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Thinking of Hiring a Professional Resume Writer? Here’s How to Help Me Help You

By the time most people contact me about resume writing services, they are completely over the struggle to write or update a resume on their own. I get that. That’s why I strive to provide a service that makes the process as painless for you as possible. Now that doesn’t mean you get to send me an old resume, kick back and do nothing but eat bonbons while waiting for me to present your shiny, new-and-improved resume. No sir/no ma’am.

Make no mistake, our relationship will be a true partnership. I’ll supply the job search/hiring best practices/personal branding/ writing and grammar knowledge; but I’ll rely on you to come correct with any information about the companies you’ve worked for, your scope of responsibility for each position held, and examples of how your contributions were of benefit to previous employers.

Take Advantage of the Free Consultation Call

I recommend scheduling an initial consultation BEFORE you commit to investing in my services. I’ve done what I can to explain my process on my website; but in as little as a 15-minute call I can answer any pressing questions and address specific issues  and/or challenges you may be facing. Again, there’s nothing for you to lose since there is no cost or purchase obligation involved; but it goes a long way toward ensuring a successful collaboration and final outcome that meets your expectations.

 Have a Clear Job Search Goal in Mind

If you know which job you’ll be targeting in your search, it will help me tremendously to create a strong resume that effectively communicates your skills, experience, and accomplishments. A general, one-size-fits-all document won’t differentiate you from other applicants or show the value you offer to potential employers. Having a clear job position/profession in mind makes it easier to strategically align your experience and skills with your goal job.

 Send Back Requested Information As Promised

I can’t meet the agreed deadline if you don’t provide the information I request. Remember, this is a partnership. And your responsibility is to provide the information I ask for within a reasonable time frame. If we need to adjust the delivery timeline so that you have more time, no worries. Just let me know. The sooner we finalize your document(s), the sooner you can start using them to find a new position!

 Remember, It’s Not Just About You

I work with a lot of clients who are extremely accomplished in their professions/industries, and they are proud of their hard work; rightly so. However, it’s important to stay objective and understand that ultimately your goal is to provide information that will impress the employer and get you hired. You need to think like a hiring manager and include information on your resume and other career documents that is relevant to the reader, demonstrates your qualifications, and ability to come aboard and get the job done.

 Trust My Expertise

I understand that you may want a friend or family member to review your resume draft before you approve it; but please don’t send me a laundry list of unsolicited opinions/recommendations from well-meaning people in your life who don’t understand hiring best practices or the job candidate screening process. The hiring process is constantly evolving and I invest in ongoing training to stay current on emerging career trends. I work with you alone, and I welcome your suggestions and any questions about the writing strategy anytime.

Invest in Yourself

Even if you decide to work with another resume writer or resume service, be willing to invest in your career. A resume is  one of many tools that can help you get the job you’re targeting. The old saying, “sometimes you have to spend money to make money” is true. If you secured a job at the salary level you targeted with your new resume, you will have only invested 1-3% for recurring annual income. Talk about a successful ROI!

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Now be honest… is the resume and cover letter you’ve been submitting for jobs getting you noticed? Are you receiving invitations to interview? If not, we should talk! Contact me by phone: 1-866-562-0850 or email: for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 15-minute consultation. 

Kimberly Ben is a multi-credentialed Professional Resume and LinkedIn Writer and Job Search Coach. She has written hundreds of resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other career communications for multiple career industries and professions. Kimberly’s extensive education, training, and experience have resulted in a clear understanding of current hiring best practices and the most effective job search techniques, branding strategies, and insight on what it takes to gain the competitive edge and impress employers in a challenging job market.

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