Over the years we have written blogs for a variety of customers, including for our own resume writing business. You can see all of our Revision Resume blogs here.
Below, we showcase some examples of the types of blogs we can write for businesses. Blogs can vary in length from 300-1200+ words. Topics are chosen to advance search engine optimization (SEO) and encourage customer engagement. Blogs can be used to address the four categories of intention: commercial, transactional, informational and navigational. In addition, keywords that are short-tail and long-tail are incorporated for SEO optimization.
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When you first sit down to write your resume, you may think "this will be easy!" You may assume you can quickly type your roles and experiences up, creating a resume in just an hour or so. But, as time continues to pass, you will realize it isn't as simple as you had envisioned. Let's examine why resume writing is so hard!
Resume writing is not a freestyle writing assignment. You can't just sit down and churn out paragraph after paragraph indicating why you are the right candidate for the position.
Resumes require specific formatting. Trying to figure out the appropriate formatting for an up-to-date resume is really step one in the entire process. After that, you have to figure out how to fit the pertinent information into that specific format.
Often this first step stumps people. How should my resume be formatted? Many turn to a resume template, which just causes even more issues as they proceed. The job-seeker attempts to put a detail---such as a hiring date--in the format, and the entire thing gets messed up. Now the candidate is spending time trying to fix the template instead of spending time putting the correct content in the resume! Resume templates tend to result in headaches and, to make matters worse, templates found online may be an outdated format which could cause the resume created to be cast aside! Yikes!
2. All Those Details...But Not TOO Many Details!
To provide a resume that will result in a call for an interview, you need to include details such as the dates at which you were employed in previous roles. Many people don't remember those specifics off the top of their head. They have to do some research to figure out when they started and left prior jobs or when they graduated from college.
Yet, some try to provide too many details. High school graduation is not necessary for those that have a college degree. People with many decades of work experience do not need to include information longer than 10 to 15 years ago. Some job applicants get overwhelmed trying to incorporate all of the details and they go beyond what is necessary.
3. How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?
Current resumes are often 2 pages long. However, if you last created a resume a decade ago, you may think it has to be only 1 page. Resume trends have changed over the years, and maintaining a single page length for a resume is no longer essential.
What happens if you type up all of your information and your resume is a page and a half? Do you submit a resume that is a page and a half? Do you cut it down to 1 page? Do you add fluff to increase it to 2 pages? These are questions people often face when writing their own resume. Trying to create a resume that contains all of the right information and ends at the bottom of the page is challenging.
4. It Is Difficult to Write About Yourself, Especially First Person Implied!
Many people find it difficult to write about themselves because they feel like they are bragging. In reality, you have to a brag a bit on your resume. It needs to be honest, but it needs to tell why you should be hired for the job. Often people find this awkward and challenging.
Add in the fact that resumes have to written in the first person but implied (so the words "I", "My", etc are removed), which makes it especially frustrating. Then you must ensure the tense of your writing is consistent as well. So, this is not a normal writing assignment that you would experience in any other part of your life. It is very specialized and difficult for the average job-seeker.
5. There Are So Many Things to Incorporate in the Resume (Keywords, Action Verbs, Descriptors)
A good resume is not a generic document listing your responsibilities. Instead, it provides details and demonstrates the skills that you have.
Action verbs are used to show your strengths. Keywords from the job posting are incorporated so the hiring manager knows you have what is needed for the new job. Descriptors are used to give details on what you achieved in your previous roles.
All of these items have to be incorporated within the format of the resume, which means wording bullets appropriately. Each word has to be thought through on the resume. This is often more time consuming than the job seeker anticipated.
To make matters even more complicated, you need a unique resume for each job you apply for, since each will require different keywords to be incorporated. Many believe a resume is a "one and done," effort, but unfortunately this is just not the case. Selecting the appropriate wording for every job posting is critical.
We have covered five reasons that resume writing is so hard for job candidates, but the list could go on!
Many job-seekers find writing difficult. It is not their strongest skill.
Others struggle with proofreading.
Some have trouble only including relevant content. Instead they want to provide their full history, which means the hiring manager has to weed through lots of unnecessary details.
Job-seekers sometimes have a hard time self-reflecting to determine what skills they have that are needed by the company they are applying to. They don't know what to emphasize to help them demonstrate their unique qualifications.
Others aren't sure how to create an organized resume even though they have the right content.
At Revision Resume, our writers are professionals with training on resume formatting and content. We get to know the job-seekers and their work history so they can provide the right details and highlight the unique skills and qualifications the job seeker brings to the table. Keywords, action verbs and descriptors are included. Each word on the document is thoroughly evaluated.
Resume writing is hard! Leave it to the professionals so you can submit a well-written resume you are proud of!
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Alzheimer's Themed Blog
A Home Care Service Helps Relieve Caregiver Stress
Over 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. Many live with loved ones who provide them the care they need to the best of their abilities. It is extremely challenging to care for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, and often the caregivers start to show signs of stress, which will ultimately affect their own health and well-being.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2020 family members and friends provided 15+ billion hours of care for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia. The value of this care is estimated to be over $250 billion dollars! In many cases, the patients live with their adult children and require care 24/7.
