Professional resumé writing services is expensive to tap. I have to agree with that notion. One of these firm, Resumé Edge, charges around $180 for their resumé writing offerings.
Regarding this concern, the normal question is, "Is $180 too much for getting a resumé written professionally?"
A Resumé is an Art
First, please look at your resumé and compare it with some sample resumé templates in Resumé Edge. Can you prepare a resumé of that quality?
If so, then there is no need for you to read this article, right? I have looked at so many resumés made by students and anyone will be surprised to see the mistakes that will definitely lower their chances to get called for an interview.
I must highlight this — a resumé with mistakes wouldn’t get anyone any interview call from potential employers.
Common Resumé Mistakes
Here is a list of some of the most common mistakes in resumés I have come across with:
- One page resumé with not enough information
- Master’s level student will have just 1 or 2 projects listed
- Objective is not clear.
- Skills set will list all programming languages, but no projects to support them
- Spelling Mistakes
- Format looks crumbled or too tight(not appealing)
- Missing phone numbers and email address
- Don’t have a copy in ASCII format.
$180 for Resumé Writing
Let’s face it, you should have spent $20,000 to $50,000 in a graduate education and might be willing to spend $4 on a Starbucks coffee once per day or several times a week.
And maybe $10 for a movie ticket, $200 for an iPhone, etc., but unwilling to spend $180 for something that will ultimately get you full time job.
If you just make a one-time expense of $180, that resumé can be modified and used for next the 4 to 5 years before you will need to get it thoroughly revamped with your new job experiences and skills learned.
There are many resumé writing services out there. I have personally used 2 of the best, but I recommend Resumé Edge because I was not satisfied with other services.
I say this because with Resumé Edge, you get
- Word Document Resumé
- ASCII format of the same resumé
- Online link to your resumé (easy to send to employer or creative resumé marketing).
The other services will not give the same above offerings for only $180. Go with full resumé writing service based on your experience (entry level, student, etc.) with Resumé Edge, not just for a resumé review or resumé critique.
If you are thinking of spending for a professional resumé writing service, please do it before making actual job searches, not 1 month before your 90 days OPT expiration date comes.
Related: What Recruiters Look in the Resumé