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5 Reasons To Use A Professional Resume Writing Service
5 Reasons To Hire a Professional Resume Writer
Your resume, whether electronic or on paper, is what makes the “first impression” on recruiters or hiring managers who are screening candidates. Similar to a product advertisement, your resume will either draw the reader in and generate interest OR be skimmed, ignored or even generate a negative reaction.In this difficult economy, with thousands of applicants for every one job opening, you must stand out from the competition. With a well written, well designed, powerful resume you will get more calls, more interviews and find a new job faster.Considering the critical importance of your resume, I recommend that job seekers at all levels get help and input when writing and creating it. For only $150-$250, the cost of a few nights out on the town, you can hire a professional resume writing service to help you. If this is not an option, at the bare minimum, job seekers should have friends, family members or colleagues review your draft resume and provide constructive feedback.Here are some of the key reasons why job seekers should consider using a professional resume writing service:
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1) Recruiters Don’t Have Time For Bad Resumes
Even if you have outstanding qualifications, recruiters don’t have the time to read between the lines of a poorly written resume or try to search for the “good stuff”.
They are likely sifting through hundreds or even thousands of candidates for every one job opening. And, many recruiters only read the first half of the first page of your resume- your summary of qualifications and your most recent company and position. A single typo, a run-on sentence, bad grammar, unclear job descriptions and missing accomplishments are all examples of resume poison.
Getting back to the time factor, since many companies have declining sales and are hiring less due to economic conditions, they’ve downsized their own recruiting or human resources departments. The remaining recruiters are being asked to do more with less. For example, a single recruiter who used to work on filling 5 jobs at a time may be working on filling 10 jobs. Simple math, means less time to review each individual applicant i.e. you!
Bottom line.. A powerful, well written resume will get a recruiter's attention, generate interest in you and your qualifications and has a much higher chance of getting you to the interview stage.
A weak or poorly written resume will have the opposite effect.. directly to the “no” pile or folder.
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2) Resume Writing Requires a Specific Set of Skills
Writing and formatting a resume, just like writing and designing an advertising campaign, requires a specific set of skills, knowledge and techniques.
You need a strong understanding of both business writing and promotional writing. You need a strong knowledge of the English language, grammar, sentence structure and related rules. You need to have a good eye for design and layout options. You also need to be well versed on resume writing best practices, standards, keywords and trends.
Although you may be an outstanding computer programmer or an award winning accountant, those roles require a different set of skills and abilities. Would you hire a computer programmer or an accountant to design your advertising campaign?
3) Resume Writing Requires Objectivity
When you are writing about yourself and your own experiences, it’s sometimes hard to be objective.
In most cases I’ve found that job hunters who write their own resumes are inclined to down play their skills or experiences. And, they don’t use powerful, descriptive words and leave out key accomplishments.
There are also cases where job seekers may exaggerate their background and work experiences.
A professional resume writer will know the best ways to highlight your accomplishments, promote your work experiences and play up your skills and education.
Resume Writing Keywords
4) Resume Writers Know The Power Keywords & Industry Terms
If you are reading this article, you probably found it through an onlline keyword search. Perhaps you went to Google and typed in “Should I hire a resume writer?” or went to Yahoo and typed “What are the benefits of professional resume writing?” When you did that, the search engine recognized specific keywords and led you to this article.
This is often the same method that recruiters will use to find your resume. If you are job hunting you should have your resume posted on the big job websites such as Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com. Companies that are hiring, pay to get access to these resume databases and use a keyword or content search to find candidates- very similar to how you found this article.
If your resume includes the valid or most relevant keywords that recruiters use to find candidates in your area of expertise, your resume will come up in results. If your resume has very few of those keywords, you will come up at the bottom of the search results.. perhaps on page five, ten or even one hundred.
For example, there could be several ways to describe a job title. “Computer Programmer” could also be “Visual Basic Programmer” or “Visual Basic Coder”. You should use the keywords that most recruiters would use to find someone with your skills and experience. A professional resume writer should do the research to identify those keywords and incorporate them through-out your resume content.
5) While They Write- You Can Focus on Other Job Hunting Activities
Hiring someone to write your resume will free up your time to focus on other job hunting activities.
These activities should include leveraging online social networking on websites such as Linked In or Twitter. Attending face to face networking functions or industry events. Researching target companies in your geographic region. And, leveraging online job search websites such as Monster.com, Careerbuilder, Yahoo Hot Jobs and Craigslist.
How To Choose a Resume Writing Service
A quick internet search for “resume writing” will return thousands of results. How do you pick the right company or individual?
Don Goodman is a nationally recognized Career Coach and Resume Writer, and penned the article, “How To Choose a Resume Writing Service”. His recommendations include: avoiding the resume writing factories in favor of small businesses/individuals, looking for credentials including Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Better Business Bureau certification and checking out the company website to see resume samples.
Madeline Miller, Founder/Manager of Compu-Type Resume Services, shared her advice on how to select a resume writing service on the website About.com. Check out her article: “How to Choose a Professional Resume Writing Service”.
Jason Kay’s article “Find the Best Resume Writer for You” provides important information on choosing a service and tells you more about exactly what a resume writer does from consultation through editing,
You can learn more about the Professional Resume Writer Certification (PRWC) and access a list of certified resume writers across the globe on the PRWC website.