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gatorfanatic in Orange Park, Florida

76 months ago

I thought about having someone write mine but I found this link and decided to do it myself. I do believe it is better to write your own because only you know yourself best:

www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html

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K.C. in Seattle, Washington

76 months ago

I have posted before that I strongly believe having your resume written (or simply reviewed) by a qualified professional is extremely valuable. I don't say this simply because I offer resume writing services but because my years in HR and recruiting have made it very clear that most people are not objective enough to present themselves in the most favorable way. I really believe that crafting a resume is a completely different skill than "being a great writer."

A good resume writer will not create a document that is their "conception" of you. Anyone worth the money will take an individualized approach; working with you to uncover talents, skills and competencies that you may not even be aware you posses. A professional resume writer will take the time to make certain the resume is an accurate depiction of you and also make certain that the final product is one to which you can speak.

K.C.
www.tandemresumes.com

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Career Hunter in Denver, Colorado

76 months ago

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I think it really depends on the individual's writing abilities and willingness to assess their strengths and liabilities.

A good resume writer should also be on top of what buzzwords make a resume look fresh vs. outdated, for example, "traffic and distribution" vs. "logistics" vs. "supply chain". They should also have a sense of how the job market works and how hiring managers think.

Most people can get a job without professional help, whether legal, taxes or resumes. Others prefer to spend a couple hundred bucks to get another set of eyes on the problem as well as a specialist's experience. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, you should probably trust your instincts and at least review your options.

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Jerry in Cedar Park, Texas

75 months ago

I paid $250 and no, it wasn't worth it. I'm in high-tech and the resume company consisted of 1 person who probably knows a lot about resumes but knows nothing about my industry. Make sure you get that info before shelling out any money.

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lettaj1973 in Jonesboro, Georgia

68 months ago

I had my resume updated by a "professional resume" writer and am still having difficulty landing a job. I have now been out of work for over 90 days and obviously need income to get a professional resume writer. It seems the cost for my skillset is going to be roughly around 300 bucks, plus or minus a few bucks.

I am trying to remain positive but seriously...how do you make money if you don't have it to get to the income you need? Help!

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Allan in Scottsdale, Arizona

68 months ago

I paid $650 which isn't all that much when you consider how much time I saved and how quick I got back to work after being laid off. Well worth it in my opinion. It was only 1% of what my total salary is for the whole year.

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vicque fassinger in Cleveland, Ohio

56 months ago

Our most important commodity, asset, belonging in life is our time.

We can't store it, save it, use it later, or get it back.

I will always hire a professional in any field to do a project for me -(whether landscaping, snow shoveling, home remodeling, pizza making, hair styling, or whatever!) so that all that time and energy I would have had to put into that same project (perhaps with a scary result that then leads me to a professional eventually anyway) I can use for what is important to me - spending quality time with those I love, working on my own business, creating new things, reading, rubbing my dog's belly, hugging my horse - whatever!

If you can read and write - you can put a resume together. Everyone knows that.

But that is not the point.

If I wanted to bake an amazing cake from scratch for an upcoming event, it might take me 20 trial and errors! Or, I could hire a person who spends his/her entire work day passionately and joyfully creating aesthetically-appealing and delicisious cakes! (And probably spends his/her evenings and weekends learning and exploring new cake-making tools, techniques, and skills.)

Granted, I might not get the kudos at the party that I may have gotten if I was able to boast that I baked the cake myself, but if the end result is that everyone loved the cake, ate the cake, and asked me to come back to all future parties - I made the right choice of the use of my time!

For a resume, especially today - in these times, you do NOT have the luxury or time to WASTE trying to put an amazing, jaw-dropping, goosebump-inflicting professional profile together yourself, do you? If the first one you "write" doesn't get a response, will you then redesign it and send it back to the SAME potential employer who originally ignored you? How long will you keep doing that (and passing up all those family gatherings) until you decide that hiring a professional to help you is the only choice?

