If you're a director, VP, or C-suite executive looking for your next big opportunity in Cowtown, you need to make a big impression—not just in person, but on paper.
When your resume goes out into the world, it is assessed first by a computer, then by an HR professional with only six seconds to dedicate to it. Your resume needs to have an instant impact. But how do you achieve that when you are trying to squeeze your vast work experience onto one or two pieces of paper?
You hire a professional executive resume writer.
There are dozens of executive resume writing services in Calgary that can help you create not just a compelling job history, but a refined personal brand. So why not take the plunge?
To make finding a resume service easier, use this list of the very best executive resume writing Calgary has to offer.
Best Executive Resume Services in Calgary
If you are in a hurry and don't want to read our detailed reviews below, here is a list of the Best Executive Resume Services in Calgary:
- Find My Profession (that's us!)
- Docherty Career Management
- Career Impressions
- Calgary Resume Centre
- Wordscapes Resume Service
- We Love Resumes
- Resume Target
- Resume Calgary
- Calgary Resume Services
- Calgary Career Counseling
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession
Find My Profession is not just a top-notch executive resume service available in Calgary. We are a global company headquartered in the US on a mission to master effective, ATS compatible resumes that convert into offers.
A major perk of Find My Profession is that we are not a one-person shop.
Collectively, our team of elite resume writers has experience in 85+ unique industries/professions. This allows us to assign you a professional writer (in the United States) based on your unique background and experience.
We are also not a resume factory. We will never use “ghostwriters”. You will have your resume writer’s name, email, and phone number for direct communication.
With 100+ 5-star reviews and a 60-day interview guarantee that speaks for itself, you can sleep easy knowing that your satisfaction is our #1 priority.
Pros: Find My Profession commits to working with each client until they are completely satisfied. Don’t worry about having a limited number of edits, or a set amount of time with your writer.
Cons: Find My Profession is a virtual/online company. While we provide services in your city, we don’t have a physical office. Also, with a focus on more senior positions, our entry-level resume service may be a bit pricey for recent graduates.
Turnaround: 3-5 business days. Can expedite to 2 business days.
Cost: $695–895 USD.
Phone: (831) 888-0967
Don't take our word for it, check out some of our 5-star reviews.
2. Docherty Career Management
Docherty Career Management, located in the Suncor Energy Centre, is run by former employment agency owner Ken Docherty. Ken has written award-winning resumes and was the first resume writer in Canada to be asked to join the Forbes Coaches’ Council. As you look through his resume gallery, you will immediately see some gorgeous CEO samples. That is how good Ken will make you look on paper. He is also an experienced executive recruiter and has conducted recruitment campaigns for some of the world's leading employers, including Shell, Chevron, Teck, Fluor, IBM, Motorola, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank.
Pros: Ken Docherty’s top resume packages include something intriguing: a ‘Think Ahead’ resume update in one year’s time. That’s a unique offering in this industry.
Cons: To be frank, it is hard to find a flaw in Ken’s approach. It would have been nice to be able to find a phone number on the website, but that's about all we can come up with.
Turnaround: 5 business days.
Phone: Contact through the website’s contact page.
3. Career Impressions
Career Impressions is a resume writing service exclusively for executives, run by professional resume writer and interview coach Adrienne Tom. Adrienne creates original, effective personal branding packages for top-tier professionals and has written hundreds of resumes for people in the C-suite over the last 13 years. She provides loads of resume samples on her website that will make you say, “Wow. I didn’t even know a resume could look like that.”
Pros: Adrienne isn’t shy about telling you her approach could lead to a higher salary. (We're confident you would feel comfortable with that.)
Cons: It’s a hefty investment. Arguably, you would likely get a good return on that investment, but if it is out of reach for you right now, check out some of the more affordable options on this list.
Turnaround: Finalized in 14 days.
Cost: $895–2295, with the high-end packages including LinkedIn and branded cover letters.
Phone: (587) 332-6806
4. Calgary Resume Centre
Calgary Resume Centre on Varsity Drive is owned by Alison Marie, a senior resume writer with more than a decade’s experience under her belt as a recruiter. She has spent years using the ATS systems HR professionals use, and customers report an excellent response rate with the resumes her team creates compared to their old ones. The samples on the company's website are crisp and visually stunning, so you can rest assured your resume will be easy on human eyes as well.
Pros: When you are considering your budget, note that the highest priced package for executives ($899) includes a LinkedIn profile. We believe that is a good value.
Cons: Their rush service is 3 days. If you are truly in a hurry, there are services on this list that can do 48 and even 24 hours. If not, no worries.
