Are resume writing companies a good or bad idea?

In my personal opinion, if you pay someone to write your CV it could go against you for two important reasons;

Number One

If you pay a professional company to write your resume, it’s quite possibly going to be full of generic clichés.

The Hiring Manager reading your resume needs to be inspired. Would reading about hundreds of “team players” every week inspire you?

Number Two

Your resume exists to convince a Hiring Manager that you are worth spending time interviewing. If they believe you can’t be bothered to write your own CV, do you think that will impress them enough to spend time interviewing you?

Number Three

Your CV doesn’t exist to get you a job, it’s a document that exists to get you a job interview.

Most importantly, when you start securing job interviews, this is the document that will be referred to.

And, if you haven’t written it yourself and used a resume writing company, then how on earth will you be able to come across well when you talk about what’s written down?

Getting someone else to write your cv means you could well shoot yourself in the foot at interview. This is because you may find it difficult to ‘talk with authority’ about the different points in your CV.

Conclusion Regarding Resume Writing Companies

In conclusion, one of the most important things to do with respect to the resume you send to potential employers is that, you MUST write it yourself.

It is true that resume writing companies may save you a bit of time and effort.

However, they are expensive and often have the effect that your CV ‘blends in’ rather than having you stand out from the crowd.

Do you want to stand out from the hundreds of other resumes that Human Resources departments receive?

If so then PLEASE don’t use a resume writing company !

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