Will a professionally done resume get me a job?

This is a question that has come up that I am going to address first by saying, resumes do not get you a job but they can help get you an interview.

Having a professionally done resume is not always the best course of action, especially if you have had no real personal contact with the writer. Resumes not only reflect our skills, interests, employment history and educational background they also reflect who we are in so many other ways. It is your story, beginning with your journey into the world of paid or non-paid work through to present day experience. Readers of your resume are given a glimpse into your style and how you use words and phrases. It shares accomplishments that are unique to you.Only you are able to fully frame the context in which those experiences happened.

When you have a resume produced for you, without the benefit of your full participation, then the document may end up saying things that you will not be able to expand upon during an interview. There may be words in that resume that you would never say, references to experiences that are so generic that it is obvious it has come from somewhere or someone else. This is not what an employer wants. They have called you in because on paper you look like you have the necessary qualifications, might even fit in with the culture of the company but if you can’t speak well to those issues then you have just lost your opportunity to impress.

The best thing anybody can be is themselves from start to finish. We have our professional side and our personal side. The resume and interview gives opportunity to explore the best of both sides of self. Here are three quick tips:

1. Professional resume writers often know big words and they like to use them. If you don’t know how to spell it or know the definition of it then it probably isn’t the best word to use on your resume.

2. Never provide information to a professional resume writer that is false. As I have said before this is a LEGAL DOCUMENT, which means no fraud allowed! Whether you write it or they write it is everyone’s responsibility to be truthful.

3. Personalize the resume. A professional writer may not fully represent your strengths. They may not prioritize the placement of your skills to suit what you are applying for and they may neglect to provide some great descriptive words to punctuate your UNIQUE experience with that skill. —- Example:

I could just say, Organized community events or I could say, Creative flair for putting on events; organizing ideas, work flow and people. If I know I am a creative person and I am really good at organizing, doesn’t it sound just a bit better to share that with the reader?

Bottom line is, there are many services to help you with your job search but just make sure the end result of anything going out has your personal stamp on it. The resume won’t get you the job but your fabulous skills coupled with your personality may just tip things in your favour.

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