1. What led you to writing resumes? Do you have a background that made you an ideal fit for the industry?
While working in the recruitment industry I was exposed to every type of resume you can imagine! After seeing literally hundreds of resumes on a daily basis it didn’t take me too long to realize what types of resumes worked and what types didn’t. Hiring managers don’t have time to read through every resume with a fine tooth comb, and this is why I focused on learning exactly what a hiring manager wants to see in a professional resume.
2. Now that you’ve been in the industry for a while, would you recommend it to others? Why?
Resume writing is not for everyone, but if you have a passion to help people find success and improve their careers, I would certainly recommend becoming a resume writer.
3. What is the single best tool you recommend for building client relations? Building your business? Improve efficiency?
I love using Linkedin as a way of connecting and building relationships with clients. There is no easy solution to building relationships and growing your business. This takes time, but the longer you are involved in the industry, the more contacts you will develop. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and introduce yourself. Just remember that when you speak to a client for the very first time ensure that you are offering a value added service.
4. If you could share one learning experience/great lesson, what would it be?
Patience! Success won’t happen overnight
5. Looking back, what would you have done differently? Done the same?
Refer to question 4. When establishing a business a lot of patience is required. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
6. What advice would you give someone just entering the resume-writing industry?
Ensure that you provide the highest quality customer service and product. In this industry, word of mouth can make or break your business.
7. How do you see our industry transforming over the next 12 months? 5 years? What do think resume writers need to know in order to survive?
With the growth of social media and online networking websites, writers need to be able to adapt and offer services related towards these areas. The art of resume writing will never die, however the way traditional resumes are presented and formatted is continually changing. Typically, hiring managers and recruiters can receive upwards of 300-500 applications for one particular position. With this in mind, it is now more important then ever to immediately present the candidates value added skills and achievements.