Resume writing services exist to optimize the one factor you have complete control over in your job search: your resume. Though you can’t control the job market, the quality of other applicants, nor the hiring manager, you can control how well your skills and experience are being marketed, in an attempt to earn you job interviews.
For a one-off fee you can pay a resume writer to craft a compelling new document, that will give you confidence in your job search while – hopefully – increasing your call back rate. However, the standard of such resume writing services, along with the quality of the resume writers you work with, can vary from company to company.
We decided to review a selection of resume writing services online and see how they compare. Here’s the Resume Writer Direct 2015 review of the best resume writing services online.
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These guys have been in the resume writing industry for a long time. They have years of experience amongst their staff, though with such a dated looking website I wonder how u-to-date their team are. Nevertheless, they offer a selection of specialist services for different career levels and offer plenty of assurance about the quality of their resume along with guaranteeing an interview.
Best Feature – they state that they will guarantee an interview within 60 days, or rewrite your resume absolutely free. This certainly provides peace of mind; however if the quality is lacking first time round, how can you know their second attempt will be any better?
Negatives – their professional level resume service costs $199.95. If you want a quick turn 24 hour around, they’ll charge an additional $75 bucks!
How RWD have them beat – we not only allow you to revise your resume, but we also offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee, something resume writers do not.
Career Igniter offer an attractive website that’s easy to navigate and looks great. Their resume writers apparently all hold CPRW and CNRWA certifications, which may explain why they charge $229 for a professional resume service. That said, the resume writing service turn around time is 3-5 days, and comes with a 30-day revisions policy. This may infer that their emphasis goes on quality, however there is no explanation of the writing process to be found anywhere on their site, and there is no obvious support number to call, nor live chat. As a shopper I’d like to be access such details, before paying $229 for my resume – and even $89 for a cover letter!
Best Feature – they have a neat site, and apparently have very highly certified writers.
Negatives – there’s absolutely no explanation of how their resume writing services works, and no obvious customer support to get in touch with either. Can you speak to anyone over the phone? Does your writer communicate with you directly? Do you offer any guarantees?
How RWD have them beat – we have resume experts at hand 10-6 EST each day ready to field your calls, we provide money back guarantee, and our writing fees are considerably cheaper since you work directly with your writer!
Career & employment king-pins Live Career offer a vast range of services, including a popular resume builder, an abundance of job seeker resources and career advice articles, even resume writing services. Their prices are quite reasonable, though the professional and executive level services are still more expensive than RWD. With such a big company you’d expect the resume quality to be fairly decent, however if the resume sample that is shown on the resume writing page looks awfully similar to something created by a resume builder; lists of duty focused bullet points with no references to the client’s personal achievements, very impersonalized. However, there is a direct customer support number you can call if you’d like to speak to someone, I’m sure they’ll have a lot to say about the quality of their service.
Best Feature – optional one-to-one phone consultation with writer (though this may cost extra $$) and a reliable name company
Negatives – their service only offers one round of revisions, so you better hope it’s not a cookie-cutter resume builder resume, and that they actually do a good job straight off the bat.
How RWD have them beat – we can guarantee you work directly with your writer who will tailor a new document from scratch, using unique content, personally crafted based on your career information. You can also work with that writer to revise and edit your resume until you’re completely satisfied…all at a more reasonable price.
GOT THE JOB
Gotthejob.com offer a plethora of resume writing services, based on not only your career level but industry type also. Does this mean you work with a more specialist writer? Their goal is to provide you with a unique resume each time, written from scratch so I hope they can provide that extra expertise, though it’s not clear from looking at their website which is kind of word-heavy and hard to navigate. Their prices are higher than the other companies we’ve looked at, with professional level services ranging from $279 – $359. However, this does include a cover letter and thank you letter. Their resume samples look pretty good, and there’s a push to up-sell their other products like LinkedIn so if you’re looking to spend some cash and get everything you need, you could do worse.
Best Feature – plenty of job search support available and a wide range of packages for different career paths, all back personally by the highly experienced king of career coaches, Don Goodman.
Negatives – writing plans are more expensive that competing companies, and the standard service takes 4-5 days, though expedited services are available.
How RWD have them beat – we are adaptable to providing whichever documents you need; if you just want a resume, or a cover letter, or a LinkedIn profile, we can offer these services one-by-one via our website. We also provide a money back guarantee and a quicker standard writing time of just 72 hours.