If your current resume or CV is
resulting in interviews for the types of positions and companies you want to
target, then you don't need to hire a professional resume writer.
on the other hand, your resume or CV is failing to do its job (secure
interviews), or if it isn't returning the level of results you think it should, then you might want to consider hiring a professional to change
results - even if you just hire him or her to do a
critique of your current documents.
In addition to strengthening your presentational
documents, a good professional resume writer will also help you with your career
strategies, helping you to focus your job search in a productive and effective manner. You can
often detect a good professional resume writer by the types of questions he or
she will ask. The process should energize and empower you, giving you the tools
and confidence necessary to achieve your career goals.
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can't someone looking for a job put together their own resume or CV?
can. The question is, "Can they do it well?"
reason for hiring any professional is to take advantage of that professional's
specialized knowledge and expertise.
Job hunters may not have the time, interest or
opportunity to study resumes, read resume writing books, research current hiring practices,
network with human resource professionals and hiring managers, or learn effective career
management strategies. Or their best efforts simply don't produce the type of documents that get
Hiring a professional resume writer
gives you the advantage of that professional's expertise and guidance, and is
essentially an investment in your career. It
can mean the difference between being invited to an interview or simply adding one more
resume or CV to the slush pile.
more about this professional resume writer.
are the biggest misconceptions job seekers have about professional resume writers/resume
biggest misconception is that a professionally written resume or CV will result
in a job offer. It
rarely will. What a well written resume or CV will do is create an advantage over
the competition in securing
interviews, and act as a starting point for all further negotiations.
Establishing a candidate's qualifications, identifying his or her achievements
(and the potential hiring value attached to these) and securing interviews is the resume or CV's sole purpose.
misconception is that the professional resume writer has ESP or a crystal ball that
allows him or her to write a resume or CV without input from the job candidate. Many people who hire good
professional resume writers are surprised by the amount of input and information they are required to supply,
or the amount of involvement they will have in the development process.
A successful professional
resume can only be achieved through productive communication between the client and
his or her resume
writer; through the questions the professional resume writer asks, and the information the client supplies. The more information
exchanged between client and professional resume writer the better the resume or
CV will be in effectively, accurately and successfully representing the client.
someone can't afford to hire a professional resume writer, what are the most useful pieces
of advice you can offer for creating a powerful resume?
keep your target audience in mind. You're writing this document for your readers benefit
- the potential employer or hiring manager.
not trying to create a career autobiography, but rather a concise advertisement of
qualifications you possess - as these relate (or are relevant) to the positions and companies
you're targeting. You want the material to entice your reader, without taking up too much
of his or her time (respectful consideration). You want your reader to want to
meet you in person, to learn more (via a one-on-one interview). Remember, the
sole purpose of the resume or CV is to secure an interview.
The position and company being targeted. Research the
company, if possible. Know its goals, missions, products, services,
strengths. Know and understand the criteria of the
position and have a good sense of the type of candidate your reader
(potential employer) is looking to
Include all background information: job history, experiences,
accomplishments, and educational achievements as these relate to (are
directly relevant to - including any transferable skills that
are relevant to) the positions
and companies being targeted. Repeat: relevant material only.
Place the greatest focus of
your material on your accomplishments - as these apply to
the positions and companies you're targeting. Let your reader
envision you providing these same great services, contributions
and benefits to their organization. Never lose sight
of who will be reading your document.
everything else off.
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