Note from Josh: I know a lot of people who are looking for jobs. I asked Jerret to write this post for anyone who has any questions about their resume.
Guest post by Jerret Turner
The number of job applicants per job opening has increased dramatically, this according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That only means one thing. You’re hosed. No, not really. But to stand out, you’ll have to re-think how you present yourself, especially on your resume. And that may require getting professional help.
I was lucky in that I had to write my own performance reports when I was in the military. And when a promotion depends on your performance report, you would be surprised at how well you can write.
Hiring a resume writer is more than sending your job history to a typist to crank out a nicely formatted piece of paper. A resume writer can actually help you land a job. Consider the following reasons for hiring a resume writer:
Maybe you’re already working two or three jobs. Or the job you have squeezes every free minute out of you. If you’re not sending out resumes because you simply lack the time (and don’t want to give up control), it might be better to admit defeat and get the resume done. You’re not lazy, just realistic.
Sure, you could buy a book and look at thousands of resumes online. But it’s overwhelming. And confusing. Depending on a job’s industry, you could spend hundreds of hours scouring the Web for a resume that most closes matches the job you’re applying for. This is the cornerstone of a resume writer’s service—to piece your work experience together and make it fit snugly to a specific job.
The last time you updated your resume, WordPerfect was hip and the Beastie Boys had good music. Your work experience may be woefully outdated but a resume writer knows the latest technical lingo. A great resume writer will translate your skills and accomplishments and bring you into the 21st century.
If you’re still undecided, the following are reasons why you may not want to hire a resume writer.
Resume writing services can start as low as $50 and can reach $500 or more. Be prepared to spend several hundred dollars for a decent writer. You have to think of your resume as an investment in a job that will pay you tens of thousands of dollars, or more, over the job’s lifetime. If you’re not ready to make the investment, don’t assume a cheaper service will do the trick. You may be better off getting help from a relative or neighbor.
You’ve Done it Before
As I mentioned earlier, I had a lot of experience writing my own performance reports so I felt I had a good grasp on the process. If you’re confident in your own abilities, then I say go for it. You know yourself better than anyone else.
You’re Willing to Learn
There are free resources galore on resume writing. If you have time, and you’re willing to research and read, finding a suitable resume example online should be no problem. And, of course, don’t forget your bookstore or library. Last I checked, my local bookstore had several shelves dedicated to resume and job-hunting guides.
So, which will it be? If you’re ready to hire a resume writer, be ready to make the monetary investment. If you’re not ready, it’s possible to put together a worthy resume of your own with a little hustle and willingness to learn.
About The Author:
Jerret Turner is a writer and researcher on budget tips. Save time and money by getting free tips and in-depth information on all things debt, investment, and budget related at BudgetSnob.com.