Spent any time hunting down a great resume writer? If so, you’ll see plenty of services online and via social media sites, with numerous services touting award-winning expertise and credentials.
A quick search for “award winning resume writers” on Google produced more than 31 million results from nearly every country in the world. The same LinkedIn search yielded dozens of resume writers, all claiming awards on their Profiles.
Of course, you’ll want to vet any resume writer thoroughly if you plan to hire them. After all, your resume (and LinkedIn Profile) are among the most important career documents you’ll ever use.
Particularly if an award-winning resume service is truly important to you, being cautious will pay off in selecting the right service.
Follow these tips to ensure you’re working with a writer whose performance has been independently tested and verified:
1 - Check out the Toast of the Resume Industry contest from Career Directors International.
There’s only one true resume award competition in the world: CDI’s annual Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) contest, with winners announced at the association’s annual Global Summit.
Considered the gold standard for the past 14 years, this competition is judged annually by a pool of recruiters, resume writing experts, professional careers industry experts, and former TORI award-winners.
Entries are scrutinized for grammar, format, keyword content, writing style, effectiveness, and adherence to resume industry best practices, and awards represent a coveted pinnacle of success among the resume writing community.
2 - Be aware that some resume industry awards don’t require testing.
You may find writers who say they’ve won recognition; yet, these can be from websites you’ve never heard of (such as a rating company), while others may have earned accolades from various industry organizations.
In this case (as well as with any online purchase), you’ll want to ask about the awards, as well as view the sample work from each resume writer. Most high-quality professional writers will post online resume samples to assist you in this process.
3 - Prepare to ask questions prior to making an investment.
If you’re planning to partner with a well-qualified resume writer, be sure to ask questions such as:
- How long have you been in business?
- Where can I see (or talk with) references?
- How will I know the type of quality I’ll receive from your service?
- Where can I review samples of your work?
- What credentials and honors distinguish you from other writers?
One of the benefits of the TORI competition is that you’ll find the names of each honoree on CDI’s Award-Winning Writer Page. Here, you’ll find the full name of each resume writer who has earned a TORI award, along with winning entries posted for public viewing.
In summary, be prepared to spend time selecting the right resume professional for you, especially if you’re intent on working with an award-winning resume writer.
It’s worth a few hours upfront to ensure that your career is placed in the hands of a trusted writer and careers industry expert.