What does a Resume Writer do?

Autumn Rivers

People who are unsure of how to properly market themselves when looking for a job may hire a professional resume writer. This type of writer is typically responsible for deciding on the information to include in the resume, which may depend on the type of job sought, and the amount of experience that the job seeker has. Additionally, a resume writer typically makes sure that the document is correctly formatted, arranging the information so that it is pleasing to the eye. Finally, it is usually his job to ensure that there is proper grammar and spelling throughout the document. Many resume writers can create cover letters for job seekers, as well, and may even provide career counseling.

A resume should include a person's work history and education.
A resume should include a person's work history and education.

Most good resume writers understand the information that the majority of employers are looking for in this type of document. For instance, most companies would rather see a little experience in their industry than several years of experience in a completely different field. A resume writer can typically look at a list of jobs that a person has held, and choose the ones that would be most relevant for the career that the job seeker is looking for. The writer can then craft a description of the job using key words that are likely to impress employers while accurately portraying what each position entailed.

Resume writers help job seekers to market themselves.
Resume writers help job seekers to market themselves.

The formatting of the resume is usually almost as important as the content itself since most employers skim the document quickly. Thus, a good resume writer typically ensures that there are no large, intimidating blocks of text. Instead, he usually organizes the information into bullet points or short phrases rather than long sentences and large paragraphs. Furthermore, the typical resume writer makes sure that the information is in the correct order, with the most recent position frequently listed first in the document. He may also ensure that the section on experience is placed before the one on education, as this is what employers like to see in most cases.

Of course, a major part of being a professional resume writer is ensuring that the document has proper grammar and spelling throughout. Many employers make it a point to throw away resumes that have glaring errors in them, especially when the job requires decent writing skills. This is particularly true when the job market is tough, as most employers get plenty of resumes that are flawless when it comes to the content, making the role of a professional resume especially important.

Resume writers might work in the HR sector and assist job seekers on a part-time basis.
Resume writers might work in the HR sector and assist job seekers on a part-time basis.

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@MrsPramm - And not everyone has someone who can double check their resume to make sure it's all right. Or even someone to help them write it in the first place. It's a fairly specialized document, after all. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to use professional resume writers if I thought it would help my job search.


@browncoat - It just doesn't work that way. Some people are simply not good at writing. My sister always has horrendous resumes and she has a PHd in audiology.

And, yes, they might just skip the spelling errors and go straight to the experience, but they might also skip the resume altogether when they spot the errors on the first page. If you've got thousands of applicants, you are going to take any chance to put aside one of them.

She's a fantastic employee and always gets glowing recommendations because she's so good with clients and at her job. But she gets me to go over her resume whenever she needs to use it, because, otherwise, she might not get a foot in the door so she can show them her stuff.


This does seem a little bit silly to me. I mean, if you can't write a decent resume, with no errors, should you really be looking for a job that requires one in the first place? I'm pretty sure if you aren't applying for a position that requires writing, they aren't going to care very much that you mixed up your and you're or spelled a couple of things wrong. They are just going to be looking at your experience and qualifications.

And if you are applying for a position that requires writing skills, then you should be skilled enough to write a resume.

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