The other day I found myself thinking about how professional resume writers must sometimes intervene to stop certain clients from defeating themselves in the resume-writing process. I think a better understanding of the process might help many people to understand better what they should be seeking.
Certain questions can be a first cue that a client does not understand the process involved in producing a resume. Here are some requests I believe clients should never make to their resume writers, along with explanations for each.
#1 Can you finish this resume more quickly than the stated deadline?
The writing process is exactly what the phrase says it is, a process. The process involves research, analysis, writing, revision, and quality control checks. By asking the writer to cut time out, you may be removing time and/or steps that will help to build a better product. I would advise clients never to ask a writer to cut out parts of a process for which they have paid good money.
#2 Can you get this finished over the weekend?
See #1. Do you want your writer to rush so he can make it to the wedding he and his family are attending on Saturday?
#3 I think the price is above my budget. Can I get a break?
In general, writers base prices on overhead and the amount of skill and time they put into the work. How would you be inclined to react if you showed up at work one morning and were informed you’d be getting paid less that day?
#4 Can you take the position titles out of my resume? I don’t want to tie myself to a specific job.
When your resume goes into the database, the recruiters will search for it using keywords, much the same as you search for things in Google. The keywords they use are most often position titles. Without these titles, the employer will not find your resume.
#5 Can you target the resume to two unrelated positions?
Hiring managers and recruiters tend to go through resumes very quickly. Sometimes this process is called the 30-second test because the employers spend no more than 30 seconds glancing at each resume. If they see a career that appears unfocused, they may toss the resume aside quickly. In other words, if you are seeking a job in marketing, your resume should look like the resume of a marketer, not the resume of a teacher, even though you may have taught school for most of your adult life.
These questions all stem from a misunderstanding of processes. Once the client understands the processes involved, that client is in a position to collaborate better with career professionals, and I hope this post helps you achieve a better understanding and a stronger collaboration.