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Is Hiring a Resume Writer REALLY Worth It?

16 May, 2018

Is Hiring a Resume Writer REALLY Worth It?

There are a lot of people who think hiring a resume writer is a big waste of time and money. If you’re one of these people, please keep reading. I promise it’s well worth your time.

So many people settle and use resume templates (aka cookie-cutter resumes) because all they have to do is plug in their info. The one thing they don’t realize is that employers are looking for more than just basic information.

Resume writers who are committed to their field are also committed to seeing their clients get results from their work together. The resumes they write go WAY beyond listing your present and past employers and including a laundry list of your core duties and responsibilities. Expert resume writers don’t use boring resume templates either.

Employers want to know what value you bring to the table, how you contributed to companies you worked for in the past, and what contributions you’ve made for your current employer so far.

A resume template doesn’t guide you on how to include this kind of information in your resume. You’re unique, and likewise, your resume should be too.

An employer’s time is valuable and limited. Going through countless resumes with the bulk of them not having the kind of information they’re looking for is not only daunting, but it gets old fast. Your resume has to stand out if you want to get their attention—period.

If your resume doesn’t grab their attention quick, they have no problem tossing it out. Why? Because there’s a pile of other resumes on their desk waiting to be reviewed.

Employers wade through the “fluff” resumes and focus on the ones that present value and are achievement based. Template or cookie-cutter resumes, starting off with the infamous objective statement, or making general fluff statements like “possess excellent communication skills,” “fast learner,” “team player,” etc. doesn’t cut it.

Your resume needs to demonstrate your value, emphasize your skills and abilities, and include career achievements and contributions you’ve made to present and past employers.

Career achievements are key because they reveal your strengths in so many areas like problem solving, project management, time management, team leadership, employee relations, and communicating effectively just to name a few.

One thing to keep in mind though and that is any achievement you mention in your resume you must also be able to support. Anyone can claim to have achieved great things, but not everyone can support or prove that they actually did them. Be prepared to support your claim!

Employers appreciate candidates who know what they have to offer and they’ve taken the time to go beyond submitting a template or mediocre resume. It sends the message the candidate understands the employer’s time is a precious commodity and that they have no intention of wasting it.

Now that you know what goes into a well-written resume and what motivates potential employers to put you in the “keep pile,” does your resume meet the criteria? If not, seriously consider working with a resume writing expert who does.

How to Choose the Right Resume Writer:

  • Do Your Homework — There are thousands of career service professionals out there who provide resume writing services. But not all resume writers are created equal. If a writer claims to be a certified, verify it. Unfortunately, there are some dishonest people out there claiming to be credentialed when in fact they’re not.
  • Check Out Their Website — Find out to see if they specialize in your field or industry. Look for testimonials attesting to the quality of their work and how they’ve made a difference for their clients.
  • Contact at Least 3 Resume Writers — Based on your research and conversations, you’ll have a better understanding of how each writer can help you and if they’re a “good fit” or not. It also puts you in a position to make a well-informed decision.

Hiring a resume writer is worth it because you’re doing more than just hiring someone type up your resume or do simple updates. You’re investing in you, your career, and an opportunity to land interviews for positions that you know will prove to be personally and financially rewarding.

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Tiffany Locke
Tiffany Locke

It’s great that this article explains how hiring an expert resume writer allows you to emphasize your skills and abilities so that you can stand out. I also like that you explain how it’s important to be able to support any skills you include. Since this is the case, you’d probably want to research different professionals and meet with the best ones in order to discuss the resume writing services you need as well as your background so they can help you decide on what to include so that you have the best chance to get the job you want.

Elsa Anderson
Elsa Anderson

Thank you for sharing your reasons for hiring a professional resume writer. I totally agree when you mentioned that a resume writer is needed to effectively present key information, such as values, competencies, and skills to your soon-to-be employer and how you obtained it, by citing your previous roles and contributions. This will surely increase my competitive advantage among others looking for the same job. I’m currently employed, but I will keep these in mind for my future plans.

Ridley
Ridley

It makes sense that hiring a resume writer is a good idea. I have no idea how to write one, but now that I’m looking for a new job, I need that skill! Or, I can just find someone who knows how to write one, and avoid the cookie-cutter answers, like you said.