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Altering An Existing Resume
Occasionally, I get a request from a client to take their existing a resume and rewrite each one with a fresh "voice" or style. I usually look at these types of projects with a bit of suspicion, as I wonder if the a resume are owned by the client or swiped from someone else. I only proceed if I am confident that the a resume are, indeed, the intellectual property of the person possessing them.
Once I get the a resume in hand, I look over each one carefully to see what must be done to whip a resume writing how-to section into shape. I must tell you I have received some of the worst written rubbish from gleeful clients expecting me to improve upon their initial poor efforts. Let's just say that I never tell my clients exactly what I think of their original work, but I am not shy about doing a hatchet job on a resume either!
I like red pens and I bring one out and start crossing out sentences, correcting grammar, adjusting paragraphs, and inserting my notes. There are times when my "marks" seem to outnumber the words that were previously typed or written.
If the client gives to me the resume examples for free project on diskette, I simply insert the diskette [after running a virus check, of course] and print out each resume in Microsoft Word and go at it. If no diskette is supplied then I simply input the resume with my changes included and take it from there.
Normally, I must redo all or parts of a resume two or three times before I get a good feel for it. Then and only then is it sent off to the customer for their review.
Quite frankly, it is easier for me to write a resume from scratch then it is to take an existing resume and rip it apart. Still, I savor the challenge and usually get a "job well done" in response as I transform an existing piece from an ugly duckling into a graceful swan.