What is a poor resume costing you?
First and foremost, a poor resume could cost you a new job. Poor resumes are unfocused: they fail to aim at a specific job and they fail to show how your accomplishments, education, hard skills, and soft skills prepare you for that job. Recruiters and hiring managers are not mind readers. A professional resume will tell them why you are their best candidate.
Which leads us to the second cost: self-esteem. A great resume describes your career in a way that makes you yourself aware of everything you have to offer. When it comes time for an interview, a professional resume prepares you to talk about your career positively. You begin to see that you actually have progressed over the years and contributed to each company. Any hiccup is just that—a hiccup.
The third way in which a poor resume costs you is credibility. Even if you have high self-esteem and a great career, a poor resume can undermine all your efforts in your job hunt. Moreover, if social media and networking sites, such as LinkedIn, present you in an entirely different light, recruiters and hiring managers become confused about which image to believe. A professional resume writer ensures that your presentation is consistent from paper to Internet to in-person interview.
Fourth, a poor resume costs you opportunities to change to a new career, a new geography, or a new industry. Many hard and soft skills are transferable. Are you unhappy where you are now? Your professional resume will stay upbeat—and keep you and future employers upbeat by showing that your value transcends the situation, role, geography, or industry you happen to find yourself in currently.
Fifth, a poor resume interferes with networking relationships. How are your former peers and supervisors, your family and friends, and your current network supposed to support your job search when they do not understand what you do or how valuable you are? If a poor resume confuses hiring managers and recruiters—who are familiar with your field and position—then just imagine how it confuses your network who are trying so hard to support you.
Last but never least, a poor resume costs you income. Most companies set a range for positions based on experience and education and their perception of your fit. A poor resume lets the company contemplate a low offer; a great resume generates a great offer.
When a poor resume causes that much damage, you know you need a professional resume. Robin’s Resumes® specializes in creating resumes that capture and keep the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, grow self-esteem and credibility, ease transitions, and support networking. Contact us today.