Caregivers have many roles, and are invaluable to the Alzheimer's patient. These roles include:
Scheduling doctor appointments
Providing transportation to and from appointments
Communicating with the doctor
Keeping track of medications
Helping with dressing and undressing
Providing bathroom assistance
Helping with daily personal hygiene
Helping with all meals
Caregivers often find they are stressed. They have difficulty balancing their caregiving duties and their job or other family responsibilities. Taking care of an Alzheimer's patient is an overwhelming responsibility. As the disease progresses, it becomes even more challenging. The Alzheimer's Association reports that almost 60% of caregivers indicate they have high or very high emotional stress and 40% report being depressed. It is not a rewarding job. Often, the caregivers end up having health care costs of their own, due to the stress they experience.
Signs of caregiver stress include:
Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep enough
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight.
No longer interested in activities they used to enjoy
Feelings of worry or sadness
Headaches and body aches
Easy to anger
Making mistakes on simple tasks like giving medication
Loved ones with Alzheimer's require a caregiver around the clock every day. This makes the caregiver invaluable but also makes it difficult for them to take a vacation to de-stress. Long-term stress can cause significant health issues including:
Depression and anxiety, which could lead to heart health issues
Obesity, which increases the risk of stroke and diabetes
Short-term memory issues
Risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, or arthritis
Weakened immune system leading to more frequent colds or flu
In many cases, families find help by hiring a home care service. This companion caregiver provides the same care a family member would, allowing the family a needed break. Services provided often include:
Hygiene (bathing and bathroom assistance)
Transportation to doctor appointments
RN medication management
The companion care service gives families peace of mind that their loved one is being well taken care of. The Alzheimer's patient is able to remain in the home as desired but no longer requires the full attention and care of family members 24 hours a day. The caregiver stress level is reduced and they are able to resume their regular work or family tasks.
The number of hours a home care service assists with the patient can be varied, based on the family needs. This can be adjusted as the Alzheimer's patient's disease progresses.
Caregivers that hire a home care service typically report immediate reduction of stress. Often, the symptoms they were experiencing go away and they are able to return to full health. Those that had not yet started experiencing stress symptoms are able to avoid them.
Interested in learning more about companion care? Contact us to learn how we can help reduce or prevent caregiver stress and provide your loved one the care they need. This will be invaluable for your entire family!
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Top 5 Signs That It's Time to Hire Revision Resume
5). You Have Never Heard of an ATS
If you don't know what an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is, you should hire Revision Resume for help. An ATS is used by most companies to help determine which resumes are a good match for their job posting. If you aren't aware how best to optimize your resume so the ATS sorts it into the 'accept' pile, there's a good chance you'll end up rejected. The resume specialists at Revision Resume know all about the ATS and how to enhance your resume for success.
4). You Aren't a Confident Writer
Do you like to write, or do you dread it? Does the thought of sitting down and creating a resume fill you with excitement, or anxiety? Not sure how to word an email, much less your career accomplishments? Leave the resume writing to the Revision Resume experts that enjoy finding the right words to highlight your strengths.
3). You Aren't Getting Calls
Have you been submitting resumes for job postings and not receiving calls for interviews? This is a clear sign that there is something about your resume that is not making it stand out compared to other job candidates. Revision Resume can rewrite your resume and make improvements so it is less likely to be passed over or rejected.
2). You Don't Know the Current Resume Standards
Does your resume still have tables, graphs and images? Does it include an objective statement? Does it say 'references available upon request'? Do you use the header/footer? All of these are signs that you are not aware of the current resume standards. Some recruiters will not even look at a resume that doesn't follow up to date guidelines. Let Revision Resume edit and update your resume so it doesn't get cast aside for being outdated.
1). Anytime You Want a Resume
Are you currently looking for a job? Are you seeking a promotion within your current company? Are you currently stable in your job but would like to update your resume while your accomplishments are fresh in your mind? Do you want to have an up-to-date resume available in case a job opening pops up that peaks your interest? Are you considering a career change? Are you considering returning to the work force after a period of unemployment? All of these are reasons to contact Revision Resume for assistance in creating an up-to-date resume!
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Veterinarian Themed Blog
Vet Clinic Recommends Against Giving Dogs Human Medication
Your dog is in pain or has a tummy ache. You hate to see your dog hurting and want to do anything you can to help. A friend tells you to just give the dog medication from your own medicine cabinet. She has done it before. Seems simple enough. What should you do?
Veterinary Center strongly recommends against giving your pet a human over-the-counter medication. The following are just a few of the reasons it is not a good idea to provide your pet any medication without speaking to a veterinarian first.
Some medicines that are safe for humans are toxic to dogs and cats.
A medicine that is not toxic may cause a dangerous and unexpected side effect in your dog.
