No one ever said hunting for a first or even a new job is easy. Filing out countless job applications, tweaking your resume and rewriting your cover letter a hundred times over is far from a piece of cake. But you can make the job a little less daunting by hiring a resume coach who, at the very least, can help you to tailor your resume — sure, it's only a portion of the process, but reworking your resume time and time again takes up a good chunk of your time.
A resume coach will take some of load off, and some may even go above and beyond by helping you throughout the rest of your application process, too.
But how do you know if hiring a resume coach is worth it? You can better decide by having the right knowledge in your toolbox. Here's what a resume coach can do you for you, when you should hire one, what you should look for in a resume coach and where you can find one.
In short, a resume coach is a simplified career mentor. A resume coach's job is to help you craft a compelling piece of marketing material for yourself, as opposed to just writing up a mere list delineating the factual history of your career. In other words, a resume coach will work with you to tailor your resume to each specific job for which you want to apply, or they'll help you to create a solid base resume that provides a foundation for you to then go on and tailor it yourself each time that you apply for a new job.
You should hire a resume coach for a number of reasons, even if you just want to brush up your resume. But below are just a few more specific times that you especially might consider hiring a resume coach.
A resume coach should be willing to work with you on your unique and individual needs. In other words, you don't want to hire just any writing coach who is going to spill basic information with you. You want tailored help and personal assistance to help you to achieve your career goals. As such, the resume coach you hire should be invested in you.
Here are some qualities that an excellent resume coach should possess:
You can look for a resume coach on sites such as the following.
You can also search for resume coaches in your area, as many have their own websites and portfolio pages but may not be part of bigger directories. Likewise, put out a message on LinkedIn or across other forms of social media, letting your networks know that you are seeking a resume coach. The chances are that someone in your circle will either boast a lot of experience writing resumes (or perhaps they're a hiring manager and have read and judged a lot of resumes), or someone will know a resume coach who may be able to help you.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.
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