As a career management professional in the trenches for 25-plus years, I have coached, counseled, and trained hundreds and hundreds of job seekers, entry to executive level. I have counseled and collaborated with hundreds more regarding their specific résumé needs. Sometimes, I teach them how to write their own; sometimes, I write their résumé with and for them using a collaborative approach to produce a well-built document to support their success. The other day, a job seeker and I were visiting about his specific job search. A recruiter had told him his résumé needed some “serious work” and to get some help. “Come back when you have it in better shape.”
Résumé writing is in a constant state of evolution. As a client remarked the other day:
“Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Correct. The résumé you used in another century will not be your best friend in this new intensely competitive century. A competent, skilled professional résumé writer can be an absolute game changer in the career transition process. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (or someone else) in the midst of career transition, is that of getting competent help – today, not tomorrow. As a human resources professional shared with me: “There are certain things where the do-it-yourself (DIY) system works. Professional résumé writing, for most, is not one of them.”
If you needed your tooth pulled, would you DIY?
If your car needed a new engine, would you DIY?
If your loved one needed mental health support, would you DIY?
Listed below are 26 reasons to engage the services of a trusted professional résumé writer if your existing résumé:
A…is not amazeballs and does nothing to attract the attention of anyone.
B…fails to best represent your brand message and image.
C…doesn’t deliver a compelling, convincing call-to-action.
D…dilutes your value and derails your job search efforts.
E…isn’t an efficient, engaging story for the reader.
F…is an epoch fail in generating interest.
G…isn’t getting you noticed.
H…is hurting versus helping you achieve job search goals.
I…doesn’t develop any interviews.
J…looks just the same as 50 others in the pile.
K…is killing your chances.
L…isn’t leveling the playing field to help you stand out in a sea of competition.
M…offers no memorable message.
N…is not meeting your needs.
O…isn’t opening doors for you.
P…doesn’t have the power to produce positive outcomes.
Q…quickly quells your chances to catch a hiring manager’s eye.
R…isn’t returning the results you desire.
S…isn’t sparking one scintilla of curiosity about your credentials.
T…tells nothing tantalizing in the text.
U…is undermining your efforts to move forward in the transition process.
V…isn’t value driven in showcasing your credentials.
W…is wasting time in conveying your worth.
X…is not of excellence and is not meeting your expectations.
Y…isn’t yielding favorable results.
Z…is producing zero interest.
According to Google search results, there are 2,730,000 professional résumé writers. Surely, one of them is just right for you.