Even a medicine that is safe for a pet will need to be dosed differently for the pet than the human. Therefore, by administering on your own, you may inadvertently cause an overdose.
The human medication may interact with another drug your pet is currently taking causing a negative health impact.
The human medication may exacerbate an underlying health condition such as kidney disease.
Instead of providing your pet an over-the-counter medicine from your medicine cabinet, call your veterinarian. Discuss the symptoms your dog is having so they can help determine the best way to provide comfort.
As upsetting as it is to see your pet in pain, it is even worse to realize that your effort to help caused more harm than good. Contact us to learn more about properly caring for your pets. We are happy to help keep your pet safe and healthy!
Dental Themed Blog
When to Seek Treatment for a Cracked Tooth
Cracking a tooth is a common dental emergency. Often patients wonder if they need to seek assistance from the dentist when they realize they have cracked a tooth. Can they just ignore the issue until their next regularly schedule cleaning? Or do they need to seek an appointment with the dentist immediately? The truth is that if you have cracked a tooth you should try to get to the dentist sooner rather than later. Let's examine further.
Causes of a Cracked Tooth
People can crack or chip a tooth in a variety of ways including:
Falling and hitting your mouth on the ground
Biting something hard like a hard candy or a non-food item
Being hit in the face by a ball
A cavity that weakens the tooth so it cracks even when eating something relatively soft
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
The symptoms of a cracked tooth will vary depending on the severity of the crack. Symptoms can include:
Feeling a roughness or sharp area with your tongue
Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
Pain when chewing
Constant or intermittent pain
Should You Go to the Dentist?
At home, it is difficult to determine how severe the crack or chip is. You may not know if damage to the nerve or blood vessels has occurred. Therefore, it is best to see your dentist even if the crack or chip seems minor to you.
Don't wait six months until your next cleaning. Schedule an appointment in the next few days. If you are in pain, seek a dental appointment immediately.
For a small injury, the dentist may just polish the chipped tooth so you don't feel the roughness with your tongue any more. If the dentist identifies damage to the tooth enamel or apparent nerve exposure, more significant dental procedures will be required to prevent further irritation or infection.
The specific treatment plan will depend on the location and extent of the crack. Without treatment, the issue may get worse resulting in even more significant treatment required in the future.
If you find yourself dealing with a cracked or chipped tooth, call your dentist. They can help you address the issue appropriately.
Education Themed Blog
Easing the Preschool Transition
Everyone hopes their child will love preschool from day one. However, for many children, the adjustment may take some time.
Preschoolers often struggle with separation anxiety in the beginning. Being in a class with 17 other students can also be overwhelming. Therefore, it may take a few weeks (or even a little longer) for a child to learn to enjoy preschool. This is OK.
Try not to worry, especially when you see other kids excited to head into class but your child is a bit hesitant. Give them the time to adjust and have faith that ultimately they will. In the meantime, here are 5 tips to help make the transition a little smoother for your preschooler.
1) Select the Right Books
Books provide a fantastic way to help a child who is having difficulty imagining what it will be like to go to preschool. The words and the pictures can help them understand what to expect.
If you will be sending your child off to preschool for the first time, you may find it helpful to check a few books out of your local library. The Night Before Preschool, by Natasha Wing, shows what a school day is like using simple rhyming text. It also allows a child to realize that it is OK to be a little nervous when starting school. My Preschool, by Anne Rockwell, also provides a nice glimpse into what preschool will be like for a new student.
Reading books with your child may allow them to open up about what concerns they have. This will allow you to talk them through their worries and ease their anxieties.
2) Focus on the Excitement
When you talk about your child going to preschool, avoid talking about any negative aspects. Instead of saying, "Mommy is going to miss you," or "I wonder if the kids in your class will be nice?," talk about how exciting it will be to make new friends or learn new things. Tell your child you are excited to drop them off at school and pick them up when the school day is done.
3) Purchase Supplies Together
Bring your child with you to purchase any supplies they will need. Have them help pick out their supplies including a backpack. This will help increase their excitement about going to preschool.
4) Practice Separation
If you are concerned your child is going to have trouble separating from you, practice in advance. Find a non-family member to watch your child. Consider hiring a neighborhood babysitter. Let your child know that you are going to leave for a period of time and then come back. Even if your child is upset, follow through and leave. Then come back as you promised. This will help your child understand that when you leave them, you come back as you said you would.
5) Create a Good-bye Routine
Children often worry their parent will disappear when they aren't looking. Therefore, developing a good-bye routine may reduce their anxiety. A good-bye routine can be anything that works for you and your child. A kiss, high five, or hug, are all good options. In addition, consider packing a familiar object from home in your child's backpack. It may make your child feel more comfortable knowing they have favorite small stuffed animal or a family picture with them.
Some children head off to preschool excited and forget to stop and give Mom and Dad a kiss. Others shed a few tears the first couple days. Although the adjustment time varies for each child, they all learn to love preschool and look forward to their next school day!