Resume writing…not exactly something to be taken lightly. Still, some jobseekers will approach it with that nonchalant, almost ‘I don’t give a hoot’ attitude.
As if to say, it’s nothing special, it’s just jotting down a bunch of dates, job history, schools and whatever else. One job hunter actually told me, “a resume alone won’t get me the job, I get myself the job.” Fine…but what gets you to that interview? You’ve got it-resume writing!
Now let me back up and say that it’s a good, solid, persuasive resume that will get you that interview. Now on the flipside, I’ve known jobseekers who don’t take the creation of a resume lightly at all-in fact, some are downright terrified of it!
One person I spoke to, who’s actually a friend of mine, said, “no way, not me-I could never handle creating my own resume.” He was so nervous and soured against the task, he nearly passed up a wonderful job opportunity because of his fear of developing his own resume.
So if creating a resume is a task that you’d rather not try and tackle, what are you to do?
Seeking the Help of a Resume Writing Service
Searching for a reliable, professional, high quality resume writing service can be a chore in itself, an extra challenge added to the already stressful job hunt. All I can say is that when you’re looking for a professional writing service, be careful. Don’t always flock to the ones that will offer you the cheapest writing.
When you begin looking for a professional resume writer, here are a few things you should look for:
1.) A resume writing service that answers your questions. If the service you discover is reliable, they’ll be glad to answer questions you might have about the overall writing process, or even a question you might have about submitting resumes & cover letters in general. This would show that this writing service values customer relationships, and are not just out make a fast profit and run.
2.) A resume writing service that will contact you by phone. Unfortunately, some writing services flat out refuse to call their customers, which I think is ridiculous. Granted, some customers may prefer contact by email, but if additional and important details are needed, which is usually the case, then a reliable resume writing service should definitely be willing to contact you by phone.
3.) A resume writing service that will ask you customized questions. Some writing services may collect your money and then toss out a generic, standard questionnaire that doesn’t dig very deep into your career history-which is absurd, because how on earth can any of your unique accomplishments end up on your resume? A customized questionnaire is the answer. By asking you specific questions about your career history, this is the way to draw out more individualized and unique information about your career achievements. And if you come across a resume service that doesn’t even offer you a questionnaire, get to running!
4.) A resume writing service that has samples available for you to look over. Resume and cover letter samples should be available on the website–documents that you can conveniently pull up and print out. This way, you’re able to get an idea of this resume service’s style of writing and what they can offer you.
5.) A resume writing service that offers free articles, free job search/career tips, and/or an informative ezine (or online newsletter). Reading the articles offered to you by a professional writing service is another great way, sometimes an even better way of getting an idea of what the company knows and the style of writing they can achieve for you.