How is a Resume Just Like a Haircut?

Let’s say that you have an important job interview.  You absolutely want to ensure that you walk into the room looking your best.  Chances are, a day or two before the interview you will go to whoever takes care of your hair for a trim or touch-up in order to help that good first impression from the minute you walk into the room.  Your resume is no different.  You get one chance to make a good first impression and you need to put your best foot forward in order to come out on top.

Cutting your own hair is tough; you literally lack the perspective, you can’t see it from outside of yourself.  In the same way, writing your own resume is tough; you lack the perspective.  Many people assume that because they know their background and their goals better than anyone else and that they write fairly well, they are best suited to write their own resume.  But just as you would not take over cutting your own hair, putting your resume in the hands of a trusted professional gives you the perspective to put you in the best light; it gives you the cutting edge.

The average resume is scanned for 6 seconds before the reader decides to look further or toss it aside.  You need to present yourself in the best light possible in your resume – put your resume in the hands of a trusted professional.