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Tandem Resumes in Seattle, Washington

51 months ago

vicque fassinger in Cleveland, Ohio said: ...For a resume, especially today - in these times, you do NOT have the luxury or time to WASTE trying to put an amazing, jaw-dropping, goosebump-inflicting professional profile together yourself, do you? If the first one you "write" doesn't get a response, will you then redesign it and send it back to the SAME potential employer who originally ignored you? How long will you keep doing that (and passing up all those family gatherings) until you decide that hiring a professional to help you is the only choice?[/QUOTE

Extremely well put Vicque!

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oh no in Mount Prospect, Illinois

51 months ago

* How much did you pay for it?
$300

* What was unique about it?
The suck factor was really high. The writer came recommended to me and was supposedly an industry pro who held several certifications.

* Was it more effective than your old resume?
No. Complete garbage. Full of grammatical errors. Writer had no basic understanding of my industry's terms, acronyms and what employers look for. Several recruiters said it was worthless and that I previously wrote myself was far more professional.

* Would you do it again?
Never.

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SunnyD in Toccoa, Georgia

51 months ago

Career Hunter in Denver, Colorado said: A few questions:

* How much did you pay for it?
$200

* What was unique about it?
Nothing really.

* Was it more effective than your old resume?
No. I got way more interviews and the like with the resume I wrote myself. I even got an employer with the authority to hire and he said that the so called professional resume someone else did for me was not very good.

* Would you do it again?


No, never again.

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Resume Solutions in Lincoln, Rhode Island

51 months ago

SunnyD in Toccoa, Georgia said: No, never again.

Proves the point one more time: if your resume is working, like in the case of SunnyD, why would you pay $200? The point of seeking professional help is to change something that does not work. Resume-sending is not a numbers game. You are NOT bound to win if you keep trying. If 9 months of sending resumes resulted in no interviews, the next 9 months are not bound to provide the lucky break.

To all the people who had bad luck with professional resume writers, my apologies. Your claims that resumes had errors (spelling, grammar, etc.) indicate that these were not professionals (whether certified or not). Most companies (or individuals) will guarantee their services. So, part of the burden is on the candidate - to demand satisfaction for services rendered.

Last, but not least, a professional resume writer can only operate with information you provide. So, if there is not much in your work experience to begin with, putting a pretty wrapper around it, however attractive, is still a pretty wrapper around thin air.

I am in support of casey45. If you bash professional services, do it with explanation, and provide full details.

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fayeee in Earlwood, Australia

33 months ago

:)

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fayeee in Launceston, Australia

29 months ago

yes but they didnt send me anything ... so i paid for nothing

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Robert Hennessy in Cleveland, Ohio

28 months ago

danah in La Jolla said: No, I think you could do it by yourself. Just mind the industry and adjust your resume fields to it.

I needed some plumbing work, and decided to that myself, too. Didn't turn out well, so I hired a professional. Same thing happened with my resumé. Finally, I got smart and hired a professional.

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caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

I'm astounded to see people pay so much for a CV writer, with less than impressive results! I run a CV writing service and never accept payment without the client's full satisfaction (approving or amending a draft first).

In my opinion most people need help with their CV, they just don't know it. It only takes a few errors for mistakes to be notable, potentially making the difference between getting an interview or getting binned. Some people don't even get their CV read, simply because they gave it in to the wrong person or didn't follow up the results.

I worked in Recruitment editing CVs and quickly realised that neither my CV, nor that of most of our candidates, were any good. It takes a lot of research before you can create a good CV, but if you are prepared to do the work at least have a friend or old boss read over the results.

It's rare that I don't get an interview or job I have applied for, but again, it's not solely down to having a good CV; it's also largely based on the initial impression you give when you first meet a company and the repertoire you can build in that short space of time. Ensure to ask for a (HR) manager and even point out some of your key skills and experience before leaving. I usually stay until I can pretty much guarantee an interview, either asking if they are considering work trials or pressing the point that I am free to start asap. Eagerness is good, just don't cross the line!

