I hear you.
You shelled out money for a nice, shiny, new resume, and you felt cheated.
It just wasn’t doing the job. It was kind of just a rehash of what you already had!
I’m going to help you make sure this doesn’t happen again.
First, I want to address your initial question: Should I hire a resume writer?
That answer: Yes. If you are having trouble talking about your accomplishments, you 100% need help. Because if you cannot tell the employer why your work has mattered, they cannot see why it matters to them.
If your resume is not getting found in applicant tracking systems, you need to work with someone who understands how they work.
Looking for a job is intense. There are many things you need to do.
Hiring a writer will take some of those tasks off your plate so you can network and research employers and prep for interviews, and do all other things necessary to make this happen.
We all need help sometimes.
But you need a competent writer. So, when you talk to another resume specialist — including me — here are some things you need to know:
1. Those with credentials are more likely to be trained. We have taken courses, worked with mentors, and have had to pass tests to get our certifications.
2. Resume writing is not reformatting; nor is it clerical work. A skilled writer will not simply ask you for your old resume and put it into a “prettier” or “ATS-friendly” format. Resume writing requires a detailed conversation to determine your direction and several hours of work to achieve a result that will attract attention.
3. A resume writer often will know other things about a job search. We are not merely scribes; we are guides, helping you get to your goal. Ask us what else we can help you with.
4. Resume writing companies may employ a team of writers. You may not be talking with the person who does the writing. This can make a difference in the final product.
5. Can you see a sample? I don’t post them on my site, but I do share some examples during our initial Zoom chat. Happy to! Caveat: I do not reproduce the same resume over and over. So what you will see is something customized to that client’s needs.
Which is what I will do for you, too! This is the important point: A resume is a story. Your story. Told the way it needs to be told to convey your special value. Told the way people actually, really read copy on a page. Based on research.
Does that help? Because I would love to chat further with you and hear more of your concerns! Please reach out to me here: Ruth@confidentcareersearch.com.