How to Choose a Resume Writing Service

Resume Writing Services
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A well-written resume can be the key to connecting positively with a potential employer and can make the difference in getting selected for a job interview - or not. 

But writing a resume isn't always easy. If you're struggling to pull your resume into a cohesive format, have a low response rate to your applications, or feel that your resume quality could be improved, you might consider engaging a resume writing service.

 

Resume writers at these services can help you create a professional resume that reflects your skills and qualifications. These paid professionals will either create a completely new resume or revise your existing current one. Like you, resume writers have the goal of getting you hired. The fees for resume writing services vary.

What to Look for in a Resume Writing Service 

Your first step in hiring a resume writing service is to review their website and make sure it has a professional appearance. Sites should show fees and give you a good idea of how the service works. Look for testimonials or endorsements on their website - you can requests references or go on LinkedIn to see if there are any reviews there, too. 

Ask to see samples - this will help you get a sense for the quality of the service's work. As you view samples, ask yourself if the candidate's industry and career goals are clearly stated.

 

Certification

You should also look into the credentials of the people who will work on your resume. Career and resume experts recommend choosing a certified professional resume writer. Plenty of people advertise resume writing on Craigslist or other online sites, but that doesn't mean they have the right qualifications or truly understand the strategies that make a resume successful.

Some of the certifications available are: 

  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Certified Expert Resume Writer (CERW)
  • Master Resume Writer (MRW)
  • Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)
  • National Resume Writer's Association (NRWA)

Make a Good Match 

You'll want to make sure to choose someone who is a good fit. If you don't feel comfortable speaking to the person honestly, you'll have a hard time sharing the information they need to craft your resume. Take the time to talk to potential resume writers, review sample resumes, and check references. Ask potential resume writers about their qualifications and experience. 

Once you've hired someone, make sure that the resume writer spends enough time interviewing you so that the content is authentic and defensible during an interview. Having a great resume that doesn't match your qualifications may get you the interview, but it won't help you land the job. 

Get a Guarantee

Be sure that someone from the service will get to know you well enough to produce a resume that not only sounds good but accurately reflects your background, and is tailored for your industry.

Avoid services that turn out cookie-cutter resumes, regardless of industry and company. What works for someone applying to a start-up tech company is not the same as what's effective for a candidate seeking for a corporate accounting position. 

Ideally, this will involve an interview with your writer and the opportunity to get back in touch with them after they create their first draft for further dialogue and revisions. A satisfaction guarantee that ensures that the process doesn't end until you are happy with your document is another safeguard.

Carefully evaluate at least several resume writing services before selecting a resume writer, so you're making an informed decision on who you're hiring.

Career Offices Are Helpful for Students 

College students and graduates should consider tapping the resources in their college's career office prior to hiring a resume writer. Your career office may offer free resume writing and reviewing services.

There are also other resources available to get assistance with creating or updating a resume.

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