A few weeks ago I wrote about how I hired a professional resume writer to help me update my outmoded resume. I wanted a first-rate document to use as I pursue more coaching partnerships and new associations.
Getting the information to the writer that she needed to create a killer resume was not easy for me. You may recall me whining quite a bit about this in my post.
But now that I have my new top-quality resume in hand, I feel somewhat like a proud mother with my newborn baby. Sure, it took some work on my part to get this kid out, but who cares about that now!
There's no way on earth that I could have crafted a resume as effective as my new one. This is crystal clear to me now. I could no more have written this resume than have built my own house or have landed a plane at the airport. This is because good resume writing is a specialized skill that takes training, experience, a particular knowledge of recruiting and marketing, and plain ol' talent to do well.
I can write, and I've seen about one bazillion resumes in my career, neither of which means I can create a top-notch resume. Especially my own top-notch resume.
So before I get to the glowing report on who I hired for the job, here are my top 3 reasons why you should hand over the resume writing to a professional:
1. Your resume is a crucial marketing document that is your ticket into future opportunities. It is not a list of all your past jobs and job duties. It needs to attract the audience you want and highlight what that audience wants to see. It needs to create excitement and differentiate itself from the others in the big pile within seconds. Do you know exactly what this means for you? Is this really your expertise?
2. Writing your own resume can be like cutting your own hair, giving yourself advice, or, yes I know this is a bit extreme, setting your own leg after you've broken it. In other words, having an outside professional's perspective on the job can make all the difference in how well that job is performed.
Many of us suffer from "accomplishment amnesia". We completely forget all the great things we've done very soon after we do them. The negatives compel our focus much more. Also we tend to discount as "no big deal" accomplishments that are in fact noteworthy. A professional resume writer understands what you should be bragging about better than you do and has no hesitation about horn tooting.
3. Remember the last time you wrote your resume and how excruciating (or at the very least tedious) that was? Imagine the feeling you'd have reading your new resume that just "magically" arrived in your in-box. The resume someone else worded perfectly and made look all pretty. I'm telling you it's like coming home after someone else cleaned your house only better, because for one thing you know your resume is not going to be messy again in 15 minutes. It's soooo worth it!
"Sign me up!" you say. "Where can I get all this resume goodness?"
They're professional, they're thorough, they're fairly priced and they're very, very skilled. Louise writes a great blog that you should check out, too.
So ends my (unpaid, really!) ringing endorsement of a professional resume writing service that I was most pleased with!
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