Why have my CV written by somebody else? I know what I have done and where I’ve worked, so why go to a third party?
This is probably the most frequently-asked question we get. There are a number of reasons to have your CV written by a professional.
Firstly, the majority of people cannot be objective enough to do it properly. What you regard as your greatest strength or achievement may not be relevant to the target employer or job you are applying for, and you will almost certainly not appreciate the degree of weighting to apply to those strengths and achievements if they are relevant. Unless you keep abreast of changing trends in presentation and format, the layout and emphasis on the various aspects of the information you give will be “hit and miss”.
Secondly, with specific regard to format. Selectors and HR Professionals carrying out the recruitment process expect the CVs they receive to be in a “standard” format. This allows them to quickly sift and prioritise those individuals they want to interview and discard the rest. This format needs to be known and fully understood so that within this fairly narrow benchmark the Client can be best presented so as to stand out from the crowd. Having said that, a good CV writer will be able to write the CV in such a way that the relevant strengths and skills are maximised, while any weaknesses are minimised or eliminated, and encapsulate all of this within a format that is calculated to maximise the chance of selection for interview.
Which brings us to the third point, which is that none of us can be good at everything. Whatever our strengths or skill-set, that’s why the majority of people use a solicitor to draw up contracts, a builder to carry out structural work to their homes or offices, an accountant to minimise their tax liability and a mechanic to fix the car. They employ professionals.
Because we can all operate a word processor many of us think we can therefore write a CV for ourselves. While it is undoubtedly true that we can list achievements, qualifications, previous employers and so on, and maybe have a flair for artistic layout (which is incidentally the WORST thing you can apply to a CV), only a Professional has the ability to collate this information and present it in such a way as to get you through the door with a head start on any competition.
It would be a mistake to entrust something as critical as getting you your next job or career change to anyone other than a Professional.