Are you looking for a new career? Are you a recent graduate looking for work? If so, you need a resume that will get you noticed and land you the career of your dreams.
Unfortunately, for most of us, writing a solid resume remains a bit of a mystery, which is why one might turn to a professional for help. But when you do decide to take this route, you need to ensure that you spend your hard-earned money on the right fit for you.
Select the wrong writer, and you are throwing away money and wasting your own precious time. But, select the perfect resume writer, and you will set yourself on the path to success.
In Canada, we are inundated by online ads from people claiming to be professional resume writers, many without any real references and often without any actual experience.
So how do you tell the difference?
Check out our tips for how to find the best Canadian professional resume writer to support your job search.
What is a Good Resume?
One of the telltale signs of a good resume is a call from your potential employer to set up an interview. But, by the time you receive this signal, it is far too late.
You need to know the difference between a good and a bad resume BEFORE you apply for the position.
To help you make this distinction, it is easiest to point out the elements and features that tend to make terrible resumes.
Terrible resumes include:
- The use of a template: It is easy to find resume templates online and many might look eye-catching but the truth is, they are usually not effective. Most templates are outdated and do not properly represent your suitability for the job.
- The resume is generic: There is nothing generic about you so your resume shouldn’t be either! Your resume should be crafted to the specific job posting. Employers want to see that you have taken the time to properly consider the position and understand how your skills and experience will translate.
- The resume is not ATS optimized: Many businesses use the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to quickly sort through resumes and find the most suitable candidates. This system relies on artificial intelligence and keywords to identify these resumes. If your resume has not been written with consideration for ATS, it is entirely possible that it won’t even get in front of the right people!
A true professional resume writer knows all of this and will take time to ask you probing questions. Then, they apply their business and industry knowledge to craft a keyword-laden and properly formatted resume that properly highlights your experience and attributes.
What Makes a Good Resume Writer?
As anxious as you may be to start your job hunt when you employ a professional resume writer’s services, you should expect the process to take a few days. A good resume writer will create a compelling resume with information that is unique to you and your career goals.
Look for a writer that will spend time with you to determine how your experiences and achievements will translate to the position you are applying for.
A professional writer should optimize your resume to include keywords, jargon, certifications, skills, and even acronyms unique to each field or position that can be recognized by ATS. Your resume will be ranked, and you will be deemed appropriate (or not) before a hiring manager has even seen your name on a resume.
A good writer will have an understanding of ATS while also making your resume a good read for the eyes of a hiring manager.
Pay attention to a resume writer’s qualifications. If they have awards, recognitions, and certifications, you know you are dealing with someone that is up to the task.
At Career Marketing Centre, Amy Watt has been consistently recognized for her work and has obtained a number of certifications including advanced resume writer and resume strategist. She’s even achieved certification as a resume specialist for specific fields like Emergency Services.
Do not settle for a resume writer that does not put time and effort into growing their own skills and expertise.
In Canada, a professional resume writer that has been certified by the Career Professionals of Canada is your best choice to help lead you on your job search.
Expect to pay more for a highly qualified resume writing service than for someone without credentials. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Should a Professional Resume Writer Offer a Guarantee?
In short, no.
Without insider knowledge, it is impossible for a resume writer, even an excellent one, to guarantee that you are offered a job. Once your resume leaves your hands, you will still have to pass interviews (or multiple) and agree to a job.
You may be able to consult your resume writer for help with interviews and behaviours that will help in your job search.
The Best Resume Writers in Canada
Resume writing services are unique to the writer, just as your resume design should be unique to you.
At Career Marketing Centre, you will only receive the best resume writing service tailored to suit your specific job hunt.
If you want the hiring team to see your resume and recognize you as the right candidate, then you need a professional resume. Think of a professionally written resume as an investment in your future.
When it comes to your career path, you deserve only the best. Contact Amy at Career Marketing Centre today to see what she can do for you!