ltj8765 wrote: »
I think there might be some good writers out there, but with the myriad of bad ones, it is hit or miss with odds seeming to be more on the miss.
danny069 wrote: »
There is nothing in the world you can't do yourself.
astrogeek wrote: »
I think this is pretty much the case. I'd take a guess that about 90% aren't very good at all, but the ones that are good can help. However, anytime you have someone else do your resume you should make some small edits to personalize it to your liking.
What makes finding a good resume service very difficult is that there are a lot of websites that get paid to advertise for the bad ones. Many of those websites are masked as "reviews" for these resume writing companies, so essentially you'll see great reviews for what really are crappy, or at best mediocre services.
I used ResumeEdge.com. I did a bunch of research and they seemed to have some of the best reviews from what I could gather. I forget exactly what I paid, but I had a LinkedIn discount and some other discount that brought it to about $300 for writing my resume, cover letter, and my LinkedIn profile.
I really liked my resume writer. She had been a recruiter for about 15 years so she had plenty of experience handling resumes - this was really what I was looking for, professional advice from someone that deals with resumes on a daily basis - so that alone was worth the entire cost. My resume writer also debunked a common myth that resumes should only be one page, she basically said you don't want to leave out something just to cram everything on one page, and honestly that seems to make a lot of sense to me. I didn't even think I could create a 2 page resume for myself considering I have very little IT experience, but she gave me a very nice looking 2 page resume that is leaps and bounds better than what I could have done on my own.
I did make a lot of changes to it after I got it, but that's not to say I didn't like what was made for me, any good resume should be personalized to you and that's basically what I did after I got it. I kept the general layout the same, there were just some minor changes here and there that I personally thought was better. The linkedIn profile was kind of a joke because it was basically just my resume in a format that would work on LinkedIn, I could have done that myself, but with the discount I had it was only like $10 so I don't really care. I was happy to get the cover letter though, I really had no idea what a cover letter was supposed to look like anyway and my writer gave me some good ideas of what it should look like - again, I made some changes to mine and generally you'll want to curtail the cover letter to each job you apply for.
Overall I'm very happy with what I paid for, just keep in mind where I was coming from and what my expectations were. I had a horribly written resume that I had assembled myself after downloading various resume templates online - I really didn't know what I was doing and it showed in what I had. I was just looking for some sort of base resume I could then work off of, something to give me a professional point in the right direction and I feel that's exactly what I got.
It really all depends what you expect from a resume writing service. At the end of the day any service will, (and should be), one experienced person and their opinions crafting your resume. This is why I made some small changes, but generally I think my resume writer really knew what she was doing and did a good job so I'm happy. But I haven't been looking for other jobs lately so I can't honestly say it's helped my career yet. Ultimately I feel it was well worth the $300 or so I paid, I mean I've spent 3 times that much on lab equipment, but a stack of Cisco switches and routers aren't going to get you into a job interview!
jsb515 wrote: »
Has anyone here paid someone or had some place online make their resumes stand out more? if so how much did you pay and where?
PocketLumberjack wrote: »
I used my college to help with my resume. They will help with resumes for free up to 5 years after graduation. It was really helpful to have another set up eyes look it over and help with structure.