Having said that a good CV is important (and it is), it also takes a good manager to spot one and largely, they cannot tell. Just ensure you get the key points across- relevant work experience and key skills! Remember though, a good CV won't hurt but a bad one could lose you a job in times where jobs are rare!

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caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

Also (to add to my above comment), having researched many CV writing companies I can say that the results are varied and whilst you could have an exceptional final product, it's also likely you could pay for some pretty poor work (as some of you already know).

Always look at samples first (as an above poster mentioned) and don't be scared to go through their work with a fine-toothed comb. A good CV writer is both knowledgeable AND highly literate. A website is usually a good reflection of someone's CV writing abilities, as in a way it's a company's on-line CV. If their website doesn't read well or there are grammatical/ spelling errors, it's likely their CVs might be to the same quality.

A CV is a perfectionist's work and should be checked several times to eliminate errors and ensure fluidity. A good CV will demonstrate your skills- showing 'how' you are a 'good communicator' and 'where' you've used or gained these abilities. It will include statistics from your previous work, for example, by what percentage you might have increased sales or efficiency. It will eliminate any unnecessary or detrimental information (employers are not allowed to ask your age/ DOB, nationality, or ethnicity for example). I also find that the mark of a good CV is something many people overlook- your title! I know this sounds self-explanatory, but even professional CV writers forget to put Miss/ Mrs/ Ms/ Mr/ Dr etc. before your name, leaving it awkward for potential employers to contact you. Joe Smith could be a male or female and I know I've written emails to clients before wondering exactly how to address them (Joe would be a little too informal, but putting Mr. Smith for a lady would just be rude!). Look for the finer details- these are what really make the difference between a good and bad CV!

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

Before paying a dime for resume writing, consider all the free resources for resume writing. And remember every time you send in a resume you need to customize it each time to match the specific needs for that position.

And if you do pay someone else to help with the master resume, are you sure they know how to format it in a way that doesn't prevent it from being parsed by resume scanners? Depending on the statistics you use 20-25% of resumes from qualified candidates do not get considered because the formatting is so bad it cannot be properly parsed. And one source says 75% of resumes aren't considered because they don't use the relevant keywords.

Even if you're networking your way into an interview without going through HR or recruiters, chances are there are people you don't know will be involved in the hiring decision and they will use your resume during those discussions.

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JD in Yerington, Nevada

27 months ago

I agree with jenab's comments, and have a couple more...
Why pay (potentially) hundreds of dollars for someone to write a resume when, with a little research and thinking, you can write one that can be just as effective? Also, while professional writers can make a pretty resume, who knows you and your abilities better than you? I encourage people to write their own resumes, since they're the best judge of their abilities and knowhow. So what if it's not fancied up with flowery borders? Employers don't care about that stuff - they want to see what you can do, plain and simple, and a basic resume with solid information will do the job just fine at no cost to you.

One last thing - if you're out of work and looking for a job, do you want to spend money on a resume, or might it be better to use that money for rent/food/electricity?

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Caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

Having read the new comments, I can understand people's reservations. JD makes a good point when he(?) said that "if you're out of work and looking for a job, do you want to spend money on a resume...?" Having been out of work before, I can understand how every penny counts. However, I wouldn't completely dismiss the idea of a professionally written CV/ resume on this basis as it's more of an investment. Rent and food, whilst necessary, aren't going to get you a job. If you don't have the money for a CV writer then don't spend it by any means, but if you can afford it, it's worth considering.

It's best to take a blend of the advice given above. Always and without fail, do your research! In any case, whether or not you are having your resume professionally written or are writing it yourself, get on the internet and look at a range of advice. Even within the CV writing community, there is a variety of opinions on how a professionally written CV should look. That is because there is no set standard as it were- just codes of best practice. A resume can look great, but it needs to appeal to your specific field of employment and better still, specific employer. It's definitely wise to write role-specific resumes (one per job application) accompanied by an individual covering letter.

