The City by the Bay is an exciting and vibrant place to be looking for work. The question is, how will you stand out in such a competitive market?
It all starts with your resume. Your resume has about six seconds to impress a potential employer and get you into the “yes” pile.
What you need is a top resume writer at your back.
There are some exceptional professional resume writing services available in the Bay Area, but after the first hour of sifting through them, you'll be so gloomy that you might think Karl the Fog has descended on you.
We compiled this list of the best San Francisco area because you deserve to find the right partner for your quest—fast. We used a variety of data to rank them, including value for money, quality, and reviews from job seekers like you.
Best Resume Services in San Francisco
If you are in a hurry and don't want to read our detailed reviews below, here is a list of the Best Resume Writers in San Francisco:
- Find My Profession
- BrightSide Resumes
- The Resume Shop Ink
- Resumes by Allan Brown
- Ward Resumes
- FrontRunner Professional Resume Service
- Resume Preferred
- Nick Parham
- SF Bay Resume Writer
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession
Find My Profession is the top professional resume service in the City by the Bay, and in the country as well. As their customer reviews attest, their legendary Resume Makeovers lead to successful interviews, full stop. At all price points, this tech-savvy company can offer you the kind of top-notch writing and keyword optimization that will get you through any Applicant Tracking System (ATS). With a 100% satisfaction guarantee and over 100 five-star reviews, Find My Profession is San Francisco’s number one resume writing service.
Pros: These are high-quality resumes that get results. If you are looking for personalized attention from a seasoned professional and an impeccable end product, you can’t go wrong.
Cons: Entry-level job seekers might find the cost a little high. It is arguably a good investment, but there are lower-cost options on this list for more recent grads.
Turnaround: 3–5 business days with a 48-hour expedite option.
Phone: (831) 888-0967
Reviews: To find resume reviews for this company, Google Find My Profession Reviews. They have 5/5 stars on Glassdoor, 4.9/5 on Sitejabber, 9.9/10 on Trustpilot, and 5/5 on Facebook.
2. BrightSide Resumes
BrightSide Resumes provide resume services for a wide variety of job aspirants in the Bay Area. There are different packages for creatives, graduates, technology professionals, management, rising executives, and senior executives. There are some standout designs in the samples in the upper range. They also offer coaching services.
Pros: There are lots of samples on the website for every category of resume that they offer. All of them look and read great.
Cons: These resumes are definitely on the costly side. Even BrightSide’s resume re-formatting services cost $195 for a single page. Graduate resumes start at $575. Ouch.
Turnaround: 5–7 days.
Phone: (877) 668-9767
Reviews: 4.5/5 on Yelp and 5/5 on Google.
3. The Resume Shop INK
The Resume Shop Ink has a loyal following in the Bay Area. Owner Jerome Imhoff’s reviewers attest that he isn’t just great at writing resumes; he is also great at helping people prepare for interviews. He won a LinkedIn ProFinder award in 2016.
Pros: This could be a one-stop-shop for those looking for interview and career coaching bundled in with someone local.
Cons: Only the top resume-building packages allow for multiple rewrites. Most just get a single round of revisions.
Turnaround: 7-10 days.
Reviews: 5/5 on Google and 4/5 on Yelp.
4. Resumes by Allan Brown
Resumes by Allan Brown is a business with hundreds of excellent reviews. Allan clearly has a loyal following that made him a worthy contender for the number three position. Fun fact: You can buy a friend or loved one a gift card for Allan Brown’s services on Giftly.
Pros: Allan serves a wide range of industries and has a wealth of samples to look at. He seems to have an excellent response time and has even taken the time to thank most of his reviewers individually. Client care is definitely his strong point.
Cons: Customers would probably appreciate more transparency about pricing on the website.
Turnaround: Not stated, but he is reputed to be very quick.
Cost: Ask for a quote. There is no charge for phone consultations.
Reviews: 4.5/5 on Yelp.
5. Ward Resumes
Ward Resumes has a location in San Fran as well as others in California. Their philosophy is to keep resumes succinct, so if you are looking for a knockout one-pager, you are likely to get one here. They offer a special package from those transitioning from the military to civilian jobs.
