TopResume Study Confirms: Job Seekers With Professionally Written Resumes Land New Jobs Sooner and Earn More Money
According to an industry-first study announced by TopResume, professionally written resumes give job seekers a competitive edge over those whose resumes were self-written. TopResume, the premier resume-writing service that reviews over 4 million resumes annually, commissioned an independent, two-part study to determine if recruiters perceive candidates with professionally written resumes to be more employable, as well as if job seekers benefit from a professionally written resume. In summary, recruiters valued candidates with professionally written resumes to be worth 7% more than when assessed using their self-written versions. In fact, candidates with professionally written resumes were more likely to secure interviews, land a new job sooner, and advance their career faster.
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Assessing hundreds of talent acquisition professionals and job seekers during a four-week period, TopResume has published a quantitative study of recruiters’ behavior toward professionally written versus self-written resumes and their impact on the hiring process. For the first part of the study, recruiters were shown the same three anonymized candidates; two of the candidates were presented using the self-written version of their resumes, while the remaining candidate was presented using a professionally written version. The recruiters perceived the candidates with professionally written resumes to be worthy of a 7% higher salary, more polished and better able to deliver results, and more likely to land an interview.
“People don’t think twice about hiring a professional to handle their taxes, yet when it comes to something as important as their earning potential, too many try to write their own resume — and their careers suffer for it,” said TopResume career expert Amanda Augustine, a certified professional resume writer and career coach. “Professionally written resumes increase a job seeker’s perceived value by providing a clear career narrative, a visually balanced presentation, and proof of the person’s abilities.
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According to the data, candidates who invested in a professional resume reported:
- 32% higher rate of finding a job than those who wrote their resume themselves.
- 68% secured that job within 90 days of having their resume professionally written.
- 42% of them moved on to a higher-level position.
“Anecdotal evidence has suggested that professionally written resumes offer significant benefits to job seekers, but there was no data to confirm those advantages — until now,” said Jeff Berger, CEO and founder of TopResume, a Talent Inc. company. “Now, when job seekers wonder whether investing in this critical job-search tool will positively influence their candidacy, there’s resounding proof it will help advance their career faster and at a higher salary and title.”
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