Before you start reading, I should point out that there’s a possibility I’m going to be a smidge biased on this topic however, I do believe heartily in what I’m writing. I'm sure you will find a plethora of articles on the internet that will suggest a CV writing service is a waste of money but ultimately, you get to make your own mind up about where it’s worth spending your hard-earned cash. So here are a few of the benefits of using a CV writing service, in my opinion.
You’ll get an objective perspective.
Some people find it very difficult to write about themselves. As a result, your CV can be a little barren because you don’t provide enough information or too verbose because you can’t decide what to remove. You can be in danger of overselling yourself by not sufficiently considering the specific skills that are required for the role you’re applying for or you can undersell yourself by not shouting loud enough about your achievements. It’s a tricky balance to attain, so seeking professional and impartial help can be invaluable.
You’ll receive an honest opinion.
CV writers certainly aren’t prone to judgement, but we will point out when something doesn’t look right which could help avoid some awkwardness later. For instance, if you have any gaps in your employment, we can help you to think through how best to explain them, no matter what the reason. We’ll also tell you if something should be omitted because it doesn’t match the requirements of the roles you’re applying for, but help you to strengthen other elements of your CV to compensate for this.
You’ll have an up to date and relevant CV.
What I mean by this is that styles of CV presentation change over time. Much like your shell suit from 1992, CV formats go out of fashion – trust me, throw your shell suit away, it’s never coming back in fashion (if it ever actually was). There’s no need to spend money on a dashing mugshot, as they’re deemed a little passé these days, and although once upon a time, a postal address was the only contact information we had available, a mobile number and email address supersedes this now we're in the 21st century. A CV writer will also know what works and what doesn’t work for different roles. For instance, spending hours creating lavish design elements for your CV probably isn’t necessary if you’re applying for a job in insurance.
It will save you time.
A lot of thought needs to go into writing a CV and getting it ‘just right’ can have you going round and round in circles, a little tweaking here, a little tweaking there. Having someone else either enhance your existing CV, or create it from scratch, will give you the time back to prepare for all those interviews you’re going to get once your fabulous new CV is up and running!
It will save you the stress.
Worrying about all of the above can be stressful, so why do that to yourself? That’s all I really need to say on this point.
So, in summary, yes, I do believe it’s worth using a CV writing service, even if it’s not me!
For information about the CV writing services I provide, visit www.jorandall.co.uk/services.