In my job editing career books, I have naturally become immersed in the careers community--and in particular with the hundreds of professional resume writers. After all, I can identify with them in so many ways. I go to their conventions, read their blogs, and talk and e-mail with at least one of them every day. In the process I have become a convert to the idea of hiring a professional resume writer, even for people with excellent writing and editing skills.
So why, you ask, if a person is an excellent writer, should they pay someone else to write their resume? It costs a lot of money (according to surveys the author Louise Kursmark did for her newest book, Directory of Professional Resume Writers, the majority of the writers charge between $200 and $700, and some charge as much as $1,800 or more, depending on the candidate's level of experience). Well, here's the list of reasons I compiled:
- You don’t have time to write it yourself.
- You don’t know where to begin.
- You tried it yourself and got stuck.
- You aren’t good with words.
- You lack the objectivity to present your most important accomplishments and leave out less relevant experiences.
- You’ve forgotten a lot of your key accomplishments and need someone to help you bring them out.
- You’re not good with formatting and design.
- You don’t know the best ways to use a resume once it’s finished.
- You don’t know what an employer wants to see.
- Your resume is too important to your career success to do a less-than-perfect job on it.