If TV had a reality show about professional resume writers, you might expect that the entire show would consist of a clacking keyboard. In truth, though, professional resume writing involves a lot more. Here’s how my workweek usually goes.
First are the phone conversations with clients, where they ask about my services, I explain how the resume writing process works and we discuss fees. Many job seekers who call me don’t have a resume. Many more have a resume that is out of date or has failed to bring them any interviews or interest from hiring managers and recruiters. I spend time finding out about their experience, accomplishments, and skills and any information they may have overlooked that would boost their resume’s power.
Second, I maintain online and personal contact with recruiters and hiring managers. I need to know what they are looking for; how applicant tracking systems are transforming their search for viable candidates; and how new laws affect their recruiting and hiring practices. Keeping up with industry and government standards and expectations for resumes is an important part of a professional resume writer’s job.
Third is the actual resume writing, which involves finding the most accurate, passionate, clear description of what a job applicant offers to companies. In a few seconds, the resume must capture the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter and then give them the information they are looking for in their ideal candidate. Every resume must be formatted to pass muster with both applicant tracking systems and human hiring managers; it must also be checked for correct spelling, grammar, and accuracy.
Fourth, my workweek includes obligations to my fellow resume writers as a mentor. I belong to the four top professional organizations for resume writers and career coaches. I am also a speaker at national and local meetings of resume writers and a judge at industry events. With more than fourteen years of resume writing experience plus awards and honors from numerous industry organizations, I believe I can feel justified in calling myself a professional resume writer.
When a job search is stalled, a realistic way to start reviving it is with a phone call or email to a professional resume writer. Please contact Robin’s Resumes® today.