How to Choose a Resume Writing Service

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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 feel like you're struggling to pull your resume into a cohesive format, have a low response rate to your applications, or think your resume quality could be improved, you might consider hiring a resume writing service. 

A resume writer can create a professional resume that reflects your skills and qualifications. Remember the resume writer shares your goal of getting you hired. As a paid professional, he or she will either create a completely new resume or revise the one you currently have. The fees for resume writing services vary based on your needs and the writer's experience and qualifications. 

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. The site should explain fees and give you a good idea of how the service works. Look for testimonials or endorsements on their website. If you can’t find any testimonials, you can request references. Go to LinkedIn and Google the company to look for online reviews.  

Ask to see samples of previous resumes, which will help you get a sense for the quality of the service's work. Are the samples clear and concise? As you read those samples, ask yourself if the candidate's industry and career goals are clearly stated by the resume writer.  

Certification 

Acquiring a polished resume is an important step in moving up in your career. 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. Find out how your prospective resume writer stacks up. 

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 

Communicate with any potential resume writers to see how well you get along. Feeling comfortable with your new resume writer is essential. If you don't feel like you can speak to the person honestly, you'll have a hard time sharing the information they need to craft your resume.  

After you’ve reviewed a few sites that pique your interest, you’ll want to narrow it down to someone who is a good fit. 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 the content is authentic and defensible during an interview. After all, 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 resume writing service will get to know you well enough to produce a resume that not only looks 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 a corporate accounting position.  

Ideally, the resume writing process 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 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 can make an informed decision on who you're hiring. 

Career Offices Are Helpful for Students and Alumni

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 review services. 

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