How Much Does a Resume Writer Cost?

Just like any service-based business, the cost of a professional resume varies greatly by location, the amount of the client’s work experience, and the level of experience of the writer.

The only thing I am going to advise staying away from are the too good to be true deals to draft a resume. I’ve seen ads on Craiglist offering to write a resume for $50. Trust me when I say you do not want a Craiglist resume writer. I have had several clients come to me after trying to go the more economical route and their resumes were disastrous. There is no way that $50 would compensate a professional resume writer for all the time it would take to customize your resume. 

Also, fully customizing/designing and drafting a resume takes hours. You want a resume writer who is not using templates or fillable forms. I myself fully design each resume’s overall theme, colors, fonts, and descriptions to each client. No two resumes are the same. I take what I do very seriously. It is not just slapping words on an already designed template – EVERYTHING is custom and every detail thought out. 

You’re probably saying okay you still haven’t told me how much does a resume writer cost so here goes…

The biggest deciding factor in resume prices is most definitely the experience level of the writer. Top resume writers in the US can charge upwards of $1k for an executive resume. However, most resume writers charge anywhere between $200-$750 for their services. I suggest shopping around and interviewing potential resume writers until you find the professional who will fit your needs/time frame, budget, and even personality. 

I have been professionally writing resumes for almost four years now and for the first time raised my prices in January to $250 for a standard resume. The cost goes up from there so if you are an executive level professional the cost is $500. I also offer lower rates for high school students ($75) and recent college graduates ($150).

I also offer a wide array of ala carte services and always offer free resume reviews and consultations. Please feel free to send me your resume for a free review and consultation. 

 

 

Job Rejection SUCKS
Resume Help - Job Rejection

I can’t tell you how many jobs I thought I was a 100% shoe-in for an interview that NEVER CALLED ME. Or how about the unicorn jobs where you get so excited and start daydreaming about your new career (and life) only to get the “We’ve decided to go in a different direction” email. What a blow to the ego; self-doubt starts creeping in and you question everything you thought you knew including if you’ll ever find a job.

Being rejected just sucks but it is just a reality of the job search. And trust me when I say that we have all been there; even those who seem to have it all together. Because the truth is – no one has it all together. Everyone has suffered from rejection, but we just don’t talk about it.

Now more than ever with so many people unemployed and looking for work the job market has become overwhelmingly in favor of employers. Talking to recruiters and watching job postings on LinkedIn and Indeed, some positions have upwards of hundreds of applicants. This is why putting your best resume product forward is the only hope you have and that is not guaranteed to work either (and make sure you get your resume in early!!).

Rejected Resume

Was there a mistake? Didn’t align your qualifications with the job posting? ATS screened you out for lack of keywords? Or maybe you just didn’t have all of the qualifications required? Maybe your salary requirements were too high? Maybe the person hired ended up being internal (or knew someone working at the company and was recommended for the position – this happens more than you think!). Maybe your resume was bland/boring and the recruiter passed right over it.

THIS IS WHY CUSTOMIZING YOUR RESUME IS SO IMPORTANT. Your resume appearance is the one thing you have some control over in the job search. Keep your audience in mind (ATS and recruiters) and make sure that every resume you submit is fully customized for the position. Take the time to put forth the effort into your resume and I promise you, it will pay off. I have several other blog posts on the subject of resume content and creation to help put your best foot forward – check them out!

Rejected Ego

Aside from the mechanics of your resume, the bruised ego sucks. I know it is difficult to not take rejection personal but that is the first step in accepting that rejection is just a part of life.

Once the haze of self-doubt starts lifting, I always try to look for the positive to get myself out of the dumps. I still struggle with this but I just keep reminding myself over and over to see the silver lining in everything. Because I deeply believe that we are all on a journey and that somethings are guided by fate and others are due to the choices we make. We don’t always know where we are going or where we will end up but trusting in yourself and having a little bit of faith will take you far.

