Most of the time, job seekers prefer to write their resumes themselves. Which can work just fine, provided the job seeker understands what makes a successful resume and can write well. If that’s you, go for it! I’ll be cheering for you! If that’s not you, however, here are six times you should definitely consider hiring a resume writer.
1) No Time
The biggest reason job seekers hire professional resume writers is simply a lack of time. Either they are too busy in their current position to make time to update their resume, or their home life is too chaotic to add one more task to their already heaping plate.
The awesome thing about hiring a resume writer is that most everything can be done via email, so any questions that need to be answered can fit into your schedule whenever works best for YOU. You can keep taking care of everything in your world and rest assured your resume is in good hands!
2) No Experience
Whether you’re a new graduate with only classroom experience or a career changer, writing a resume when you don’t have any direct experience in the field can be challenging. A professional resume writer can help you decide how best to present the experience and education you DO have so that hiring managers will see your strengths – not a lack of relevant work history.
3) No Continuity
Gaps in your work history can be a huge red flag for employers – so let a professional resume writer make any employment gaps a non-issue! There are ways to format your resume, present your relevant skills, and highlight your recent accomplishments that will leave an employer impressed, not worried about your reliability.
In particular, stay-at-home moms returning to the workforce may face these continuity issues. Taking time off to care for your family is an INVALUABLE investment of your time and energy, but it takes skill to make an employer see it as such on your resume.
4) No Writing Skills
Was English class your arch-nemesis? Does grammar still trip you up? It may be time to hire a professional to write your resume, so you come across as the intelligent individual you are. Especially if your chosen field doesn’t require strong writing skills (e.g. engineering, skilled labor, mechanical/technical fields), hiring a professional writer could be the best move you can make. Employers can focus on your work skills and you don’t have to be embarrassed about your less than stellar writing skills. Win-win!
However, if your chosen field DOES require strong writing skills (teaching, academic research, editing/freelance writing, etc), consider working with a resume writer for formatting and advice, but doing most of the writing yourself. For these fields, your resume is an example of your professional abilities, along with a strong cover letter and other communications.
5) No Formatting Skills
Formatting resumes is not for the faint of heart. Bullets, spacing, margins – everything is flexible and subject to change based on how much content you have to communicate. Word processing programs are no picnic to work with, either, in these situations. If you don’t have top-notch formatting skills, don’t fret. Not many people do. However, you don’t want poor formatting to distract a hiring manager from the awesome content on your resume.
The good news is professional resume writers deal with those pesky formatting details all the time. They’re the pros! If you have great content on your resume, but your’e struggling with the formatting, you can always hire a pro JUST to format it for you for a reduced fee.
6) No Traction
The final instance where you should consider hiring a professional resume writer is if you’ve put in applications and are simply getting no traction with them. A freshly written resume can make the difference between a stagnant job hunt and finally landing a much needed career position!
Is it time for you to hire a resume writer?
These six situations can cause massive frustration for job seekers. Don’t let them trip up your search! The pros know how to present your experience and skills in the best light, with the best formatting, and everything an employer wants to see.
The bottom line? A professional resume writer can save you time, money, and a huge headache. Plus, a professionally written resume gets more interviews – every time.
If you’re ready to stop fighting your resume, I’m here to help. Just contact me with the form below, and let’s get started on creating an interview-winning resume!
As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.