Sometimes, you can’t do it all yourself. You just can’t.
I have always written my own resume. Always. The only time I used a professional service for anything related to my resume was professional printing, back in the days when job seekers actually mailed resumes to prospective employers. Otherwise, I put my own work in. And, I was pretty good at it.
However, when it became apparent that I wanted to parlay my teaching skills into jobs outside of teaching, I couldn’t seem to get my resume to look suited for anything else other than a teaching position.
So, I researched several online resume writing services. After some time reading company reviews, I selected a service which allowed me to take advantage of a free resume analysis. One of the issues with my resume is that it presented tasks, rather than achievements. The other issue is that my various areas of expertise seem buried under the teaching tasks, and weren’t getting the attention they deserved.
After some time contemplating my next move, I decided to go for it: I signed on to have my resume professionally written.
And, you know what? I am glad I did.
The service I used required me to complete a pre-writing survey, in order to get a clearer sense of my goals and objectives for my new resume. From there, my resume writer got to work. I was encouraged to communicate one-on-one with my resume writer. who is experienced in working teachers like me who are looking to transfer their skills. Finally, I had several days to review the draft, and then offer suggestions for tweaking and revision. At no extra charge.
In fact, having my resume professionally written was one of the best investments I have made for my career. Not only do I have a resume that focuses on my achievements, but it also clearly articulates the range of skills I have, and presents me as a well-rounded professional. In a word, my resume sings.
I was so pleased with my new resume, I ordered a professionally-written cover letter, too!
The investment for the resume and the cover letter was $200.00. Which is nominal, considering the benefits of having documents that will present me in the best possible light to prospective employers.
Have you used a professional resume writing service? What was your experience? And, if you have contemplated using such a service, but haven’t followed through, what’s stopping you?