I can now say that every rejection I’ve experienced in my career actually turned out to be for the best. Something better has always come along and each opportunity has opened doors that I never even imagined could be opened. You just have to keep trying, keep your head up, and believe in yourself.

So now, instead, of beating myself up over being rejected, I trust that something better and what is truly meant for me will come along. I learn from rejection. I claim it, own it, and no longer allow it to have power over me.  I grow from the bad experiences more than I ever will from the good and that’s okay. I’m okay saying I have failed a hundred times but all it took was one success.

Keep your head up job seeker – better days are ahead.

And if you need help after a Job rejection – resume help is closer than you think. We offer the best resume writing services with 100% satisfaction guaranteed and no templates are ever used.

ATS Friendly Resumes

Job seekers – by now you have heard the words ATS (or Applicant Tracking System). ATS is software used by most large employers to streamline the recruiting and hiring process and cull through the resumes (often in the hundreds) submitted for any given position. Chances are if you are applying for a position through an online platform – the company is using ATS to screen applicants, and editing your resume to be be ATS friendly resume is the first step to securing an interview.

Content is King

The ATS is tasked with filtering and ranking resumes depending on the parameters set by the recruiter. The most common tool used for filtering and ranking is keyword searches. Being able to predict the correct keywords will boost your resume’s chance of being filtered into the search results so make sure your resume has the correct keywords. It really is not that difficult to identify keywords – it is just time consuming and tedious. For example, if the job posting is for a Marketing and Communications Manager, you best have these keywords included in your resume. Likewise, if the position calls for certain attributes and requirements, make sure those keywords are found in your resume (the skills section is a great place for keywords).

One thing I want to stress is DO NOT just riddle your resume with random keywords. Make sure they sound appropriate and by all means – make sure they apply to you.

I also want to point out that keywords are great but make sure you are also aligning your experience with the requirements of the position so when an actual person does read your resume they can see you are qualified for the position and not just a keyword warrior!

Formatting is Queen

Another very important part of ATS friendly resumes is mindfulness of formatting. ATS algorithms are often outdated and cannot always discern objects, images, text boxes, etc. in your resume. That is why I suggest making sure your resume headings are simple, has consistent formatting, and has as few tables and text boxes as possible. I know I love the look and simplicity of a well-placed tables and text boxes in a resume, but they are often difficult for the ATS to read. Also, always make sure you are uploading your resume in a .pdf. or .docx format.

Finally, I always recommend that you have the .docx version of your ATS friendly resume handy while applying. You can easily copy and past from the resume into the online platform to make sure everything is correct in the fillable sections.

Just remember that the ATS is not as difficult or scary as people set it up to be. Study the position, identify what you think the keywords are, and tailor your resume to the position. Do this every time for every job. And if you are still not getting any interviews, it might be time to call a resume consultant to take a peak at your resume and identify potential issues.

 

 

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Top 5 Resume – DON’TS

 

I always spend a lot of time educating clients about what their resumes SHOULD include that I sometimes overlook the biggest MISTAKES they can make on your resume. Your resume is the very first impression that a potential employer receives, so make it stand out – in a good way! Do your research and spend the time on your resume that it deserves. I promise you will not be disappointed in the end.

This is obviously in no way a complete of list don’ts since there are so many specific no-no’s I encounter, but I consider these five my ultimate just don’t do it tips!

 

  1. Grammatical mistakes or misspellings. Spellcheck can be your best friend and will usually catch spelling errors for words found in the dictionary, but don’t count on spellchecker to catch jargon spelling mistakes, capitalization mistakes, homophonic issues, and typos that are actual other words (for years mine was ‘hte’ instead of ‘the’ 😊) (https://www.lifehack.org/). Seriously, take the time to read, reread, and reread again to make sure you don’t have any grammatical or spelling errors. PRO TIP: Print off your resume when reviewing and give to a trusted friend or family member to also read through. They might catch something you missed.

