Hiring a resume writing service or professional resume writer can offer you just the boost you need to land a new job. Some studies suggest that a professionally written resume can get your resume noticed more often and increase your starting salary. However, researching resume writing services online will quickly reveal a new resume can cost anywhere from $5 to over $1000. How much should a resume writing service cost?
The answer is that it depends on where you are in your career and the position you’re targeting. For the average job seeker, the average price of $200 is more than enough to get a quality resume.
The cost for professional resume services will change based on factors like their industry, years of experience, certifications, and what services they offer in addition to resume writing. This article will break down what you’re really paying for so you can make the right decision for your needs.
Tip: You can find different price points for resume services on our free resource: 12 Best Resume Writing Services in 2020 (All Industries).
Cost of resume writing services
Anything under $100 for a professionally written resume should really be avoided. It’s really hard to find someone to write a quality resume for that price. A lot of cheap services on the web also outsource their work to inexperienced or low-quality writers focused on quantity instead of quality. There have also been some services that were found to be outsourcing their resume writing overseas.
If you really don’t have the money to spend on a resume service, you’re better off writing it on your own. In our opinion, spending under $100 will usually be a complete waste of money. Ensure you follow best practices when you write your resume and avoid the common mistakes that could be costing you the interview.
Between $100 and $400
This is the price range you can expect to pay for a quality resume. This is enough to find a quality writer who will help edit and optimize your resume. Recent graduates or those with very little experience can get away with paying less ($100-$150), while those with more experience can expect to pay a bit more ($150 to $400).
From $400 to $1000+
There are many services out there charging these rates but is it worth it?
The answer is usually no. Why?
A quality writer will usually spend a few hours writing or editing a resume. Spending $100 to $400 is more than enough money to find a quality writer with expertise and experience.
Although rare for the average job seeker, there are some instances where you can expect to pay a little more than $400. Resume writing services that focus specifically on high level executives going for a major role (CEO/President) may charge a bit more. The process might include additional services, such as interview coaching or an in-depth interview.
Anything over $1000 for only a resume is plain insanity.
Top 3 tips for choosing a resume writing service
We wrote a good post here on how to choose a good resume writing service, but here is a quick summary:
1. Do your research
Do your research to ensure you go with a reputable company. This is best done using third-party review sites and seeing what other customers had to say. Also, check to see that they have a contact number or live chat available. Not having a way to contact the company or the writer is a good sign that you’re going with a low quality or outsourced service.
2. Choose how to communicate
How will you communicate with your writer? To write a quality resume, you need to communicate with your writer on your past work experience, skills, qualifications and the type of position you’re targeting. If the process is simply submitting your resume and the type of job you want, you’ll usually end up with something that doesn’t match your goals.
Different resume writing services offer different communication channels. Many resume writers work through email or other messages, but some offer phone calls or in-person meetings. Make sure your preference is offered by the service you’re considering.
3. Be ready to collaborate
Your writer can only work with what you give them. Many people make the mistake of thinking they can submit their resume and sit back while the writer does all the work. You need to keep in mind that you need to put in the effort to give the writer everything they need. A good resume writer should be asking you details about what you did and where you’re going, so be prepared to put in the effort.
Be prepared to spend around $200 for a quality resume. A cheap resume is usually a waste of money and a quality resume shouldn’t empty your bank account. If you don’t have the money to spend, you’re better off writing it on your own. Do your research and go with a reputable company.
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Good luck with your job search!