I’ll cut to the chase. If you’re a job seeker, you need to hire a resume writer. Here’s why.

Have you ever seen Renovation Realities on the DIY Network?

You know how the couple has a great idea to renovate their old crusty bathroom themselves to save money? You know how they think that it’s going to take 5 days and $500 to complete the project to Joanna Gaines-level standards?

You know how we as viewers take one look at that bathroom, compare it against their expectations, and think, “Oh hell no, but this will be fun to watch!” You know how after they get 30% of the way into the project it all falls apart and they end up calling in the professionals to finish the job?

Resumes are like that too.

A resume is a complicated marketing document. It is the point of entry into a series of conversations that you must have with representatives of a company in order for them to buy something…you.

Your resume has to sell your experience and work history in a way that tells the right story to the right person in a clear and truthful way. So, unless you’re a professional copywriter or marketer, you probably don’t know how to sell yourself on paper in a way that will get your resume picked out of an applicant pool of more than 250 people per job. That’s why you should hire a resume writer.

Here is the scenario I see the most.

Jen is having another crappy day at work. She thinks there has to be a better job out there for her, so she googles “resume template.” She then copies and pastes the template into a Word doc and fills it out to the best of her ability.

Next, Jen goes to Indeed.com and searches for job titles that she likes. Jen finds a job that she’s interested in, so she applies for it with her new resume. Jen is annoyed with how long it takes to complete the application, so she ignores the box where she can add a cover letter.

Jen hits submit.

For the next week, Jen obsesses over that job application. She’s already planning the new life that job is going to give her. She plans to buy a new car, start shopping at Whole Foods, and finally buy that unlimited monthly yoga pass she’s been eyeballing for the last year.

Until…uh oh.

Jen receives a rejection email.

The company thanked her for the application, but told her that she wasn’t the right fit and that they’d keep her resume on file.

Jen’s heart sinks.

She thinks, “What?! I am perfect for that job!

Finding and apply for that job was awful, I’m not doing it again.”

One month later, Jen repeats the process when work is unbearable again. Jen continues to use the same resume, getting the same results.

Jen should have saved herself the misery of repeated rejection and hired a resume writer before she started her job search.

You don’t have to live like this.

If you’re serious about getting a new job, then don’t sit down to write your own resume. Instead, hire a resume writer. Doing so will save you the time and frustration of applying for jobs and getting rejected. You’ll get an interview faster. I promise.