Whether you rate your own writing skills highly or not, your resume is incredibly important and there are now more reasons than ever to consider hiring professional resume writers to make yours the best it can be. Whether you just want your existing resume tweaked and edited to improve it or tailor it for a specific job application, or you'd like the resume you've been adding to since college rewritten from scratch, it is easy to find people who have a real expertise in resume writing, and can help you truly stand out.
Here are just three of the many good reasons getting a professionally written resume is worth doing:
Writing in a Self- aggrandizing Way Is Hard
If you have very good written communication skills, you can of course write a resume that will be better than average without any help. However, because this is about you, and you have to really promote yourself, it is a style of writing most of us find very hard. It is much easier to write about the objective merits of somebody else than about yourself, and so the result will be a better promotional write up of your own capabilities than you would create yourself if you are writing with concerns about 'blowing your own trumpet' or sounding arrogant. Resumes are generally written in the third person, and writing about yourself in this way can be equally awkward. However, to the reader, a resume comes across as a fact sheet about someone, rather than their own self assessment, so it never reads as self-aggrandizing as you might think.
A professional resume writer will find the best ways to describe and present your skills and experience, without making you sound boastful.
More People Than Ever Will See Your Resume
In the past, the only people who would usually see your resume would be people you sent it to because you were interested in a job they were hiring for. Now, most hiring is done through recruitment agents, so you first need your resume to impress them before you will even be put forward for the jobs you want. Equally, most people looking for professional work place their resumes on job websites, where countless agents might browse it every day. You might also put a version of your resume on professional social networks like LinkedIn, meaning that even if you aren't looking for work or are an entrepreneur, many, many people will read it and use it to find out about you and judge your experience and skills.
With such a huge potential audience, you really want your resume to be the best it can be, and so having it written by someone who specializes in this style of writing gives you the assurance that you are being represented in the best way possible to all potential employers, associates and business contacts.
It Gives You a Genuine Advantage
Most people do write their own resumes, often using outdated tips from when they had careers guidance at school, or templates they found on the internet. If you talk to people you know who have worked in recruitment or HR or hired people for positions in their own companies, they will usually tell you that the standard of resume they usually see, even for senior people, is fairly poor. Not everyone has exceptional writing skills, of course, but a lot of people just don't know what readers of resumes are actually looking for, and are bad at summarizing things well. If you consider that a lot of resumes contain bad spelling or grammatical errors, strange formatting, and text that isn't ordered well or structured to really show the reader the things they are interested in, then it becomes clear that having an expertly written resume is going to give you a very tangible advantage.
On the other hand, if the standard of the average resume is lower than you might think, this could mean that recruiters and employers are generally used to overlooking some of the things that might make a resume poor, but that doesn't alter the fact that a really, really well made resume will impress, and may even be enough to set you apart from an otherwise equal candidate.
If you have your resume available online for any reason, whether you are looking for work or are an entrepreneur looking to show your credibility, then having a professional resume writer work on it makes a lot of sense.