How to Choose a Resume
Be careful in choosing a
resume writing service. So here’s what you should
look for when selecting a resume writing service.
- Unless you think you are like everyone else,
avoid the factories. Factories often use "cookie cutter" templates to produce a
resume, so find
a resume writer who will spend the time to understand how you are
I talk with you, meet with you, and write your
resume for you. I ask you questions that extract your unique
background, expertise, skills, qualifications, and
accomplishments to target
the career position you seek.
- Ask them about their
background and career. How
do they communicate with you? Make sure you are speaking to a resume writer.
I was a journalism/public relations major at Suffolk
University in Boston, MA, and moved to California in 1989. For more than 20 years, I have
been a writer in the public relations, marketing, technical,
and website fields. See my
- Look at their samples.
If you like their samples, you are more likely to like their work
on your resume. Look
to see if they are focusing on your expertise and accomplishments as
opposed to simply listing job
sure you speak with the resume writer. A good resume
writer will insist on speaking with you. This way,
the resume writer can ask you insightful questions to highlight the
skills and achievements that impress employers.
Choose a resume writer who has an intelligent conversation with
you. My in-person (if you are local to Orange County, CA) or
phone (outside of Orange County) interview with you will jog your memory and make you think about things that you have not thought about
before or in a while.
- Get a free resume evaluation.
A really good resume writer will welcome the opportunity
to understand your needs and indicate how they would change
your resume. A resume plays a role in your career and
- Ask about the price. This is one of the most important documents
in your career. So it makes sense to get a resume that you
know will work and for you to work with someone who has
your interests in mind.
Bill Wood, founder and principal of Writes4You, is an
experienced resume writer. He
focuses on quantifying professionals' work history into accomplishments. You can see his
resume, contact him at
714.751.7232 or email him at