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CAN YOU AFFORD TO WRITE YOUR OWN
Why would someone pay a professional resume
writer to write their resume when they have a computer, can use resume
templates, and can find resume samples online and in books to get ideas
on setting up and composing their own resume?
The answer lies in what type of position they are targeting and their
level of resume writing skills. Whether basic or complex, a resume must
be attractive, focused, and interesting to read. Failing to achieve
these objectives means failing to make a good first impression. Many
things need to be taken into consideration in order to accomplish these
goals. Here are five things to consider:
1. You must understand the technical aspects of resume development. This
includes resume design (what fonts to use and spacing), use of industry
specific key words, career synopsis and company profiles, appropriate
resume style and formats (reverse chronological, functional and
combination), and page length.
2. You must have good word processing skills!
3. You must understand what the hiring manager is looking for and what
you've done so you can make a match between their needs and your
4. You must have grammatically correct, creative writing skills to
communicate what you have done in the positions you have held using a
reasonable amount of detail.
5. You must avoid wasting the reader's time by listing too much
irrelevant information or going back too far if the position does not
Some positions such as waitress, car wash attendant, and cashier might
not require a resume. If they do, it would be a general resume with a
traditional objective statement and chronological listing of jobs held
with a sentence or two under each to indicate responsibilities, along
with job-specific skills, and education. In a word: simple. However,
sometimes a resume needs to be strategically developed to emphasize the
value you offer a company, especially if the position is very
competitive and you need to stand out from the rest of the potential
Often, a job seeker finds himself or herself in a pickle because they
have held many different positions over the years and do not know how to
keep the resume focused for a particular position. Maybe you are
returning to the workplace after raising your children and are concerned
the gap will put you at a disadvantage. Maybe you are just starting out
in your career and do not think you have enough to offer a company. Or,
maybe you are ready for a career change and do not know how to create a
presentation that will position you for a new field.
If you have done your homework (which we believe you have since you are
reading this article!), you know that a resume is often referred to as a
"marketing tool." No different than a commercial advertisement, your
resume needs to entice the reader to buy the product (you) by grabbing
their attention, listing the product's benefits (your qualifications),
and compel the reader to make a move - in this case, to invite you to an
interview. As you know, time is money. The more time that passes after
sending your resume out, the more money you lose if it is not generating
responses. If you cannot afford to be out of work for several months,
you should make the decision to have your resume professionally
prepared. Here is a quick quiz to help you put things into perspective:
Client A: wanted to save money, so she prepared her own resume. She
faxed and mailed her resume to over 50 companies over a period of six
weeks, but nothing happened. While she kept her fingers crossed, she
depleted half of her savings. She eventually landed an interview in the
seventh week through someone she knew.
Client B: understood that time is money and the more time he wasted, the
more money he wasted. He wisely invested in having the resume done and
quickly found a job that paid him more than his previously job paid.