When you make the decision to work with a certified resume writer, you’re not only investing your time and money, but you’re also entrusting the writer to articulate your personal brand and shape how you’ll position yourself in your job search. Listed below are several tips to help ensure you have a successful collaboration with your resume writer.
- Why Hire a Certified Resume Writer? Your certified resume writer knows how to create a custom document for you that is a snapshot of your career progression and ambition and designed to attract job interviews. Your certified resume writer should spend time gathering and synthesizing the details of your career and designing a wholly unique and customized resume. Your certified resume writer has developed skills through study of effective resumes, training in modern communication techniques, and thousands of hours of writing experience. Your certified resume writer will write your resume to conform to generally accepted principles of resume writing. Your certified resume writer should also have extensive knowledge about current hiring trends or employment practices reflected on a modern resume, all of which can make you stand out!
- Communicate Clearly and Meet Deadlines: Your resume writer should keep you informed about what he or she needs from you to create your resume, so the more timely information you provide, the better your resume will be. Make sure you are honest with your writer in all the details of your career. If your writer provides you with some action items or a list of detailed questions, please meet the deadline that is specified in your Resume Agreement. The sooner you finalize your project, the sooner you can start using your new resume!
- Be Clear On Your Career Goal: Having a specific job target will help your writer create a more effective resume to showcase your skills, experience, and accomplishments. If you ask for a “general resume,” it will not be as successful as a resume that is written for a specific job target. Therefore, a certified resume writer should ask you to send him or her some specific job postings that interest you.
- Remember that Your Resume is a Marketing Document: Your certified resume writer is not going to include every detail about your life and work history on your resume, especially if you have certain jobs that aren’t relevant to your career target goal. These details are important to who you are, but they are not necessarily important in this resume for this job target. Your certified resume writer will be selective in what information he or she includes because your resume should tell a story about who you are and what you can do.
- Trust Your Resume Writer: Please don’t solicit opinions about your resume from your friends or family members or believe everything you read on the internet. You hired your certified resume writer for his or her expertise.
- Don’t “Lend” Your Resume to Anyone Else: Your new resume is a customized document developed solely for you and customized for your own job search. Allowing someone else to use your resume (format, design, and/or wording) may even dilute its effectiveness for you, especially if you “lend it” to a co-worker or colleague.
- Keep Your Resume Updated: Make sure you keep your resume updated at least annually, even if you aren’t job searching. This way you can track your accomplishments as they happen, which makes it easier to respond to new job opportunities that come up.
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