If you need a good example of why you should not consider using a ghost-writer to craft your professional resume, you don’t need to look further than the current President of the United States of America.

In the eighties ‘The Art of the Deal’ helped turn Donald J Trump into a household name.  A part biography, part business advice book, the bestseller was credited to Donald Trump and his ghost-writer – Tom Schwartz. Schwartz was a respectable journalist and author before he wrote the book for Trump. Years later when Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America, Schwartz admitted that writing the book was one of the biggest regrets of his life because the book had created a myth.

As a career coach, I have encountered many clients who say they have paid for a professional resume but have not been able to secure the job they wanted. Part of the reason for this is that a professional resume writer or ‘ghost-writer’ seldom have the time to get to know their clients. Resume writing is a growing industry today. The people who work in this field range from professional writers to first-year graduates looking for a gig online. But it is volume-driven, and the writers simply do not have the time to consider the human aspects of its subject.


 Here are some reasons why ghost-writers won’t get you a job

  1. The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly. 

    It’s hard to tell them apart. They are ghosts, after all. If you are fortunate to find a good ghost-writer, he or she will work closely with you to craft a resume so compelling that any employer in the world will want to hire you.

Chances are you will end up with a ghost-writing service that churns out hundreds of resumes a week and your USPs will be recycled from a data pool of hundreds of ‘dead’ resumes. There goes that dream job. 


  1. Your resume is an imposter

A ghostwriter is a stranger. They don’t know who you are, how you think or what drives your passion. Worst case scenario: The ghost is a great writer with the power of words to craft a lyrical resume so compelling that you are shortlisted.

But recruitment managers were not born yesterday. You can fool them in writing, but you won’t fool them in person. They can spot a fake the minute you open your mouth. They are going to be the ones to ‘ghost’ you, once they realise your resume was an imposter.

Best case scenario: There isn’t any. 


  1. Does your ghost know your industry?

Perhaps the question should be: ‘Do they even care?’ It’s just another gig. The faster the turnaround time, the more money they can make. They are not going to have the time to sit down with you to find out about the company or the industry. We all know that a resume that does not speak directly to the organisation is not going to be shortlisted.