If you are an executive looking to make a career move in the National Capital Region, there is one thing you need pronto.
You need a professional executive resume writer.
If you have a decade of experience in your industry—or two, or three—you know that a bland listing of your accomplishments won’t be enough to make your resume stand out in the stack. Your resume writer needs to craft a masterpiece for you that is focused on your personal brand, is keyword rich, and can impress hiring authorities in an instant.
Luckily, there are scores of executive resume writing services in the Washington, DC area who can help. To save you precious time, we’ve created this list to narrow it down to the top ten best.
Best Resume Services in Washington D.C.
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 Washington D.C.:
- Find My Profession
- The Career Strategy Group
- Abby Locke
- Your Next Jump
- XCaliber Coaching
- Yes: Your Edge for Success
- Jim Weinstein
- Resume Your Way
- Lis Strom
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession
Find My Profession is the top executive resume writing service in Washington, DC. In the unlikely event that you are not stunned by their gallery of sharp executive resume samples, check out some rave reviews from their clients. Find My Profession customers don’t mince words when they describe the personalized care they receive from their writers and how fruitful their investment was. This company has a 60-day interview guarantee, meaning if you are not interviewed within 60 days after you receive your resume and start applying for jobs with it, they will go back to the drawing board for free.
Pros: Find My Profession also offers LinkedIn profiles and fully professionally managed job searches if you really want to turn your career volume up to eleven.
Cons: This company only works virtually, not in person. But if you are a busy executive, that might be your preference anyway.
Turnaround: 3–5 business days with a 48-hour rush option.
Phone: (831) 888-0967
Reviews: 5/5 on Google, 5/5 on Yelp 5/5 on Glassdoor, and 5/5 on Facebook, 9.8/10 on Trustpilot, and 4.9/5 on Sitejabber. Google “Find My Profession Reviews” to browse over one hundred reviews.
2. The Career Strategy Group
The Career Strategy Group is led by Laura Labovich, a bestselling author and award-winning resume writer. She spent 12 years in corporate America before recruiting her highly qualified all-woman Career Strategy Group team. Reviewers say they landed better salaries and more fulfilling jobs after using this company’s resumes and heeding their advice.
Pros: This company has an excellent reputation for their coaching services too. So, if you need interview prep, salary negotiation help, or just plain motivation, The Career Strategy Group could be an excellent fit for you.
Cons: You will have to call to get an exact executive resume writing package price. Their stated range for resume writing is 895-1995, and they serve entry-level to executive job seekers. So following that logic, a senior-level job seeker expects the higher end of the price spectrum.
Turnaround: 7–10 business days.
Phone: (703) 942-9390
Reviews: 5/5 on Google, 5/5 on Facebook and 4.5/5 on Yelp.
3. Abby Locke
Abby Locke and her resume samples have been featured in a wide variety of prestigious career columns. She dubs herself The Brilliance Brand Coach. Her focus is entirely on executive-level career support; she specializes in executive resumes, VIP executive branding, and career coaching. If you are currently a senior-level job seeker going through a career change that requires you to rebrand yourself, Abby could be an especially great fit for you.
Pros: Even her medium-priced packages include LinkedIn, so take that into consideration after the sticker shock abates.
Cons: Abby doesn’t have verified third-party reviews you can read, which is unfortunate. Her testimonials are wonderful, however. Even without reviews, we had to include her because of the sheer quality of the finished products.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Phone: Not stated, but you can click on links to schedule a call.
Reviews: Only testimonials on the website.
4. Your Next Jump
Your Next Jump has dozens of near-perfect reviews across various platforms and their methodology is refreshingly simple. You either buy their Career Launch Kit, which includes a resume, LinkedIn, and a job search strategy session; or interview preparation; or both rolled into one. The company was founded by two friends who left successful careers to start this passionate venture aimed at helping others get a leg up. Reviewers absolutely love these guys.
Pros: Here’s something your package will buy you that other services don’t often offer: In addition to overhauling your LinkedIn profile, they will audit your footprint across other social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Cons: They don’t have a level of resume service specifically for executives and the way their service is marketed, it seems to speak to younger professionals. However, if you are a younger executive or are targeting a director-level job for the first time, their youthful approach might be perfect for you.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Cost: $799–999 (top package includes interview preparation).
Phone: None is given. Schedule a consultation through the contact page on their website.
Reviews: 5/5 on Google, 5/5 on Yelp, and 5/5 on Yelp.
