Should I Hire a Career Coach and Resume Writer?

Like all industries, professional resume writing and career coaching has its detractors.

A recent article in US News makes the case against hiring a career coach and resume writer to do the work.

What’s Wrong with Hiring a Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer?

The article poses these points:

  • It’s unethical, much like having someone write your college application essay.
  • Employers use resumes not only to determine work history, but to see if applicants can organize their thoughts and write clearly.
  • A professional resume may cause an inferior candidate to be hired over a superior candidate, based upon the professionally-written resume.

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What’s Right About Hiring a Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer?

Bettered’s team is comprised of many professional resume writers, CPRW to be exact. CPRW stands for Certified Professional Resume Writer, a certification granted through testing by the PARW (Professional Association of Resume Writers). We’ve created more than 10,000 resumes for professionals at every stage of a career, from entry-level to CEOs and in every industry.

Equally important, some of our staff have also been the hiring manager. We look at resume writing from both sides of the table. Here’s our take on what the article said:

Professional Resume Writing is Not Unethical

Likening it to someone writing your college application essay is comparing apples to oranges. Unless the individual in question is seeking a position in which writing is one of the main job responsibilities – or that person wants to be a resume writer – having the document professionally written makes sense. It’s not only about using proper grammar, which educated people should have mastered. It’s knowing what a hiring manager is looking for. A resume isn’t a biography or a simple listing of what you’ve done professionally and academically. It’s a marketing tool. Trust us, if you know little about marketing and branding yourself in this new employment market, you can’t compete – no matter how well you write. 

Why should an accountant, banker, financial analyst, systems analyst or anyone else with specialized knowledge struggle to write their own resume? That’s like fixing your own car to prove you can. Unless you’re trying to get a job as an auto mechanic, you’re wasting your time.

Employers Use Resumes to Assess an Applicant’s Ability to Organize Thoughts

Not all hiring managers care. Many want to see if the individual has:

  1. A steady work history
  2. Results (accomplishments) of their tasks
  3. Steady progression in their career
  4. The academic background they’re looking for in a new hire
  5. The professional background they’re looking for in a new hire

Hiring managers spend no more than 7 seconds (if that) on an applicant’s resume. They don’t have the time to ponder every sentence. They want the information presented so that we don’t have to search for it. Unless you’ve studied resume writing and have done at least 50 resumes, you can’t possibly produce an excellent product. There are not many candidates who would want to take the time to learn to do it correctly, especially if it’s not their field. Even if they have great qualifications, submitting a resume that doesn’t highlight their most important strengths could keep them from getting an interview. Is it worth it?

A Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer May Help an Inferior Candidate Get the Job

Only if it’s for a position where writing is one of the main tasks, and probably not even then. Let’s use common sense. An IT professional has years of experience in programming, software, systems security, etc. If that experience matches the job requirements, that individual will be called in for an interview. Having a professional resume writer arrange the data so that a hiring manager focuses on it immediately is what’s important here. The core skills are the same. A professional career coach resume writer can’t – and won’t – manufacture data so that someone gets hired.

No Resume Will Get You the Job – Only an Interview

Another fallacy in this article is the belief that someone will get hired on the resume alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Someone who can’t string two words together on paper isn’t likely to do well in an interview. If they’re completely unqualified, they’d never be invited to interview in the first place.

With today’s economy still struggling and unemployment stubbornly high, the wise job seeker uses every tool in the arsenal. One of those is hiring a professional career coach and resume writer when you believe you need one or want one. You can’t be an expert at everything. A professional career coach resume writer knows what hiring managers want to see and what kind of resume will generate an interview.

Do you? Are you willing to take a chance that you may be wrong?

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