Q. I’m seriously considering hiring a professional resume writer. I know you have excellent credentials and experience in the field. But why should I let any professional write my resume?
A. Usually, a job seeker is so frustrated by lack of response to an old resume that credentialed and experienced professional resume writers do not have to sell themselves at all. The chief problem I usually find with a resume is a lack of focus—it is not clear what job the applicant is applying for or why they are the best candidate. Sometimes a format is simply not compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) which are very picky about what they will and will not accept in a resume; the resume is discarded by the ATS before the hiring manager or recruiter gets a chance to see it.
In addition, I offer these four advantages as a professional resume writer:
- I will organize and write your resume to make the best of your qualifications. The great philosophers tell us to know ourselves. Knowing yourself is hard enough, but job seekers also need to know hiring managers and recruiters. What are hiring managers and recruiters expecting in a resume? What experiences in your career are most important to emphasize, which ones are you overlooking, and which ones can safely be left to the interview or ignored?
- As a certified job and career transition coach (JCTC) and a master career director (MCD), I have the objectivity to bring your career goals, marketplace realities, and your resume into alignment. I can offer you suggestions that may boost your career and your resume to the next level.
- I pay attention to the details that may have slipped your notice, like the proper use of apostrophes (its or it’s), the correct abbreviations for states and regions (CA, not Cal.), and the right choice of words that confuse many people (effected,affected). I make sure your contact information is easy to understand and that you have left off archaic information (references on request) or information that you legally should not supply (marital status).
- Most importantly, I give you confidence. A well-written, tightly focused, interesting resume not only attracts the attention of hiring managers and recruiters, it also prepares you to handle interviews with assurance.
Are you still on the fence about hiring a professional resume writer? Contact me today and let’s talk.