You’re probably here because you’re looking to hire a company to create a resume for your job search. If you are a senior or executive level employee, this article will provide you with the information you need to consider before working with an executive resume writing company.
There is a lot to consider before you choose the right company for you. Things to consider are how much you should expect to pay, how to decide which company to work with, and how long you will wait for your resume to be completed.
1. Pricing: How much should I expect to pay?
There is a significant difference in the pricing between an executive resume writing service, and non-executive service. Even between the various executive resume writing services, there is a big rang in pricing.
All of the pricing details have been figured out for you. In short, the answer is $500 - $3,000 for an executive resume. For a detailed breakdown of resume writing service costs, check out this article.
These services should be thought of as an investment. Also, keep in mind that many of the companies are built around one resume writing expert. But they end up outsourcing most of the resume writing work to inexperienced writers.
2. Overall design: What does a good resume look like?
You would never hire a plumbing service, or a childcare provider without doing a thorough review of the quality of service they provide. You should do the same thing when you’re looking for an executive resume writing service. Be sure when you are reviewing each company that you find samples of resumes they’ve done.
One of the companies that you will see listed in the pricing comparison article is Find My Profession. To give you an idea of what a sample resume looks like, here is a stellar resume sample from Find My Profession.
3. Writer credentials: How do I know who to hire?
Another thing you need to consider when comparing the different companies is their credentials. As mentioned before this is an important investment you will be making. You want to make sure the company you work with has some type of legitimate credentials.
One such type of credential to look for is writers that are CPRWs, which stands for Certified Professional Resume Writers.
CPRW is the global standard for professional resume writers. This certification gives the general public the means to select the industry’s best resume writing professionals.
4. Warranty/revision period: What type of warranty is offered?
The next thing to consider is the overall revision period, and the warranty or guarantee provided by the executive resume writing company.
Are they just going to send you over your resume and say "good luck!" Or are they going to allow you to make edits? If so, how many edits and how long do you have to make these edits?
To give you a good idea of what to expect, the standard for Find My Profession is to allow 1-2 weeks of unlimited revisions. Many companies will offer this kind of a revision period, but not all.
5. Company reviews: How do I find the best services?
Company reviews are another essential component to your executive resume writing company research. Don’t be overwhelmed trying to find reviews for the companies you are researching. But remember to look at other sites other than the company’s personal website for reviews.
The other sites you want to look at are third-party websites, such as Trustpilot. These sites will provide you with great reviews from an unbiased source. They are also the most credible sites. You will, of course, want to only keep companies with a majority of 5-star reviews on your list of companies to consider hiring.
To get you started, let’s take a look at Trustpilot. They have a lot of high-quality reviews to look through.
6. Phone consultations: Will I talk with the resume writer?
Find out about the rest of the process for each of the executive resume writing companies. One thing to ask about is if they do phone consultations.
Some companies will provide worksheet only services, where they have you fill out a form giving them information about yourself. Worksheet only services are not a great option as they don’t allow the company to dig deep for more details they will likely need to provide you with the best service possible.
7. Turnaround Time: How long should I expect to wait?
Finally, you want to figure out the turnaround time for each company. If you are not in a time crunch, this may not be a big factor. You can expect turnaround times to range anywhere from 5 business days, all the way up to 20 business days.
A 7-10 business day turnaround is pretty standard and what you should be expecting. Anything shorter (if it is not sacrificing quality) is just a bonus.