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 and execution helps people get things done that they might not want to do on their own. 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 the resume is really all about….you! True, but what about those who lack comprehensive writing skills, struggle with the English language, don’t understand current resume trends or dynamics, or lack the ability to capture and articulate their own value on paper? There is a good chance these people’s resumes will highlight their weaknesses instead of marketing their personal value. In response I have heard the argument that anyone can learn how to write a good resume, if they research and try.
Does the 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 for today’s job search is a lot different than it was 10 years ago. To be successful at writing a resume throughout the duration of your career you would need to invest in ongoing resume education, and let’s face it, not everyone is keen on nurturing this type of skill.
On the other hand you can recruit a professional to manage the resume process for you, but some people feel like this 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 precious 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.
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?
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