Turnaround: 5–7 business days for standard service.
Phone: (403) 774-7422
5. Wordscapes Resume Service
Wordscapes Resume Service owner David Turner offers a one-on-one, in-person consultation about your experience and career goals before writing your resume completely from scratch. He has 33 years’ experience in the industry, including experience working with senior executives. He provides a no-risk guarantee on all his work. His reviewers are so pleased with the on-paper transformations they experience that they don’t hesitate to call it 'art'.
Pros: Wordscapes resume packages all include a 45-minute session with a personal coach. If you are looking to explore the career coaching sphere, this could be a good value for you. You never know where that advice may lead you.
Cons: There are no price ranges on the website. It would have been nice to have at least a range of pricing to see since others in the industry provide that. There are also no resume samples to look at.
Turnaround: Not stated, but he describes the turnaround as ‘quick’.
Cost: Not stated.
Phone: (403) 288-8911
6. We Love Resumes
We Love Resumes is a company with over ten years’ experience in the business. By industry standards, they offer an affordable executive resume service with their all-inclusive package. They serve job seekers from a variety of industries, including oil and gas and have written resumes for countless Fortune 500 executives. Their services are 100% guaranteed.
Pros: If you need a resume quickly (and it happens to the best of us) this service is very quick indeed.
Cons: This is a writing service only. If you are looking for more comprehensive job search services, for example with a bit of coaching involvement or job search management thrown in, there are plenty of other great options on this list. If all you need is a resume, you're golden.
Turnaround: First draft in 1–3 business days.
Phone: (855) 243-9090
7. Resume Target
Resume Target writes compelling resumes for executives from a wide variety of industries. You can see a range of samples on their website, and can even compare and contrast senior-level resumes from different job sectors. Those in or seeking C-level positions can expect the process to kick off with an in-depth, 1–2-hour phone interview. Their turnaround time is quite fast for the resume writing industry—just three days for a first draft.
Pros: If you are not interviewed in 90 days, you will get a free resume rewrite. They are comfortable offering that because 97% of their clients get multiple interviews in that timeframe. Can’t argue with that.
Cons: The samples are succinct and tidy but don’t have a ton of visual appeal.
Turnaround: First draft in 3 business days.
Phone: (888) 915-1230
8. Resume Calgary
Resume Calgary president Ozzie Saunds is a career advice contributor you may recognize from CTV, Calgary Herald, Workopolis, Moneysense, and Canadian Immigrant. He is a former recruiter who knows the value of a well-written, well-presented resume infused with exactly the right keywords. He employs only professional resume writers and has experience serving executives from a wide range of industries. Check out his helpful Computer Optimization tab if you are curious about how ATS systems work and how they are likely to affect your job search.
Pros: Their executive resume sample is nicely constructed and has great visual appeal.
Cons: Their website is chaotic to get around, but according to reviewers, the human aspect of the business is stellar.
Turnaround: 3–5 business days.
Cost: $570 with cover letter and ATS optimization.
Phone: (403) 879-2225
9. Calgary Resume Services
Calgary Resume Services has two locations in the Calgary area to serve you. They have experience giving resume writing help to executives targeting Fortune 500 companies and can also offer you interview coaching and other types of career advice. Are you a senior-level job seeker who is new to the country? This company partners with an immigration service to help ease your transition to Calgary and will make sure all your skill set gets translated to the Canadian job market.
Pros: Their higher-priced packages offer a lot of value. They include things like LinkedIn, and even resume distribution if you need it.
Cons: Reading the company’s ‘about’ page, there are some major grammatical issues. Hopefully, they don't appear often on resumes.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Phone: (587) 997-6306
10. Calgary Career Counseling
Calgary Career Counseling is perfect for clients who are happy with the format and content of their existing resume but want a detailed review to look at grammar and spelling to ensure their resume is targeted to the correct job postings.
Pros: Calgary Career Counseling provides in-person visits or phone consultations. This is nice if you are looking to meet with your career expert in person and you are local to Calgary. Their career coaches seem to be highly qualified as their website says they are all Master's or Ph.D. level Psychologists and Career Coaches.
Cons: If you were looking for a company to completely redesign, rewrite, and work your resume from scratch, this may not be the best fit. However, if you are looking to save some money and hire someone to look over your already completed resume, this service might be perfect for you.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Phone: (403) 261-5085
This List Serves The Following Areas Near Calgary, Alberta:
Airdrie, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Chestermere, Strathmore, Indus, Morley, Drumheller, Hanna, Okotoks, High River
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