I want to say that I value the benefits of using professional resume writers, but I encourage all candidates to write, revise and customize their own sales resume. I say this because, anyone can learn how to write a winning sales resume. There are many books on the market that helps walk you through step by step on how to write one. In using a professional resume writing service, it saves you time and you get an expert at writing a clean and attractive resume, but a good service will also take time because they need to interview you to gather the details to fill the resume with impactful information. I encourage sales professionals to write their own resume because, you know what accomplishments you have achieved throughout your sales career.
REVISE & CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SALES RESUME
This goes with revising and customizing your resume for each sales opportunity you pursue. If you need a professional writer for each sales job opportunity, you might spend a lot of money, but also delay in getting your resume ready to submit to the opportunity. You can review the job description and do your homework and tap into your memory of achievements or skills that will make you an attractive candidate for the position. If you work with a professional resume writer, he/she will still need to find out about any comparable skills or past accomplishments to add to your resume.
KNOW YOUR OWN RESUME
It is very important to know your sales resume backwards and forward. Your sales resume is your marketing piece about you and if you depend on others to write it, then you might miss out on the details of your own sales resume. When you write your own sales resume, you get to learn and study it as you write it. While writing your own resume, you also think about how each sentence and skill you write down ties into what the company is looking for and there is a reason as to why you chose to put it in your resume. In following how a typical sales interview process goes, there will come a time when the hiring sales manager will ask you to “tell me about yourself” and usually the sales manager will ask you to go over your resume. You don’t want to come across as if you are reading it for the first time, but you want to take full ownership of it and use it to sell yourself.
HAVE YOUR RESUME PROFESSIONALLY REVIEWED, MAKEOVER OR PROFESSIONALLY REWRITTEN
After you have written your own sales resume, a great alternative is to have your sales resume professionally reviewed or professionally rewritten by a professional resume writer. It is best if you select a writer that has specialty in your industry and chosen career field. Some services offer a “resume makeover” service. Having it rewritten, made-over or reviewed is an optimal choice because the writer uses what you have already written and checks i for the common errors, suggests changes to perfect your sales resume, reformat to present it better visually but the content is the content you have added, versus having a new sales resume written from the ground up. When a sales resume service re-writes a resume, he/she uses different words that is more impactful or changes and uses proper grammar.
Write your own resume, but to ensure that it is optimized, have a professional review it, rewrite it or give it a makeover. Usually it is cheaper than having your sales resume rewritten from the start. Do the heavy lifting yourself and add the content that you know in your mind and put it on paper. Pick up some resume books and learn how to write your own resume. Then to optimize it, have it professionally reviewed, rewritten or made over by a professional.
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