How can you tell if your resume writer is good?
The best resume writer creates resumes that get her clients interviews, but you shouldn’t judge the quality of a resume writer based on how many get job offers her clients get.
Here’s why: you could have the best resume in the world, and it might take forever to get an offer. Or, it could take only a few weeks. That’s because resumes don’t get candidates jobs; they get candidates interviews, if they are well written.
The variables are too numerous for the data to have meaning. Consider these obstacles to resume success:
- Candidate has a great resume, but applies only by uploading it to the company’s website instead of sourcing network connections who can get it in front of the hiring manager
- Great resume leads to interview for a great opportunity, but the candidate doesn’t handle the interview well and is passed over
- Great resume leads to successful interview, putting candidate on a shortlist of 3 finalists, but for an intangible reason, one of the other 2 is selected
- Great resume, successful interview, candidate is chosen, but company announces a temporary hiring freeze, or simply decides that the position wasn’t necessary
While there are no data that my work, or the work of any other writer, will guarantee a job offer, prospective clients should consider the writer’s background. If the provider got into resume writing because everyone told them that they’re a good writer, that’s meaningless. Writing skills are important, of course, but they are not the only factor that makes a good resume writer.
The best resume writers understand how recruitment works
I was a human resources professional for many years during which I hired hundreds of people for every position imaginable, from the call center to the c-suite. That means that I was the person who decided whether to hit “delete,” or put a resume aside for further scrutiny. And that means that I know how HR and hiring managers think. So I’d stick to former HR professionals and recruiters who also happen to write well.
A good resume writer needs to write resumes as marketing tools
In addition to being a good writer and having a background in recruitment, your resume writer should grasp that your resume is how candidates market their skills and experience. That means guiding clients into dropping irrelevant details that add nothing to a candidate’s value proposition; just because you worked somewhere doesn’t necessarily mean it belongs on your resume, particularly for college students who work at service jobs while earning their degrees.
And finally, does professional certification have anything to do with how good a resume writer is?
Belonging to a professional resume writers’ association is also fairly meaningless; I’ve seen what some of those associations consider a good resume, and I refuse to get accredited by them.
You may want to read “7 Signs that your resume is outdated.”