Pros: Ward Resumes offers a risk-free guarantee. Some of their reviews mention that their graphic design skills are higher than average (although without samples on their website, we can’t confirm that).
Cons: If you want to find out how much your resume is going to cost, you first have to have your resume reviewed by one of their team members at which point a custom quote is provided.
Turnaround: 5 days.
Cost: Not disclosed.
Phone: (619) 796-1811
Reviews: 4.7/5 on Google and 5/5 on Yelp.
6. FrontRunner Professional Resume Service
FrontRunner Professional Resume Service offers a full range of resume writing services at all career levels. They will provide a free resume evaluation and have loads of samples on their website exemplifying a vast array of industries and employment scenarios.
Pros: For those applying for federal jobs, FrontRunner will make you a federal version of your resume for an additional $40. They also have a handy à-la-carte menu for add-ons with very reasonable pricing.
Cons: This service is located an hour away from the City by the Bay in Petaluma, CA, though if you typically work virtually, this won’t be a problem.
Turnaround: 2 days for the first draft and subsequent drafts within 24 hours.
Reviews: 5/5 on Google.
Klaxos is a larger company with a San Francisco office. Unlike Ward Resumes, this company’s samples are the two-page type. Some may find their samples quite wordy and dense, but if you prefer two-pagers, you can get one here. LinkedIn is also a big part of Klaxos’ business.
Pros: Klaxos will give you 30 days to make revisions, the work is guaranteed, and you will receive a 20% discount if you also buy their LinkedIn service.
Cons: These resume writing services are on the higher end of the price spectrum, with some of the highest student/entry-level pricing we’ve seen.
Turnaround: 4 days.
Phone: Contact through the website.
Reviews: 5/5 on Google and 5/5 on Yelp.
8. Resume Preferred
Resume Preferred lives by the motto “get noticed.” This is mainly an executive resume writing service, so those still forging their careers might want to make another choice. Owner Robin Kelley has some valuable articles on her blog about job seeking.
Pros: The consultation is an in-depth, 90-minute, one-on-one conversation, with no questionnaires, aimed at identifying what your strengths are and what makes you stand out from the pack.
Cons: The prices are quite high, and if you want to bundle in a LinkedIn profile, your end cost could be as high as $2000. There are no samples on the website.
Turnaround: 7-10 days.
Phone: (415) 596-4160
Reviews: 5/5 on Google and 5/5 on Yelp.
9. Nick Parham
Nick Parham has more than 19 years of experience coaching and resume writing. He has helped clients in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, as well as nonprofits. Nick has been a manger, VP, and director in multiple industries, so he knows what hiring managers are looking for. He is certainly one of the best San Francisco resume writers around.
Pros: Nick Parham will work with you and find a career solution that fits your life the best. He is flexible in his work and will not hold you to a long-term contract. He meets with you one-on-one to discuss your resume and career goals. Many services do not like to meet in-person (or don’t have the capability to).
Cons: Nick Parham has a few bad reviews online. It is always a concern to see that, but every business has their fair share of negative customer experiences. It’s also worth noting that Nick is the only person on the team, so if he is too busy he may not be able to work with you.
Turnaround: Not stated.
Cost: Not stated.
Phone number: (415) 602-5595
Reviews: 4.5/5 stars on Yelp. 3.7/5 stars on Google.
10. SF Bay Resume Writer
SF Bay Resume Writer Jenna Anderson will live chat with you, offer a free no-obligation review of your existing resume, and give a 30-day interview guarantee. She claims a 100% success rate at getting interviews, and that alone merits her a place on this list.
Pros: Even some of the mid-range packages offer valuable freebies like cover letters and LinkedIn optimization. Also, she can offer same-day service if you need it.
Cons: The layouts in the samples all look elegant but very similar, so if you are looking for a unique design, this might not be the option for you.
Turnaround: 5-7 business days with rush service available.
Phone: none given; contact via website.
Reviews: 5/5 on Google.
This List Serves The Following Areas Near San Francisco, California:
Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, San Mateo, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Burlingame, Millbrae, Brisbane, Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, Emeryville, Piedmont, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Concord, Vallejo, Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Novato, Petaluma
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