Whether you are looking to advance in your career or are just starting out, looking for a new job is tough! Like searching for a needle in a haystack, you scour the web for hours on end hoping to find a job that is right for you. Then, once you find the opportunity you were looking for, the work isn’t over. Now, it’s time to apply.
Considering the fact that the average recruiter or hiring manager only looks at a resume for 6-10 seconds, writing a resume can be overwhelming. It takes just the right content, keywords, accomplishment and format to please employers and make it through applicant tracking systems. Therefore, if you want a resume that’s going to get calls for interviews, one of the best decisions you can make is to tap into the expertise of a professional resume writer.
Before you dive in, you should know how to hire a resume writer who is experienced and knows how to create a great resume.
Look for Options
Resumes are not a one-size-fits-all product. A resume for an accomplished executive is going to look and sound different for a recent college graduate. Be sure you find the right service for you.
Resume Writing Certifications
Several career organizations offer resume writing training and certification programs. There are several devoted to the ongoing education and training of resume writers.
If you find a resume writer with any of the certifications listed below, you will know you are working with a trusted professional.
● ACRW- Academy Certified Resume Writer
● MRW – Master Resume Writer
● NCRW- National Certified Resume Writer
● CPRW- Certified Professional Resume Writer
● CARW – Certified Advanced Resume Writer
These five certifications are great credentials and generally sought by writers who are committed and seasoned in their craft.
Make a Personal Connection
Some resume writing services will ask you to upload a current version of your resume and a job posting and then deliver a resume within 24 hours. What you are likely going to receive is your same content input into a nicer resume design template or your content reworded and copied in to a template.
Instead of just taking a look at your current resume, switching around a few words, and adding a fancy format, your resume writer should invest time getting to know you. Look for professional resume writers who will set up a telephone consultation with you as part of their service. During this consultation, they should ask you about your professional goals, accomplishments, and past experience.
If the resume writer you are looking to hire doesn’t offer a consultation or take the time to get to know you, I advise you to keep looking.
I also advise you to review the resume samples of any resume writer you are considering hiring to ensure their quality meets your expectations.
Hiring a professional resume writer at the beginning of your job search is worth the investment. And, if you follow these tips, you will certainly be able to find the best in the market to help you on your way to success.
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About the author
Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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