Frequently Asked Questions

What is TopResume?

Professionally Written Resumes

You might be new to the concept of having someone else write your resume. We understand writing your own resume can be a difficult, frustrating process—regardless of your work skills or writing expertise. And that's really the whole point of getting professional help through resume writing services. A professional resume writer gives you unbiased, constructive feedback. Besides gaining the perspective another brings to your personal pitch, you can benefit from all kinds of technical nuances our professional resume writers are trained to identify and optimize.

Following, you’ll find some common questions we get asked by individuals considering resume help through a professional rewrite:

Does TopResume have writers in my industry?

Our network of over 300 writers has experience in 65 different industry specialties.

Resume writers familiar with your industry are able to showcase your accomplishments by using the terminology that people in your field use. Which means keywords, along with your skills and achievements, will stand out to hiring managers and satisfy electronic screening tools.

Does TopResume use resume templates?

The short answer is no.

TopResume writers understand what each industry requires or responds to best. Additionally, many employers are using applicant tracking systems to sort and screen resumes.

What that means is your resume may be getting stuck in the screening process and never making it to a live person. TopResume is familiar with the latest resume screening technologies and our resume writing services help ensure it will easily bypass those systems.

Does TopResume have testimonials, success stories and real resume samples?

Here you’ll find our recent testimonials and some real samples of our work. In addition, we stand by our work with a no-hassle guarantee. If you're not happy with the resume help you receive, we will do everything we can to make sure you're satisfied.

Will a rewritten resume work for me?

Can I get by with only one resume?

A custom resume for each job application was once considered the norm, but it's a myth that you need to customize your resume for every job application. New resume tips say a clean and distinguished single resume is immensely more valuable than over-engineered custom resumes.

Professionally written resumes usually begin with a career summary that provides an overview of your experience. You can tweak this section lightly to make it more relevant for the job you're applying for. Otherwise, if your resume is in good shape, you reuse it for all your applications. The cover letter is the piece that should be customized for each application. Use your cover letter to call out your achievements and skills that are relevant to the specific position.

I'm re-entering the workforce, how should my resume look?

If you've been out of the workforce for a while, it's important to show that your skills are up-to-date. Many employers are no longer surprised by gaps in employment. A professional resume writer will provide resume help to show that your skills are relevant, eliminating any concerns about the gaps in employment. That in turn gives you more confidence when interviewing.

I'm changing careers, what do I include in my resume?

This is a tricky question. You need to try and show how your current skill sets complement your ability to work in the new field. Unless you have friends that are hiring managers in that field, you should contact a professional resume writer who specializes in the new field so they can provide the resume help that highlights your transferable skills. That way, even though your skills are from outside that field, it’ll be clear that you will benefit companies despite coming from a different role.

Does it matter if I'm a bit older?

A common myth is that age works against you during a job search. Resume tips prove that you need to go in and outshine everyone else no matter what your age is. If your resume presents your accomplishments impressively and you're brimming with confidence, you'll have a better chance of getting the job instead of someone who is younger and less experienced. Ultimately, your goal is to show that you are the best and most qualified person for the job.

My resume was professionally written but I am not getting an increase in interviews. Do I need to have it rewritten again?

Every resume writing company has their own level of service and standards. Your resume may not be polished enough. The service you chose may have used an outdated resume template or one for the wrong industry or career level. Another possibility is that your writer didn't use the right keywords needed to get your resume into the hands of a decision maker. If any of these seem to be the case, yes, you should consider a resume rewrite and additional resume writing services.

General Resume Tips

What should I consider for the "Objective" section?

If your resume has an opening objective, it should clearly state where you fit in the organization you're writing to and the career step you want to make. Resume objectives are usually one to three sentences long and should include your experience level. An employer will read your resume objective, quickly scanning for keywords that pique their interest and that indicate that you would make a good fit for the position.

Writing an objective statement seems easy; just two or three sentences on your experience level, what you want, and how you can help the particular company you're writing to. However, even great writers have difficulty staying objective. As hard as you try, it's nearly impossible to see your writing for what it is or how it will appear to others. Resume help from a professional resume writer, however, will invigorate your experiences and goals, resulting in an opening statement that is succinct, relevant and full of life.

Take a look at these sample resume objectives:

Sales

  • Experienced and proven Sales Manager looking to utilize my interpersonal and sales skills to lead a team and boost a company's revenue stream.
  • Utilize my 10+ years as a Chief Business Development Officer, with a proven track record, to streamline and grow a company's revenue and improve their sales force's overall strategy as well as enter into untapped markets
  • Obtain an entry-level sales position where I can use my interpersonal skills and extroverted personality to win new accounts and increase revenue by bringing on new key accounts.

Education

  • Kindergarten teacher with five years of teaching experience look to use my passion and knowledge of child development and education to enhance the lives of our youth.
  • High School teacher with an Ivy League degree looking to use my passion for personal development and education to enrich the minds and grow the knowledge of my students.

Human Resources:

  • To obtain a position in Human Resources where I can further develop company HR policy, streamline recruitment and structure employee relations.
  • To find a role in Human Resources that will utilize my experience with legal forms, payroll and employee recruitment as well as enable me to grow within the company.

Customer Service:

  • To secure a position where my positive personality and excellent customer service skills can help to increase customer satisfaction and keep the company's brand positive in customers minds.

Does the format of my resume really matter?

You may not realize this, but resume formats -- the layout, design and overall appearance of your resume -- can be the deciding factor when it comes time for an employer to add your resume to the interview list or the rejection pile.

If you've thought about using an automated resume builder, you might find yourself with a resume full of incorrectly placed keywords, raising the proverbial red flag for an electronic resume filter. Proper placement of keywords is a job that only a human with experience can do. Hiring a resume writer who has worked in your field and who knows the proper resume formats and resume tips and tricks for your industry and career level will give you a better chance of getting an interview for the job that you want.

Whether your industry requires a chronological resume or a simpler format, our writers know what formats hiring managers are looking for and how to make your skills and qualifications stand out. Through our resume writing services, TopResume resume writers will explain why everything is where they feel it should be. And unlike many resume services, at TopResume your resume writer will be available via email during every step of the process.

Working With Us

What can I expect if I purchase a professionally written resume from TopResume?

First, we'll have you fill out a short and painless questionnaire. This is important to make sure we assign you the best writer based on your industry and experience level. Additionally, we don't want to miss anything you might not be including on your resume today.

The questionnaire will also serve to show us what types of jobs you're looking at. That way we know the exact type of hiring manager reading your resume on the other side of the table!

Once we assign you a writer, they’ll begin a first draft and reach out with any questions they have for you. You’ll go back and forth on drafts with the writer until both you and the writer are happy with the final copy.

How quickly will I get my new resume from TopResume?

Typically, you'll have your new resume in your hands within a week. Including revisions, the process rarely lasts longer than two weeks. If that's not quick enough, we do offer the option for a rush order with our resume writing services.

Will I be able to edit my resume in the future if something changes?

Of course! We encourage that, and deliver the final document in an editable Microsoft Word document.

If my credentials change, will I have the option to talk to my writer a year from now?

Currently, we don't offer that option. Our writers deliver the best guidance they can to help you edit in the future without disturbing crucial keywords and layout tweaks. For major additions, we do offer the option to purchase resume updates for resumes we’ve already written.

How do I get started?

Simple! Visit our checkout page and choose the best option for you.

What are you waiting for?

Land more interviews at better companies, with a professionally written resume from TopResume. We guarantee 2x more job interviews within 60 days or we'll rewrite your resume for free.

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