Every resume writer will have a different idea on how to design and format your resume. One thing we all need is an idea of what you have done in the past, your accomplishments and the impact you made on your organization. Everyone has these. While some professionals may want to gather this information from you in a face to face meeting or on the phone or email, I prefer that you have something for me when we first meet.
In my opinion, if you are thinking about having a professional write your resume, start preparing and give them something to work with. If you have an old resume, give them that. If not, list out your previous job functions along with any accomplishments or results. Here are some things to include in your preparation:
1. The position that you are seeking (your career interest).
2. Your skills, knowledge and behaviors (write them down with examples).
3. Your positions from the past 10 – 15 years. Include the full names and addresses of the companies. Include the dates (months and years) that you worked there.
4. Any volunteering activities with accomplishments. These contain your transferable job skills.
5. Your name, address, phone numbers and professional email address.
6. If you are a student or recent college graduate, list your course work, any special projects or task forces you were on in college and your summer jobs. (Those summer jobs and special projects may contain valuable transferable job skills.)
7. If you jot down acronyms, write them out and explain what they are.
You should own your resume. If you can provide much of the detail in your resume, then you will become very comfortable with it. You’ll also be able to speak about your accomplishments and other details when you are in an interview.