Why you should write your own resume

In the modern employment world there are 'experts' everywhere you turn. These experts will appear to have as much useful information as you need. Resume services and job hunters are two of the biggest groups of experts. While it is true that using a proper resume for each position, writing a resume is not as complicated as they would want you to believe.

There are also important reasons to write your own resume. Some of these include the following:

  • You can specifically target resumes to companies you are applying to
  • You can create individual resumes which highlight different skills and abilities which target specific companies or job types
  • You avoid the 'boilerplate' or 'template' look of many professional resume writers

A few of the misconceptions about professionally written resumes include:

  • A professionally written resume will stand out among the stack of resumes in the pile
  • A professionally written resume is the only tool you have to get an interview
  • Without a professionally written resume you have no chance of getting interviews

What employers are looking for in a resume

  • Who you are
  • How you can help them solve their problems
  • Your experience in solving problems like theirs

That's it. Using the proper resume isn't about the font, the type of paper, the keywords or which style of resume you used. The only task you have is writing a resume which is a clear, concise, simple to understand document that helps them answer the three questions above.

How do you do this? By understanding some simple basics of document writing you can handle any type of resume needed.

  • Understanding of Word or another word processing tool
  • Understanding what the employer is looking for and how you can match your qualifications to their needs
  • Understanding basic grammar and spelling rules
  • Understanding the ways your job history matches each employers needs

By following these basic guidelines, and researching the companies you want to work for beforehand, you can make your resume work as part of the marketing package that gets you to the first interview.

A basic fact when it comes to using the proper resume for any application is that it doesn't matter how well written the resume is, without proper qualifications and skills for the job any resume is useless to the employer.