Over the last few years I’ve been asked “Can you write my CV? I’m struggling to get job interviews and I don’t know what to do.”
Before I answer, I’d like you to reflect on this question. “Will you be more successful learning how to write your own CV or paying someone else to do it for you?”
There’s an assumption that if you pay a professional CV writer with a proven track record of writing stand out CV’s, you’ll be more successful in your job search and get job offers faster. Particularly if so far, you’ve found writing a CV painstakingly difficult and it’s something you struggle with.
However, it’s not that straightforward.
Though there are benefits to having someone write your CV… there can be serious costs that jeopardise your success in your job search and career trajectory.
For example, if you don’t know how to pitch and sell yourself as the best candidate for a role, you could struggle to pass your interviews, and you’re less likely to progress and develop into a leader. Successful people have learned the important life skill of selling themselves to win projects, job opportunities and so much more.
In other words, it depends whether the benefits are worth the cost.
To help you figure out whether working with a professional CV writer is the best decision for you, I’ve written down the pro’s and cons.
The Pro’s of Getting Your CV Written By a Pro
#1 – It’s a short cut.
Writing the perfect CV is not easy. It takes skill and research to come up with a suitable format that conveys your unique voice.
If you don’t know how to write a CV that passes applicant tracking systems and grabs the recruiters attention, leaning on an experienced professional CV writer can be really helpful.
#2 – You won’t have any grammatical errors
Professional CV writers have (or should have) excellent English writing skills. If English grammar is something you struggle with, getting someone else to write this for you could be helpful.
Particularly if you’re an international student or English isn’t your first language.
#3 – They’ll make sure your CV only has relevant information
Often when people write their own CV, they describe their skills or work experience in a way that isn’t relevant to the job they’re applying for. As a result, they look unqualified for the position and get rejected.
Professional CV writers understand the importance of relevance and know how describe your experience in a way that appears relevant.
Based on their experience in writing CV’s for various roles in a variety of industries, they know what recruiters are looking for.
Though hiring a professional CV writer seems like a good idea, sometimes it’s not advised you get one. And here are the reasons why you may decide it’s not write for you.
The Dangers of Using a CV Writer
#1 – You won’t know how to sell yourself to get the job.
One of the beauties of writing your own CV is it teaches you how to sell yourself and show companies why they should hire you.
It gives you the opportunity to think deeply about the job you’re applying for and why you’re the best fit for the role. This preparation is really helpful for job interviews and can significantly increase your job offer success rate post interview.
The simple exercise of knowing how to communicate why you’re the best fit for the role, is a life skill that will help you get multiple job interviews and job offers.
People who use a CV writer because they don’t know how to sell themselves, tend to struggle in a job interview too because they don’t know how to articulate why they are the best fit for the job.
#2 – The costs can add up
Many professional CV writers charge for every CV they write.
Fees vary. Reputable professionals charge from £75 to £155 to write one CV and others charge significantly more for a package that includes writing your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.
If you rely on this for your job application, you will have to pay this fee every time you’re looking for a new job.
#3 – You can spend money on a CV writer and still get very few job interviews and zero job offers
Whilst some professional CV writers are reputable and get results, others don’t.
The bet you make is quite risky.
It’s quite common to pay for a CV writing service and to still be struggling to get job interviews and job offers.
When this happens it sucks. Because you’ve paid someone to help you get job interviews… and in some cases you don’t get your money back if you’re unsatisfied with the service. So you lose time and money.
Many of the women who choose to do the Get Your Dream Job Bootcamp, decide to do it because they’ve tried a CV writing service and were not satisfied with the results.
They wanted to have the power and skill to get job interviews on their own, so they never have to hire a CV writer again. They also wanted to discover and do the best job search strategies, and find out how to stand out and get multiple interviews, pass their interviews and get multiple job offers.
#4 – If your grammar is poor… hiring managers need to know
Last but not least, if you’re using a professional CV writer because you have terrible English writing skills, it could back fire.
It’s one thing if English isn’t your first language and though you can write in English, you worry about accidentally getting something wrong. In this case, a professional CV writer could helpful for making sure you haven’t made any accidental errors.
However if you generally aren’t good at English writing and want a professional CV writer to hide that for you, you could lose your job.
For example, here’s what Laura Stack, CEO of Leadership USA, a national training firm currently in the process of hiring regional salespeople, has to say about it:
“I don’t care who pulled together the initial CV. But at some point, I certainly do need to know that the applicants are good writers because they will have to write frequently in this position. Grammar is extremely important. If they can’t write, they won’t represent us well and I’ll have to let them go.”
In other words, asking someone to write your CV isn’t always the easy way in to get a job offer. Sometimes it makes your life harder.
If you want to know how to be one of those candidates who is skilled, compelling and exceptionally good at saying why they’re the right fit for a job and they effortlessly gets multiple interviews and job offers… you’d be better off learning how to sell yourself and show hiring managers you’re the best fit.
This is what inspired me to create the Get Your Dream Job Bootcamp.
It’s an online course that teaches you the most effective and time saving job search strategies, in addition to help you learn how to write a stand out CV that generates multiple interviews, how to pass your interviews and negotiate a salary increase of up to 40%
But if you feel you’d rather not know how to sell yourself, and you’d prefer a professional to write your CV, I recommend researching and finding a professional CV writer you trust.