5. XCaliber Coaching
XCaliber Coaching is a DC-area career coaching business that provides an outstanding resume service. In addition to a traditional resume, you can add on a graphic resume, executive biography, or a LinkedIn profile. All of them can be delivered to you in 3–5 days. Founder Alex Aberle has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership development and is a certified executive coach.
Pros: Check out the gorgeous resume samples on the company’s website.
Cons: The lowest price is for the resume only and an accompanying cover letter will cost you another $200. So keep that in mind as you are budgeting things out.
Turnaround: 3–5 days.
Cost: $695–1950. Top package includes LinkedIn and a two-hour branding session.
Phone: (757) 292-7271
Reviews: 5/5 on Facebook and 5/5 on Thumbtack.
Klaxos is a large, national resume and LinkedIn profile writing service with an office right near Georgetown University campus. You may have heard about their services in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, or HuffPost. Their focus is very much on LinkedIn profiles, but they also offer resume services that reviewers have been very happy with. Once you have your first draft in hand, you will have a full 30 days to make as many revisions as you want.
Pros: You will get a cover letter included with any resume package and you can choose other options from there depending on what you need.
Cons: The resume samples are well written, but there isn’t much visual appeal to them.
Turnaround: First draft in 4 business days.
Phone: (703) 679-7719
Reviews: 4.8/5 on Google and 5.0 on Yelp.
7. Yes: Your Edge for Success
Yes: Your Edge for Success should first be congratulated for coming up with such a fun acronym for their company’s name. Next, check out their stats: Their clients get 5 interviews on average and land the job they want within 6 weeks after having their resumes done. Better yet, these job seekers get an 11% average increase in salary. We bet you would say YES to that. They also provide business coaching, LinkedIn profiles, and outplacement services.
Pros: There are a number of packages which are suitable for executives, including Federal Senior Executive Service packages (SES). If you need an SES resume, take a look at this particular company.
Cons: We wish we could have found out how much these executive packages cost, but you will have to call to find out.
Turnaround: One week for the first draft.
Cost: Not stated.
Phone: (202) 740-3032
Reviews: 4.9/5 on Google, 4/5 on Yelp, and 4.4/5 on Glassdoor.
8. Jim Weinstein
Jim Weinstein has a unique background for the resume writing industry: he has 20 years’ experience as a business executive and another 20 years as a psychotherapist. He also has a Harvard MBA. If you are looking for a more holistic approach to getting your career in focus while translating your skills onto paper and marketing yourself effectively, Jim may be for you.
Pros: After exploring his website and reviews, it became clear that executives who are considering a big career change could benefit greatly from this service. Do you do pull the trigger? If so, how will you position yourself? Jim will guide you through these types of uncertainties.
Cons: Costs are based on how many sessions you need to get a resume done, so if you were hoping for a flat rate, this writer doesn’t work that way.
Turnaround: 2–3 sessions @ $200–350 per session.
Phone: (202) 667-0665
Reviews: 5/5 on Google, 4/5 on Yelp, and 5/5 on Facebook.
9. Resume Your Way
Resume Your Way is another company providing an excellent Federal SES executive resume writing services in the Washington, DC area. No worries if you are a civilian, however, because they write those resumes too. The business is owned by a service-disabled veteran and reviewers who bundled in career consulting services were glad they did.
Pros: You can get started with a resume review for only $30. Sometimes it is nice to have the option of just dipping a toe in the water. You can also get a LinkedIn makeover for $299.
Cons: The collaboration process involves filling out a career questionnaire rather than having a one-on-one conversation.
Turnaround: 3 days.
Phone: (877) 940-2220
Reviews: 4.4/5 on Google and 4/5 on Yelp.
10. Liz Strom
Liz Strom is a certified resume writer, career coach, and life coach in the Washington, DC area. She’s a very interesting lady (read her survival story if you have a minute) and she takes a holistic approach to each client. She wants your resume to be both focused and empowering. If you are a female executive, her personality might especially resonate with you.
Pros: Liz provides an executive-level service that is quite affordable.
Cons: We can safely say you won’t be able to see resume samples on the website. When you click on the thumbnail that shows a sample gallery, you will need to open Pinterest, pin the samples, download them, and magnify them. Even then they were difficult to read.
Turnaround: 3–5 days with 48-hour rush service available.
Cost: $650 with cover letter and LinkedIn.
Phone: Not stated; use the contact page on her website.
Reviews: 5/5 on Facebook, 5/5 on Thumbtack, and 5/5 on Yelp.
This List Serves The Following Areas Near Washington, District of Columbia:
Hyattsville, Rockville, Gaithersburg, College Park, New Carrollton, Bowie, Frederick
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