I recently re-watched the Clint Eastwood classic, Dirty Harry. We all remember that great line.

"So, you have to ask yourself, do you feel lucky? Well, do you?"

I've been tempted to ask that question when prospective clients tell me that they're going to write their own resumes - or that they are going to go to a low end resume service that promises great results for $199, or with a generalist resume writer who may do a technical project a few times a year. .

That's a gamble. A potentially expensive gamble. So, if you're planning on writing your own resume, you really do have to ask yourself "Do I feel lucky?"

How much is your career worth to you?

A professionally prepared resume is an investment - one with a clear, definite return. The upfront investment in a technical leadership resume package is clear. But the costs of an extended job search - though less immediately obvious - are exponentially greater, in lost income, lost opportunities, and increased stress.

If you're making $100K / year, that's about $2K / week.

If a resume written by a cheap resume service or one that you write yourself extends your job search by 4 weeks, you've lost - conservatively - $8000. That's a terrible ROI on the apparent savings of writing your own resume.

And don't forget. In this economy, a less than effective resume may extend your job search for much longer than just 4 weeks.

It's a truism that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression.

An ineffective resume will knock you out of the running for opportunities that you may be completely qualified for.  While it is possible to resubmit a resume, the odds that that resubmission will be looked at favorably are, frankly, very long. The hiring authority has already formed an impression of who you are, and what you do. It's much easier to create a positive first impression than attempt to repair an already damaged relationship.

You know how to delegate.

One of the critical abilities that has helped you reach the IT Executive level is your ability to pick the right person for a given job, and delegate tasks to the most qualified member of your team. You need to use your time, resources, and talents efficiently, so you don't write your own code or lay your own cables. You’re a good judge of talent and character, and you’re confident that you can pick the best person to fit a given need.

This ability to delegate extends outside the office. You don't do your own legal work or your own taxes. You explore the available options, do your due diligence, and then retain the best professional talent you can to ensure that you have the soundest advice, and that legal, fiscal, or other professional services are  done to the highest possible level.

Why, then, do you feel the need to write your own resume?

Your Executive Resume is one of the most critical investments supporting the next step in your career. As with any other professional service requiring skill, expertise, and experience, writing your own resume is probably not the most efficient or effective use of your most critical resource – your time.

Technical Resume Writing is a specialized skill that requires expertise in the hiring process, strong interviewing abilities, and exceptional writing skills.

In a busy and successful career, you may well have lost track of many of the achievements that have delivered the most value to the organizations you’ve worked for. Furthermore, no one is completely objective about career achievements. The things you think may be most proud of may not add a great deal of value to your resume and career search.

As an experienced Technical Resume Writer, I can help you dig down to discover the achievements and value that you've brought to the organizations you’ve led. And my experience as a recruiter enables me to dig deeper, to find those achievements that most directly address your near- and long-term career objectives.

You’re not going to gamble with doing your own taxes or legal work.

So don’t gamble with your resume either.

After all. You don’t want to be asking yourself, “Do I feel lucky?”