How To Work With A Professional Resume Writer

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If you've never worked with a professional resume writer, you may not know what to expect.

If you've never worked with a professional resume writer, you may not know what to expect.

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  • 1. How To Work With A Professional Resume Writer Presented By:
  • 2. If you've never worked with a professional resume writer, you may not know what to expect. Certified Professional Resume Writers Can Help Job Seekers Revamp Their Resumes To Help Land A Job. The following steps can help you through the process to ensure that you get the best product from an expert in resume writing ! …
  • 3. The Writer Is An Expert At Revamping Executive Resumes , But You Are The Expert Of Your Own Career!
    • Professionals who specialize in resume writing work with job seekers to develop effective resumes and stay current on the most effective resume techniques.
    • Working with a pro is a collaborative process through which the writer will lead you.
    • Since you are the career expert, you'll need to provide the relevant information that will form the foundation of your resume.
    • The resume writing pro will ask questions that force you to think about your career and reveal the right information. She relies on you to be open and honest.
  • 4. Take The Time To Do It Right!
    • Resume preparation requires your time, effort and focus. Most professional resume writers recommend 30 days to complete the process.
    • You can help to keep the process moving by responding quickly to questions, reviewing drafts or other communication.
    • Don't let too much time pass, or your initial strategy may have changed and the parts of the process will have to be repeated.
  • 5. Communication Is Imperative.
    • Ask your resume writer which method of communication he prefers, but remember that you are paying for his help, so he should adapt to you.
    • Some professional resume writers will do an initial phone interview to begin the process.
    • Most follow-up communication, including revisions and additional questions, can be done via e-mail or fax.
    Staying in touch is the #1 factor of a successful writing project!
  • 6. Prepare Sample Job Posts For Your Professional Resume Writer.
    • Sample posts of the types of jobs you are considering will help the resume writer focus your resume on the jobs you are targeting instead of speculating about what you are looking for.
    • Most job seekers have a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience, but the best resumes are written for one type of position.
    • Within a sample post, your writer will look at the type of company and industry, job duties, candidate requirements, and keywords.
  • 7. Be Prepared To Do Some Work.
    • Hiring a professional doesn't mean that you don't have to do any of the work.
    • Many professional resume writers prefer to start from scratch and will ask you to complete a questionnaire requesting details about your work history and experience.
    • A questionnaire is an efficient way to prompt you for details you might have missed on your previous resume.
    • Some writers don't want to see your old resume, but most will integrate the information from your previous resume, the worksheet and the sample job posts to craft a new document.
  • 8. What's On The Questionnaire?
    • The questionnaire should guide you through all of the details that the writer needs.
    • Balance is the key to completing the worksheet.
    • If you don't provide enough detail, your writer may not have sufficient material to build an effective resume or may omit important details.
    • If you write too much, it is hard for the resume writer to focus on what's important and to integrate and organize the information.
  • 9. Reviewing The Resume Draft
    • Take a 'macro ' and a ' micro ' view at the resume draft.
    • Are all the details correct?
    • Does it embody the image you want to project to employers?
    • Is it overstated or understated?
    • Remember, you are the expert in your own career and your resume writer will rely on you to tell them what's missing or incorrect.
  • 10. The Final Product
    • Most professional resume writers will provide you with what they call a “master resume” that you can then customize for specific job opportunities.
    • Ask your resume writer for some guidelines about how to save it and use to apply for future positions.
  • 11. Every Professional Resume Writer's Wish List Is That You:
    • Devote time, energy and focus to the collaboration.
    • Don't leave the writer guessing. She is an expert on writing effective executive resumes, and you are the expert on your career. The writer can only work from the information you provide.
    • Stay in good communication throughout the entire process.
    • Send a thank-you note when you're satisfied with the final draft.
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