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November 28, 2011

How To Choose A Resume Writing Service

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How To Choose A Resume Writing Service

By Don Goodman, Career Coach and Resume Writer

Before you start filling out applications for that new job, you need your resume updated.

There are many resume writing services out there and you need to know which one to choose. The following steps will help you make that decision.

It's always a good idea to do a little research and check out several resume writing companies and see if they're capable of handling not just your resume, but cover letters and personal statements. Talk to others who may have used a resume writing service. Word of mouth is invaluable in choosing a resume writing service; especially if the person got a good job from the resume they had prepared by the service.

Here's a little insight on how the industry works and what you should look for when selecting a resume writing service.

  • Avoid the Scams. Unfortunately, there are a number of scams out there. No one has ever reviewed resume writing services so avoid those who have Top 10 or Top 7 Resume Writing lists. These are generally companies overseas who have ranked their own site as #1 in resume writing to trick you into thinking they are the top site.

  • How does their web site look? If they cannot organize their web site and make it look attractive, then they may not be able to do that for your resume. However, this is not the only criteria to use. Just keep that in mind.

  • Look for credentials. The resume writing firm should have some credentials. The most common one is the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) designation that indicates they have at least passed some level of competency. Also look for credentials beyond the CPRW designation. Do the people have impressive backgrounds? Great writers have great accomplishments so look to see if they have been published in books or magazine journals.

  • Ask who writes the resume. Look for people with deep experience writing resumes and ask about their success rate in securing interviews. Many of the nation's best writers will have trained an elite staff in their style and quality standards and that is fine as long as the chief writer also reviews and stands behind the work.

  • Do they have a guarantee? To be on the safe side, ask if they guarantee your satisfaction with the end-product and how many revisions you are allowed. Some companies charge after 2 revisions while others will continue to revise it until you are delighted.

  • Look at their resume samples. If you don't like their samples, you surely won't like their work. Look to see if they are focusing on skills and accomplishments as opposed to producing pretty resumes that just list job duties.

  • Check out their resume writing process. Some of the best resume writing firms will use both a questionnaire and a phone interview. The questionnaire will jog your memory and make you think a bit about things that you haven't thought about in a while. In fact, it not only helps you get a better resume, it helps you prepare for a job interview.

  • Get a free resume evaluation. Getting your resume reviewed by a professional writer is a great way to learn if your resume is preventing you from landing the job of your dreams. If you are still not landing interviews, make sure to get a few free critiques first, then decide if you want to invest in a rewrite. It's always best to learn if your resume is a winner or killer.

  • Ask about the price. Yes, the price is important but not as important as getting a resume that works. The difference between a mediocre resume and a great one can be as little as $100 (the cost of a night out).
Remember: This is the most important document in your career, so it makes sense to spend what it takes to get a resume that you know will work.

The Internet is a wonderful thing, but it has allowed anyone to offer resume writing services, regardless of their background. Use this 10-point checklist and you will be guaranteed to choose the right resume writing service for you.

Don Goodman, President of About Jobs, is a nationally recognized Career Coach and Resume Writer. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business and Stanford University's Executive Program, Don has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Read his blog at

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