In conclusion- research your stuff! Research how to write a good CV if you're going to write one yourself and make sure to take this information from a range of sources. Research your prospective employers and include your relevant background information in your resume. Lastly, always research CV writers and their previous work if you're going to get one written.

Good-luck!

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JD in Yerington, Nevada

27 months ago

Thanks, Caela - you added what I should have (and yes, it's "he"). I should have been a bit more clear, I guess: Take a close look at what you should be spending your money on. If you have the means and desire to have a professional write your resume, then do so. I just see many people that spend their rent or food money on classes that they think they need to get employed or on professional resumes. Before long, they're homeless, which is a bigger problem than not having a good resume.

Caela gives some good advice in another area as well - Research! Research resume writing and writers before you spend money. Can you do a reasonably good resume on your own, or do you think you'd do better having a professional do one? Does the resume being written match the field and/or employer you're looking at? It's fine to have kind of a generalized resume, but to get the best results, you should have one (or several) that target specific positions with specific employers; if you're having one written, make sure the person writing it knows how to target the resume, or at least teaches you how to do so.

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Caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

Very well said, JD. Resume writing isn't rocket science and a little research could make some big improvements. Literary skills are also important, so have a few friends read through your work for their feedback. You could also get a free resume review from a professional service, but beware the sales pitch! Otherwise, try local job services, or maybe even ask an ex-employer or recruitment company for their opinion.

With the right information, most people can write a satisfactory entry to mid-level job application. Employers (depending on the type of job) might not be too pedantic over details as long as you include enough relevant information and present your resume in a clean and easy-to-read format, using clear headings and displaying information in order of relevance.

As a CV writer, I may be biased when I say there's nothing like an expert's touch to give you an edge. However, the deciding factor is whether or not your current resume is working for you. And having researched many CV writers, I'd be careful where you put your money! Looking at some of the finished examples on various professionals' websites, there are still many amendments I would have made had those CVs been sent to me. For the prices they charge, that's really quite shocking. To give a rough example of what you should be paying, I charge upwards of £15.

I'm still in the start-up stages of my company (having previously worked as a freelance CV writer), so I'd definitely appreciate your thoughts and expectations regarding pricing structures, services, website layout and content (etc.). If you'd be happy to help, in return, I'll try to answer any of your resume-related worries!

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

Can't agree more about having friends (and peers!) look at your resume.

If you're completely unfamiliar with the format, just look at the indeed format. Although I think the standards for CVs in the UK are different for resumes here in the US (or the where last time I checked).

Here in the US very few recruiters or employers are willing to look at a two page resume anymore (and really, in the age of LinkedIn, and the era of a 6 second resume read, it's not surprising).

No one will know your experience better than you will. But I do agree that there are times -- especially when transitioning into a new field -- were it can be worth paying for resume help. But make sure you know you're getting what you paid for. (Not that I think Caela isn't worth the £15). If you do it, I recommend going local where you can vet their references easily.

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Caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

Jenab is right that there are different standards between the US and UK when it comes to CV writing and as much as I hate to admit it, you guys are miles ahead! I actually far prefer the American format and my CVs are more in line with that, but here in the UK the 2 page CV still takes precedence. That is until we move ahead, but to be honest, I'm not sure which I prefer at this stage. I'll have to look into it more.

Erik, I think a lot of people can understand your anxiety in that situation, but have confidence in what you're doing and that will stand out to employers. There is nothing like a strong hand-shake and good eye contact to show you mean business! Believe in what you're doing and play to your strengths- if you have any work history, do mention the relevant aspects and say how you progressed in that role. Gear this in with your education, by saying how you're dedicated to achieving your career goals and your education is the platform from which you wish to launch yourself. Show you are knowledgeable and do a LOT of research into prospective companies; you will need to show your knowledge of their previous and current work, in detail where possible and demonstrate what aspects you can contribute to. Don't worry about your address either, I started out in a whole new place with an address 150 miles away and as long as you make it clear that you're relocating and it won't hinder your work, you'll do fine. Include your current address, but be sure to note "relocating to New York". I also think JD's offer is very sweet and shouldn't be passed up on!

