Should you pay someone to write your CV?
I recently had this comment from a reader on one of my blog posts: “Hi Jo, do you think it makes a big difference in having your CV professionally created for you?“. I thought a lot of people might wonder about this so this is what I wrote in response:
“Hi Jennifer, that’s actually a really good question. I don’t think you have to have your CV written by a professional but I do believe it helps. It’s easier for me to write someone else’s CV because I can look at it objectively. I know the right questions to ask in order to discover someone’s USP (Unique Selling Proposition = how you roll), I have the writing skills to present the info concisely and clearly, and I know what keywords should be used so the person gets called to interview.”
Why people ask me to write their CV
Most people come to me because they’ve literally spent days wrestling with their CV and are at the point where they want to throw themselves under a bus! Most people are perfectly capable of writing their own CV but some have no interest in doing so, some don’t have the time, and some would just prefer someone else to sort it out for them.
I would say most people come to this site however because they just need to get an idea of what to do so they can go off and write their own which is why I give away loads of free advice and why I put all my knowledge into writing my guide on how to write a brilliant CV.
Why you should do the same
I could cut my own hair or re-tile my bathroom but actually I’d prefer to pay a professional because it’ll save me time, a whole load of hassle, and they’ll do a much better job than I can. Getting someone to write your CV is the same – yes you have to pay some money, but if you see it as an investment for a necessary document whose sole purpose is to get you a job worth thousands then it’s worth getting it right.
If you’ve spend ages trying to write the CV and you still suspect it’s rubbish and doesn’t completely show your skills and experience the way you want it to, then it’s a bit of a no-brainer to get someone who can look at you objectively, ask the right questions then concisely write down the right words to do it for you… while you get one with doing something you actually like doing!
If you do decide to go ahead and hire a professional CV writer then make sure they offer a personal service, that they’ll talk through your work history, achievements and skills, that they come recommended through testimonials or friends and that they offer a free consultation so you can get a sense of their integrity and experience. It’s extremely important that you have a CV that’s uniquely tailored to your experience and skills and not some boring, bland, generic CV that inspires nobody.
And don’t hire anyone unless you’re confident they care about what happens to you.