The Resumes That Bring In $400K+/Year (Samples Provided)
The resumes that bring in $400,000+/year (Samples Provided)
Today we are going to talk about how extremely important it is to have a very good resume that opens doors for you; and as a bonus/freebie, we will also provide you with our sample resumes that bring in $400,000+/year.
We don’t have rental or AirBnB properties; we don’t drive Uber; we don’t have Etsy, Ebay, Amazon shops; our dividends are reinvested and are not counted in the $400K+…
We also don’t come from a well connected family, we don’t have parents, uncles or aunts who can hook us up.
Thus, all our $400,000+ annual income comes from our professional skills and our resumes open the doors for us.
For all our 9-5 jobs and side gigs, it’s our resumes that have open the doors for us, our interviewing skills that close the deal, and our professional skills that help us stay there and advance.
Why it’s important to have a resume that opens doors for you:
Before you meet your potential employer:
No need to customize your resume
Every advice you read from the “experts” says that you have to customize your resume for every application you submit. Who has time for that?
Looking and finding a job is a numbers game. You have to apply to multiple job postings in order to increase your chances.
It’s going to be difficult having to customize your resume, every time you have to apply for something new. However, with a good resume, you don’t have to do all of that.
Your resume will already have everything you need and the only little thing you might need to customize would be the new job tittle if it’s different.
No need of a cover letter
Another advice you might read from the “experts” is that you need a cover letter for every application you submit. Again, who has time for that? With a good resume that speaks for itself, you won’t need a cover letter at all.
A good resume helps you stand out
Nowadays, job postings receive thousands of responses especially if it’s from well-paying companies in highly competitive industries. Remember, we recommend to always apply to the top well-paying companies in your industry.
How do you make yourself stand out and be in the top 3, 5, 10? It’s by having a killer resume. It’s also important making sure you resume has the appropriate keywords and that the format is searchable.
Many “experts” will also tell you that your resume shouldn’t be more than 2 pages. Scratch that rule, and just do whatever feels right for yourself. Our resumes are 3-4 pages and we have never had a problem scoring an interview or a job.
Helps you deal with recruiting agencies
We all know how time consuming it is dealing with recruiting agents. When you are looking for a job, and post your resume online, you might get hundreds of calls from different agents asking you to meet them.
In addition, several of these agents will even lie to you and tell you they have a client who might want to hire you, even though they don’t really have a client. They just want to fill some quota of people they have interviewed and met.
Thus, it can be very time consuming having to meet all of them, especially when you already have a job. How many excuses can you come up with at work to justify going to all those meetings?
You would need to sneak around, come in late, leave early, or do 2-hour lunches, but eventually someone would notice.
However, when you have a good resume, it’s easy to dictate your own terms. When an agent calls, they are usually very excited because they have already fallen in love with your resume, and when they ask for a meeting, you can easily turn them down.
This is our typical response: “I know it’s a requirement to meet with me first before you present my resume to your client, but is there a way you can make an exception? You know I’m still working full time at Company X, and I work very long hours, thus I really don’t think I will be able to meet with you right now. However, you can still submit my resume to your client, and if they like me and want to meet me, I will do my best to make sure I meet with you before I meet them.”
Guess what? It works like a charm. The agents with no client stop bothering you, and the ones with a client, rush to get your resume in front of the client, because they don’t want to lose you to another agent or employer. They don’t want to lose out on their bonus.
By the time the client wants to meet you, the agent wants you meet the client right away, and won’t bother asking you again to meet him/her first.
The agent will even go out of their way, to help you prepare for the interview. They might even give you the typical questions that the client usually asks if they know them.
When you finally meet the potential employer
When you meet the potential employer (HR and/or hiring managers), they have also already fallen in love with your resume, and they are ready to hire you if you can just answer this one question they have in their mind:
-Why do you want this job? You seem overqualified! Are you serious about it? Or are you just wasting our time?
The one downside about having a very good resume, is that it makes you look overqualified. Thus, you have to answer the above question very tactfully and put them at ease.
The answer has to be convincing and politically correct. You can’t say money is the reason you want the job, even if it’s the true reason.
Once they are satisfied with your answers, the interview ends quickly and you spend the rest of the time having small talk and connecting on a personal level.
At this stage, talk to them as if you are talking to your buddies over a glass of wine or pint of beer, but still keep it professional.
After you meet the potential employer
When you have a good resume, the interview process moves quickly. You might find yourself hired within a week or 2. They might even skip all additional interviews, and hire you right away.
You might even negotiate for a higher salary than you first requested depending on how many other offers you get. It’s not abnormal for us to get 2-3 offers at the same time and a few more pending/coming up.
Once you start with the new company
After you have impressed the new company with your resume, interviewing skills, negotiation skills…they will be confident in their decision to hire you.
They will give you the respect and autonomy you need in order to succeed at your new job.
They won’t be micro-managing you, they will give you space, and let you do your thing, which in return, will allow you to implement changes, new processes, and whatever else is needed very fast in order to succeed at the new job.
Whatever support or resources you request, you will get; and whatever new idea you come up with, will likely be implemented without much challenge.
Thus, you will be able to show positive results very fast.
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Our sample resumes
As promised we are giving you samples of our resumes. It has taken us 10 years to perfect these resumes, and we update them every 6-12 months, so keep checking in.
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How about you guys? Care to share your tips on how to have a resume that makes you stand out and opens doors for you? Or any other career related tips? We would love to hear from you.
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- The resumes that bring in $400,000+/year (Samples Provided)