Obviously, I write resumes for a living, so I think that having a professionally written resume is a great idea.
Which means I’m a little biased here. But I wanted to discuss, as best as I can, some of my thinking on why I think you should consider professional resume writing services, rather than writing your resume yourself.
I also want to share with you some of my thoughts on the reservations which I often hear from people who are thinking about hiring a professional resume writer.
1. Get Professional Edge.
Would you fix your own car? Pull your own tooth? Build your own house? Try to cure a medical problem by reading up on it on the Internet?
Well, maybe – to an extent. In this day and age most knowledge is free, which means we can obtain a decent amount of learning (and skill) on just about any subject.
You can spend a few weeks reading blogs on how to write good resumes – and you’ll probably end up with a much better resume than you otherwise would. But theres a certain edge that only a professional can provide you with.
You can ask your cousin who is passionate about photography to take photos of your wedding. And they’ll probably be OK. But only a few photographers, those who have chosen wedding photography as their calling, can be with you on your big day and create art which will move and captivate you for years to come.
2. Out-Gun Your Competition.
Right now is not an easy time to be looking for a job. My friends in recruitment tell me that the market is tough and that there are hundreds of applicants knocking on their doors for every job opening.
It’s a lot of competition, and it’s very likely that many of them will have professionally written resumes.
You might be the best person for the job, but they’ll get it because they hired someone who can present them better.
Unfortunately job search is not just about being the best for the job – it often comes down to being most resourceful.
3. Catch Recruiters Eye.
Here’s something you need to know about recruiters. They’re not HR professionals who are accountable for maintaining the right culture by hiring the right people.
They’re sales people, driven by sales targets. Their process is quite rudimentary.
Most people miss out on jobs because they write great, descriptive resumes which, although potentially captivating to passionate change-makers, don’t get noticed by recruiters.
You need to write your resume in a language which a recruiter will notice. In some ways, it’s a bit like what writing webpages was like a few years ago. You had to write them with Google bots in mind first, and human eyes second – because if Google didn’t understand you, other people wouldn’t get to find out about you.
1. It’s Not Cheap.
Sure, I get it – $395 for a resume and cover letter (my current rates) might seem like a lot of money to spend on a couple of documents.
Except they’re not documents – they are tools which allow you to get a job quicker. And get you a better job.
How much is being 1 extra week out of work really costing you? And what if you had a resume which presented you in a way which enabled you to land a job that paid $10K more?
2. You Don’t Have Time For This.
One of the biggest time-wasters during job search is the cycle of applying, waiting for a call-back, getting that annoying “Thank you for applying, but” email, realising that you need to apply for more jobs, searching, tweaking your resume, applying again, waiting…
Its just like dating. People spend years doing the same thing, playing the numbers game, unaware that there’s something they’re doing (which they can’t see) that jeopardises their chances of forming a great relationship.
Hiring a resume writer is a game-changer in your job search. A powerfully written resume allows you to stop playing the numbers game and start playing the game of precision.
3. What If It Doesn’t Work?
You buy a car and you know it will take you from A to B. If it doesn’t start, you can take it back to the dealer to get it fixed.
What if you invest in resume writing services, begin to send out your amazing new resume – and are still not getting any calls back?
That’s a very valid question, and one which I think has to be answered. I think any service should come with a commitment (on the part of the person offering it) to make sure it helps you reach your goal.
I personally don’t just write you a resume and send you on your merry way – I check in with you after to see how you’re going on your job search. If there are any hiccups, I work with you to iron them out and make sure that, when you apply for jobs, you receive calls back.