There’s a lot to consider when choosing a professional resume writing service.
But what do you need to think through? Here are our top 5 tips for choosing a professional resume writer.
1) Are they credible? Does the resume writing company belong to industry associations that require them to keep their skills updated in order the retain their accreditation? Do they have a credible online presence, backed up by testimonials from clients? Can they show you examples of work?
2) Are they experienced in working with clients at your level, the level that you are moving to, or in your sector or the sector that you want to move to? If you’ve been out of the workforce and are re-entering paid employment, do they have experience writing resumes for return-to-work?
3) Do they offer any sort of guarantee? While no one can guarantee you a job, a professional resume writer should be able to produce a document for you that gets you some attention from prospective employers, provided you use it for the purpose it was intended. For example, you need an office manager resume, and you apply for officer manager jobs, your professional resume should work for you. However, if you ask for a professional marketing resume but use it to apply for waitressing jobs, it’s just never going to work, in which case there can be no guarantees, however a professional resume writer will guide you on how to tailor your resume for each job you apply for, and should advise you to follow up with them if you have no success with your job search. (As an example, CV Saviour will work with clients until they do get an interview, provided clients are applying for at least 3 jobs a week in the field that resume was written for, and provided the client is tailoring each application).
4) Can you speak to your writer? A lot of resume writing companies work with clients online, and that’s perfectly fine. But most good resume writing services will provide the option to speak directly to your writer or they will follow up with you at some stage during the writing process to clarify points. If you cannot speak to your writer, ever, because they service doesn’t allow that, it should give you cause for concern.
5) Will your new resume contain evidence-based results, not just list what you have done and what you were paid to do in your jobs to date? If that’s all your resume contains, it just isn’t going to make it in today’s highly competitive job market. Employers need to see results, and the only way to do that is to produce evidence of what you did, and the outcomes you produced.
There are a lot of considerations to take into account when deciding which professional resume writing service you will choose to put your career in the hands of. Take care, and you’ll be on your way to a career you love.