Finding a resume writing service with enough credible reviews to ensure they are legitimate has become a difficult and time-consuming task.
With more and more businesses being 100% remote, online reviews have become one of the only legitimate sources to evaluate a companies quality.
In this article, we will explain the difference between resume mills and executive resume writers.
We will also show you how to identify fake reviews and last but not least, we will review our top 5 executive resume writing services.
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Resume Service Reviews - Article Guide
- What Are Resume Mills?
- What Are Executive Resume Writers?
- Website Reviews (Fake) vs. Third Party Reviews (Real)
- Resume Writing Service Reviews Red Flags
- Top 5 Resume Writing Services With Reviews
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We define resume mills as resume writing services who work with hundreds of contract writers to pump out a massive volume, with minimal time spent and also a minimal cost to the client.
Resume mills are everywhere nowadays, so it’s important to understand that resume mills typically do not have quality as their number one priority.
If you are on a budget, go with a resume mill. If you are looking for the absolute best quality resume and writer, you will want to skip to the next section on executive resume writers.
Let’s take TopResume for example.
TopResume is the worlds largest resume writing service with over 4,500 reviews on Trustpilot alone. For the price they charge, they do an excellent job.
We have absolutely nothing against TopResume. In fact, TopResume is an affiliate partner of ours and we believe they are hands down one of the best, if not the best resume mill type service. If your budget is ~$300 and you are not an executive, TopResume is an excellent choice.
The point to be made is that there is a difference between being the best resume service based on quality, and the best based purely on volume/cost.
If a resume mill is what you are looking for, check out our list on the 5 Best & Most Affordable Resume Services.
We define executive resume writers as individuals who have experience working specifically with executives.
Executive resume writers should work directly with the client, schedule a 1-on-1 call, and typically require some sort of questionnaire.
There should be ample evidence (public reviews) that this individual or organization has been successful at crafting executive-level resumes in the past.
Executive resume writers usually have years of experience writing resumes and spend hours working with their clients. Because of that, you can expect to pay a premium compared to the resume mill services mentioned above.
As an executive, your resume is really not something to be cheap on. Check with your accountant as your resume may even be something you can write off.
Sadly, there are some deceitful resume companies out there. In order to equip you to do your own research, we feel it is extremely important to outline the difference between real/validated resume reviews and fake/unvalidated resume reviews.
Since executive resume writers typically work with lower-volume, collecting a noticeable amount of reviews can be a real challenge.
Resume writers constantly debate whether they should allow reviews on third-party sites, or not allow them.
"After all, if someone has a bad experience, you don't want them publicizing it to the world."
This is a terrible philosophy and has driven honest people to do extremely unethical things such as writing fake reviews on their own website.
Instead, we use trusted third-party review sites such as Trustpilot, in order to collect, verify, and publish reviews on our behalf.
Sites like Trustpilot are so trustworthy that they even partner with Google to appear in search results (see our Trustpilot page below)!
When looking a professional resume writing service reviews, be cautious of the following red flags:
- Does the resume writer have a bunch of reviews on their website and almost zero reviews anywhere else?
- Does the resume writer claim to be #1 without any evidence to support that?
- Does the resume writer have reviews on third-party sites but none of them are verified reviews?
- Do all of the reviews have only the first name and last initial?
- Do all of the reviews have no picture attached?
The sad reality is, some people are dishonest. Reviews on personal websites just cannot be trusted. Especially the ones without full names or pictures.
I'm sure your writer will tell you that their past clients are confidential, and the full name and picture is removed for privacy reasons. That is fake news.
Here's a tip: For any service you are considering, whether it is resume writing or anything else, do not just read reviews on their website. Search Google for other sources of reviews on sites like Trustpilot, Sitejabber, Google, and even Yelp. Make sure the reviews are verified and use the points above to determine if they are real or fake.
Executive Resume Writing Service Reviews (FAKE)
For example's sake, we have taken a screenshot from an executive resume writers website.
This particular writer has about 8 reviews listed on her website. All of which include only the first name and the last initial, no pictures, and some strange similarities (repeated use of the name Donna).
The strangest thing is that if you do a quick Google Search on this particular resume writer or her company, there is not a single review to be found outside of her own website.
Not a single review!? It almost seems impossible that an excellent executive resume writer with 10+ years of experience wouldn't have even earned an accidental review on a third-party site.
It's extremely difficult for consumers to make purchasing decisions with such limited information, and the inability to verify the validity of even one single review.
Now, we can't say with certainty that these reviews are fake. But they definitely check a handful of the boxes (lack of a full name, no pictures, not verified on third-party site, etc.)
Now that you know how to properly assess resume writing service reviews and their validity, we will show you who we believe the best executive resume writers are.
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 With Reviews:
- Find My Profession (that's us!)
- Boardroom Resumes
- Kelly Donovan & Associates
- Executive Drafts
- Ivy Exec
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession Review
Find My Profession is an excellent resume writing service with tons of reviews. 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.
Cost: $395 - $1295
Don't take our word for it, check out some of our 5-star reviews.
2. Kelly Donovan & Associates Review
Kelly Donovan & Associates has earned a spot on our list of best executive resume writers.
Kelly Donovan started the executive resume service all the way back in 2007 and was able to take on the full-time commitment in 2008.
The price for Kelly’s services is on the higher end of the spectrum compared to other services on this list.
While there are not a ton of online reviews, Kelly Donovan & Associates has a pricey service that only a select few can afford. Higher prices typically mean lower volume and even more 1-on-1 time with your writer.
Cost: $1,200 - $1,900+
3. Boardroom Resumes Review
Boardroom Resumes is a Houston-based group of professional executive resume writers. Combined they bring an impressive 50 years of experience to the table that few executive resume services can offer.
You can see that Boardroom Resumes has made an effort to gather genuine online reviews. Unlike most executive resume writing services, you can find more than 20 public reviews posted about Boardroom Resumes.
Another great thing about Boardroom is that there are plenty of resume samples available on their website. Taking time to review the resume design before making a purchase is extremely important.
Cost: Not stated. Contact them for a quote.
4. Executive Drafts Review
Executive Drafts creates their executive resumes in their office in Austin, TX.
While this company does have reviews right on their website, they also have reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp adding immense credibility.
Executive Drafts has been very active on Reddit, where they help job seekers by giving free critiques of Reddit user resumes. That’s kind of cool since most executive resume writing services would not help out random strangers on the Internet.
While Executive Drafts is focused on executives, they also offer resume services for other career levels.
5. Ivy Exec Review
Ivy Exec was founded by Elena Bajic while she was attending Columbia business school. The firm has grown significantly and she now employs over 40 people.
Ivy Exec generally has good online reviews on third-party websites, but they do have a handful of negative reviews on their Yelp page.
Check out the reviews and see if their service aligns with your personal goals. Ivy Exec even posts a wide variety of executive jobs from all over the world on their website.