 

  1. Headshots. Unless you are a model or someone looking to be hired on appearance, just don’t do it. Do you really want someone to make a decision on whether you would make a good fit for a position based upon your appearance? I’m no spring chicken and no cover girl, but do I want to announce my age on my resume? Besides, if recruiters really want to see what you look like they will likely find you on social media (so monitor your content or make sure your settings are private). PRO TIP: Include a URL link to your LinkedIn profile where recruiters can see your professional headshot along with all your wonderful qualifications.

 

  1. Personal References. I get what you’re trying to convey (your upfront and have nothing to hide), but just don’t include the personal information for your references. You can say “References Available Upon Request” – or something to that affect – but don’t just give a potential employer your references’ information. That should be something provided by you at a later date and with express consent given to the potential employer.

 

  1. Salary. You don’t want to be knocked out of the race before you get to the gate, do you? Salaries should be negotiable based upon your experience, skill level, and the total benefits package offered. Who’s to say you wouldn’t take less salary in exchange for more PTO, better flexibility, or other perks being offered? If the job posting requires salary information or expectations, include it in your cover letter but I always let employers know that salary is negotiable based upon the total benefits package being offered. Otherwise, you could include a separate document which addresses/lists your salary history.

 

  1. Personal Information (Age, Race, Religion, Nationality). These are all legally protected areas from outright discrimination against employment, but unfortunately it still happens. Just don’t give anyone the reason to stereotype you or pass on your resume because of personal information.

Again, there are many more resume don’ts that are specific to each individual’s situation but these are my Top 5 Resume – Don’ts. If you would like a professional’s opinion, send me your resume for a free consultation.

 

Resume Formatting

“Resume formatting is as unique as the individual, with limitless designs available to highlight a job seeker’s skills and experience.”

Resume Formatting 

Resume formatting 101. What type of resume format is best for you?

 

Just like your resume, the format in which you use is very specific to your situation. While I can’t tell you which is best for you. I can offer some insight into the most common resume formats, but please consider your situation and what information you would like to highlight on your resume before starting.

 

Chronological Resumes

 

By far the most common resume format is the good old chronological resume. If you have an existing or older resume, I’m guessing this is the format it is in. The chronological resume is:

 

  • The simplest of all resume formats.
  • Chronological listing of your jobs and responsibilities/achievements. Starting with your most recent job and ending with your first job.
  • Good for anyone who wants to demonstrate a history of employment in the same profession.

 

Functional Resumes

 

The functional resume is a great way to showcase your skills with a deemphasis on employment. I don’t typically use this resume format for my clients because it is less effective than other formats. You’re definitely taking a risk with this one… However, if you do like living life on the edge or your situation fits, why not shaking things up a bit if you fall into these situations:

 

  • Expert level professionals in their field who almost need no introduction.
  • People who are looking to change up their career and move in a new direction and want to downplay the specific employers/experience and instead focus on the skills gained through other employment.
  • Entry level individuals – recent high school or college graduates – or those looking to return to the workforce after a hiatus.

 

Combination Resumes

 

This is by far my favorite resume format to use. Because the resumes I am writing for clients are as unique as their work experience, career goals, and ambitions, I take all things into consideration when drafting their resume. My focus is what information will get the resume seen by the recruiter and get my client an interview? This type of resume is best for everyone really because the options, design, and overall purpose of the resume are endless. Some things to consider with a combination resume:

 

  • Flexibility! You literally can do whatever you want. The focus is highlighting your strengths, skills, accomplishments, and experience. That’s what makes this resume format so great and my go to.

 

So what should you include in your combination resume?

