I used to be a human resources director, I've read approximately 58 gazillion resumes, I read articles about resume writing frequently, and still when it came time to update my own resume, I hired a certified professional resume writer rather than write it myself.
Your resume's critical job is to win you job interviews. There's a lot of competition for interviews, so you want your resume to be compelling and top-notch.
It's not easy to write a compelling, top-notch resume - especially your own.
Here are my top 4 reasons to hire a professional to write your resume:
1. She understands how to sell you
A good resume writer knows how to present you so that your audience will feel compelled to meet you to learn more. She is completely up-to-date with what works and what doesn't work on a resume in your industry and at your level.
A lot has changed in just a few years, and a good resume writer keeps up with the trends.
2. He is a keyword expert
Keywords are gold, and a good resume writer is an expert miner. He learns about you and your expertise, accomplishments and goals and inserts keywords as needed to get the attention of both humans and machine scanners.
3. She's got a way with words
When you hire a resume writer, she will transform your boring bullet points and trite cliches about your excellent communication skills into attention-grabbing, persuasive copy that makes you sound like the unique rock star you are. This is an art.
4. He's not afraid of horn tooting
We're afraid of sounding too egotistical and arrogant, so we shy away from the kind of self-promotion that is required in a top-notch resume. A professional writer knows how to highlight your achievements so you sound confident and self-assured.
There are many excellent resume writers to choose from. Here are my tips for selecting one that's right for you:
Choose a writer that is professionally certified
There are a number of credentials indicating professional certification, including:
CPRW - Certified Professional Resume Writer
NCRW- Nationally Certified Resume Writer
ACRW - Academy Certified Resume Writer
CARW – Certified Advanced Resume Writer
CERW – Certified Expert Resume Writer
MRW – Master Resume Writer
Ask to see sample resumes
Choose a writer who has written resumes for your level and industry.
Ask about cover letters and LinkedIn profile writing
Your resume, cover letters and LinkedIn profile should reflect one another.
Ask for a price quote and about a satisfaction guarantee
A resume writer can't guarantee you will get your dream job, but they can guarantee your satisfaction with their work.
Most resume writers work with people all over the country (or in some cases, internationally), so you don't have to limit your search to writers in your area.
If you've hired a resume writer before, what was the biggest benefit?