Executive Decision: Hiring a Resume Resource

As a senior level executive, no doubt you have made many decisions throughout your career that have influenced business outcomes. Hopefully you have a good track record under your belt. If not, odds are you have learned from your mistakes.

Assuming you are now pursuing a new career opportunity and want to move things to the next level, the question becomes whether or not you should hire a resume resource to help you. Do you try to treat yourself when you are sick (maybe some of you do); or do you visit a doctor? I know that 100% of you would go running TO the dentist at the first hint of any serious mouth pain. Likely you couldn’t fix that yourself. Why then wouldn’t you hire a resource to help you market yourself to a prospective employer? Given the high stakes game of job search, you cannot afford to ‘cure yourself’.

While you may be an expert at developing operational plans or balancing fiscal budgets, there is a possibility that when it comes to resume writing, you would benefit from delegating this task to a professional resume resource.  Here are a few reasons why this might make sense for you:

  • Research shows that you are likely to get more interviews and receive a job offer sooner than if you go it alone. In addition, you may garner a higher salary.  A professional resume can set you apart from the competition.
  • Hiring someone to create a professional resume should be considered an investment rather than an expense. While paying for a well written resume requires an up-front fee (which may be tax deductible), the out-of-pocket cost is well worth it.
  • An external resume resource can provide you with a measure of objectivity and position your professional brand in a unique way – a way that you likely haven’t thought of before. Sometimes we can get too close to the project when we try to create our own resume.
  • Good professional resume writers place a priority on rich content that highlights your most prized accomplishments, but they also focus on visual appeal.  A top writer can create a document that is aesthetic, easy to read, and tells hiring managers you are a winner.

While many high level professionals do a great job when it comes to writing business letters and proposals, they find resume writing to be a challenge they would rather not handle on their own. If you are considering hiring a professional writer, here are a few things to consider:

  1. Is the resume writer well respected in the professional resume writing community? Check their LinkedIn profile to see their recommendations.
  2. Do they provide individualized attention, or do they simply send a stock questionnaire to all of their clients?
  3. Are they familiar with your industry? Do they have experience writing executive level resumes?
  4. What sort of process do they have? Do they include quality control measures as part of their methodology? Will you have ample input?
  5. Do they have satisfied customers? To find this out, you may want to look for a testimonial page on their website.  Ask whether they have repeat customers and listen carefully for the response.

Another important question to ask is whether or not the writer can accommodate your busy schedule and meet your timeline for project completion. As with any vendor, you must use your executive decision making skills to select the one that you feel will ultimately provide you with the best product and service.

President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career road maps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.