Are you weighing the cost of a professional resume writer against all the FREE resources available on the Internet?
A Google search of “free resume template” revealed over 8 Million hits. There is a ton of information out there. So, what is the difference between doing it yourself and investing in yourself?
The above article from Salary.com outlines five reasons why you should consider having a professional write your resume.
My five reasons you should consider having a professional write your resume are:
- You are too close to yourself. All my clients are highly skilled, but many do not recognize their value in the workplace. As a professional resume writer, my job is to make sure my clients own their value and can share it confidently.
- You can shorten the process. Job seekers can find it takes 30 to 45 weeks to land a new position. This is especially true for those positions paying more than $60,000 per year. Many candidates using professionally written resumes land jobs in 10 weeks. Having the right information in the right place compels the reader to call you and learn more.
- Someone is holding your hand. I have done this before. I know the answers to most of your questions before you ask them. But more importantly, a professional resume writer will add value throughout the process. I share content with my clients freely, helping them be more confident in their abilities. We talk about the steps in the process and I keep my clients on track. (I am always by their side, giving them permission to be great.)
- Most people talk about the what, not the how. If you and I were applying for a server’s position in a restaurant, if we listed our responsibilities, they would be the same. Greet customers, offer drink specials, take customers’ orders, serve food, etc. But, if we listed how we did it, our true value would be shown. You may have a stellar personality, have customers that know you and want you to serve them. You may average 30% in tips and always make customers feel welcome. I might forget orders, spill drinks, and be hard to communicate with. In fact, the only reason I still have a job is the owner’s husband feels sorry for me and has asked her not to fire me. As a professional resume writer, I use STAR’s to highlight your accomplishments, setting you apart.
- Professional Resume Writers know what works now – Yes, your Google search will give you all kinds of information, templates, cover letter ideas and more. But what works now? How do you choose? If you use a template will your resume look like everyone else’s? I start with a blank sheet of paper and craft a targeted Six-Second-Resume™ to showcase your value. A professional will identify your experience and personality, so it is reflected in the resume. A candidate that believes in and owns their material has much better outcomes and confidence in phone screenings and face-to-face interviews.
Only you can make the decision about whether to work with a professional or do it yourself. If you have questions, I’m always available to talk.
P.S. If I added a sixth reason it would be that Professional Resume writers are always learning. I spent the past six months taking 24 hours of classroom training, 120 hours of online coursework and completed a 30-hour independent study to earn my GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) certification from the NCDA (National Career Development Association). A requirement of continued members is to complete an additional 75 hours of training every 5 years. Just as you seek out ways to be the best at what you do, professional resume writers are learning more to better help their clients.
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