Choose a professional CV writer very carefully – especially at the moment!!
If you are reading this, you have probably decided the current environment requires you to prepare a professional CV. There is a lot at stake for you and now more than ever it is particularly important you chose the company best for you.
When searching online for CV writers you will see many fancy websites. Some of them flash and jump like the neon lights in New York City. Some will make unsubstantiated claims like “being No. 1”. Some will give you meaningless guarantees. Some will say they are certified. Some will actually look like really good options. Some might have cheaper prices than the others.
It is going to be an extremely competitive, so you need to be very careful in choosing a Professional Resume Service to ensure you get value for money and critically the CV delivers interviews.
Firstly, don’t fill in on-line forms … even now.
Many of the fancier sites you will visit ask you to fill in an on-line form. They won’t interview you. This seems like a great business model for them: you do most of the work, they can cut and paste material from their data base of CVs into yours and they don’t have to spend an hour interviewing you.
I have seen these CVs and interviewed the clients they were prepared for, in most cases the CV they had had written was, at best, generic and at, worst, a blatant cut and paste with material that was totally inapplicable to their client. For example; one CV said the client could speak Spanish but they couldn’t and in fact had never even been to Spain!!
Ask yourself this: if they don’t interview me, how can they provide a customised, powerful and professionally written CV?
Secondly, the Process MIGHT seem similar; but the results will be different.
Even those professional resume writing service that do interview you will deliver varying quality. Last month, I had four people came to me very unhappy with the CV they had paid large sums of money to have prepared by some of these professional CV companies; they had all been interviewed by the CV company. Their roles were a CFO, a CSM Manager, a Counsellor and an Accountant.
One of these people had gone back to the company with valid concerns and was simply fobbed off by the owner; they refused to change the CV. Others had gone back but the writer just didn’t understand what was wrong or how to fix it. Having seen these CVs, it has become obvious to me that many “professional CV writers” don’t understand business or even other categories of work like “counselling”.
I rewrote theses four CVs and got the following comments:
Thank you again for your time and expertise to work with me to get my CV just right. My rewritten CV showcased exactly who I am and what an asset I am to a hiring manager. The company I will be working for was very impressed 🙂
The CV extremely read well! Now I can go to market!
When choosing a CV writing Service, ask them these questions:
- Will you personally interview me by phone or Skype? I will.
- How long will the interview be? It should be a minimum of 45 minutes.
- Will the same person interview me, write my CV and talk it through with me? I will.
- Do you understand the role I am aiming at? I have been a professional CV writer for over fifteen years. Furthermore, I have written CVs for clients graduating from university to highly regarded CEOs; from immigrant factory workers to District Court Judges. This means I understand technical roles like IT, Medical, Engineering etc. There is hardly a role I haven’t written a CV for. Additionally, for 20 years I was in advertising, working on a wide range of businesses. I understand the KPIs the employer wants and I counteract the natural Kiwi urge to be overly humble.
- What if I am unhappy with the CV you write for me? I will talk the CV through with you, based on our interview. If you want something changed and I believe you are weakening your CV, I will tell you that and provide justification. Other than that, I will make any changes you require.
- What percentage of your business comes from referrals? Some of these machine-like professional CV services work on the basis of constantly generating new business through their websites. But more importantly, do their clients ever refer them to their friends? Do they come back when they are ready to move on again in the future? Over 60% of my business is referral business and over 15 years I have had many clients come back as their career has progressed and they are ready to take another step-up.
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Ask these questions when you call a CV company or call Mark at AucklandCV: 021 50 20 93.