you will appear uncomfortable and unprepared, two negatives during an interview.

 

Prepare for the interview by going back to basics. Review the company history. Have a list of questions prepared. Role-play the interview with a friend to help hone your skills and warm-up for the real thing. The more you appear comfortable, the more you will BE comfortable.

 

For added punch, when discussing an area of expertise in which you have a particularly good command, don’t hesitate to tell the interviewer that you are comfortable with it. Use the word ‘comfortable’. Everything else being equal, the candidate who appears comfortable with the task at hand will always be the successful candidate.

 

If you can take the time to work on optimizing your comfort level you will be investing in a better interview and perhaps even a better future career, simply by staying calm. Also, don’t hesitate to apply comfort projecting exercises to other aspects of life outside of job seeking such as social gathers, dating or even sports. Confidence and calmness are traits appreciated by people in all sorts of different settings and environments, and are truly the worlds universal language for reassurance.

It’s Hard To Change Careers, Even For Celebrities

Huffington Post writer Catherine Taibi proclaimed a couple days ago that changing your career might be “the best thing” you’ll ever do. She backed up this statement by giving 13 examples of famous people who started with nothing and rose to the top.

So, just to temper your expectations a liiiiitle bit, I’m going to present 13 people who made bold career changes and suffered miserably for it.

If you do plan on changing careers, we recommend you get your resume in order with the help of Resume Genius, one of the best resume building software companies out there.

IT BEGINS WITH:

13. Chuck Norris

Despite himself, Chuck Norris rode wave after wave of improbable success. He made movies with Bruce Lee, and starred in the bizarrely successful Walker, Texas Ranger TV series. The epidemic of  “Chuck Norris facts” that infested the Internet in 2005 even managed to help him capture the hearts and minds of Generation Y.

Then he did this.

Chuck Norris made a career change and became a hardcore right wing conservative Christian activist. After predicting that Obama’s election would result in a Biblical 1000 years of darkness, Chuck Norris faded into obscurity and sadness.

12. Shaq

Shaq was a fantastic basketball player who had a phenomenal career, using his size and strength to lead his teams to victory.

Then he did a kid’s movie where he was a rapping genie. It’s impossible to recover from that.

11. Herman Cain

Herman Cain was a banker, CEO of the National Restaurant Association, but most famously the CEO of the awful restaurant chain “Godfather’s Pizza.” He was very successful in each of these ventures.

Then he ran for President and started making campaign ads. Like this.

During his campaign, it was revealed that he had a history of sexually harassing women, and ran campaign so strange that Mike Tyson was called in to parody his campaign commercials.

10. Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal was a phenomenal martial artist and successful Aikido instructor living in Japan during the height of his career.

Then he decided to change careers and become a movie star, much to the dismay of almost everyone since then.

9. Bob Dole

Bob Dole was a widely respected Republican with a storied history as a public servant for the United States of America.

Then he made a certain career change.

He decided to become the spokesperson for Viagra. While some parts of Bob Dole started to grow again, his political legacy shriveled until it was completely overshadowed by the sheer size of his enormous career change mistake.

8. John McAfee

John McAfee was a genius level programmer who invented the namesake anti-virus program.

Then he made a career change and became a professional scumbag. He succeeded at being wanted by police in several countries for underage sex, manufacturing drugs, and murder.

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Legendary actor and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger became the king of “so bad, it’s good” movies during the 80s and 90s.

Then he changed careers and applied the “so bad, it’s good” theory to being the Governor of California. It did not work, and his career was terminated.

6. Mariah Carey

Singing sensation Mariah Carey wanted to change careers and jump onto the silver screen.

Replace the first two letters of this movie with “sh” and you’ll find out the place where Mariah Carey’s career ended up.

5. Paula Deen

Butter encrusted queen Paula Deen was a cook beloved by chubby people everywhere. She got into a bit of trouble for hiding her diabetic condition for years, while cooking atrociously unhealthy meals. She survived that controversy without much trouble.

But then she decided to change careers and became a racist wedding planner.  She was out of the frying pan and into the deep fryer.

4. Michael Jackson

“The King of Pop” was one of the most legendary musicians in history.

Then he became the CEO of an amusement park called “The Neverland Ranch.” We all know how that turned out.

3. Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)

Siddhartha Gautama was born a Prince, one of the best careers on the face of the planet, especially during his time. This young prince had everything available to him – money, pleasure, women, beauty, intelligence, and comfort.

Then he decided to become a traveling ascetic, started starving and torturing himself, and claimed to have died so thoroughly that he could never be born again. Great choice pal.

2. Jesus

Jesus was a humble carpenter beloved by all.

But then he decided to change careers and become the third part of the Holy Trinity, resulting in his gruesome torture and death at the hands of the Romans. Adding insult to injury, his tragic career change was later mocked by Mel Gibson.

1. Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, at a very young age, had a brilliant career at the NSA making $150,000 a year. He also lived in Hawaii and had a beautiful girlfriend

Then he wanted to become an International Sensation by revealing the NSA’s data mining tactics and fleeing to countries perceived as unfriendly to United States interests.

Although the final consequences of his career change haven’t been realized, we fear it may look something a bit like this.

So don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that making a career change is necessarily an easy choice. As you can see, the end result, even for some very famous people, is complete disaster.

First Jobs of Some of America’s Greatest Patriots

USAI rose out of bed this morning in a red-blooded American patriotic fervor. I could feel America pumping through my veins. I  wanted to high-five Uncle Sam like I did in my dreams, and was sad when I remembered that he isn’t real.

To overcome my sadness I began reflecting on the great American patriots over history. I thought hard about the men and women who founded this great nation, and pushed it forward over long, hard, tumultuous years. It struck me that I didn’t really know who they were as people – I only knew about their heroic deeds as American patriots. So, I thought I would research what their first jobs were, to see if I could get a sense of who they were before their legendary actions cemented them as ultimate American patriots.

After all, many of us are maybe still in our first jobs, or some sort of menial labor that doesn’t seem too important in the grand scheme of things. So, let’s celebrate America this 4th of July by getting to know the first jobs of 6 great American patriots!

1. George Washington

The most legendary patriot of all, George Washington, began his career as a mere surveyor when he was only 15. You know, like one of these guys.

A pretty humble job for the first President of the United States, don’t you think? Actually, he thought so too. George Washington was insecure during his youth, being the only one in his family who did not go to England to be classically educated. It’s a bit like not having a high school or college on your resume.

Of course, every REAL American is proud that the bloody Brits didn’t get the chance to brainwash him! Where would we be then!?

2. Benjamin Franklin

Franklin didn’t like his first job, working with his dad as a tallow chandler. What the heck is a tallow chandler, you ask? Basically, it’s someone (a chandler) who uses rendered animal fats (tallow) to make soaps, candles, and wax. I admit — with great dismay — that we do not have any tallow chandler resume examples on our website. We regret the oversight.

In any case, Benjamin Franklin because one of the greatest wits of his time, a Francophile who did outstanding work as our ambassador to France, invented the lightning rod, and became one of only two non-presidents to have a portrait printed on US currency. Specifically, the $100. The best one. Now that’s inspiration.

3. Paul Revere

The British are coming! (He did not actually say this.)

I had no idea before writing this article, but Paul Revere was basically a genius. He was a silversmith by trade, having apprenticed for his French (!) father. (Again, sorry, no silver smith resume samples here!) He was also an amateur dentist. And the CIA claims that Revere founded the first American intelligence network that we know of.

Say, I wonder what Revere would think of PRISM and Edward Snowden?

4. Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams is not a common name that you often hear associated with the Founding Fathers. Why would you have? She’s a woman after all.

And like most women during her time, she was not formally educated, nor did she hold a job. Despite this injustice, she became highly educated through home schooling and self-study alone. In fact, her husband John Adams, the second President of the USA, frequently listened to and requested her advice on political and moral issues.

In fact he listened to her input so often that their political opponents mockingly called her “Mrs. President.” Not bad for a person without a single “real achievement” to put on a resume!

Here’s why I really started to love her: Abigail’s political opponents were frustrated by her opposition to slavery, injustice, and religious zealotry. Nothing like a woman that stands up for her principles — especially in a time when most people were against them! I implore you to read more about this incredible, ahead-of-her-time modern woman.

5. Phillis Wheatley

What would you think if you saw “sold into slavery” on someone’s resume?

This astonishing woman was born in Africa, captured, sold into slavery, taught English, and became the first published African-American poet. That is a hell of a resume. Here’s a brilliant quote, appropriate for the Fourth of July, by Wheatley.

“In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.”

I’m going to start shedding some red white and blue tears over here.

6. Thomas Jefferson

I’m going to finish off with my all time favorite patriot (although Abigail Adams stole my heart today.)

Thomas Jefferson’s first job was…

*drumroll*

as a lawyer. That’s not quite as humble or exciting as the other examples in this post. But he couldn’t help it — his family was rich, and he was a natural, quick learner.

What makes him my favorite? Not only was his prose brilliant and inspiring – just read the Declaration of Independence – he was also a complete weirdo!

He apparently kept an un-caged mockingbird around at all times while at home, wore clothes that were too small for him (and completely outdated,) and often wore slippers to formal meetings. He was practically unable to give public speeches, and had a difficult time with social interactions. Some even believe he may have had autism!

What can we learn from all this? Big things have small beginnings! Despite the controversies and the hardships that Americans face every day, we’re still pushing this grand experiment forward together. So get out there, enjoy the sun and barbeque, watch some fireworks explode, and remember that America wasn’t made by the few, but by many.