Can Writing Your Own Resume Hurt Your Job Chances?

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It may seem like common sense for everyone to write their own resume. However, plenty of job seekers hand over their personal information to professional resume writers in order to have a finely tailored resume that is not only detailed but also polished and crisply formatted. Furthermore, perhaps the primary reason career hunters seek out this service, is that professional resume writers can be objective.

What’s the big deal about being objective? Who cares. Getting a job is all about marketing yourself, subjectively describing your abilities and talents so that employers salivate over what they’re hearing. While this does hold some salt in certain arguments, objectivity is key when crafting a resume.

Objectivity allows you to present yourself in very black and white terms. An employer only wants to know what you bring to the table. That means quantifiable results. None of this ‘team player’ nonsense or ‘good communicator’ malarkey. A potential boss wants to know, very objectively and passionlessly, what it is that you can do. This means presenting yourself solely in numbers and cents type terms. Instead of saying something ephemeral like you’re a ‘hard worker’, nail down that description and say that you did X for company Y that achieved Z. Simple as that, right?

Sadly, so many people who craft their own resume have a tendency to drift into this field of irrelevancy. It’s a hard habit to break. Being objective about yourself is difficult because we don’t live our lives objectively. Everything we see, everything we feel, is through our own point of view. We interpret and examine our life experiences through a subjective lens.

Nevertheless, a third party can act as an objective outsider that can discern your abilities and prowess. While professional resume writing services do exist, they are often expense and can take time that you may not have. Plus, these services often have a tendency to produce resumes that are very well formatted and polished looking but have a template feel to them that can make employers a bit suspicious about who really wrote this document.

Still, writing your resume in tandem with someone else can produce objective results. You can invest the passion and life experience you have accrued into this piece of paper while someone else can groom and cut through a lot of the fluff people put into their resumes. Try working out your resume with a friend or family member. Ideally, aim for a professional contact that can be a bit more objective than someone close. This will hopefully allow you to strike a balance that provides concrete, objective information while also making things a bit more personalized and individualized.

How did you write your resume? Tips for beginners? For experts? Sounds off and let everyone know.
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