Should I pay someone to write my resume?Careers Plus Resumes
This is the big question we hear almost every day. Should I pay to have someone write my resume? Well…the answer really depends on what your needs are and the pros and cons of using such an avenue to prepare a new resume. I will say that if you have little or no experience with word processing software or if English is your second language, then yes – hire someone immediately to write your resume because you could really mess it up.
First, let’s compare the pros and cons of paying someone to have this done for you.
- Resume is written by an expert who does this for a living.
- Grammar and punctuation is 100% accurate.
- Correct format is utilized.
- Certain key/buzz words are included specific to your industry.
- Strategic approach to your targeted objectives.
- Up-to-date knowledge with the latest trends in resume writing.
- Knows what employers are looking for in today’s job market.
- Can be costly depending on who you choose.
- Some resume services outsource overseas – so be careful.
- There are literally thousands of options so it is hard to choose the right one.
Obviously the Pros outweigh the Cons in this comparison, but I will give you more detail about each.
Paying someone to write a resume for you is a tough decision to make. It costs money which we never want to spend on something until we see what we are getting. However, using the right service can drastically increase your resume’s response rate and open the door for more opportunity. Check the writer’s credentials and make sure they are certified and hold the necessary credentials to get the job done right.
Ensuring that everything is done correctly, and I mean everything, is absolutely necessary to compete in today’s job market. There is no room for error if you want to make a strong first impression. Writing a resume should not be taken lightly and is the most important first step in securing a new career. Your presentation is everything!
Now, the cost of one of these services varies greatly. For a high quality service at an affordable cost, somewhere in the $120-200 range is ideal. Anything lower than that (usually around $50) should raise a red flag. If you really think about it, this is about the same cost as a night out on the town with friends or family. Yes, spending money is always a pain, but is it really a con if you are getting something that will help you get higher pay in the end?
Warning: A majority of the resume writing/editing services available online or locally are usually provided by one person who couldn’t possibly run all aspects of a business, write resumes, and be experts in every industry while finding time to stay abreast of the latest employment trends. Many of them even outsource overseas to unqualified individuals whose second language is English. Some have also been known to copy and paste your information into a computer program and regurgitate verbatim what you originally provided in a different layout. Having the peace of mind that you are dealing real people and a legitimate business located in the U.S. is priceless. Be careful who you choose.
Bottom line is this…paying for the right person to write your resume can result in a huge return on investment. Good luck!
By Justin Olsen