Deciding on a resume writer can be difficult because your resume is such an important document in your job search. When you are deciding whom to hire, ask the candidates these five questions:
- What are your credentials? The resume writing profession offers several opportunities for certification. Having those certifications—for example, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)—plus years of experience are signs of true professionalism.
- Will I work directly with you? You want to be sure that the person you are talking to and the person with the credentials is the person who will actually write your resume. You do not want to be shunted off to a junior writer you never met.
- May I see samples of your work? If you do not like the samples you see, you will not like your own resume. If samples are not available, then likely the resume writer has minimal experience.
- What is your process? This question covers a lot of variables, from the interview process to payment terms. Your main concern should be the interview process. You do not want a writer who will merely edit or proofread your existing resume. You want to work with someone who will dive deep to come up with a strong, professional resume that targets the job you want.
A good way to find a professional resume writer is through referrals or by searching for a writer who clearly has the respect of peers, with requests to speak at industry and educational venues.
As a long-time credentialed resume writer who has spoken before many groups, mentored other writers, and worked with job applicants from college graduate to C-level executive, I am proud to show off samples of my work and to describe my process. I will work with you one-on-one to make sure that your resume presents you in a professional manner and is targeted to your job search. Please contact me.