Ahivie, I'm not sure if there's private messaging on here- I'm fairly new to this forum! If you can message me, I will give you my email address and I'd be happy to chat with you.

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JD in Yerington, Nevada

27 months ago

Caela, if you're willing, please write me as well - I need to get more knowledge on CV's, as I do have clients that are looking for overseas jobs from time to time.

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Erik in East Providence, Rhode Island

27 months ago

Thanks for the advice and thank you JD.

Erik in Providence, RI

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

Folks, just FYI, one of the two Indeed forum rules is no contact information (or adverts).

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Bean counter in San Jose, California

27 months ago

Can't believe one cannot write a decent resume himself, who knows better than yourself of what you actually do in your job? One can also copy-and-paste some of the job description that match yours so that the scanner can pick up the key words/phrases resulting in your resume made the cut for HR to review.

I'd read some resume wrote by 'professional' and it clearly shows the person's not from the applicant's specialized field. Another tip: look up the profiles from the famous internet site (we're not allowed to name the L site here), many posted theirs straight from their resume verbatim because they want their resume to be picked up by the employers who provide L with the key requirements.

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Krista Mitchell in Kennesaw, Georgia

27 months ago

My mistake. I apologize.

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Bean counter in San Jose, California

27 months ago

When I said to look up the L profiles, I meant to take note if those folks who are currently employed by those companies that you are interested. Since they're hired, they must be doing something right, well, at least their resume give you some hint.

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HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington

27 months ago

Bean counter in San Jose, California said: Can't believe one cannot write a decent resume himself, who knows better than yourself of what you actually do in your job? One can also copy-and-paste some of the job description that match yours so that the scanner can pick up the key words/phrases resulting in your resume made the cut for HR to review.

I don't know why the "you have to do it yourself" attitude persists when it comes to writing your resume. It's essentially like saying you should do your own taxes because nobody knows your finances better than you.

For people who are comfortable writing their own resume – and can produce an outstanding one – fantastic. For those whose strengths lie elsewhere, there is no reason not to hire a professional. In fact, I would say that recognizing where you can benefit from others' expertise is a far more valauble skill than being able to write your own resume.

You are correct that one needs to take automated screening systems into account. However, while cutting and pasting pieces of a job description may get your resume through the automated scanning process, but what happens when you resume is in the hands of a human? Is that person going to be engaged and compelled to move based on a resume that parrots their company's job description? Not likely.

Again, if you can create an accomplishment focused resume that clearly highlights your impact, do it. But there is no shame if you need to partner with someone to identify your strengths, uncover your acomplishments and present that info in the best light possible.

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caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom

27 months ago

Jenab, do you know if there is anyway we can private message on here? I'm fairly new to this forum, but I'd definitely like to chat with you guys.

JD I would love to make contact, just not sure how to do it! Let me know and I will get in touch!

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom said: Jenab, do you know if there is anyway we can private message on here? I'm fairly new to this forum, but I'd definitely like to chat with you guys.

JD I would love to make contact, just not sure how to do it! Let me know and I will get in touch!

I don't think there is at this time, at least not that I can see. But I've noticed that some people (like me) have their screen name linking back to a profile, so I'm wondering if that may change in the future.

You might want to go to www.indeed.com/support and make a suggestion under forums and ask for it. If enough people are asking for it they may add that feature.

I know just a couple weeks ago I couldn't see my own comments in one place and made a suggestion and now I can (it may be they were planning on that, but it was great to be able to see that now).

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JD in Yerington, Nevada

27 months ago

caela in Cardiff, United Kingdom said: JD I would love to make contact, just not sure how to do it! Let me know and I will get in touch!

They haven't removed my post to Erik (on page 1) yet; my e-mail is there.

