You, on one to two sheets of paper. You are a complex individual with many skills and talents, but you have to effectively sell yourself concisely within 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Resume writing or proofreading services is money well spent to help with this challenge.
The good news is it’s an employee’s market for some in the US population. What does that mean? The job market is tightening and companies are having to work a little harder to find the right employees.
The bad news is many people are still unemployed or under-employed. Some articles, such as this one, suggest that companies complaining that they cannot fill positions need to adjust their expectations. Those companies’ positions list specific degree requirements and/or long-term experience of a specialized skillset. Many do not want to invest in new employee retraining.
So what can a job seeker do?
Resume Writing Service
To help combat this, your resume needs to be tailored to communicate that you have the education and/or skill set the company needs even if it might be in a different field or specialty. A resume writing service is a perfect fit for your needs.
A good service knows the current ins and outs of resume trends to (1) get the right attention of the potential employer and (2) communicate how your skills match their needs perfectly. And it’s a given that part of that service needs to include a flawless resume. There should be no punctuation, grammar, misspelling, misused words, etc.
If it’s been years since you have had a resume update or if you’re struggling to get started, a resume writing service is worth its weight in gold. The price of the service is an investment for some depending on where you are in your career, but there are many options online or through a freelancer that will fit your particular budget.
Resume Proofreading Service
As I said, a resume writing service is an investment and is not in the budget for some nor does it make practical sense for some situations.
A resume proofreading service is a budget-friendly alternative when:
- You just paid for a rewrite a year or two ago and job searching in your current field.
- You only made small changes to your resume to add your most recent job and newly acquired skills.
- Resume writing services are just not in the budget. You have created a resume on your own with the help of your own resources (friends and/or the internet). You just need that final professionally trained eye.
Can’t my friend/colleague/mom just proofread for me? Yes, they can and will probably find a few mistakes. It never hurts to have a second pair of eyes. And there are even some online tools that are very helpful with the advent of AI online software (artificial intelligence software).
BUT (you knew it was coming 😉) unless your friend/colleague/mom is a professional resume writer/editor/proofer, they can’t help you as effectively as a professional proofreader.
Why? Because most people are not grammar geeks and LOVE proofreading. Most people don’t consider reading dictionaries and collecting English grammar rulebooks as one of their hobbies. Your friend/colleague/mom is probably not obsessing over the latest resume trends or reviewing all the latest effective resume formats.
Also, while those AI online tools are a good place to start, AI software cannot take the place of human judgment and experience in every context. English is a complex language with changing grammar rules and word spellings based on cultural trends. Why not hire an affordable professional proofreader to keep up with all of that for you. Contact me to get started.