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Writing resumes – Prepare your own or hire a professional resume writer?

Writing resumes is not simply a matter of regurgitating your work history on paper. It is a matter of skilfully positioning yourself at the top of an interviewers list of candidates through marketing savvy and writing skill.

There is much thought that must go into a professional job search campaign. Frankly, it goes way beyond just writing a resume, although that is certainly a major component. So, before deciding who should write your resume, it is worthwhile to look at what goes into a professional job search campaign.

Look at the big picture first…

It’s more than just writing resumes

Why are you needing a new resume? Just in case; or do you desperately want a new job or career change? There are two ways that most people pursue the search for a new job or career; passively or pro-actively. The later is always far more effective. but in order to run a pro-active campaign, you’ll need to have the tools and knowledge to do so – and most people don’t.

A passive job search:

  • Candidate updates a one-size-fits-all resume
  • Candidate blind-faxes resume to a list of job classifieds
  • Candidate sits back and waits for responses
  • Responses are weak and very low-percentage in number

A pro-active job search:

  • Candidate has written out her career goals
  • Candidate has targeted the type of job she wants
  • Candidate develops action plan and works the plan
  • Candidate does advance research on her industry
  • Candidate developes a list of companies to target (even if no opening exists)
  • Candidate works the action-plan and calls each company for “inside-info”
  • Candidate develops or edits resume for each potential job opening
  • Candidate crafts a customised resume cover letter for each job
  • Candidate submits each resume packet to each hiring manager
  • Candidate puts into motion follow-up procedures
  • Candidate receives calls from multiple companies with interview requests
  • Candidate has multiple job offers to choose from

It’s your choice

Writing resumes   Prepare your own or hire a professional resume writer?

In a pro-active job search campaign there is certainly more work involved. However, that is why you really need to do a lot of thinking about your life, your goals and your career.

Are you happy at your current employment level or do you want to go to the next level. Maybe you are tired of working for somebody else and should start you own business? The point is, you should have thought all of these things through and be clear about your future career path – and then go out and grab it!

Now – who should write your resume?

There are obviously several factor to consider here, however, as mentioned above writing resumes takes skill and some level of marketing ability. The use of words and phrasing is very important.

If you are certain that you do not have these abilities, then you should certainly hire a professional resume writer or resume writing service. We suggest that if you do hire somebody, they be able to work with you closely on your “Job Search Action Plan”. (View our list of recommended resume writers).

If you do have a strong writing ability and some marketing savvy, your best option is to write your own resume. This way you are able to maintain a level of control over the process and really be able to manage the resume customisation process without running into extra costs.

Whichever route you choose, you must be prepared to run an aggressive, pro-active job search campaign. Your reward for doing so?

  • Far more job interviews
  • Far more job offers
  • The ability to choose the best offer
  • More money – multiple offers equals higher average salary package!

Yes, writing resumes is not easy, but no matter who does it (you or somebody else) it must be written professionally. If it is, it is money in the bank for you!

In short, whoever can get that job done should write your resume.

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