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Resume writing is a frustrating skill to learn. Each of us has  something unique to offer an employer, but it’s difficult to turn this idea into words.

Some people are fortunate enough to have friends and family with professional connections. After all, networking is the most effective way to find a job. If we’re really lucky, we have a skill that’s in such high demand that companies will go out of their way to find us. The rest of us have to try our luck online, one application at a time. It isn’t fair, but most of these applications will never be read.

There’s a reason this happens. Finding a good employee isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. This is especially true for larger organizations that have a lot of positions to fill. To meet their hiring demands, they have to look everywhere: from job boards and resume databases, to staffing and recruiting services. Managers, department heads, and business owners — the people who actually make the decision to hire someone — are usually overwhelmed by the amount of applications they receive. They only have time to look at the best candidates, and they’ll pay to have someone else cut down their workload. In fact, it’s very likely that the person reviewing your application doesn’t even work for the company you applied to!

So how do you get the attention of someone who sees hundreds of resumes a day? It’s hard to accept, but the only way to stand out is to actually avoid drawing attention. The person reviewing your resume can’t (and won’t) spend more than a few seconds reading it. They’ll only consider resumes that are easy to read and understand, and the resumes with attention-seeking designs are simply ignored.

A good resume isn’t just formatted well and free of mistakes. The information you include (or don’t include) says a lot more about you than you might think. In fact, you should never use the same resume twice! This is why we decided to offer affordable one-on-one consultations and resume writing services — because each job application requires a unique approach. It’s also why we developed the Resume Advisor — a free, comprehensive resume writing guide with an ever-growing library of content.

One thing’s for sure: whether you want to speak to an expert or you prefer to learn at your own pace, the team at Dragonfly Resume has got your back!

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