By Andrea Gerson, Founder of ResumeScripter.com
You just graduated from a top school, where you paid six figures for a college education with the hopes of landing a job that is not soul-crushing. Other than the actual degree that confirms your graduation, a resume is the most important piece of paper that you will have throughout your professional life. While the degree is hard proof of your academic accomplishment, the resume is the tool that communicates to prospective employers what it is that you’ve actually achieved. If it’s doing the job that it’s supposed to, it will open doors for you.
A good resume is like your favorite wingman: it tells strangers how amazing you are when you are too humble to brag about your own assets. In a pointedly direct way, a really great resume breaks down for the potential employer why you are ultimately the best choice, and why they would be crazy to go with any other candidate.
But wait a second....why are you the best choice?
It’s a hard question to answer! Most of us have been conditioned to minimize our own role in our successes. This is where a professional resume writer comes in. We know what questions to ask, and how to frame your strengths so that they are not sentences but selling points. We know how to go from a generic “I am great with people,” to “I developed partnerships that brought in $XX in new revenue and impacted more than x# of clients.”
A resume is a living document that will evolve throughout your professional life. During your job search and wherever your career takes you, one of the best investments that you can make is a professionally-written resume. In this increasingly competitive market, can you afford not to have one?
Andrea Gerson is a top-ranked career counselor with nearly 10 years of experience helping professionals find clarity, confidence, and a renewed sense of energy around their work. As the founder of Resume Scripter, she has provided expert guidance and support to more than 3,500 clients from organizations including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and the United Nations. She's led workshops on interview preparation, job search methods, resume development, and career planning strategies, with a particular specialty guiding early and mid-level professionals toward career fulfillment.