And by the by, for anyone who may be wondering, I'm not trying to spam, and I'm not selling anything - just a guy who wants to help, no strings attached.

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

JD in Yerington, Nevada said: They haven't removed my post to Erik (on page 1) yet; my e-mail is there.

And by the by, for anyone who may be wondering, I'm not trying to spam, and I'm not selling anything - just a guy who wants to help, no strings attached.

I don't think anyone in this particular discussion is trying to spam; just the opposite. I think several people have been caught up in trying to be helpful. (and that's quite refreshing since some threads have a lot of negativity in them)

Since so many people were including their emails I wanted to make sure everyone was aware in case the comments disappeared. It seems to take a a few days for non-flagged comments to disappear if there are links or email addresses. I don't think Indeed has the no-contact information in forum comments rule just to curb ads, but to protect privacy, as it can be seen by anyone looking at the forums.

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington said: I don't know why the "you have to do it yourself" attitude persists when it comes to writing your resume.

Because no one knows your experience better than you do, and a standard resume is not complex.

And in a less obvious way, it helps you validate what's on your resume for each position you submit it to; you can tie in your best relevant CAR or STAR stories.

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Burnt Toast in Champaign, Illinois

27 months ago

I have paid $50 for someone to rewrite my resume. I had been using a resume created 6 years ago, but with updated job titles. The resume service shifted around sections, modified verbs so they sounded more active than passive, and created a transition between sections. I had had friends review my old resume, but it took someone who didn't know me to ask: "but what did you do here" or "how much positive change came out of this". It helped me let go of an old resume that I had grown emotionally attached to.

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jenab in Austin, Texas

27 months ago

Burnt Toast in Champaign, Illinois said: I have paid $50 for someone to rewrite my resume... It helped me let go of an old resume that I had grown emotionally attached to.

Good points. It took me 6 months to finally get around to overhauling my own resume, and it looks so much better

I keep a master doc of all my experience (and other info useful for applications). It made it easier to let go of certain things in the resume itself, especially knowing if it was relevant I could easily switch it out and not have to recreate it from memory.

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HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington

27 months ago

jenab in Austin, Texas said: Because no one knows your experience better than you do, and a standard resume is not complex.

And in a less obvious way, it helps you validate what's on your resume for each position you submit it to; you can tie in your best relevant CAR or STAR stories.

Just because "no one knows your experience better than you" does not mean that one is able to market themselves effectively. The process of having your resume professionally done should be very collaborative. As a professional resume writer and HR consultant, I can assert that a true professional will take his or her time to build a comprehensive understanding of your background and motivations, as well as help you uncover strengths and achievements. They then use the information they have gathered and their expertise in the job search process (automated resume screeners, HRIS, etc.) to present you in the best way possible.

Like I said before, if you are confident that you can create an outstanding resume, that is wonderful. But many people find it very difficult to see themselves objectively and market themselves effectively. That is why it can be extremely smart investment to employ a professional resume writer.

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JD in Fernley, Nevada

27 months ago

HR Uncovered, I can certainly see your point; some people aren't comfotable or able to market themselves, andin that case, a "pro from Dover" may be a good idea. If I gave the impression in any of my posts that prfessional resume writers should never be used, I apologize; that was never my point. I just see may people who go instantly to a pro and assume that they're going to make the best resume in the world - which is not always the case. If one is wanting a resume, I believe they should first consider whether they can make a good one on their own first: that's where I believe "know thyself" comes into play, so far as resumes. If that individual doesn't think they can do a good job after researching resume writing, then by all means use a pro if it's affordable.
And you're right in another area as well - if a pro is called upon, it should be a collaboration, not just a "give me your work history and I'll tell you when it's done." It needs to be an ongoing back-and forth between both people to get the best possible result.

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HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington

27 months ago

JD in Fernley, Nevada said: HR Uncovered, I can certainly see your point...

