A tight-knit community, the career industry community (resume writers, career coaches, and creators of career marketing tools) typically knows when someone is talking about us.
Here’s the interesting thing, though there are now huge resume firms that buy millions of dollars of advertising, the industry was started by people like me.
Choosing a resume writer
When you are choosing a resume writer, who are resume writers? Many are female, though that is not necessarily always the case. I know quite a few exceptional male resume writers and career coaches too!
Many of us work in a home-based office, balancing family priorities, along with writing or coaching. Even more important to you, each of the writers and coaches that I know, care about each other and our clients.
Competition or Colleagues
Few industries can boast as many people who are directly competing in the same market place but who would never use the word competition. In fact, I detailed more about the history of my interaction in the career industry in my post, Competition or Colleagues. We call each other colleagues.
Recently, Alina Dizik wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal digital network entitled, “Hiring A Resume Writer? As these questions first.” There are interesting points. However, the article created quite a stir with job seekers and career pros. For someone who is contemplating choosing a resume writer, it created more confusion than it solved.
Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, Dawn Bugni, and I all commented on the post. Jacqui already answered in her own compelling style with a post entitled “Selecting a Resume Writer: Trust your intuition.”
Not very long ago, Dawn responded to another such article with her own thought-provoking post, One Bad Apple Doesn’t Necessarily Spoil the Whole Bunch and was joined by myself and others in the comments.
One of Jacqui’s points in response to the article’s contention that you should only hire a resume writer that knows your industry is this:
The highly ‘niched’ resume writing profession (after all, how much more niched can you be than writing ONLY career-focused documents selling to a very targeted hiring audience of decision makers, recruiters, human resource leaders, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, board members, venture capitalists … and more?) is akin to a personal marketing agent that helps job seekers break down barriers to job interview entry.
Hiring a resume writer
You can read the full Wall Street Journal article and comments from us, but here is what I said in my comment:
This kind of article is always interesting to read. As someone who has been a resume writer and a member of the career industry community for more than 25 years, this isn’t new. The thing to note is that this is not advice that you shouldn’t, to some degree, follow for every person or company you hire.
As Jacqui noted, there are many people sell online these days. You can buy services or products of many different types.
Building trust is someone you should do with everyone.
- If you are selecting a new doctor, I would certainly hope you would do your due diligence in checking credentials, getting references, and talking to others who have used his services.
- I hope that you are also checking out the mechanic who fixes your car. Make sure he is able to do the work.
Funny thing is… this is exactly what a good resume writer does for you. They interview you, ask you questions to understand your position and what value you bring to the position.
They ask you how you feel you can solve the “pain” of the company that you are looking to work for… what solutions do you bring to the table. Can you do the work?
You talk about guarantees when choosing a resume writer
I promise my clients that I will edit, revise, and add in details they may have forgotten to tell me for 20 business days after the final resume is given them.
My clients collaborate in every step of the process. Face-to-face clients talk with me and I write the resume with them in my office. Virtual clients are interviewed via Zoom and we edit in real time to make sure that we are on the same page.
You are looking for a professional and as Jacqui said, you seek someone with excellent writing skills who can portray your talents and skills to make you marketable.
I don’t need to know your field. YOU do. You articulate your accomplishments and abilities. I write them in resume-speak to help you get interviews.
Should a resume writer guarantee you’ll get a job with the resume?
Of course not, Your writer has no clue if you used the resume, your network, your contacts, and presented yourself well at the interview. The writer has no clue if you left the resume sit on your dresser and gather dust.
My clients trust me. We build a relationship. I care about them. They refer friends and family to me and they come back, sometimes 10 years later, to get an update or a totally new targeted resume.
When you choose a resume writer, use common sense. As Jacqui said, follow your instincts.
Julie Walraven, Certified Professional Resume Writer
When you make a decision about hiring a resume writer, do your due diligence, I agree. You should do that with anyone you hire. But trust that there are many that care about you, your future, and your goals. Learn More