How to Hire a Professional Resume Writer
How to Hire a Professional Resume Writer
If you have recently completed a job search, you know how incredibly competitive the job market is currently. To really stand out from the crowd, win interviews and get the job offer, you have to give yourself every available advantage. For job seekers who are really interested in a quick and successful search that also includes a professionally written resume. Right now, when unemployment is so high, applying for a job with a professionally written resume has become a necessity – not a luxury!
But how do you hire a professional cv author? Not all biographers are equal in talent and experience. How do you make your choice? Here are some guidelines to help you.
Check the work samples
Would you commission an individual painting without ever having seen the artist’s work? Would you hire an advertising agency to promote a new product without looking through examples of previous advertising campaigns? Of course not! Resume writing is a craft that requires a unique blend of creativity, writing skills and up-to-date knowledge of the job market, as well as ever-changing trends. Real professional companies that write CVs never use templates. Each CV you create is as unique as the individual customer. Although this is different from your future CV, you can still tell a lot about the quality of your work by looking at examples of past projects. Many CV authors publish examples of their work online and a handful contribute to published books about CV writing. Before selecting a draftsman, review their work and make sure that you are satisfied with the quality, general style and variety of examples.
Check the credentials
There are several national organizations involved in the education and professional development of CV authors. Each of these organizations offers its own version of training and certification programs. While there are good authors who remain uncertain, selecting a certified biography writer will ensure that you work with a trained, experienced, and certified professional. Note that some certifications are more stringent than others. The best have prerequisites for authors, test different areas of expertise, use a blind grading process, and have CEU requirements to maintain certification.
Check the references
There is a very valid, honest reason why many professional resume writers are reluctant to be asked for references. Concerns about the professional ethics and the confidentiality of customers prevent those of us who are interested in such things from giving the names of previous customers. However, most professionals who are able to write testimonials written by previous clients use only the initials, location, and job title or industry of the customers to protect their customers’ identities. LinkedIn profiles are another great place to look for references from previous customers. If the author you want to work with has a presence on LinkedIn, previous clients may have volunteer written references. In these cases, the references are linked by name to a real person. Be extremely careful when working with a professional resume writer who can not provide references.
Have a written agreement and understand what is included
The agreement does not have to be canceled or written in legal language, but it is always a good idea to have a written agreement. In this way, you can be sure that you understand the curriculum vitae process and policies accurately and that there is no misunderstanding about what to deliver and how much the fees will be. Does the author offer other services? Can he help you find a job with letters or other documents? Are they included in the fee or separately? Do you gain access to the computer files so that you can send your resume electronically or make minor updates yourself? Are there other value-added services bundled with the project? Can the author help with future resume updates? Does the author offer any other services you might need, such as resume distribution or job search coaching? How does the author collect information to write the CV? What if corrections or changes are required before you can use the resume? What are the fees and what does the payment plan look like? Make sure you know the answers to these questions before hiring an author.
Understand the guarantee
Remember that a resume is a tool and even the best tool in the world is ineffective if used improperly. Once a resume leaves the resume manager’s office, it can no longer determine how that resume is used or not used. If a writer claims to guarantee a job or even interviews, be careful and read the fine print carefully. While some try to offer this warranty with good intentions, most people know that it is not a realistic guarantee, and let you jump through the tires to prove how you used the CV before you allow it to collect. Others more realistically guarantee that you are satisfied with the quality of the service and the services to be provided. Whatever the warranty is, make sure you understand it.
Think ahead and plan
Hesitation is not a good idea! If you are in a job search or are about to start a job search, you should not hire a professional CV until you find a job that you want to apply for, or if a recruiter asks for it. Quality takes time and the really good CVs are in demand and mostly booked in advance. Take time to research and select the best author for the job and schedule at least two more weeks to complete the completed project.
And finally …
Understand that you get what you pay for
In discussing certifications and the need to test work samples, I have referred to this problem. In most states, there are no license requirements for a CV. Anyone who has a computer can set up a website and call themselves a professional resume writer. Unfortunately, there are many examples of unqualified people who do this and ignorant jobseekers who have been “burned” by them. Does the person you want to hire have credible internet presence? Do they belong to professional associations? Do you participate in regular trainings and conferences? Have you written articles or example CVs that have been published? In short, not all CV authors are alike, and those who are experienced, respected experts in the field demand a reasonable fee for their crafting. The fee range is quite wide, but it would not be unusual to pay somewhere in the $ 400 to $ 1200 range to get a professional CV. In general, the complexity of your project affects the fee. Some may ask for more and some less, but if it is much less, you might want to ask why that is. Does the author really have the experience that he or she claims to have? Be especially careful when working with some of the big companies that outsource the entire work to inexperienced authors, who usually pay ridiculously low wages to create questionable quality CVs. Some even outsource projects to authors who do not speak English as their native language. It’s about your career and all your career dreams! Your resume is not the place to cut corners. It’s worth the extra money to pay for the quality and experience of a true professional resume writer.
Michelle Dumas is one of the leading authorities for CV writing, personal branding and job hunting and founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC. Since 1996, Michelle and her team have supported thousands of professionals worldwide with results-based CVs, cover letters, and job search strategies.