Your Resume: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Your resume is one of the most vital tools needed to land a job interview. It’s a very personal statement highlighting your experience and your brand, which makes it difficult for people to believe that someone else would be better at telling their own story than they would be themselves.

Writing a professional resume that will eventually reach a hiring manager’s desk is both a science and an art, which needs a level of expertise that a professional resume writer can provide to optimize your chances of getting in front of an employer.

If you aren’t getting anywhere with your current resume, here are some things to consider:

Applicant Tracking Systems.

Most people are not aware that their resume is going to be parsed by computer software before it has a chance to be looked at by an actual person. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is designed to examine large volumes of resumes to save a company time and money by eliminating non-qualified applicants.

It looks for the right match of positive keywords, negative keywords, and other specifics on a resume as they relate to the job description and specific skills and experience needed for the position. While ATS software isn’t perfect, it’s getting smarter all the time and can be a significant roadblock if your resume isn’t the ideal match to make it through. Did you know that some ATS will even reject because they cannot read certain fonts?      

The Art of Creating a Resume. 

Creating a resume isn’t just listing all your experience haphazardly and expecting an employer to jump at the chance to interview you. You may be the perfect fit for a role, but an unorganized resume that isn’t appealing to read can get you pushed into the “trash” pile even after you make it through the ATS.

Professional resume writers understand what formats work best for specific industries, the appropriate length that your resume should be in accordance to your experience, and where things should be listed on your resume to get an employer’s attention.

If you cannot grab an employer’s attention, within the first 6 seconds, you can already say goodbye to an interview. Also, typos, poor grammar, and formatting issues are all factors that can ruin your chances.

The overall appeal and quality of your resume (or lack of) can be an indicator of how seriously you take yourself and your work. Whether that sounds fair or not, your resume is the first impression to an employer and needs to be an excellent one.     

Being Objective and Collaborative.

One of the most significant benefits of using a professional resume writer is that they do it for a living, and they know how to be objective while being a bridge between you and an interview.

They understand how to highlight facts on your resume that are not only important but might be points you never thought to include. Let’s face it, it is hard to write about yourself, and having an outside opinion and second set of eyes will take your resume to the next level.

A great professional resume writer will collaborate with you, ask questions about your experience and career goals, while also explaining the reasoning behind how they craft your resume to gain optimal results.

A great resume writer doesn’t work for you; they work with you.       

Deciding if it’s worth it, and what to do next.

If you’ve been out of work for a while or are just searching for a better position and not having luck with your current resume, then the answer is yes -  you need to hire a pro.  

A strong resume will open doors for your career and give you confidence in your job search. It’s also important to find the right person or service which to hire. Do some research, look for someone with previous success and feedback that has a proven track record.

If you’re interested in hiring Renovate My Resume, we start with a set of 24 discovery questions in the form of an intake questionnaire. These discovery questions help us to quickly, and thoroughly, get to know you and your career goals.

Add the services you’d like to your cart and we will have your completed documents to you within 5 business days.  

Peace, love, and job search success!

Rachelle Enns

Founder; Renovate My Resume