Most job seekers looking for work make it a habit of writing their own resumes. This is actually a good thing because it allows you to be hands-on in how your professional message is being delivered. But there are times when a seeker may need additional help with the writing process and want the help of a professional resume writer. How do you know when you’re ready to hire a professional?
When You Feel Your Ideas Are Limited
Sometimes you can write until it seems you’ve reached a roadblock in the resume-creation process. This can happen if you’ve written lots of resumes but don’t seem to get calls for interviews.
It may not be that you’re doing anything wrong, per se. It may just be time to get a new perspective from someone who has ideas that you’ve never considered. If you think you need to expand your ideas in resume creation, this may be the route you’ll want to take.
When You Are Ready to Co-Create
Sometimes job seekers like to work solo on the writing process and don’t want anyone else to contribute. But when you work with a resume writer, you have to be open to contributions from someone else or you will likely feel displeased with any results you are given.
Co-creation is crucial to the success of your experience with a resume writer since the writer needs insight into your background and career ambitions. When you are sure you want to open up to this experience, you may be ready to hire the help of a professional.
When You’re Prepared to Let Go of Old Information
It may be that you’re open to new ideas—and even a partnership with a resume writer—but simply don’t know that you’re babysitting old information. Unfortunately, it could be this old information that is creating the roadblock in your job search success.
Remember, when working with a resume writer, you have to be open to everything that comes with the process. If you’re prepared to let go of some of your old information—even if you’re particularly fond of it—then you might be ready to let someone else come in to help.
There’s no doubt that writing your own resume comes with many benefits, so if you’re comfortable with the process and it gets results, absolutely stick with it. But if you think you would like the help of a professional and are ready to let new advice into the equation, hiring a resume writer may be for you!
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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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