Whether you are job searching, looking to build your online presence, or applying for board of director appointments, a professional writer can help you craft branded career communications, including:
Some professional writers also provide career coaching or counseling and others focus solely on writing, working with individuals who are clear about their career aim.
If you are not garnering the interest you want, it might be time to get help from a professional. Writers are experts in defining and promoting your distinct career brand. Here are a few things to consider as you select a writer:
Experience and training: What training does the career professional have in writing career documents? Who are their typical clients? How do they stay on top of trends in the industry? Search organizations that offer training (not only certification). Graduates of the Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) and Academy Certified Profile Writer (ACPW) classes go through the most rigorous training in the industry!
Samples and success: What does the writer say about their success? Can they provide a sample of their work? What do you think about the writing style on their website and on their LinkedIn profile? Do they have testimonials? Don't be turned off if they send a sample that isn't your exact career focus. Sending a sample outside of your specific focus protects the writer and their clients.
Process and cost: Does the writer use a questionnaire, an interview, or both? What is included with their resume-writing service? Will you work with them directly or with a team member? You can expect to pay anywhere from $350–$2500 for a career document or package based on your level of experience and the writer's expertise. Many writers won't "guarantee" interviews, as job search has many variables, and most require payment up front.