Resume Builders – What Are They Good For? Absolutely Something!

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Major Information Serves Up Some Intel On Resume Builders!

Although I usually talk vets and vets only, this little exercise is for anyone – even people with no time in service. We have to — from time-to-time – admit they are important. I mean if it weren’t for civilians who’d pay our modest salaries and buy us all the cool stuff we get to play with. Need to protect them all we can.

Sure not gonna get there on a soldiers’ pay; am I right?

Here’s the hubbub – what about those resume builders you see around? They any good?

You know I’ve been preaching about the Master Resume, Broadcast Resume, the Chronological Resume and last week we chatted about the Functional Resume, but where in Sam Hill does a prefab resume, generated from some website fit in? Smack dab in the middle of the whole shebang I tell you.

I feel about them the same way I feel about GPS. Give me a good map and a compass and I’ll be good all day – except of course when I’m lost.

Here’s the thing, the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training (DOL-DET) has about as good a resume builder as there is available. If I were gonna trust one – that would be it. To use that one go to You gotta register first to use it, but that’s no big deal.

Can’t get distracted talking about the great site DOL-DET has, I’d be here all night. The point is if you’re gonna go down that road, JobLink will shoot you a straight Azimuth (aka direction on a compass).

Here’s the great advantage for a site like JobLink (a good one) when constructing your resume, it has a series of questions and dropdown menus that provides you with choices reflecting keywords used by employers when developing job specs and want ads. These keywords come from O*NET the government’s premier data base for jobs description, skills and abilities for each job, and a bunch of other stuff.

See the advantage? It’s like knowing the coded language for each job for which you’re applying. Think of the unbreakable code of the Nazi Enigma machine in WWII. Once the allies broke the code, the war was significantly shortened. The same can be said of job codes – once you break the secret language, you can shorten your job search. (Go through resume tip #3s and review the use of matching your skills with the job announcement. We’ll talk more about this later this week when we talk about combination/targeted resumes)

The point is the dropdown questions list the skills needed for the job and you pick the ones you you have. The skills are automatically placed in a neat format under broad industry headings combined with all the information you provided in your registration and voilà – you have a neat resume listing all the skills and jobs you’ve had.

It’s good — no doubt about it; in fact better than most!

But – and there is always a but – this is not necessarily a targeted resume. It does not necessarily list accomplishments and success against a specific job posting. It lists skills and knowledge, which is a pretty good trick unto itself, but it doesn’t tell anyone the width and breadth of your successes.

I am a big fan of JobLink and I think it makes a wonderful result that does get people jobs, but I think everyone needs to go through the painstaking process of developing all of the resume tools – Master Resume, Broadcast Resume and Targeted Resume.

My final thought. Put your front sight post on JobLink and fire off a good solid resume, but keep on developing your personal resume products the way a good infantryman develops his fighting position; that way you’ll have more than one weapon in your arsenal. And when that job announcement comes along requiring specific accomplishments, you can lock and load that one down range, too.

The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.


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