 

  1. Always include your target job title in the heading. This is the job you want/are applying for.
  2. Performance profile section. This is your brief statement about what sets you apart from other applicants. This is not to be confused with the old “objective” statement (get rid of this NOW if you are still using one!). Summarize your work experience, education, talents, skills, accomplishments – this is where you can brag a little. Be your own cheerleader! Your resume is your personal PR ad to employers and this section is a great way to get their attention.
  3. Professional skills section. These are the specific professional skills you possess with respect to your experience/job (i.e. multitasking, writing, editing, project management, etc.). PRO TIP – make sure your skills align with those in the job posting!
  4. Technical skills section. This is where you can list any and all computer software, programs, or other technical skills you have that relate to your job (i.e. Office 365, Quickbooks, Spotify, Facebook Ads Manager, Google AdWords, etc.).
  5. Professional experience. No explanation necessary. This is then when, where, and what of your employment history.
  6. Education section. Always make sure you are listing your education. However, if you are a college graduate, there is no need to include your high school information. If you don’t possess a degree, include your high school information as well as any applicable courses and/or training you have received.
  7. Depending on the client, we may also include sections on awards, certifications, personal interests, patents, special projects, volunteer work, etc. The possibilities are endless and depend on the person and what we are trying to highlight.

 

As always, if you have any questions about your resume format, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

 

 

 

Resume Writing 101: Top 3 Resume Tips

 

I have so many pointers for writing a great resume that I can’t wait to share with everyone. But to start, I am giving you my top 3 resume writing tips.

 

  1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

My number one of all number ones in resume writing is: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Seriously! Any good author knows she/he must write for their audience. Your resume is no different than any other great work of informative writing so know your audience, study your audience, and write with them in mind.

So who is your audience anyway? Most likely a recruiter or HR manager but don’t neglect the resume gatekeeper – resume databases (or more likely referred to as Applicant Tracking Systems). Your resume should be written with keyword rich text that applies to the job posting. I’m not saying fudge your resume with experience you are lacking. Instead, make sure that your experience aligns with and compliments the job posting. If the posting calls for 10+ years’ experience or excellent customer service skills – make sure this is demonstrated on your resume.

 

  1. CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME TO EACH JOB POSTING

My second resume writing tip is a close second and goes hand-in-hand with knowing your audience: CUSTOMIZE, CUSTOMIZE, CUSTOMIZE. What do I even mean when I say this? There is no one-size fits all resume. If you a serious about your job search you will take the extra time to tailor your resume to each job you want to apply for.

First, I suggest starting with a generic resume because each job you apply for will be different – even if it is the same target job title. It will have different requirements and/or preferred requirements so make sure you are demonstrating the requirements of each specific job you are applying for in your resume.

Great questions to ask while drafting your resume: What story are you trying to tell about yourself? What do want recruiters to know about you? What sets you apart from other job seekers? Showcase that information when relevant to the position.

 

  1. EDITING YOUR RESUME

Edit and then edit some more. Your resume shouldn’t be just one draft. It should be many drafts and many edits. People often overlook how important their resume truly is. I mean it is likely one of the most, if not the most, important financial documents you have in your arsenal. It is the document that makes or breaks your job search. Have a poorly written and formatted resume and you will likely not get the call backs or interviews you were hoping.

So now that you have your resume drafted. Go back and do these things:

  • Remove repetitious information.
  • Condense long sentences.
  • Remove words that don’t add value.
  • Make sure your tenses are consistent.
  • Check your spelling and grammar.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Cut out overused pronouns.
  • Action words are your best friend. Use them throughout your resume.
  • No long paragraphs. I will go as high as three sentences in a paragraph.
  • Bullet point important information.

If you have any questions or need any help, please contact me. I’m always happy to help and love talking resumes and everything job search related.

Professional Resume Writer

 

Hello, World! 

February 18, 2020

Hi! My name is Tania and I love helping others in their job search efforts. There is nothing more exciting than hearing about a client’s new job, raise, or promotion. 

I’m so excited to begin my blogging adventure. I have so many fun topics I want to discuss. Yay!

Are there any topics you would like to discuss? Let me know.