There are instances that when I finish writing a resume for a particular client, he seeks feedback from other respected individuals. Usually, information that comes back is so valuable and significantly helps me in improving the resume; however it is actually harmful sometimes. The difference lies on how feedback requests are worded.
Asking for Feedback-The Wrong and the Right Ways
If you try to ask your co-workers, former managers and your friends to judge your resume, that is exactly what they will do. They will recommend changing some words or might even disagree with the structure of your resume and might suggest different fonts. Most of your critics’ comments will often disagree with the comment you obtain from another person who probably likes your chosen fonts but does not realty like the alterations you made as requested by the first person. As a result, you will surely end up confused and a bit irritable ending up with a resume resembling a proverbial camel (or a horse created by the committee).
Asking for generally critique is said to be a bad idea. Based on my personal experience, one of the ideal means of soliciting resume feedback is to ask individuals whom you closely worked with. “Does your resume properly represent all your impressive accomplishments?” There are times that your coworkers will say “no” and will tell you that you didn’t even include or mention a particular project and will say that you did not even mention this and that. And in the end, you will realize that your coworkers are right.
Therefore, the key is keeping the request clear, specific and then focused on whether the resume represents your accomplishments and strengths accurately. This gives you the essential and correct information so that you can make the necessary improvements.
Who to Ask?
There are many different resume services providing free critique however, these are not really the best ways of finding out how effective a resume is because apparently, resume services would just want to sell you a new resume. You cannot really be so sure about their hidden interests or motives.
I also suggest staying away from some recruiters. It is true that looking at resumes are their means of living and this is what the real issue here. These recruiters sometimes have their own motives or objectives which is exactly the opposite of your objectives. Also, these recruiters tend to be ultimately cynical when it comes to reviewing and reading your resumes since there are many resumes for them to read one by one. In such case, they may not tell you the things that could have been the keys to impress a manager and then hire you.
Families and friends are also “no-no” even though some of these individuals really do make hiring decision. They do not know the industry you are in, they have not worked with you therefore, and their feedbacks need to be taken with pile of salt.
Asking individuals who have closely worked with you such as former colleagues, managers and other individuals with hiring capacity is the best way of getting feedbacks. They significantly know you and your respective field and they also know what most managers are looking for when reading a resume.
Therefore, the best recommendations for asking resume feedbacks are asking only the people you have worked with and asking specific question like “Does my resume properly represent all your impressive accomplishments?”. Good luck!