Should You Hire a Pro to Write Your Resume?Careers Plus Resumes
According to an article published by The Wall Street Journal, a question has risen regarding whether or not it is appropriate for a job seeker to have a resume written by a pro. “It is fine if executive candidates submit resumes written by specialists”, says John Zwieg, director of staffing for Logitech Inc., which designs and makes computer accessories and other electronics. “Some executives don’t do a good job of presenting themselves on paper and need help creating enticing documents”, he says. But he advises technical professionals to craft their own resumes because some resume writers reduce the documents to one page. “I usually want to know more about project life cycles and other things they’ve done, and that can be wordy,” he says. Many recruiters on the other hand say that they dislike resume writers because their opinions differ from what they would like to see on the document.
It is true that there is a growing trend within the resume writer community that a resume should only be one page no matter what. As a professional resume writer myself, I have always advised against reducing a resume to just one page in most instances, especially where one has a long history of accomplishments and qualifications that pertain directly to the job which is being targeted. Every case should be treated individually and personally. Situations differ greatly from sector to sector and all backgrounds are not the same. There are many benefits to having a pro write your resume such as having knowledge of the best keyword terms to use, most recent formatting trends, and the ability to intricately put your information together in a way that is legible to hiring managers. Let me stress that using the services of a pro resume writer that has actual hiring experience is imperative. One cannot truly understand the process of employment without being on the front lines of leadership at some point in his career. Certification is also an important credential to look for if you are thinking about hiring a pro to prepare a resume.
There are many companies and websites that provide these services to the public for reasonable fees. You can generally expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $300 for a service to provide a quality document that possesses all of the necessary characteristics to land interviews. Highly qualified and credentialed writers will generally not work for fees lower than this. There are also writers who charge $500 to $1000, and in my honest opinion they are overpriced. My advice to you is to stay away from firms or individuals that charge less than $100 for a resume writing project and do not pay more than $400. You don’t always get what you pay for, and that statement can go both ways. Also, be cautious of writers who use their personal names as a promotional tactic, such as “Jim’s Cheap Resumes” or “Resume Roger” for example. My philosophy has always been to utilize an actual business that practices the art of resume writing on a full-time basis instead of one person working from a dorm room part-time with no verifiable credentials or legitimate business name.
If you’ve been struggling to put together a resume with no avail and have made the decision to utilize the services of a pro resume writer, we would be honored to help. Careers Plus Resumes, Inc. is a registered corporation with the State of Tennessee and has been practicing nationwide for nearly a decade. The company hires only Certified Professional Resume Writers that bear the CPRW designation next to their name. The reason for this is that we believe a resume is the most important first step in the hiring process and should be prepared with the utmost delicacy. Review our resume writing services and let us know if we can be of assistance.