Many people believe they are the best person to write their own resume. After all, you know yourself best and care the most about getting the job you want. For some people this is true, but for others they struggle for a long time without ever being invited for an interview.
To write your own resume, or any other job search document, you need to be 100% clear about your skills, great at writing and a self-marketer. You need to thoroughly research what skills, experience and qualities potential recruiters are looking for (and the keywords that will either appeal or create red flags). If you said yes to all this and you’re applying for the same type of job that you have now or in the past, then it is possible that you can write your own effective resume.
But…. we’ve met many people who know they are not the best person to write their own resume for lots of reasons. They may not view themselves objectively or struggle to boast about what they can do (They’re just doing their job, right?). Some don’t have the skill to craft a powerful marketing document and that’s what your resume needs to be. It can be overwhelming as there is a lot involved, especially if you want to get noticed.
Plus…. to further complicate the task, many of you are making a career change or seeking a promotion. You might be returning to work after a gap in employment. Maybe you simply don’t have the time to invest in doing it right or 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 makes sense to reach out to a professional resume writer.
Professional resume writers 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 from the Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, Feb 2019 report (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 slowly in the coming months. Over the last 12 months there has only been a rise of 0.5% – Oct 2018 to Oct 2019.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics (July 2019) stated – Reasons for difficulty finding work have changed somewhat in recent years, with an increase since February 2015 in personal factors such as “Insufficient work experience” and “Own ill health or disability”, and a decrease in job related factors such as “Too many applicants” and “No vacancies at all”.
- New graduates have a difficult time; employers have indicated that 76.5% of applicants were considered unsuitable (and the larger the organisation, 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 our passion and profession. Contact one of our Career Consultants today to discuss how we can create a professional resume for you. We would be honoured to be part of your success team.
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