How to work with a Resume Writer
“Resume Writing Services: Everything You Need To Know”
When you make the decision to hire a professional resume writer, you’re not only investing your time and money, but you're also entrusting me to articulate your personal brand and shape how you'll position yourself in your job search. I take this responsibility very seriously, and am providing these 10 tips to help ensure we have a successful, positive collaboration!
1. Communicate clearly
2. Be clear on your career plans and objectives
3. Meet your deadlines
4. Invest in yourself
Your new résumé is just one tool in your job search toolbox. If I suggest you purchase a new outfit for your interview, or I recommend additional services to complement your résumé, consider the request carefully. Your income is your number one asset, and as the saying goes, “sometimes you need to spend money to make money.” Spending 1-3% of your annual income on improving your career prospects is a wise investment.
5. Trust me, I'm your Résumé Writer
Please don't solicit opinions about your résumé from your friends or family members. You hired me for my expertise. So, if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask me. Related to this: Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. For every article that talks about why your résumé should be one page, there are more which say it should be two pages (and not longer).
6. Remember, your résumé is a marketing document, not a biography.
I'm not going to include every detail about your life and work history on your résumé, especially if you have certain jobs that aren't relevant to your career target. These details are important to who you are, but they are not necessarily important in this résumé for this job target. I will be selective in what information I include because your résumé tells a story about who you are and what you can do.
7. Don't “lend” your résumé to anyone else.
Your new résumé is a customized document developed just for you. Allowing someone else to use your résumé (format, design, and/or wording) may even dilute its effectiveness for you — especially if you "lend it" to a co-worker or colleague. If someone admires your résumé, send him or her my way and I will create an equally awesome document customized for their job search!
8. If you're not getting results, let's talk.
We might need to make some changes to make your résumé more effective, or I might be able to share some strategies to help you increase the number of interviews and job offers you receive.
9. Let me know how you're doing.
Sometimes I don't hear from clients until they need an update to their résumé when it's time to look for a new job. But I want to hear from you when you get a job offer. We'll celebrate together!
10. Keep your résumé updated.
Speaking of your new job, once you land a new position (and you're sure you're going to stay -- usually, after the first 90 days), get back in touch with me to add your new position. Keep an accomplishments journal so you can track your achievements in your new role, which makes it easier to respond to new opportunities that come up.
I look forward to working with you. We can start here!
Things to keep in mind
Your job search success
Your resume won't necessarily look like the samples on my website
Don't just use your new resume to apply for jobs online, please!
Provide the information you want on your resume up front
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.