In today’s fast-paced world, the average job seeker will change jobs every 4.2 years according to a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and, most people will change careers an average of 5-7 times in their life. So, how do you keep up with the demands of always staying on top of the recruitment pile? Invest in yourself by investing in a professional resume writer and a career coach.
Hiring A Professional Resume Writer
The power and purpose of resumes has transitioned over the past decade from the basic rundown of your job qualifications to the very first point of sale to a potential employer. Recruiters and human relations managers look at thousands of resumes throughout the year so making yours stand out goes beyond a cookie-cutter template and a few bulleted key words. They need to see what you bring to the table within the first 30-seconds of looking at your resume.
Professional resume writers have committed their work to helping their clients display the skills they bring to the position they’re applying for. They are the most qualified to make sure your resume demonstrates your values, emphasize your skills and abilities, and highlight your career achievements and contributions. The writer’s experience in the industry enables them to understand what an employer wants to read. This ability to understand the connection between employers and candidates and how that translates to paper is a service worth investing in.
While working with you, a quality resume writer will ask you guided questions about your previous work experience and relevant job skills to help you put your best foot forward on paper. Many people struggle to present their skill sets in such a way that accurately and honestly displays their abilities without coming across as either underselling or overselling themselves. Oftentimes, people are their own worst enemies when it comes to highlighting their own skills and accomplishments, but a professional can highlight these areas effectively and succinctly.
Many people, especially women, will have gaps in their employment history. During the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 3 million women and 1.8 million men left the workforce either because they were let go or because they needed to stay home with their families. More often than not, though, women tend to have more gaps to address in their work history that aren’t due to a global pandemic. Whatever the reason for these gaps, a professional resume writer will be able to highlight the skills and achievements without drawing attention to those missing years. Professional resume writers work closely with recruiters and understand how they view career history and how to best frame job experience.
On the other hand, if you are currently in the position of switching careers (on of the 5-7 the average person has in their working lives), a professional resume writer is the best person to help you navigate this as well. They have the experience to help translate your previous skills and accomplishments into qualities that many companies are looking for in candidates. Additionally, they will be able to help you make small changes to your resume to help tailor it to specific jobs you are applying for.
The cost of having your resume professionally written can be a little shocking at first, especially if they are well established within the industry and the community. Take a deep breath and reframe what the cost means in the long run. Just as you may decide to purchase a new outfit for upcoming interviews to help bolster your confidence; investing in a well written resume that highlights your skills and achievements also increases your confidence. Investing in your resume is a clear investment into your career, especially when you are looking for potential career and salary growth.
More information on how to prepare to shine in your interview is coming soon in Part 2 of this series.