If you are one of the 38.6 Million who have filed for unemployment since March of 2020, you know the stress and challenges of navigating a job search during a pandemic.
Who is hiring? How do I make my resume stand out and get recognized? How do I address gaps in employment?
As a Certified Professional Resume 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 or 2021 has handed you.
Whatever your unique circumstances, now more than ever, having a certified professional help you craft your next resume 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 at many of the same positions and companies who are hiring.
As a certified professional resume writer, I know what hiring managers are looking for and how they process applicants through their applicant tracking system (ATS). CPRWs 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 resumes 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 resume versions for each job opportunity
- Unique cover letters that resonate with their reader
- Build-in keywords, so applicant tracking systems select you first
Your job search resumes 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 resume?”
- “How does the employer understand the value I offer?”
As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I will help you articulate the value YOU offer an employer. By asking targeted questions, I can create a personalized resume 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:
- What are your unique skills?
- How much money can you make them?
- Why are you the right person for the job?
- How do your previous successes set you up to be the right candidate for this job?
These questions will help craft the perfect resume for your dream job, so it’s clear why you are the most qualified and talented candidate.
Remember: A jack-of-all-trades resume 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 easier!
First impressions are everything! Are you using a Microsoft Word resume template to stand out? If so, you probably look like the rest of the resumes a hiring manager or recruiter sees day-in and day-out.
A Certified Professional Resume Writer will support you in developing resumes (yes, I said resumes – plural – resumes are no longer one-size-fits-all) to make sure your resume is unique to you!
A personalized resume could include things like:
- “Personal brand” colors
- Results charts
- Areas of expertise
- LinkedIn profiles
- Links to certifications or awards
#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 seems to amplify the uncertainty.
That is why a Certified Professional Resume Writer is the perfect addition to your toolbox of career search tools. During the resume writing process, you will gain more confidence as you uncover all the strengths you offer a potential employer.
You will be able to better articulate your value and, therefore, interview better and ask better questions. A certified resume writer is there to positively position you, despite potential setbacks like job search fatigue, rising unemployment rates, 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 our job to get you 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 Resume 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 Resume Writer, we will have completed the comprehensive Certified Professional Resume Writer program, a certification of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC).
PARW/CC is the longest-standing professional resume writing and career coaching association in the industry with nearly 4,000 members and a robust offering of career management credentials.
Your CPRW also has the backing, support, and resources of the membership of PARW/CC and other CPRWs via LinkedIn Groups.
So when you work with us, 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 resume 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 can find together.
If you want to learn more about how to engage my services, make sure to check out my website: http://www.refinedresumesllc.com