I have always believed that the pain and suffering you endure in writing your own resume is worth it. It forces you to become more focused and better at describing yourself and truly understanding what your talents are. However, if you have the money and your job search is at a stand still mostly because you aren't getting any interviews, perhaps hiring a professional resume writer is the next logical step.
What I've learned is that not all resume writers are created equal. Remember the old adage, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a bargain basement fee, you'll most likely get a bargain basement resume. The good resume writers will take you on a self exploration journey. They will be a coach and guide who team up with you to a strategy.
In Meg Guiseppi's post from Executive Resume Branding, she says that a good resume writer should:
- Ask their clients the right questions to uncover the compelling information that defines their career distinction.
- Brand and differentiate their clients’ unique promise of value to their next employer.
- Incorporate the right key words, relevant to each clients’ target job, but still craft resumes that are an interesting read.
- Showcase the critical information hiring decision makers want to see and align everything in the resume around the requirements for each client’s target job(s).
- Desktop-publish documents that “sit” perfectly on the page, immediately capture attention, best position clients’ “selling” points, look appealing, and reflect the right brand image for each client
Guiseppi also says to check references and look at samples created by the resume writer.
The other thing to consider is certification. There are credentials out there to hold resume writers to a certain standard. This is usually an indicator that the resume writer is serious about their job.
For really great insight on the pros and cons of resume writers, read Jeff Lipschultz's post. The comments are the true value of his post, "What is the value of your resume". You will see a "Who's Who" of resume writing responding within the comments of the post. I also want to credit Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers, who has been a long-time inspiration for my blogging, for her reminder that good resume writers do exist and for good reason.
I now believe that a good resume writer is so much more than what their title represents.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.