There are two common ways to assist someone: you can teach someone how to do something themselves (educate) or you can do it for them (execute). In both cases there are pros and cons. Education is focused around empowerment, but a lot of professional services focus on the execution and completion of services. There are certain circumstances that warrant one method over another, but what about when it comes to your job search, or your resume?

Over the years I have heard a lot of people say that the best person to write your resume for you, is yourself. After all, you know yourself the best, and isn’t your resume an honest sale all about you?? Ok, yes, but what about those who don’t speak English very well, or lack comprehensive writing skills, or simply can not articulate their own value? Should those people’s resumes highlight their weaknesses instead of selling their related skill sets? People respond saying that anyone can learn how to write a good resume. Hm. Just like anyone can learn how to fix their broken leg if they really try? I mean, aren’t we our own best care providers, seeing how we know ourselves the best? Touché.

Ok, sarcasm aside….does the old Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” apply here? If I teach someone how to write their own resume will this skill assist them for life? Possibly – but times change, information evolves and new resume trends occur. Teaching someone how to write a resume today is a lot different than it was 10 years ago. People would need to invest in ongoing education to be successful at writing a resume throughout the duration of their career, and let’s face it, not everyone is keen on being educated on absolutely everything out there.

So why not just hire someone to write your resume for you? Some people feel like it is cheating. I completely disagree. Those who seek professional resume writing assistance are being job search savvy. They understand that the real goal of a resume is not to prove that you can write one, but to secure an employment interview. They don’t want to waste time, energy and effort trying to learn something they may only apply a few times during their lifetime, and they certainly don’t want to risk writing a poor resume that results in being passed over for a position.

Now, I am all for quality education, further education and getting empowered, but when it comes to writing resumes I think professional execution is best. Yes, I am biased…but I am also keen on educating everyone on why. =)

At what end of the spectrum do you fall? Would you rather someone educate you on writing a quality resume, or simply execute the task on your behalf? Many have said they are somewhere in the middle: calling on the expert to create one for them, but welcoming a chance to learn how to tackle it on their own. A happy medium?

Resume Success Series: Educate or Execute?

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