Many job seekers turn to resume writing services as they don’t have the writing skills or patience to write their own. The question is, how much should you pay for a professional resume?
As you browse through resume writing services online, you’ll find that the average cost of a professional resume is around $200. You will, however, find a wide range of prices from $50 to over $1000. So how much should you spend to get a quality resume without burning a hole in your wallet?
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.
We’ll break the pricing to get a better idea of how much to spend on a resume writing service.
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. There have also been some services which 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. 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.
This is really 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- $400).
There are many services out there charging these rates but is it worth it?
The answer is usually no. Why?
Because a quality writer will usually spend a few hours writing or editing a resume. Spending $100 – $400 is more than enough money to find a quality writer.
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.
Anything over $1000 for a resume is plain insanity.
We wrote a good post here on how to choose a good resume writing service.
Here is a quick summary:
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.
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.
Your writer can only work with what you give them. Many 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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