Imagine for a moment that you are sitting behind your desk in your office, reviewing your schedule for the day when a direct report walks in with an update on the project you assigned them.
This project fell into your portfolio, but the tasks required to complete this project A) didn’t fall correctly within your wheelhouse, and B) were going to be too time-consuming given your current schedule.
Delegating the work to a staff member who is an expert in this area made perfect sense. As you listen to the update, you feel confident you made the right choice to move the project forward.
Make a slight adjustment to this scenario. Instead of a project in your portfolio, it is your executive resume that has been requested by a networking contact. This contact has an inside connection to a c-suite role opening up at an organization you have been watching with interest.
My question to you is: Do you write your resume yourself, or do you delegate the task to someone who is an expert at writing executive resumes?
Just like in the office, there are advantages to delegating work. In the case of working with a professional resume writer, research has shown that the benefits are too great to ignore:
📍 Recruiters perceive candidates with professionally written resumes to be worth 7% more than those without them.
📍 Candidates who used professional resume writing services found a job at a 35% higher rate than those who did not. 68% of those individuals secured a job within 3 months, and 42% of them moved on to a higher-level position.
📍 Candidates who used a resume writing service were 57% more effective at demonstrating their ability to deliver results than those who had not.
Professional executive resume writers have the skills to create a compelling career narrative, to design a visually effective resume, and to highlight value where it counts.
Create Compelling Career Narratives
Your leadership work history is unique. There may be hundreds – thousands – of people who are in the same role as you, but you are the only one who has had your exact experiences and achievements.
No one else works the same way you do. Your executive resume is your opportunity to tell that story.
A professional executive resume writer knows the right questions to ask to draw experiences and achievements out of you. They also have the skill to position your offerings into value-driven statements.
The average executive resume writer will spend 8-12 hours working on a resume to ensure that you are positioned in the most impactful way possible.
The result of those targeted questions and 8-12 hours? The facts: Candidates who used professional resume writing services found a job at a 35% higher rate than those who did not. 68% of those individuals secured a job within 3 months and 42% of them moved on to a higher-level position.
Design Visually Effective Documents
Everyone knows the basic resume template available on most Word processing systems. Times New Roman, an Objective, and streamlined bullets. It is otherwise known as boring, overdone, and unimpressive.
Qualified executive resume writers know how to balance information on a document to make it appear visually appealing and have it stand out from the pile. They know how to utilize text boxes, feature statements, and other custom visuals to ensure it does not appear cluttered nor jeopardized in an applicant tracking system.
The result of a visually compelling resume? The fact: Recruiters were twice as likely to rate a professionally written resume as highly polished; 66% more likely.
Highlight Value Where It Counts
You have many achievements in your career history. Which are the right ones to highlight on a resume?
It’s easy to say ‘the most impressive ones,’ but that is entirely subjective, depending on the reader. The correct response is that it depends on your career goals and target position.
Regardless of which achievements you focus on, they must be written in a manner that demonstrates your ability to deliver business results.
A professional resume writer will identify which content should appear on your resume. They understand the importance of connecting a resume to an opportunity to position you in a way that resonates.
The results highlighting the right value? The fact: Candidates who used a resume writing service were 57% more effective at demonstrating their ability to deliver results than those who had now.
Employers want accurate information about you. They also want to know – quickly – what is in it for them if they hire you. It doesn’t matter if you are the one who wrote and positioned the statements on paper; what matters is that the details are true and that they are impactful.
If you have ever considered hiring a professional executive resume writer but have shied away due to financial investment, keep this in mind: When strategically planning your career growth, each move should bring you a 10-20% increase in salary. This means a resume investment will be returned to you exponentially.
Yes, you can take the time to write your own resume. But if you wouldn’t leave projects in the office to people who aren’t experts in their field, why would you take that approach with your most critical career file – your executive resume? Don’t risk your next big leadership move by using an executive resume you are not 100% confident in.