Are you wondering if hiring a resume writer is ethical? Yes, it is! Hiring a resume write is not only ethical, it will likely be a big help in clarifying your personal brand and selling yourself to prospective employers.
It’s no more unethical to have someone else write your resume for you than it is, in a business context, to have someone else do your marketing, advertising, finances, benefits, or anything else for you.
Does it make sense to hire a resume writer or write it myself?
Of course, you ultimately have to decide whether it makes sense to do your resume yourself or have a professional do it for you. Part of that decision is a cost/benefit analysis. The other part lies in honestly evaluating whether your communication and writing skills are strong enough to do so.
If you decide on the do-it-yourself route, Lisa Rangel has put together a stellar set of resources that you can access here.
Be wary of advice you find online.
The other thing to keep in mind, if you do write your resume yourself, is that the advice you’ll find on what you should and shouldn’t do can not only be overwhelming, it can also be contradictory.
Before you get started, it’s helpful to understand that your resume actually has four audiences—screening computers, HR, hiring managers, and outside recruiters—and that much of the contradiction comes in because these audiences tend to get locked into their “bubbles” and think that their perspective is the only right one. The following illustration from my colleague, Donna Shannon, illustrates what each of these audiences is looking for:
Copyright © 2018 Donna Shannon. Used with permission.
Melissa Kelley CPRW
I’m a TORI-nominated resume writer and coach. If you would like to work with me on your resume, LinkedIn, job search coaching, or interview coaching needs, call me at 720-588-9793 or set up a no-cost, no-obligation consult by here.
Melissa Kelley CPRW has more than 25 years' editing and writing experience, as well as a background in automotive purchasing and secondary education (English/social studies/French); she has specifically been writing resumes since 2006. Her motivation to write resumes began when a relative went nearly six months without a response to his resume, all due to a simple misspelling that Microsoft Word didn't flag as a spelling error. Within six weeks after Melissa provided a simple copyedit to his resume, her relative had a new job.