Q. Why should I use a professional resume writing service?
A. You need a results-driven resume. Many job candidates think that as long as a résumé looks nice and has all of their experience and education that will be enough to get them in the door for an interview. The fact is, you are competing with hundreds and thousands of other candidates so you need to market yourself as strongly as possible. A résumé is a marketing tool to do just that, and a highly effective one tells a recruiter or hiring manager exactly why you are a good fit for their company. It shows how you will help them to solve a problem, make more money, or simply save precious company time that can be used in growing their brand. A professional resume writing service will show this, saving you the time and frustration of finding the right wording and format to make you stand out.
Remember, the longer you keep submitting a non-effective resume, the longer it will take you to make the salary you so desire.
Q. I Can Get Interviews So Why Else Would I Need A Professional Resume?
A. To get more serious interviews!
Often times you may have an inside contact at a company and a resume is a mere formality. You may still be competing with others so the more professional your resume is, the better.
Have you ever had a brief phone interview that didn’t lead to an in-person one? Or how about one for a commission-only job? Or, one where you found out later that you really didn’t need to be all that qualified because the recruiter was simply trying to fill a quota or headcount. Many times this will happen if your résumé doesn’t project you as a serious candidate. If it looks like you’re just looking for a job and not serious about your career, then no one will take you seriously. Avoid those undesirable calls, low salary offerings, and meaningless positions by first starting with a professional, well-crafted résumé that says you are a leader in your field!
Q. Can’t I Just Use a Resume Writing Book?
A. Yes, you can! There are tons of resume writing books out there and we encourage you to buy one or two to keep as a handy reference. However, it’s important to note the publication date so that you know what the current trends are. Sometimes in using these books, people run into problems such as:
You may choose a nice format, but is it suitable for you? How can you still put your own voice on the resume? What if you have a unique situation that isn’t covered in a book?
Also, these books tend to help those who at least have some knowledge about resume writing. So, if you’re a complete novice it’s best to go to the professionals and have an in-person consultation.
Q. Why are Some Resume Writing Companies Cheap and Others are So Expensive??
A. We can’t answer for everyone, however the saying you get what you pay for still holds true today. You will find resume writers who fall into the following categories:
Cheap or Inexpensive Services:
Resume Writers who work from home and write resumes as a side gig
Those who work for a university’s career center and also write resumes in their spare time
Someone who is new to the industry and not very experienced
A writer who is not up-to-date on what makes an effective resume
A Resume Mill usually found through a search engine. Most times, it’s an outsourced company that uses templates and you simply fill out a questionnaire to have your resume completed
A commercial company that simply writes basic resumes
An online company that also writes basic resumes. There are coupons with steep discounts through the daily deals company. Such as $79 for a $300 resume. Beware!
Moderate to Expensive Services:
Certified Professional Resume Writers who continue updating their skills through workshops and conferences
Writers who work with recruiters to stay on top of what companies are looking for
Professional Resume Writers who work strictly with executives on a regular basis
Commercial companies with a team of resume writing consultants and Certified Professional Resume Writers (these companies do not usually have one person doing the consulting and writing either due to their large client base and/or to give faster service)
Professional Resume Writers who provide more of a white glove service, where one-on-one, in-person or telephone consultations are ALWAYS conducted prior to even writing your resume. Revisions are included and you can call your writer or consultant anytime during business hours
Commercial resume writing companies that offer a suite of services such as interview coaching, assistance with your job search, LinkedIn profile, or in finding a recruiter
Highly experienced Professional Certified Writers who have written for virtually every field, every scenario, non-traditional and federal government resumes
Resume writing companies or an individual professional writer that guarantee their services and have a proven track record to justify the cost
Professional Resume Writers and Career Coaches who offer these services together
And a commercial company that may simply have overhead due to all of the services they provide
A good, highly effective resume takes time to write. Many people aren’t aware, but there’s also research involved. The higher the level of the client, the more. When choosing someone to write your resume think of what’s more important to you and make sure you use a professional who is certified.
Q. What Level Of Service Does BluePrint Résumés & Services Provide?
A. For a list of our services and pricing click here
Q. Is There a Guarantee for Using BluePrint Resumes? What if I don’t Get any Interviews?
A. Yes! We give a 60-90 day guarantee. If you do not receive any interviews during this time frame we will rewrite your resume for free. Most of our clients definitely receive resumes much sooner than 60 days, but the extra time is to give our clients time to create a strategy, or if you do not start your search right away due to your current project, time away with family, a trip or illness. We will sit down with you and discuss any changes from when you first met with us, where you’ve been applying, the responses or anything else to guide you in the right direction. We guarantee interviews!
Q. Do I Need a Linkedin Profile? And if so do I Still Need a Resume?
A. Yes, we have found that about 90% of hiring managers check to see if a candidate has a LinkedIn Profile. Also, whenever a corporate recruiter is having difficulty filling a position through traditional means they go to LinkedIn. Executive, third-party recruiters often go to LinkedIn first! Most of them are saying now if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile you don’t exist. As for the resume, these go in conjunction because the resume is a snapshot. A LinkedIn profile is an extension of that resume. Also, when you go to an interview in person you will want to have a copy of your resume. The interviewer may not have your resume and/or your Linkedin Profile in front of them on a PC, laptop or tablet.
Q. Do I Need a Cover Letter? If so when?
A. Yes again! You should always have one handy just in case. We always advise our clients to have a professionally written cover letter to go with their resume to submit directly to companies and hiring managers. Many times a job posting may request one, along with specifics such as salary requirements and if you’re available to travel. A cover letter is a nice introduction to put you at the top of the pile. It’s also a way to add more details that wouldn’t necessarily go into a cover letter. Such as if you took time off from work, why you’re leaving a great job, etc…
Q. What is an ATS or E-Resume?
A. An E-Resume is your original resume reformatted for job search engines and resume boards. The text is realigned as not to wrap, and special borders and fonts are removed. This is so the search engines can interpret the text correctly so that when you post or copy and paste your resume, it doesn’t scatter. Isn’t it a pain to have to sit there for several minutes fixing the resume for every posting? Definitely, have your resume converted to an e-resume. You’ll be glad you did!
Q. I Learned How to Write a Resume in College and We Have a Career Services Center. Why Can’t I Just Use That Resume or the Coaches in Our Center?
A. Unfortunately, the resume you learned how to write in college may not be the most effective for your job target, especially if you’re targeting a specific field. We work with hundreds of university students one-on-one and find that most are taught just the basics, using practices from as far back as two decades! Even if you are alumni of a top tier school you have to keep in mind that you are competing with students and graduates of other private, ivy league and high ranking public universities as well. And your college resume will also only last for so long. You will definitely need to update it, deleting a lot of unnecessary, non-relevant info. as you gain more experience.
Q. Does BluePrint Resumes & Consulting Do Any Career Coaching?
A. Our main focus is career and job search consulting which is different from traditional coaching where you are given a personality test. We do, however, conduct transitional career coaching for clients trying to switch career fields. This service is offered to our executives and we have packages ranging from 1 to 12 months.