PS has worked as a freelance writer since 2012. When she's not traveling and writing, she helps people with web design and development.
Sites like LinkedIn are the reflection of professionals, their previous experiences and skill sets along with genuine recommendations. Despite this, resumes are still the first choice of companies whether big or small to recruit a suitable candidate.
A resume is your first impression with the company. Since nearly thousands of job-seekers apply for the job at the same time, most of the recruiters hardly pay more than a minute (well, it’s in seconds) attention to a resume. Thus, your resume needs to be crafted in a manner that leaves a good impact within that one minute. It’s a key to get your desired job, you certainly don’t want to take a risk of committing any silly mistake.
Till now, you must have understood how crucial resumes are and thus, resume writing is a high in-demand skill.
Many of you would question, how much a resume writer can earn by writing a single piece of paper? I feel pride in informing you few of the resume writers earn more than $100k annually, in fact, some are even making more than $300 per year out of this job. Astonished? Well, it’s true. Believe it.
What does a Resume Writer do?
As obvious as it looks, a resume writer writes a customized professional resume for the clients.
- Your clients rely on you to highlight their areas of expertise, previous experiences and job qualifications in the best way possible.
- You need to figure out the appropriate design and catchy words that a hiring manager may find appealing.
- You need to have a fine knowledge of terminology relevant to the specific job and industry.
- You need to format the resume in different ways such as PDFs, RTF and so on.
- You need to have a fine knowledge of writing both traditional and SEO friendly resumes.
- You need to have strategies of optimizing the resume copy to match with the web standards.
Does asking for Help from Resume Writer worth it?
This is an obvious question as most of you are already learning to write resume since your high school, it may seem strange to ask for professional help, but below statistics prove the worthiness of resume writer.
According to a survey by The Ladders, jobseekers, who ask for professional help, are:
- 31% more likely to land interviews
- 38% more likely to be contacted by recruiters
- 40% more likely to receive job offers
What are the benefits of working as a Resume Writer?
Resume writing doesn’t ask you to write tons of documents, yet it is an elite and high-paying job due to the following reasons:
- You have to spend lots of time in researching the appropriate keywords appropriate to the job and specific industry.
- You have to do thorough research on clients’ background and the job market.
- You have to phrase sentences that persuade the hiring manager to shortlist the candidate.
You may take a day for writing a single resume, but it will make you an expert in choosing the right phrases and keywords for describing work experience and qualifications relevant to the specific industry.
Challenges and Essential Skills
- You need to have a certification to pitch yourself as “Certified Professional Resume Writer” to maintain a competitive edge.
- You must be comfortable interviewing your clients via phone, email, and Skype.
- You must know different ways to write a resume (chronological, functional and combination).
- You must be ready to revise the resume and cover letter on your client’s request without any charge.
- You need to have strong business and marketing plans.
- You need to have your business cards, website, LinkedIn profile and relevant marketing tools ready to reach the potential clients.
- You need to think like a hiring manager.
- You should be well informed with specific phrases, jargons, and terminologies relevant to the industry.
- You can also specialize in a particular market or niche.
You will most likely be hired by
- Laid individuals
- Business executives
- Individuals looking for switching jobs
- New graduates
- HR groups
How much a Freelance Resume Writer earn?
- Most of your hourly charges depend on the type of industry you are writing a resume for.
- Individuals applying for retail companies can also pay $50 to $75 per resume.
- You can earn around $200 to $300 per resume meant for top-tier companies.
- At the lowest, you can earn $58k per year and there’s no fixed upper limit to how much you can make in a year.
You can also increase your pay by
- Writing cover letters
- Helping candidates with job research
- Proofreading the content
- Writing follow-up notes
- Writing thank you letters
How to get started as Freelance Resume Writer?
- Start with your own resume
- Help your friends, family, and acquaintances
- Search for HR groups online that periodically hire resume writers.
- Sites like Upwork, Guru, PeoplePerHour, and Freelancer are the easiest places to land your first gig
- Stay active on LinkedIn and its groups
- Companies like RiseSmart, Impact Group, and Talent Inc. hire freelance resume writers. Check out their site for payments and job openings.
Types of Certifications
- Some writers go for on-the-job training to expand their expertise and maintain an edge in the competitive market.
- There’s also been a huge debate if writers must get certified or not, but this is indeed the fact certified writers have an opportunity to demand higher hourly wage.
Out of so many available both online and offline options, these are the best ones and highly reliable:
The Professional Association of Resume Writers
The Professional Association of Resume Writers(PARW) is one of the globally renowned organizations that provide certification courses for resume writers, active since 1990.
Career Directors International - Master Resume Writer Certification
Master Resume Writer Certification has an application procedure for experienced writers to get accepted for the course.
Nationally Certified Resume Writer Certification
National Resume Writers’ Association(NRWA) requires you need to a sample and join the membership to get a certification.
Examples of Successful Resume Writers
1. Charmaine Pocek
- Charmaine Pocek is one of the most successful resume account having earned $320k in a year.
- She works through Fiverr.
- Before starting writing resumes, she’d an experience of 15 years working in the corporate recruiting department.
- She now works as a full-time resume writer.
2. Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish
- Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish is the founder of Feather Communications and also a certified professional resume writer.
- She started by helping her friends and family.
- She, later, joined PARW/CC(Professional Association of Resume Writers/Career Coaches) and NRWA(National Resume Writers’ Association) to build a network with other resume professionals and find opportunities.
- She offered free resume review services to attract potential clients and then, started writing resumes for them.
- She receives more clients by referral and word-of-mouth.
3. Adam Hatch
- Adam Hatch started as a freelance resume writer and then, later recruited by Resume Genius for a permanent role.
- He started through freelancing sites like Upwork, Freelancer and other related sites.
- He still works as a freelancer along with is a permanent job at Resume Genius.
- He started by charging low and then, increased his pay after gaining experience and enough reviews for his work.
5. Mike McRitchie
- Mike McRitchie works as a business and career strategist. For him, getting into resume writing was a beautiful accident.
- He started by offering a free resume review service through LinkedIn.
- He later on expanded his services to Facebook and Craigslist.
- He sells himself as a wireless telecom specialized resume writer.
Important Points for Revision
- A resume is an outlook of a job-seeker to the company. Make sure to write carefully, edit and then, rephrase to enhance readability.
- Pick an eye-catching layout to distinguish the resume from the rest.
- Proofread twice, thrice, as many times as possible. Check spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- Help the candidate by letting him/her know where he/she falters.
- Leave spaces to avoid overwriting and overcrowding.
- Highlight skills and achievements through keywords and layout
- Customize the format for different candidates according to the industry and company.
- Understand business rules and etiquette, pay attention to every small detail
- Mind the language, make it impressive and intriguing.
- Build a strong network through associations and social media.
- Make yourself visible within and outside your network.
As a professional resume writer, your job doesn’t end by writing resumes and sometimes, cover letter. You must help the job-seekers to become interview ready and make sure they understand the resume pretty well. You should ensure they know how to handle their faults and showcase them(faults) as their strengths, help them out with follow-up notes and thank you letter.
© 2019 Prachi Sharma