A Day in the Life of a Professional Resume Writer
Were you always running your own business? What was your previous job? I’ve been running my resume writing business since 2012 but before this I worked as an Employment Consultant for Max, DSDS and ITEC. I also worked for a while in Child Protection and as a teenager enjoyed a wide variety of jobs – everything from McDonalds to working in the local Shearing Sheds.
How did you transition out of employment into your own business? After the birth of my daughter, I knew I didn’t want the stress of working 9-5 with no flexibility to attend school concerts or sports days. Since I already wrote resumes as an Employment Consultant – writing for private clients was a no-brainer.
Why did you create your business? I created my business so I had more flexibility and time and also so that I could work from home while still doing what I love. I LOVE helping people get into work. It’s something that comes naturally to me.
How does an average day start for you? I usually start between 8-9 am but I don’t officially start answering the phone until 9. I like to get a head start on my emails first! After emails, I start making calls to collect client information and book them in and around 11am, the administration is done and I’m reading to start actually writing resumes!
What leisurely activities or interests do you balance work life with? I LOVE to travel so in my spare time, that’s usually what I’m doing. I also play non competitive netball and love heading to my local float tank to float all my stress away.
What’s one thing you know now about having an online business, that you wish you knew when you started? Not to over complicate things. When I first started out, I thought I needed all the STUFF to run my business including project management software. I didn’t need any of that stuff! Getting rid of it freed up time and money.
What is your favourite part of your job? I love taking a resume and turning it into something that will get people interviews. The resume writing is absolutely the best part of my job.
What do you believe has been the biggest contributor to your success so far? Persistence. Starting a business is a major learning curve and sometimes it was so hard that I wanted to quit. I’m still constantly learning but the learning curve isn’t as steep as when I first started out so I’m glad I kept going.
Do you use any software, products or programs that assist with the running of your business that you couldn’t live without? The only thing that I really could not live without is Microsoft Word. I live by it and literally could not function with out it.
What one word sums you up best? Persistent. I just keep keeping on!