What's the purpose of a resume?
To most people, the purpose of a resume is to help get interviews - and most people understand that investing in a professional resume (if done by the right person) will likely help you get MORE interviews than you would normally get. (The same way a mechanic can repair your car better than you, a dentist can fix your teeth better than you, etc.)
But there can be other benefits to getting your resume professionally done. One big one is confidence, and that's critical - I hear from people all the time who are struggling with low confidence because they come from retail and feel it's disrespected, or they've faced constant rejection and have come to doubt their own abilities. Going through the process of getting a professional resume can help remind you how talented and successful you are. That's an important quality to convey in interviews.
But another important benefit - that not a lot of people realize - is that a professionally written resume CAN lead to a higher salary. There are no guarantees of course, but it can happen. I've had many clients tell me afterwards that they received job offers that were significantly higher than what they earned before.
Here's a LinkedIn recommendation from a great retail leader I worked with in the summer of 2021:
"Mike has been one of my connections for a few years now and I finally decided to utilize his services just a few months ago. I definitely wish I would have used his services earlier. Mike was extremely thorough in getting detailed information about my retail background and using that information to create an absolutely Stellar resume. Within days of me posting my new resume online my interactivity with possible employers jumped about 500%. I began getting contacted by multiple recruiters and hiring managers, some of them from companies that I had submitted my old resume previously without ever hearing back from them. I'm happy to say that in the past 3 months I have been contacted for dozens of interviews and even received multiple job offers, really allowing me to pick and choose my next employer. And this week I accepted a position with an amazing company that offered me a 40% increase over my current salary. And the best part is, I did not submit my resume. The recruiter found the resume that Mike created for me online and contacted me directly. I can honestly say if it had not been for Mike's professionalism and detail in his work, I would not have the job that I'm stepping into today."
An outstanding resume can lead to a higher salary because it shows future employers the value that you bring. It can "prove" your skills and abilities so that recruiters and key decision-makers can picture the impact you would have on their organization.
And that can persuade them to make a greater investment in YOU.
The first step, however, is for you to invest in yourself with a professionally written resume.
Here is how I differ from other professional resume writers.