Why hire a professional resume writer… when you can write a resume yourself??
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by: Mandi Cloete
Or can you? There is a thought process that suggests that you are the best person to write your own resume – because you know yourself best and care most about being successful. And for some people, that’s true.
If you are absolutely clear about your skills, are a great writer and self-marketer, have done your research to know what skills/experience/qualities potential employers are looking for (and the words that will either appeal or create red flags), and are applying for the same type of job that you have been doing, it is possible to write your own effective resume.
The thing is – I’ve met with many people who acknowledge that they may not be the best person to write their own resume. Some don’t view themselves objectively. Some simply don’t have the expertise to skilfully craft a powerful marketing document. And that’s ok. Maybe it’s unreasonable for us to believe that we should all be experts at writing a resume. After all, there’s a lot involved, especially if you want it to get noticed.
Plus, to further complicate the task, many of you are making a career change or seeking a promotion. Or, you are returning back to work after a gap in employment. Or, you simply don’t have the time to invest in doing it right. Maybe you feel that it would be more productive to spend your time on other job search activities. If one of these scenarios describes you, it definitely makes sense to reach out to a professional to write your resume.
I help people all the time who underestimate the skills and experience they actually have. If you don’t know what your skills are, how can you expect to write them down, let alone write them in an effective way to appeal to a potential employer and make you stand apart from all the other applicants in a tight job market?
Here’s some interesting information for you to consider (although it won’t surprise you if you’ve been searching for work for a while):
- Employment in Australia is likely to continue to grow more slowly in the coming months (cyclical employment has fallen for sixteen consecutive months)
- An Australian government study showed that “the main difficulty in finding work for unemployed persons was ‘too many applicants for available jobs’, followed by ‘insufficient work experience’.”
- New graduates have a difficult time; employers have indicated that 76.5% of applicants were considered unsuitable (and the larger the organization, the more applicants, and the higher rate of unsuitability is found)
The bottom line is that it’s not easy to find a good job these days. You need to know exactly what you have to offer, clearly communicate it in a way that shows you are suitable for the position, and make it easy for the employer to see why you are worth interviewing. That’s why it makes sense to hire a professional.
A caring professional resume writer knows what questions to ask to draw out your full range of skills (maybe you are qualified but you just don’t know how to show it), understands the labour market, and has the expertise to create a powerful marketing document.
Many of us have heard the expression that insanity is when you do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Well, if you have been submitting your resume and you’re not getting to an interview (or you just want to speed up the process and increase the likelihood that you will), maybe it’s time to try a different approach.
It is worth investing in a professional resume writer to write your next resume. Helping people to succeed is my passion and my profession. Contact me to discuss how the process works. I would be honoured to be part of your success team.