A resume writer will have compiled many resumes for different types of people applying for different roles and this experience is valuable. If you have a particular job in mind, they will research the position description and find the experience that the employer is seeking. Without a particular role in mind, the resume writer will discuss with you the types of roles you are interested in and frame your resume to highlight your skills and experience in that industry.
In the course of discussions about what you want to do and your experience, the skilled resume writer will often be able to extract information from you that you may not have felt relevant when answering a direct question. An example of this is where there were discussions with a person who said they did not work in a team. Further conversation brought to light that while they spent a fair amount of time working alone, they regularly interacted with other staff of the same unit in nearby locations, exchanging information and working together to achieve outcomes. Clearly this showed skills as being part of a team and in communication.
Detailing your own experience is often difficult and it is easy to get attached to the roles we have undertaken and any achievements. A resume writer will listen intently and question so that they have a full understanding of what tasks you performed in a role. The writer will have already gained an understanding of what the potential employer is looking for and will be able to detail your experience in a straight forward way.
Using a lot of emotive language can disguise the pertinent points about your experience that potential employers are wanting to identify that you possess from your resume. Companies often receive many applications for a role. Directly stating your experience as it relates to the “Is This Role For You” or “Key Responsibilities” section of a job description can give you have a better chance of making it to the interview stage.
Interview training practice
Speaking with someone you have never met about your past employment can give you some experience in what it can be like talking with an interview panel. Generally, before speaking with a resume writer you are asked to prepare information about your experience and provide a current resume. Often people don’t take or have the time to prepare, so this can be practice in thinking on your feet and highlight the importance of preparation.
A resume writer will be asking about your employment experience but will also ask questions that align with the selection criteria or questions that the employer may want answered from a position description.
Often position descriptions will state that the company wants to know why you want the job or why you think you are suited to the role. When a resume writer asks this question, it may not be something you have thought about, but it is certainly a prompt to make you think about an answer to this question.
Fronting an interview panel can be intimidating even for the most experienced person. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, think of a resume writer as a sounding board and ask questions.