A lot of people think that hiring a resume writer is a waste of time and money.
Ok. I get it. It seems like one of those things that you could just do yourself. I mean, what’s the big deal? It’s just a list of what I did in my various jobs. A high-schooler could write that!
Unfortunately, writing a resume is not as easy as it may seem.
And many who try it themselves fail to get a response from employers.
One problem is that they use cookie-cutter resume templates from places like Canva and just plug in information. There’s a huge problem with this.
First of all, these templates are made by graphic designers to look pretty. Designers don’t know anything about how applicant tracking systems work. For instance, these systems don’t see anything that is inside a constructed box. That’s right. It will be blank.
Anything that isn’t text on the page will cause problems. Columns are problematic. Colorful graphics may be an issue if they contain crucial information that isn’t placed elsewhere in a textual format so it won’t be missed.
Secondly, most of these templates contain basic information. You need a lot more than that.
A resume has to explain what you achieved for your employers. It is NOT a list of your job duties.
And, a resume has to tell a cohesive story about your career. There are choices to be made–things like how far to go back in your career history, and where to place crucial information that could set you apart from other candidates. Word choices matter, too. Not all companies in the same industry use the same terminology.
Word choice can also depend upon your level of employment.
And that’s just the beginning.
Expert resume writers are trained in this work. We can write, but we also understand what employers are looking for. We don’t use repeatable templates, because we know that candidates are very different. Their messages are different. Their career aims are different.
Experienced resume writers will spend time with you to find out what you’re aiming for, and we will dig deeply to find out what you have done that will help you make your case for qualification. We also know that readers have short attention spans, so we need to be succinct.
We know that is NOT clerical work!
Trust me. Recruiters and managers complain constantly about the resumes they see that are not relevant, are too long, or too sparse, and have a lot of “fluffy” language in them that doesn’t explain the candidate’s value! They even have spelling and grammar errors. It doesn’t bode well for those candidates.
Think about this: Do you want to waste time submitting ineffective resumes? Or do you want something that will capture attention and get you a call? And even better, do you want to be considered professional and polished? Because that might mean higher pay in the long run! (Studies have actually shown this.)
If you don’t want to waste your time, then invest in the service. I promise you it will make a huge difference, and you will feel waaaay less stressed about your search.