Yes. And I have to put an exclamation point behind "do your research!" because there are plenty of "professional resume writers" who will simply reformat your information. There is little value in that. And while affordable is likely important to many, I would caution people from simply evaluating professionals on price.

BTW – I had to Google "A Pro From Dover." Thank you for a new term. :)

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JD in Fernley, Nevada

27 months ago

HR Uncovered in Seattle, Washington said: Yes. And I have to put an exclamation point behind "do your research!" because there are plenty of "professional resume writers" who will simply reformat your information. There is little value in that.

I agree, to a point - sometimes, all a resume needs is a little reformat to change it from decent to great, especially for electronic submissions. BUT, in my opinion, if that's all a pro is seeing wrong with an existing resume, then they should be upfront and say so, either showing the individual the needed changes or charging a reduced amount or doing it for free.

In any case, with it being a collaboration, the writer should be honest and explain what they're doing and why, whether it's a simple reformat or a complete overhaul.

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Jacalyn in Mumbai, India

23 months ago

I paid for CV Writing from a company called dubai-forever.com. They specialize in customizing International resumes according to Middle East standards. They delivered quite on time and am happy with the results, since I got the job I was looking for in Dubai, UAE. I received personal attention too, as they are a small firm.

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Linda in Wake Forest, North Carolina

23 months ago

I used beach resume based in nc. I went from no calls for interviews to 5 in two weeks time.

i have used more expensive services in the past, but didnt have the results that i did with rukia. Maybe coincidence, but i dont think so. She's affordable and fast, and did a great job. I am getting interviews (about to go on a second interview!!), and am very happy with her and my results.

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Unemployed Sap in Asbury Park, New Jersey

21 months ago

I used a service and have been very pleased. I'm sure it depends on your background and the writer. There's good resume services and bad ones out there.....

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Unemployed Sap in Asbury Park, New Jersey

21 months ago

Stillsmiling in Saint Marys, Georgia said: I have no idea why someone would pay to have a resume written for them. With all the ones you can find online...FOR FREE!!...where you just put in your information? Very easy to do. If you aren't sure how to use those key words, read someone elses resume that has a job or some from online. They give pretty good examples of what to do. Save your money and do it yourself. Then you will also be very sure of what is on your resume.

well, i did it that way for a year with no results. at least now im getting calls, which is more than i used to be able to say. if i could interview better i might actually get a job :/

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

21 months ago

Not only that, by writing your resume yourself you will be sure it will present what you want to present, in your own words. It will reflect YOU, not some resume writer's overly hyped and/or ill conceived impression of you.

I regard resume writing as a first step for interview prep. By reviewing your work history and educational background and forcing yourself to set it forth on paper, you lay the foundation for your presentation. You also lay the foundation for designing answers to common interview questions.

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

21 months ago

I had my resume done years ago. At first I thought the writer emailed me the wrong person's resume.

I didn't know I had those skills!

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

20 months ago

Spamming resume services violates forum rules.

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KL in London, Kentucky

19 months ago

I have used one before. I paid $32 for a resume. Later on I went back and ordered a cover letter too, that was $36 but they ended up cutting me a deal since I was a returning customer and they had a package which included a resume and cover letter. The guy who wrote it was really nice. I spoke to him on the phone and through email to tell him what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend it because I got phone calls for interviews literally within a week after being unemployed for about 6 months. If I ever decide to leave my current job, I'd order another one. It was more than worth it for $32.

Look up coverletterpros.com that's who I went with. The owner runs a blog too with a lot of good career advice.

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ToBoeingOrNotToBoeing in Seattle, Washington

19 months ago

gatorfanatic in Orange Park, Florida said: I thought about having someone write mine but I found this link and decided to do it myself. I do believe it is better to write your own because only you know yourself best:

www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html

Agree 100% - I probably would never pay anyone. I'm happy to design or help someone, if they need help. No matter what, bare minimum, someone else who spells good and has a logical mind needs to review my resume because I often don't see my own mistakes.

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