Should I Have a Professionally Prepared Resume?

The answer is a qualified yes. Why qualified? Because it does not matter who prepares your resume as much as the message and presentation your resume conveys. Only about 5% of resumes floating out there are "well prepared" resumes. What does it really mean?

Your resume is not an autobiography. It is a marketing tool designed to get you noticed and get your foot in the door for the most critical first interview. However, let's face it - the task of preparing such a copy is often an overwhelming task. How much information should you include? How far back in time should your resume go? What is the best format for your particular resume?

Having a true professional on your team makes these decisions less stressful. It also helps to have a productive conversation about your career goals and actionable plan to achieve them!