It may come as a surprise that—as someone who earns a living writing resumes for executives—I do, on occasion, turn prospective clients away.
The reason? They aren’t ready for my services.
For a resume to be effective, it must unequivocally position a candidate for the function, industry, and challenge they are hoping to take on next. But I often speak to executive job seekers who don’t have a clear idea of where they are aiming. Trying to polish and prime your resume when you haven’t clarified your objective is akin to sharpening arrows and then hoping to shoot them blindfolded and still hit the target.