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My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Right Your Resume.”

Occasionally, I’ll meet with a new client who apologizes profusely in our first meeting. They apologize their resume isn’t well done, and that many of the facts in it are incorrect.

There’s one common thread to these situations. The person has always used a resume writer.

Given that I’m not a resume writer and have never hired one, I don’t want to disparage an entire industry. It very possible these people didn’t give enough information to the writer. Or, maybe there was a proofreading step they didn’t spend enough time in.

Whatever the case, one thing is for sure. Having someone else build a resume for you has major pitfalls.

Yesterday, I received a question from a reader who found an interesting-looking service on popular website Fiverr is an online marketplace that offers tasks and services with a beginning cost of $5 per job performed.

The service the reader found advertises a custom resume complete in 24 hours for $5. The sample resume shown contains small charts and a picture of the applicant. The reader asks, “Do these cool, hip resumes look awesome to prospective employers, or are they absurd noise that will get my resume sent to the shredder?”

To hear my response, and advice on “righting” your resume, read my entire column here.


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