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5 Advantages of Using a Certified Professional Résumé Writer During COVID-19

If you are one of the 38.6 Million who Have Filed For Unemployment Since March, you know the stress and challenges of navigating a job search during a pandemic. Who is hiring? How do I make my résumé stand out and get recognized? How do I address gaps in employment?

As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (a.k.a. CPRW), I address concerns firsthand from folks who have not been on the job market in a long time. Maybe you’re a pro at writing but don’t know how to handle the gaps/furloughs/lay-offs that 2020 has handed you. Whatever your unique circumstances, now more than ever, having a certified professional help you craft your next résumé will set you up for job search success.

#1 Gain a Competitive Advantage (ahead of potentially hundreds or thousands of other applicants)

How do you stand out in a sea of applicants? It’s tough these days. So many talented people are entering the job market, looking for many of the same positions and companies who are hiring.

As a certified professional résumé writer, I know what hiring managers are looking for and how they process applicants through their ATS or applicant tracking system. We will work to give you that competitive edge through personalized materials and a one-of-a-kind approach.

When you work with a CPRW, we will write and design your résumés together to shine above the rest! How do we do that? First, we will create custom tools like these that will highlight your strengths:

  • Multiple résumé versions for each job opportunity

  • Unique cover letters that resonate with their reader

  • Build-in keywords, so applicant tracking systems (ATS) select you first

Your job search résumés will read smarter, look sharper, and provide value and show ROI to an employer or recruiter.

#2 Answer that age-old question, “Why should they pick me for the job?”

I am often asked questions from job seekers searching for ways to differentiate themselves:

  • “Do I have any value to provide an employer?”

  • “How can I present that value on my résumé?”

  • “How does the employer understand the value I offer?”

As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, I will help you articulate the value YOU offer an employer. By asking targeted questions, I will create a personalized résumé that incorporates the strengths that separate you from the pack.

Together we will be able to determine the ROI you will provide a new employer, and answer these critical questions:

  1. What are your unique skills?

  2. How much money can you make them?

  3. Why are you the right person for the job?

  4. How do your previous successes set you up to be the right candidate for this job?

These questions will hep craft the perfect résumé for your dream job, so it’s clear why you are the most qualified and talented candidate. Remember: A jack-of-all-trades résumé is not beneficial to an employer or recruiter. It does not provide any unique value to answer why YOU are the perfect candidate.

#3 Get Personalized Tools to Make Your Job Search Easy!

First impressions are everything! Are you using a Microsoft Word Résumé Template to stand out? If so, you probably look like the rest of the résumés a hiring manager or recruiter sees day-in and day-out.

A Certified Professional Résumé Writer will support you in developing résumés (yes, I said résumés – plural – résumés are no longer one-size-fits-all) to make sure your résumé is unique to you! A personalized résumé could include things like:

  • “Personal Brand” Colors

  • Headshot

  • Results Charts

  • Skills with Image Ranking Legend

  • Social Media Profiles

  • Certifications & Awards links

Are you using any of these, or some already? We will work together to craft the perfect combination of these tools, so once you find that ideal job, you’ll be set up for success to land it!

#4 See yourself in the best light and gain confidence!

It’s not uncommon for job seekers to struggle with frustration or even lowness (e.g., if they receive a “rejection” letter) in the job search process. During this pandemic, a job search can seem to amplify the uncertainty.

That is why a Certified Professional Résumé Writer is the perfect addition to your toolbox of career search tools. During the résumé writing process, you will gain more confidence as you uncover all the strengths you have to offer a potential employer.

You will be able to better articulate your value and therefore, interview better and ask better questions. A certified résumé writer is there to positively position you, despite potential setbacks like job search fatigue, unemployment rates rising, and other pandemic induced challenges.

We will reassure you that your experience and job history can and will create a compelling story, so you can start to view yourself as THE one for the job!

#5 It’s my job to help you get a JOB

Just like you go to the doctor when you are sick or the auto mechanic when your car breaks down, consider working with a Certified Professional Résumé Writer to get your job search health back on track!

You need someone on your side to connect the value you offer with what companies need. That’s what career professionals do. Professionalism and certification go hand in hand. As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, I completed the comprehensive Certified Professional Résumé Writer program, a certification of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC). PARW/CC is the longest standing professional résumé writing and career coaching association in the industry with more than 2,000 members and offering four career management credentials. As a CPRW, I have the backing, support, and resources of the membership of PARW/CC and other CPRWs via LinkedIn Groups. So when you work with me, that means you will too!

Whether you’re new to the job hunt, or a job seeker that just hasn’t found the right fit yet, a résumé writer could be just the thing you need to get you to the next level. Don’t let COVID-19 get you down. There are still opportunities out there that we will find for you, together.

If you want to learn more about how to engage my services, make sure to check out my Frequently Asked Questions. Working together, we can move your life, and the lives of your families, forward to better things for years to come.

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