Why hire a professional resume writer?Resume 4Hire

A well-written professional Resume and Cover Letter will increase your chances at landing an interview. It’s just as simple as that.

Return on Investment: You are investing in your career. Professionally written job search documents (a.k.a. resume and cover letter) are very important in your search for a new job. So, the ROI is spending some money up front to hire a professional to assist you in representing yourself on paper, which then increases your chances at landing an interview, which, of course, increases your chances at landing that job you want.  If you are not trained to articulate “you” on paper, then you need to hire a professional to help you. My fees are generally lower than my fellow CPRW colleagues, whom I respect greatly, however, as of this writing, I have just decided that in this economic downturn, I will try to keep my fees as affordable as possible until I decide to raise my rates.  

As a practicing Recruiter in this economic downturn, I can tell you that the published statistics are slightly skewed… I’ve heard conflicting statistics on ratios relating to how many applicants there are per job posting…. The media says it’s anywhere from 5 to 26 applicants per job posting…. Let me tell you – the ugly truth these days is that there are from 50 to 300 candidates per job opening.  Yes, I know!! It is overwhelming for recruiters. So, how is a recruiter able to get through a few hundred applicants in a reasonable amount of time to find qualified candidates for the first round of interviews?

My Approach:

For example, I have 200+ resumes received for ONE job. Where do I start? How am I to screen that many resumes? I first discuss the criteria with the employer. What are the minimum requirements and qualifications that a candidate must have in order to be placed in the “possibility” pile? That’s a given. But with so many resumes to sift through, what’s my process as the recruiter?

  1. Did the candidate write a Cover Letter? If not, I will most likely toss the resume – I want to see a letter addressed to the Hiring Manager – I want to know that you’ve taken the time to address the position requirements, as it tells me that you’ve paid attention to my job posting. Tell me what you can do for the company. Additionally, I am assessing your communication skills; how well can you articulate? Are there grammatical errors? If you can articulate well in the cover letter, then I can rest assured that you have some business writing skills and I will take additional time to review your resume.
  2. The resume: Is there an intro at the top that tells me in a couple of sentences who you are, what you do and the highlights of your best skill-sets? Is your career goal clear? How is the formatting? Am I confused? Or is it organized and professionally written so that I don’t have to figure out where you worked, when, and for how long?
  3. Are there accomplishments/achievements/results included in your professional experience section? Are there key words from my job posting throughout the resume?
  4. Did you explain gaps in employment that are longer than 6 months?
  5. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? How serious are you about your job search? Who are you networking with? What groups do you belong to? Is your profile “keyword” rich? Do your profile and goals match the tone on your resume? For candidates in my interview pile, I want all the information I can gather before we speak. HR folks will try to find your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, you’re outdated… Really, it is very important to have an online presence with LinkedIn. LinkedIn is crucial!

I’m providing you with an explanation about my personal experiences as a Recruiter - imagine the time that it takes to review 200 resumes per job posting; I have to be quick and thorough! I will spend the time to read the Cover Letter and if you don’t pass that test, I’ll barely spend a few seconds on your resume, but I’ll check to see if it is consistent with your writing style. If the Cover Letter is well organized and you can articulate well, then I’ll spend another 30 seconds to skim through the resume. The point is, if you don’t have a professionally written Cover Letter and Resume, it can limit your options. The first few things I look at before deciding to spend more time reviewing the detail on a resume are 1) Format/Organization 2) Intro/Skills/Accomplishments and 3) How well you can articulate.

Resume Writing is a technique – an art form. You may be able to articulate well in a conversation – in an interview – but before you get the opportunity to “speak” to the Recruiter, you need to grab his/her attention from your Cover Letter and Resume. So, if you need assistance because you are not a trained writer, then hire a professional. These two documents are your first impression and your introduction as a qualified candidate. Don’t get “skipped” just because you aren’t well-equipped to portray yourself on paper adequately. Hire a professional to assist you!

My approach towards resume writing and cover letter preparation is unique because I have 7+ years experience as a Human Resources Professional and have extensive experience in the Recruiting process, including reviewing resumes of potential candidates, processing resumes for possible selection and providing recommendations to hiring managers of who to interview. Therefore, I’ve been on the hiring side and know what employers are looking for. I’ve created and re-vamped hundreds of resumes throughout my career. The benefit to you? A much, much stronger job search document designed to pique the interest of the prospective employer. . In addition, I build and/or update LinkedIn profiles so you have a professional “online” presence that is filled with keyword rich search terms so that recruiters can also find YOU!

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