If you’re looking for work in Beantown, you have your work cut out for you. What could be more stressful than marketing yourself in a city that attracts the best and brightest employees?
What you need is a professionally written resume.
Resume writing is a sophisticated business these days, considering that you have Applicant Tracking Systems and keyword optimization to contend with. Your resume will have to jump through myriad electronic hoops before it gets to a potential hiring manager, and even then, it has only seconds to impress.
Finding the right partner in your job quest is key, and we have done the hard work for you with this list. You can use any of these companies to start your job search off right.
And wicked fast.
Best Resume Writing Services in Boston
If you are in a hurry and don't want to read our detailed reviews below, here is a list of the Best Boston Resume Writers:
- Find My Profession (that's us!)
- Resume by Recruiter
- Spring Forward Resumes
- Resumes Plus
- New England Resumes
- Beacon Resume
- Job Search Divas
- Same Day Resume
- Whole U
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession
Find My Profession is not just a top-notch resume service available in Boston. 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.
Phone: (831) 888-0967
Don't take our word for it, check out some of our 5-star reviews.
2. Resume by Recruiter
Resume by Recruiter, based in Norfolk, MA, is made up of a team of human resources professionals with 25 years of combined experience. Some of the industries they specialize in are oil and gas, energy, technology, engineering, education, and consulting.
Pros: They say on their website that they are available 15 hours per day, 365 days a year. That’s dedication for you! Their full-service package includes coaching sessions and is discounted for new grads.
Cons: If you are looking for an in-person consultation service, they do not work that way.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Cost: $165–380 (the lower price point is a resume review service only).
Phone: (617) 863-7071
3. Spring Forward Resumes
Spring Forward Resumes is one of Thumbtack’s top ten Boston-area resume writers and has received awards from Thumbtack for the last three years running. Reviewers rave about the interview and job success they have had with resumes and LinkedIn pages crafted by the company's founder, Karen.
Pros: Spring Forward Resumes prides itself on personalized care and does not use templates, ever.
Cons: You will have to contact the company to get a price quote. If you are looking for exact pricing before contacting a company, this will not be a possibility.
Turnaround: Turnaround times vary by project complexity and time of year, however, 3-5 business days is standard.
Cost: Custom quoted projects at $50/hour.
Phone: (401) 231-5867
4. Resumes Plus
Resumes Plus owner Bea Hait has had samples of her resumes featured in a variety of publications related to smart job searching. She is highly qualified and experienced and has wonderful reviews. She has been in the business since 1992, so she has watched resume submission methods metamorphize from the all-paper formats of yore to the sophisticated digital methods we have today. Fun fact: She will still give you printed copies on high-quality paper, like it was in the old days, just in case you need them.
Pros: In addition to a traditional resume package, Resumes Plus can create a webpage for you on resumespotlight.com with a personal URL for an extra fee. You can direct people to that page when you don’t have a resume to hand.
Cons: Located in Holliston, you won’t likely be making an in-person visit, although Bea is certainly still close enough to have her finger on the pulse of the Boston job market.
Turnaround: 4–5 business days.
Cost: $340 and up.
Phone: (508) 429-1813
5. New England Resumes
New England Resumes can be found in the Financial District and not surprisingly, it has a large number of customers in the financial industry. Owner Mir Garvy stresses the importance of a strong LinkedIn presence in today’s job market and includes a LinkedIn makeover in all resume packages.
Pros: There are a wide variety of packages to choose from, including a special CV package for academics. This company has also been in business for nearly 10 years!
Cons: The resume samples were a bit hard to find. We did eventually find them on the bottom of the home page.
Turnaround: 5 days.
Cost: $350 (entry-level) and up.
Phone: (617) 383-7176
Klaxos’ simple motto is, “We know what recruiters want.” What more can you ask for? Klaxos is a larger company with a downtown Boston office. They make their resume writing process exceptionally clear on their website, which users no doubt appreciate. Like New England Resumes, Klaxos understands the importance of a well-performing LinkedIn profile and will bundle a profile-writing service into your resume package for a 20% savings.
Pros: Klaxos is mindful of the need to optimize your resume for Applicant Tracking Systems and their reviewers attest to their algorithm-busting power. Their turnaround time is very reasonable.
Cons: Their resume samples are a bit bland looking, but they do provide sound reasoning for their traditional approach on their website. It comes down to your preference.
Turnaround: 4 business days.
Phone: (703) 679-7719
7. Beacon Resume
Beacon Resume’s Joe Gallo will tell you that what your resume needs is clarity, purpose, and focus. Located in the heart of Boston, Joe’s team of writers is ready to make you look great on paper and will help you harness the power of keyword optimization.
Pros: If all you need is a resume overhaul or a critique, you can get just that service from this company. They can also offer you a text/ASCII version of your resume.
Cons: Although the writing process is made clear, there are no samples, prices, or turnaround times disclosed on the web. Estimates are free.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Cost: Not stated.
Phone: (617) 423-1515
8. Job Search Divas
Job Search Divas owner Elizabeth Gross was formerly a marketing executive at Monster.com. Without question, that is valuable insider knowledge to have. The company offers additional services such as interview coaching, salary negotiation advice, and job search strategizing.
Pros: Gleaning job search strategies from someone who has worked at Monster cannot be a bad thing.
Cons: The company has excellent reviews but they divulge no pricing information at all on their website. They do, however, mention discounts when buying multiple services, such as a resume writing plus LinkedIn profile writing.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Cost: Not stated.
Phone: (617) 923-4350
9. Same Day Resume
Same Day Resume is located in East Boston. Despite the name, not all the jobs they do are necessarily rush jobs. In fact, the lower price point represents a 3-5 day service. If, however, you do need a resume in a hurry...they will patiently deal with that, as their customers can tell you. You need only submit your current resume and a description of the job you are applying for by 11 am and you will have a crisp resume ready that day.
Pros: If you do go with the same-day option in an emergency scenario and upon reflection decide your resume isn't exactly how you want it for the long term, free edits are included for up to three weeks.
Cons: Some resume samples on the website would really give users some peace of mind, especially when so many of them will be clicking on to the website in a desperate state.
Turnaround: Same day–5 days
Phone: (857) 919-8000
10. Whole U
Whole U is primarily in the career coaching business but offers a resume editing package as well. If you are feeling directionless or unsatisfied at work and would benefit from career coaching and networking, you can attend their sessions and add this resume package as a one-stop-shop.
Pros: Reviewers are enthusiastic about the results they get with Whole U resumes.
Cons: There is only one resume package option, which might not make this company a good choice for new grads. It is essentially a resume review service, offering to edit your current resume rather than a from-scratch service.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Phone: (617) 378-7977
This List Serves The Following Areas Near Boston, Massachusetts:
Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Medford, Malden, Chelsea, Winthrop, Revere, Quincy, Salem, Brockton, Weymouth, Plymouth, Worcester, Framingham, Lynn, Lawrence, Lowell, and more.
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