In our interactions with job seekers, we’ve found that their biggest frustration by far is not hearing back from employers after they’ve submitted their resume. In a perfect world, every applicant for every job would receive a notification about whether they were being considered for the position. But until that day, there is one surefire way to hear back from a prospective employer – make them want you.
You’re probably thinking, “Well, sure… But how do I get their attention? What’s the secret?
At this stage in the job search game, your resume is the key. This one simple document is an employer’s first – and maybe only – source of information about you. A well-written, powerful resume gives you the best possible chance of making a great impression and getting called in for an interview. And, you’re 40% more likely to get noticed with a professionally written resume. Which is why, whether you have a tried-and-true resume or you’re still in the process of creating one, you may want to consider enlisting the help of a professional.
Not sure it’s the right choice for you? There are a many reasons to go the professional route, but here are 4 of the most common ones:
You’re busy. If you’re currently employed, you already have limited time to devote to your job search. Even if you’re not working at the moment, there are a lot of other valuable job search activities to focus on. Perhaps your time could be better spent networking or building your online presence. If you find that you’re simply not finding the time to dust off that resume and make the necessary improvements, it’s probably worth outsourcing the job to a professional.
You have trouble writing about yourself objectively. In world outside of job search, we’re trained to avoid boasting about our accomplishments. Yet effective resume writing is all about calling attention to your strengths. If you feel awkward about this, or you struggle to identify your top skills and talents, a resume expert will provide valuable perspective and help you strike the right balance of confidence and class.
You’re looking to change careers or work in a very specific niche. If you’re not intimately familiar with your desired field, or you’re seeking a position that’s extremely specialized, seek out a professional writer who specializes in that niche. They can make sure your resume has the right focus and keywords to speak to hiring managers in the field you’re targeting.
Your DIY resume isn’t getting the job done. There’s a reason we call a plumber when the faucet is leaking and head to the mechanic when that clanging sound under the hood won’t go away. Sure, it’s cheaper to fix these things yourself – but not if the bathroom floods and your car breaks down on the side of the road. Calling in a professional can save you time and money in the long run, and that goes for your resume, too.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full resume re-write, try starting with a simple resume critique to get an idea of how much work your resume really needs. You may find that you can improve it yourself. Or, you may realize that a professional resume may be just the thing to get your phone ringing.