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A Well Written Resume : The Key to Unlocking Your Next Role!

Let me be frank, I have written resumes before, but there is nothing like hiring a professional to do it. There is nothing wrong with looking online for a template or using your software to develop a resume, but if you are inexperienced, you may miss out on some great opportunities. Let me give you some pointers on what to look for in a resume writer….

1. Ask around for a great resume writer- Past HR Manager, Headhunter, Recruiter, and Friends

2. Check out samples of their work

3. Look for a fair price. Expect to pay between $150 and $1,000

4. Watch out for overuse of forms. Most resume pros ask you to fill out a lengthy, detailed form. The form is a good start, but it’s far from enough. If they just transfer what you wrote without any customized efforts, just walk away!

5. Eliminate the firms where you can’t talk with the writer. Any resume writer should interview you to discover your unique experience and strengths.

6. Look for targeted resumes that will be customized specifically to your industry. These types of resumes should include keywords specific to your industry. How familiar will the writer be with keywords?

Consider a certified resume writer

Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches This is the founder of the resume-writing industry and first to certify professionals who meet the specific criteria and experience with a detailed examination. Those who become certified are allowed to use the title of Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Career Directors International Professional Association Highly regarded in the resume writing industry, and they offer four levels of resume certification:

Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW)

Certified Expert Resume Writer (CERW)

Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)

Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW)

National Resume Writers’ Association Reasonably new group and those who become certified through this group are allowed to use the title of:

Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) after their names.

When your resume is to your liking, email it to every company, headhunter, and recruitment firm you can. Get on every job board you can and submit your resume to all the jobs your desire.

A tool to help you keep track of your submissions is the Resume Tracker form found on the tools page of

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