Think about it: Should you pay someone to write your CV?
The other day I had an interesting conversation with a stranger in a matatu. After exchanging pleasantries, we dove into the deeper talk of our different professions, the companies we work for and what exactly we did. As I explained my bit, his facial expression changed when I mentioned CV writing as a service offered at Corporate Staffing Services Ltd.
Clearly, he had a big problem letting someone write his CV.
“Why should I pay someone for a professional CV?” he asked. “You don’t know my qualifications, what I’ve been through, the jobs I have done or even what kind of job I am looking for. Unless you prove me wrong, I believe choosing to pay someone to write your CV is just wrong. They will only misrepresent you to recruiters.”
Unfortunately for him (or fortunately, depending on where your loyalty lies), I was in the mood to prove him wrong. And not just with empty reasons, no. With actual facts. So if you’ve also been asking the same question, below are the reasons I gave the stranger and I am telling you now.
6 Facts You Need to Know Before You Pay Someone to Write Your CV
Fact Number 1 – Your Best is Not Necessarily the Recruiter’s Best
Have you ever tried writing an important text or email and had to consult someone else to ascertain that what you wrote made sense? We all do.
Why? Because sometimes we need a second person or third to weigh in on the correctness and sensibility of our messages. The last thing you want is to make a silly mistake that changes the entire meaning of what you intended.
The same applies when writing a CV. You don’t even need to pay someone to write your CV here, all you need is to get a second opinion from a professional.
Fact Number 2 – Not Everyone is a Good Writer
Some people are just not good at writing. Others hate sitting in one place for more than 30 minutes, and others despise using computers. Yet, for you to come up with a good CV that recruiters will use to decide your suitability, these three things are very important.
You need to be a very good writer to ensure your CV is free of grammatical errors. You need more than 30 minutes to sit and concentrate in order to come up with a mistake-free CV. And you need to use a computer for the process to be complete.
If you consider this to be too much work, then your only solution is to outsource the task. So ask yourself this; would you rather pay someone to write your CV professionally or get an amateur? I know I’d pick the professional. How about You?
Fact Number 3 – You are Not an Employer or Recruiter
One truth about the recruiting and hiring process is that you are not really in control. You could think you are qualified for a position, and that your CV demonstrates those qualifications. However, according to the recruiter, your CV shows that you don’t match what the employer wants.
But why? You wonder. The only answer I can give you here is that you are not the recruiter. In every shortlisting process in a job opening, recruiters usually have a list of things they are looking for. If your CV does not show this information, then you don’t qualify.
Imagine the different outcome if someone working directly with recruiters was to write your CV.
Fact Number 4 – Most Job Seekers are Afraid to Brag about their Qualifications
Remember when they told you it is wrong to brag? That you should never blow your own trumpet? Well, this does not apply when it comes to applying for a job.
To impress recruiters and get through to the interview, a job seeker must be ready to brag as much as they can. Unfortunately, this is one area where most people are afraid of. You become too afraid to brag that you forget to list your most important qualifications.
If you are a victim and this is costing you interviews, let someone else do the bragging for you.
Fact Number 5 – Some of Us Don’t Know the Most Important CV Sections
Recruiters have to deal with poorly formatted CVs on a daily basis. Sometimes, they even find it hard to find one qualified candidate in an entire database of CVs, to invite for a job interview. Yes, it sure is unbelievable. But it is also very true.
In such cases, recruiters usually have to re-advertise the position in the hope that the second time will bring in better CVs. And the biggest problem? The CVs usually have a lot of information, but it’s so poorly formatted that you can’t tell head from tail.
Fact Number 6 – Sometimes it’s Just Better When a Professional Does it
You know that feeling you get when you are working with a professional in the game? They answer each and every question you may have and offer guidance even in areas you had not thought about. It is such a fulfilling experience, isn’t it?
That’s what you get when you decide to have your CV professionally written. You get guidance about the current job market, know what employers usually look for in a CV, and what you can do differently to stand out.
Also, and I know you will love this, a professional will always give you a free CV review if you ask nicely. Who doesn’t want free stuff?
Are you still struggling to get job interviews? Blaming recruiters and employers for your failed job search? Take action today by ensuring your CV is not the problem. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Writer is a Communications Officer at Corporate Staffing Services. Email: email@example.com