When to Call a Professional Resume Writer
Roberta Gamza, Career Ink (www.careerink.com) | © 2016
It’s time to call in a professional when:
- YOU REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WANT THE POSITION!
- You don’t have the knowledge, desire, or time to write your resume or LinkedIn profile.
- You’re frustrated and confused by all conflicting advice you’ve received and found on your own.
- You’ve spent hours upon hours on your resume or LinkedIn profile and you are still not happy.
- Your resume hasn’t produced any responses or interviews.
- You have employment gaps or an eclectic career history.
Do you have the knowledge, desire, and time to write your resume or LinkedIn profile?
So, what does it take to create a professional quality resume or LinkedIn profile?
Knowledge: Resume and LinkedIn profile writing is much more than sitting down to write your career history. It is presenting your career history in a powerful, concise, and compelling way that captivates employers by predicting future performance.
Both the resume and LinkedIn profile require a strategy to position you as the most qualified candidate. The content must be meaningful and relevant to the position and use the language of the job you seek. This kind of writing uses a combination of technical writing, marketing, and sales skills. And simultaneously you need to optimize the resume for applicant tracking systems with keywords, language, and formatting that ensure your resume is not rejected by a computer and your LinkedIn profile is found by recruiters and hiring managers.
Desire: Do you really want to write your resume and LinkedIn profile? Are you excited about it and really looking forward to doing it this weekend? Or, is it that you just can’t put it off any longer and now it’s become a chore like cleaning out the garage? You set aside 4 hours on Saturday morning and come what may, you are getting it done! If that’s the case, you lost sight of the goal. The goal isn’t to get a resume written, the goal is to land that new position. The resume and LinkedIn profile are tools to help you win the job.
Time: Are you a writer? Does it excite you to find the perfect word to convey the exact meaning? Do you frequently look for alternative words in a dictionary or thesaurus? It takes much more time to write tight, concise, and targeted content than longer content. As the saying goes, if I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. Are you willing to put in hours needed to tighten and perfect the content?
How about Microsoft Word? Are you an expert or merely proficient in Word? Can you format a visually appealing document? Do you know how to support your message with formatting? Do you know when and how to use emphasis, tables, and graphics? That’s where technical writing skills come into play. Are you aware of good resume writing practices?
Impact on your livelihood, potential income, and job satisfaction!
It takes specialized knowledge, precise skills, a deliberate strategy, and commitment to excellence to create a powerful and compelling resume. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are your calling card and brochure. They enable your network to be your champion when opportunities arise.
These powerful documents have a direct impact on your livelihood, potential income, and job satisfaction. Do you really want to rely on well-meaning amateurs for these critical documents? Maybe, it is time to consider a professional resume and LinkedIn writer who spent years honing their knowledge and skills, developing their intrinsic writing talents, and is committed to excellence in their field.
A professionally written resume is an investment, not an expense. The most expensive resume you will ever have is the one that does not get responses.
Written By: Roberta Gamiza (www.career.ink)