We all seek out professionals to help with important parts of our lives – lawyers, dentists, doctors, financial advisors, and the like. So why not hire a career professional to write your resume?
The truth is that in many ways, a stranger can write a better resume than you can for yourself. It’s difficult to be objective when writing about your own work history and life. We all find it a challenge to toot our own horn, and that’s what a resume does – tells the world that you are the greatest professional in your defined area.
You may also be overwhelmed at the thought of summing up a lifetime of career ventures onto one page, or unsure of how to handle an employment gap or other potential red flag.
A few years ago, I actually needed my own resume for a senior position with a career transition company. What did I do? I hired a resume writer!
A certified resume writer is not only an objective party who can filter through any of your own self-doubt and biases, he or she brings specific expertise and insight into hiring trends. They’ll know which are the hottest positions companies are looking for, and how to market your strengths to succeed on your job search and stand out from the competition.
This expertise is well worth paying for, if you choose the right person. That’s why you must beware of all the cowboys out there who advertise themselves as professional resume writers, but lack the actual formal training and experience.
Choose a full-time resume writer who has accreditations as well as recommendations from satisfied customers. Be sure to check the person’s website as well as their social media profiles (for example, I post my references on LinkedIn).
These are the professionals who will be in tune with what an HR person, recruiter or other influencer is looking for in today’s resume (not yesterday’s). They will be acutely aware of the keywords that need to be in your resume, and the resume mistakes to avoid.
You probably wouldn’t cut your own hair, take out your own appendix, or represent yourself in a complex court case. Why leave your career to chance by trying to write your own resume?