Have you thought about seeking resume help from resume-writing experts?
If your answer is “yes” you are on your way to winning an unbeatable professional edge in the job market. Professional resume help from the Distinctive Career Services team of experts can be one of the smartest investments you will ever make in yourself and your future.
Your resume is one of the most important tools you have in your job search arsenal.
It is often the first impression an employer has of you, and it can make all the difference between getting called in for interviews or being passed over.
Plus, once you get that interview, a well-written, persuasive resume that communicates your value for the job can help you turn that job interview into a job offer.
And once you’ve landed the gig, your resume can even help you during salary negotiations to get paid what you deserve. And remember, even a small increase in pay can add up over time.
Simply put, having a great resume is crucial not just to a successful job search in the present, but also in the long term, as you build a successful and rewarding career.
These are all great reasons to invest in professional resume help and ensure your resume is the best it can be.
You Consult a Pro for Everything Else in Your Life
But hiring resume help?
Sadly, many people don’t even think about working with a professional resume writer until they’ve been passed over for countless opportunities and are thoroughly frustrated and discouraged.
But face it: Though you have expert skills and talents in your profession, you are not an expert resume writer. If you were launching a new product with multimillion-dollar potential, would you “wing it” with questionable marketing materials?
Of course not. Yet, that is what many people do with their own careers, needlessly struggling through long, costly, stressful job searches.
Then, when they do finally land jobs, they are often below their true potential and at lower rates of pay than they are worth, all because they didn’t market themselves effectively.
This isn’t just marketing hype, either. This is reality! We’ve talked to countless prospective job seeker clients who have wasted ridiculous amounts of time and money using less-than-effective resumes in the job market.
You can see why this is true for yourself, from these before-and-after resume examples.
Professional Resume Help Makes a Difference!
You know the ideal job is out there for you, but no matter how many you apply for, your phone remains silent. Why?
Very likely, your resume and cover letter are not passing the test. You are creative, dynamic, and an asset to the company, but no one knows it or sees it.
The truth is that most self-written resumes and cover letters are dry, dull, and cookie-cutter. On the other hand, a powerful, branded, accomplishment-focused resume and cover letter will almost always produce a remarkably positive difference in your job search.
These before-and-after resume examples illustrate. Which version of each example resume do you think is most likely to catch the eye of the hiring manager and score an interview?
As you can see, your resume isn’t just a piece of paper. It is an essential marketing document that has the power to propel your career forward (if well-written and compelling) or bring it to a standstill (if it is poorly written and boring).
Don’t underestimate the importance of an excellent resume. The Distinctive Career Services‘ team of expert resume writers will take your work history, education, skills, and accomplishments and package them in a way that highlights your strengths and shows exactly how you are the best possible candidate for the jobs you’re interested in.
Just as important, when you hire us for resume help you will benefit from our up-to-date knowledge of what employers are looking for and how to format resumes correctly, so they are compatible with applicant tracking systems (the software that many HR departments and recruiters use to track applicants through the hiring process).
Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons that investing in resume help is smart.
Most Employers & Recruiters Like Professionally Written Resumes
It’s true. Well-written, well-organized resumes give hiring managers a fast, efficient, and effective way to determine how you will help their company. It actually makes their job easier.
When you invest in resume help from our team of experts, the resume writer will know how to position you as the solution to the employers’ problems, capable of delivering a higher return on their investment in hiring you than your competitor will return.
The modern resume design formats used by our team of professional writers aren’t just designed to be eye-catching (though they are!) and to get you noticed (though they will!). They are designed and formatted to make it easy for the recruiter or hiring manager to easily key in on your skills and strengths.
Besides all this, which do you think makes the best first impression:
Employers will be impressed by your professionalism and your genuine interest in the job opportunity as proved by your care in preparing your application.
Here are more resume examples. Which do you think is faster and easier to read, the before version or the after? Which one do you think does a better job of calling out the job seekers selling points?
The Aggregate Impact of Marginal Gains
Too often we convince ourselves that massive career success requires nothing less than massive action and achievements. But this simply isn’t true. The incredible power of marginal gains adding up over time is an often-overlooked benefit of professional resume help.
No matter whether you are a recent graduate pursuing your first professional job or are an experienced professional, 20 years into your career, imagine if, in that next career step you take, your professional resume helps you land a job that takes you just a little bit farther on your path to your ultimate goal.
Imagine too if your resume helps you negotiate an annual salary just $10,000 higher than you otherwise would. This is completely realistic! We see our clients make this incredible progress all the time. A $10,000 increase is a conservative figure.
You are closer to your dream job and getting paid better too. But it doesn’t end there, because when you take your NEXT career step, it snowballs. You are already ahead of the game, and with this second step you leapfrog even farther and get even closer to your ultimate professional and financial goals.
The small gains accumulated add up, and they add up fast! A future filled with career possibilities and potential awaits you. And with the help of a professional resume writer, you may find yourself reaching your highest potential faster than you ever thought possible.
Take Control of Your Personal Brand & Professional Image
From the clothes you wear to the way you carry yourself, everything about you conveys a message about who you are and what kind of person you are. And this, of course, includes your resume.
Your resume is your calling card. It is your first introduction to employers and helps create their first impression of you. And the saying is true: first impressions are lasting impressions.
Your professional image can give you a leg up on the competition. If you make a good first impression, you’ll be remembered when it comes time to make a hiring decision.
For these reasons, it is essential to be aware of the message you’re sending with your resume and the professional image your resume is conveying.
But, the importance of your professional image goes way beyond your immediate job search. It can have a lasting impact on your career and your future career prospects.
Your personal brand is what sets you apart from other professionals in your field. It’s an essential part of marketing yourself and your career.
A strong personal brand can help you attract new job opportunities, advance in your chosen career path, and build credibility within your industry.
Think about some of the most successful people in your field. Chances are, they have built strong personal brands for themselves.
By cultivating a favorable public perception, they’ve been able to achieve greater levels of success than their counterparts who have not invested in their personal brand.
Your resume should be an extension of your personal brand. In other words, how you present yourself on paper should align with the reputation that you want to build for yourself.
The resume-writing team at Distinctive Career Services are expert in helping you identify and express your personal brand through your resume.
For example, let’s say that you want to be known as an innovative thinker who is always ahead of the curve in adding value for companies on the cutting edge of technology. Our resume help includes identifying examples that illustrate these traits and then writing a resume with career success stories that show how your innovative thinking has benefited past employers. We’ll also create a cutting-edge and stylish resume design that reflects all the latest trends and conveys the professional image you wish to convey.
On the other hand, if you want to be known as a results-focused manager who runs a tight ship and delivers reliable profits year after year within the banking industry, we’ll help you create a more conservative and traditional resume, with both the design and career stories exuding the sophistication and professionalism that would appeal in this industry.
You can’t control exactly how people perceive you, but you can control how you present yourself, and in this way you can influence how you are perceived. Your resume is one of the most important tools you have to express your personal brand and create the ideal professional image of yourself. Don’t squander it! Professional resume help is invaluable in this way.
Your Resume & Your Future
As you can see, there are lots of reasons to invest in professional resume help as you navigate your job search and career journey.
From making a great first impression and building a strong personal brand to increasing your chances of landing the most lucrative and desirable jobs, while negotiating a higher salary, working with a pro can really pay off—literally and figuratively!
The Distinctive Career Services resume writing team is here for you! To learn more about how our professional resume help can be of value to you, schedule a free consultation today. We’ll discuss your situation, answer your questions, and explain the next steps.
This post was originally published on this blog on March 8, 2017. It has been significantly updated and refreshed to reflect 2022 resume writing standards.