Article 1 in our Common Questions About Resume Writing Series of articles
Client Happiness Manager
Careers by Design
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What are resume writing services and how do they generally work?
Resume writing services are utilized by job seekers who are looking for professional assistance with writing their resume. Resume writing services can be used by individuals at any stage in their career. Clients may be starting out and have little experience to include, or they may be at a leadership level and have a large quantity of information to consolidate into one document. Individuals who have an existing resume often still employ a resume writing service to improve an existing resume before starting their job search.
Generally, you would purchase a resume package from a company that offers this service. The packages may vary depending on what you want included and on what your career stage is. You would then have an interview with a resume writer so they can learn more about your career history, work experience, education, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, and any other relevant information, as well as which roles you are looking to target once you begin your job search. The resume writer will then take this information and format it into a professional looking resume using best practices according to hiring trends. Once you receive your new resume, you can review it and ask the writer to make any minor adjustments if needed.
Why are resumes so important in the job search process?
A resume is one of the most important documents in your professional toolkit.
Resumes are important when you are in the job search process because they take your skills and experience and highlight it in an easily digestible format for the hiring manager to review.
A resume is the first point of contact between you and a prospective employer, and it is the first impression that the hiring manager will have of you. A good resume will highlight how your skills and experience make you the best candidate for the job. Resumes are a marketing tool to help you carve out your professional brand and stand out from other candidates. Ideally your resume will match you to the targeted position by showing the benefits you can provide an employer through your skills, education, and experience.
A good resume can lead to you getting an interview where you will have a chance at speaking to the employer in person.
What should you look for in a resume writer?
Look for a company that has specialized resume writers, rather than general clerical services. A professional resume writer will know the best practices in how to market yourself to potential employers. Find a resume writer with reviews from past clients, so you can read what they have to say about the quality of the resume they received. Ideally you will find a resume writer that has reviews through an unbiased third party site, such as Google reviews, so you know you are getting an honest review. A good resume writer will offer a free consultation,, so you can get your questions answered before committing to a service. Look for a resume writer that doesn’t rely on forms for all their information - there is lots of information that can come out during an interview process with the writer that they can use to strengthen your resume. You want a writer that will take the time to interview you thoroughly so they can truly highlight your skills and experience. Ask if there are samples that you can view, so you can get a feel for the quality of work. The samples should be targeted towards a particular position or industry. Consider the turnaround time, especially if you have a position you are interested in applying for with an upcoming application deadline. A good resume writer will have a reasonable turnaround time once they have interviewed you - a few business days ideally - so you aren’t stuck waiting for weeks.
What are the benefits of working with a good writer?
Working with a good resume writer will allow you to showcase your strengths, skills, and experiences in the best light possible. Sometimes it’s hard for us to know how to present ourselves as the best candidate for a position. Our resume writers are experienced with this process and know exactly what types of questions to ask you to dig deeper and uncover any knowledge that will distinguish you from other applicants. Working with a resume writer will allow you to get comfortable with speaking confidently about your strengths and experiences, which will benefit you once you land an interview.
A resume writer will make your resume specific and targeted to the types of jobs you are seeking, which will help it stand out from more general resumes. Your key information will be presented front and centre in an attractive format to help you distinguish yourself from other candidates. A good resume writer will highlight your professional brand and showcase your achievements, rather than just listing job duties, which can read like a laundry list and seem unappealing to hiring managers.
Another major benefit of working with a professional resume writer is having your resume optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Most big companies these days have resumes past through software that scans for keywords. This means that if your resume isn’t optimized for this, it may not even make it to the hiring manager for review. A professional resume writer will know how to include the appropriate keywords in your resume and how to format it properly, so it can get through any software and you have an opportunity to put your best foot forward.
How can you best prepare to get the most out of your investment?
Working with a professional resume writer to get a high quality resume is a good way to invest in yourself, but you want to make sure you are well prepared before you meet with them. Start by writing down your career history, skills, experience, education, and any other information you think may be relevant. In your interview with the resume writer, they will be asking for this information and it is best to have it already prepared so you can maximize your time with them.
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