Everyone has a different idea of what a resume should look like, including hiring managers.  No matter how much research you do and information you find on resume writing, you never really know if it’s effective unless you get the job. That’s where we come in.

Hiring a professional to write your resume usually offers the same type of unclear guideline as to what the best option is—a multitude of opinions on what is right and wrong. That is where professional resume services, offered by a recruiting company come in handy.  As professionals in recruitment and staffing, who better to tell you what your resume should say and how it should read.

Another speed bump for job seekers is their inability to accurately describe their skills. While it is hard to talk about yourself, or “brag “about your qualifications, you have to understand that a hiring manager doesn’t know you from the next guy (literally) and you need to tell him or her everything you’re capable of doing.  Skills that you may not see as important or useful, are exactly the kind of thing that they are in need of—and they aren’t going to assume that you know how to use Microsoft Office, so you have to tell them!

Often times, folks will write their resumes with such specific tasks to their job that they will leave off basic principles needed at most companies; like showcasing their ability to work in a team environment, or being able to speak in a room of people. Hiring managers need to know that you have phone etiquette-and that doesn’t mean writing it specifically like that on the resume, it just means including a bullet about how you conduct conference calls with colleges, and fielding calls with top executives. These are common mistakes made by many job seekers, because they assume it goes without saying. Trust me it doesn’t. Plenty of people cannot hold a phone conversation, and hiring managers may or may not value that in an employee.

When our resume professional sits down to speak with you about your background and experience, it is more so to pull out details that you are reluctant too, or too humble to add to your resume. But you have to take yourself out of the equation if you really want to find a job. Think of all the other qualified people applying out there in the world—what skills do you have that set you apart? I’m sure that you don’t think that emailing your boss is a big deal, but just think of how many people may not know how to use Outlook or may not be able to compile a comprehensive email, that if sent externally represents the company well.

And then there are the Applicant Tracking Systems. While they are not always the most accurate tool in the arsenal recruiters use to find candidates, they are a necessary one. If you want to be found your resume needs to be written and optimized properly. An ATS will utilize algorithms to determine the relevancy of a resume’s content to a search made by recruiters or hiring managers. This is most likely accomplished through keyword frequency within the resume. The advantage to having a professional assist you with the writing of your resume is their familiarity with how hiring managers and recruiters search for candidates in an ATS. They will be able to help you tailor your resume in a way that it will make it more visible to those searching.

With a the assistance of a professional resume writer a resume can be taken to the next level by emphasizing strengths, skills, and experience and minimizing the unnecessary information that may have resulted in it being screened out. The resume is your first impression, it needs to be one that counts, gets you noticed, and positively impacts your future.

 

By: Renee Walrath