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What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Resume Writing Services

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Resume Writing Services

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Writing an effective resume that will attract hiring manager attention, speak to the pain points and generate interest is not easy. If it were, the job search wouldn’t exist and every application you sent would turn into an interview.

While you may be an industry expert at the top of your game, the honest truth is that writing a resume for your industry, designed to get past Applicant Tracking Systems and highlighting your skills in a way that markets you as the dream candidate, is an entirely different ballgame.

If you’ve come to the realization that you need a little help when it comes to your resume, congrats! You’re probably right and this acknowledgment will serve you well in moving your job search along. Hiring a professional resume writer is a worthwhile investment and may even turn out to be one of the best decisions in your career.

Once you’ve reached your decision to get professional assistance with your resume, the next step is finding the best one for you. Finding your resume writing partner is like finding a good dentist; a good one will save you lots of pain and produce optimal results for the rest of your life. A resume writer that suits your needs and gets your brand can produce everything from a higher salary to life-changing opportunities.

If you’ve never worked with a resume writer before and are wondering how to differentiate between all the services available, here is some key advice you’ll want to consider before making the investment.

Not all Resume Writers or Resume Writing Services are equal

During your decision-making process, I’m sure you encountered many options ranging from thousands of dollars to under $100. Some services will sell you a very basic resume template for under $20. What’s the differences between these services? In general, you will encounter 3 different types of services:

1. Resume Mills

These are companies who service hundreds of clients in any given month. They often have large teams of resume writers and pay them low rates. In turn, these writers are focused on quantity vs. quality. They must create “x” amount of resumes in order to make a decent wage. In addition, typically inexperienced resume writers will work for these companies. These writers often add very little strategy or branding behind your resume due to lack of experience and/or time.

Some resume mills are also known to populate their websites with false testimonials and stock photos of people just for marketing purposes. Tread carefully if you feel like you’ve found a cheap resume service that’s too good to be true. It probably is and you’ll get what you pay for.

2. Resume Template Services

This type of resume service is exactly what it sounds like (NOTE: this is not a writing service). Companies that provide a service for you to simply enter your information in return for a very basic format (usually generated by automated technology).

While these services may be highly visually attractive (think infographic resume) and seem like a bargain, it’s important to be aware that these resumes may not be optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS’s) in which case you’ll want to steer clear. Since more than 70% of large companies use ATS’s to screen out resumes, some templates will get automatically kicked into the trash. Only consider using these services if you are either placing your resume in the hands of the hiring manager and compliment the transaction with some old-fashioned selling. This will be the only guarantee that  your resume is seen and relevant (since template services don’t typically offer custom content tailoring).

3. Certified Resume Writers

Certified Resume Writers (also known as CPRW or Certified Professional Resume Writer) have proven their talent and ability through one of several testing and certification services. These writers often have the skill and talent to be able to create a branding strategy and create a resume that is written to highlight and showcase your very unique career paths, skills, and accomplishments. Furthermore, a Certified Professional Resume Writer will be on top of the latest trends in resume writing as well as hiring manager insights and deeper insights around specific career levels and desirable accomplishments. They also tend to apply a hefty dose of research around industry keywords.

While these services have a higher sticker price, the services are truly an investment as they make you relevant to the hiring manager and greatly increase your chances of standing out.  These are our preferred resume writing services.

When Hiring a Professional Writer is Not For You

Hiring a Professional Resume Writer is a good idea for most professionals since resume writing is a unique skill. However  be aware of the resume writing process before signing on as it is more involved than a template or resume mill service. Specifically, be aware of these process attribute:

  • Collaboration is key: a professional writer is not a mind reader and will need your participation to move the writing process along. If you fail to collaborate and are overwhelmed by the thought of providing feedback then this might not be the service for you.
  • Clarity is necessary: a well-written resume is crafted to a specific target to ensure that the details are relevant and attractive to the hiring manager. Being unsure of what you want to do next or changing targets mid-writing process will not help your cause and only prolong the process. If you need help getting clarity on your next career move, you might be interested career path clarity coaching .
  • And Open Mind & Trust are critical: a Professional Resume Writer is an expert in resume writing which means that your resume will be written to incorporate best practices, current trends, and unique strategies. Therefore, you should expect that the end product will not be a reproduction of something you are likely capable of producing.

The Bottom Line

Your resume package is an investment. Choose the service you use wisely. If you ask questions and do research, the end result will truly be worth any additional time and money.

Check out what makes our resume writing services different and let us know how we can help you with your resume today!
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  1. I am the former CEO of Connolly, LLC a payment integrity data analytics company. I retired at the completion of our acquisition merger with iHealth Technologies in June of 2014 ending my 30 year career with the company that carried my family name. I am interested in an additional board assignment in the healthcare space and need to revamp my resume to assist in this pursuit.

    It appears that most of your work is supporting managers and employees vs. board positions. That said, I met Noelle at a Workpoint event in Stamford last night and am hopeful that you feel you have range to support me and if not, might have a suggested resource that I could explore.

    Thank you, Libby C. Alexander

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    • Hi Libby, Thanks for reaching out here – It was great meeting you the other night and congrats on your career success! Our Head Writer, Becky actually does have experience with Board resumes. This month we’re also running 2 resume promotions. If you purchase any resume package we’ll do a FREE Linkedin profile as well for your online professional branding. Our other Feb promo is 25% off any resume package when you purchase 2 (in case you know of anyone else in need of resume support). Here is the link if you are only interested in a Board resume: https://www.ngcareerstrategy.com/product/resume-makeover/ and here is the link if you are in need of a Board resume and cover letter https://www.ngcareerstrategy.com/product/cover-letter-resume-makeover/ . If you have any additional questions you can always contact me directly: [email protected]

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  2. Your blog tips is very crucial for all resume writer.Because people face problem when he write a resume what should write .Thanks a lots for this type of blog..

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    • Glad you found this helpful Mike! Thanks for your comments.

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  3. I like that you talked about how there are resume writing services and that it can be a really good investment. Not only are you going to have a resume that appeals to potential employees, but your changes of being hired are increased. I’ve never been good at writing resumes so I’ll be sure to look further in to this if I’m ever looking for another job in the future.

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  4. I need a recommendation for an excellent resume writer

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    • Hi Duane, Thanks for reading! As far as an excellent writer, I would recommend Soozy! She has a rock solid record of creating applications that land interviews. You can sign up to work with her here: https://www.ngcareerstrategy.com/resume-writing-services/

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  5. Is there any discount if I’m looking for resume writing services for about 13 people?

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    • Absolutely! Please email me at [email protected] with a few more details around your group and I will be happy to provide a group discount.

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