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July 11, 2013
Is Hiring A Résumé Writer Really Cheating In A Job Search?
 
From time to time, someone posts an article online about how they think that hiring a résumé writer is cheating.
 
I mean, if an employer is reading your career document, shouldn’t you have written it…in order to help them see how well you communicate?
 
…And if you didn’t write your résumé, doesn’t that seem a little fishy?
 
Sure. You could take that argument and run with it as much as you’d like.
 
Or, you could look at it from a different perspective based on the reality of today’s job market.
 
Let’s pretend that you know how to roof a house but have no formal training. But then you decide to hire a roofer to do it for you to make it the best professional job possible in order to sell your house. Does that make the roofer dishonest for doing the work to make your house more watertight and attractive to potential buyers in a hot real estate market?
 
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
 
Hiring a résumé writer isn’t cheating…it’s about gaining a professional advantage in a buyer’s market. And that’s what today’s job market is all about.
 
With so many candidates out there elbowing their way through the application process, standing out can be a deal-breaker.
 
And with most employers, human resource managers, recruiters, and hiring managers saying that at the very least that 80% of all résumés suck, having a well-done document that you don’t have to agonize over is worth the investment made into a professional writer.
 
And the truth is that everyone is good at their job, but most of the time, they aren’t very good about discussing their successes.
 
“Be modest” is something our parents drilled into our brains, and this well-intentioned modesty has its place, but when it comes to selling oneself on their résumé, most people completely belly flop.
 
So while many people struggle through the painful process of trying to tweak a résumé document, others opt to hire a professional who can turn the project into an energizing and empowering one instead. What a difference!
 
Bridget Weide Brooks at Image Building Communications and founder of Résumé Writers’ Digest recently commented on this subject: “I’ve NEVER had a client fired for "fraud" when the employer finds out they perform exactly as billed...on their awesome professionally written resume.”
 
And you know what? Professionally written résumés are getting attention and moving up higher into the interview pile.
 
So if you have debated on the ethics of whether to hire a résumés writer and feel that this isn’t right, then don’t hire one. That’s fine.
 
But for the rest of the world, having someone else help articulate your value to prospective employers can be the best investment you make into moving your career forward.

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Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Careers, which specializes in mid- to upper-management résumés. She is an active volunteer in her community and donates her time teaching a résumé writing class at the Oregon Employment Department every week to help empower unemployed professionals and workers.
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