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by Nick Usborne
Commercial writing is a wonderful, portable and adaptable skill. Once you start writing for money, you have the opportunity to make money in many different ways.
Even if you focus primarily on writing sales letters right now, you can use the same writing skills for travel writing, writing white papers or writing resumes.
If you write web pages most of the time, you can still use those same writing skills to write brochures or ads.
And so on.
Of course, as you apply your skills to a different area, there is often a learning curve as you find out about the unique needs and attributes of each different medium.
But as you learn each new area, youll be providing yourself with the opportunity to maximize your writing revenues in more and more ways.
Best of all, by having expertise in more than one area, you are protecting your own income stream. If things slow down in one area, you can quickly pick up the slack in the other.
Why Resume Writing?
Resume writing provides an interesting opportunity for writers simply because it is a fast-expanding market.
You have only to look at sites like Monster.com and Yahoo! HotJobs to see how many people are changing jobs, looking for work...and desperate for professional resumes that will get them noticed.
And thats the key.
Todays job market is so competitive, there is a fast emerging market for well-written resumes.
The old written like a shopping list resumes no longer get the job done. Job finders need more. They need resumes that jump out from the pile and clearly communicate their strengths to a prospective employer.
And who better to write great resumes than a copywriter?
Think about it. As a copywriter or commercial writer it is your job to sell. Its what you do. And that fundamental task remains the same with a resume. Resumes are about selling candidates for jobs. Its a sales job, pure and simple.
That said, you cant write a resume like a sales letter or ad. There are conventions that HR departments expect when looking at resumes.
But thats no big problem. If you have the writing skills, you wont find it too hard to adapt your work to fit resume-writing conventions. Like I said before, its just a matter of learning about the attributes of this particular medium.
If you already have writing skills, the jump to becoming a successful resume-writer shouldnt present you with too many problems.
But you will need to do your homework. You need to find out what people are looking for and need.
Take a look at a course which not only teaches you all about writing resumes, but also gives valuable tips on how to turn that skill into a thriving resume writing business part-time or full time.
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