Dear Joyce: Your recent column noting new job hunting ideas included a request that readers contact you with other innovative job-finding techniques.
As executive director of the Professional Association of Resume Writers, I'd like to call your readers' attention to our organization's new service: the National Resume Bank. During the introductory phase until July 1, its services will be free to job hunters. Employers will always be invited to use the resume bank without charge.
The National Resume Bank is an on-line computer data base of resumes that employers with a modem can use to locate qualified candidates for any career openings. The employer calls (813) 822-7082, reviews qualifications summaries and if interested, can receive immediately by mail a copy of the full resume. Each summary is placed in one of a dozen categories: clerical, data processing, education, engineering-technical, management, general, government, hospitality, medical, retail, sales, trades, creative, manufacturing, legal and financial.
It is not necessary that a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers prepare the resume.
To start the ball rolling, interested readers can send me five resumes (no more, no fewer).
In addition, it will be helpful if your readers can include a statement that includes: the reader's name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone, willingness to relocate (yes or no), the position and career category desired and a 50-word summary of the reader's qualifications. But this qualifications summary statement is not essential if a reader is unsure of how to write it. We will glean the highlights from the resume and write it for any reader who does not include the statement. Please emphasize that this free offer is good only until July 1. After that date, a three-month listing will cost $25. Send to Professional Association of Resume Writers, Suite 330, 3637 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla. 33704. Frank Fox.
Dear Frank: You mention two of my favorite words, "new" and "free." Readers, use every avenue of job search open to you. The Professional Association of Resume Writers is a membership organization representing 600 resume preparation firms.
The whole issue of whether or not to use a professional resume writer to prepare your document is controversial. Opponents charge that no one can do as well as you in preparing your self-advertising, that professional resumes come across as assembly-line products and that the mere act of writing cogent information helps you concentrate your mind on issues you'll need to discuss in job interviews.
I agree with the latter point but let's face it, many people simply lack the skills to present themselves effectively on paper. It's not unlike gathering your tax ingredients and turning the whole works over to an accountant to polish and file.
As for the second complaint -- the canned look -- there's merit to that argument because anybody with a computer can hang out a shingle claiming to be a professional resume preparer. So how do you tell the qualified writers from the hacks? Not easily. That's why the Professional Association of Resume Writers has begun a certification program requiring applicants to pass a test. So far, only nine people in America have been credentialed as certified professional resume preparers but the program has just begun. Questions? Call Frank Fox at (813) 821-2274.
This is a fine free public service offer every job seeker should take advantage of but don't stop your other search momentum: answering recruitment ads, networking, direct application and employment services. The National Resume Bank is an extra tool.