There are so many questions when it comes to resumes.
Are you formatting them right? Should you hire a pro writer? Does it even matter? While professional resume writers can charge from as little as $100 to as much as $2,000 according to the National Resume Writers Association, it may be just what is needed to get that crucial job.
Here is how to tell if you need a pro or if you can polish your own resume to be as good as a pro.
Pros and Cons of Doing It Yourself
There are some very real benefits to doing your own resume without the help of a professional writer. They include:
- It is cheap – there isn’t any money to lose in doing it all on your own.
- You know you best – you won’t have a crucial element go unnoticed.
There are also some disadvantages to doing your resume on your own without the help of a resume professional. These include:
- Lack of knowledge – You won’t know the best way to restructure a resume to a particular occupation.
- Rewording expertise – You also won’t know the best ways to turn a phrase to make even the dullest task seem like a real asset.
Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional
A resume pro has written hundreds, perhaps thousands, of resumes.
They aren’t going to be tripped up by a tricky one. They know precisely what to put in and what to leave out as well as how to tailor it to fit a particular job niche. However, they may not ask you everything and will be relying on your old resume.
If you do hire a pro, make sure you give them any additional education, certificates, and volunteer work you may have done to augment the resume.
Hiring a Resume Professional
If you decide to hire a resume pro to write yours, you’re going to want to have a few questions answered.
Find out the price on the project before starting the contract and see some sample resumes that they have written. You can ask if they know how many of their resumes have resulted in a job.
Other questions should be asked about their training, their expertise, and their experience in resume writing. While new-to-the-scene resume writers may be less expensive, you’ll also be paying for their lack of experience.
How to Polish Your Resume
If you decide to do the resume yourself, you may want to learn a bit about polishing up a resume to ensure a better chance at snagging that job.
Remember, your resume is all about marketing you as a brand to the company.
- Highlight your best features.
- Remember that a resume isn’t an information dump, don’t throw everything in it and expect that the employer wants to sift through a resume that is clearly too long and packed with information.
- Look and study other resumes online and make sure yours is formatted in one of the most frequently-styled ways.
Resumes give an employer a crucial glimpse into who you are and what you have accomplished in your work environment. Creating the right look and feel means that you have the upper edge over the bland word processing templates.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, getting that resume right the first time is all that matters.
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on various career and small business topics, including how to sell office furniture.