With so many people out of work and vying for any available positions, many are tweaking their resumes on their own, executives included. For some, cleaning up an old resume is easy to do. For others, they prefer to have professional resume writers do the work for them. If you are in the latter group, how do you know which company to go with? What do you look for in a professional resume service?
The first thing to look for is if the person or company you are considering is certified. Did you know that for the past twenty years, there has been an organization just for Professional Resume Writers? The Professional Association Of Resume Writers (PARW) is an organization for certified resume writers, career coaches and interview professionals. Another fantastic one is Career Directors International (CDI). CDI stays current on all the hot trends and offers you choices in resume writing companies. The reputable writers and companies will be a member of one or both of these organizations.
The next thing to consider is how long that person or company has been in business. There are many questionable websites that advertise professional resume services. Check the site out, read testimonials and see how long they have been doing business. Many sites will attempt to pull clients in with low prices and quick turnaround times. Be cautious-these promises may result in a cookie-cutter template and a resume that does not highlight your expertise, nor effectively communicate the value you can offer an employer.
A certified professional resume writer will know how to make your resume reflect you in the best possible light. They know the right keywords to add to your resume for targeted job positions and can coach you for the interview process. Certified writers working for reputable companies will also ask you to provide specific information about your past jobs, honors, education, certifications, etc.; not just take your existing resume and make it look pretty.
While hiring a professional may seem like a huge expense, you must weigh that expense against what you're actually receiving - a resume that will generate interviews and hopefully help you land the offer you've been dreaming of - an investment into a new lifelong career.
Take your time when researching professional resume writers and companies so that you can find one that will make your job search a success for you and your career.