Neither should it be the center of your job search. We are interested in the whole job seeker, not just the paper you use to describe yourself.
A resume is a way to pare down your accomplishments, goals, and aspirations into a succinct format so someone reading about you knows what you want and a little bit about who you are. That is all it is.
You can get a job without a resume. You cannot get a job without being able to describe succinctly what you want and a little bit about who you are. It is true!
What is it worth to you to speed up the process of understanding and describing succinctly what you want and a little bit about who you are?
Time is a critical element in a job search. If you are out of work you must draw on savings and unemployment insurance to support your family. The faster you get the job, the sooner you get income. If you are currently working, you have to fit the job search in to your regular work and regular daily activities. How can you do that and keep your job search confidential?
That is where a professional comes in. We can speed up the process. It is sort of like delegating your thought process to someone who can help you organize your thoughts and return them back in an orderly fashion. You will save time. Time is worth something to you.
A professional will ask lots of questions about what you want, what are your passions, what are you proud of and why. Come with an open mind and be willing to think deep thoughts.
A professional meshes your passions and dreams together with your background and experience to create something bigger than a paper resume.
It might start with a simple paper resume that looks good and makes you look good. But a “resume” goes way beyond the paper.
“Resume” also means all the ways you brand yourself: on the Internet, LinkedIn, perhaps you have a webpage, business cards, and most important, how you describe yourself.
When you work with a professional you should get more than just a simple paper resume. You should get a method of marketing yourself that you can use throughout your job search to make sure you look good.
What is that worth to you?