Should I Pay To Have My Resume Written? (Pros vs Cons)

Should I Pay To Have My Resume Written? (Pros vs Cons)

You might be asking yourself, “Should I pay to have my resume written?”

It’s honestly a valid question.

Deciding whether or not you should pay for a professional resume is a decision that only you can make.

Ask yourself these questions when determining if you should pay someone to write your resume.

  1. Are you a professional resume writer?
  2. Are you applying to a job that pays minimum wage?
  3. Do you already have a resume that is getting good results?

If your answer is “No” to the above questions, chances are you will want to pay to have your resume written.

The question comes up quite often, “why should I pay someone to have my resume written?”

It’s very common for senior-level executives to feel too prideful to pay for a resume.

They think, well, I have gotten this far in my career. I can write my own darn resume.

False.

You have gotten this far in your career because you are excellent at what you do. That is, more often than not, something other than writing resumes.

Should I Pay For A Professional Resume? (Cons)

In order to remain as unbiased as humanly possible, we are going to break down all of the cons we can possibly think of when it comes to hiring a professional resume writer. (See pros below)

Here are 5 reasons why you should not pay to have your resume written:

  • If you hire a professional resume writer, you will have to spend money.
  • It can be very difficult to know who the good vs bad writers are.
  • You will usually have to fill out a worksheet and/or get on a phone call with your writer.
  • You may lose the satisfaction of writing a resume yourself.
  • The resume may be in a different tone of voice than yours.

Overall, there are definitely some cons when it comes to hiring a resume writer.

For the very meticulous do-it-yourselfers who are also confident in their writing abilities, paying for a resume service may not be worth it.

It doesn’t hurt to try writing your resume on your own and see what results you get. If you are getting interviews, why should you pay someone to write your resume?

However, if you notice that you aren’t getting the traction you’d like, it might be time to get your resume professionally written.

This review above from a company that will remain anonymous shows how terrible hiring the wrong resume writing service can be. 

Should I Pay For A Professional Resume? (Pros)

In order to remain as unbiased as humanly possible, we are going to break down all of the pros we can possibly think of when it comes to hiring a professional resume writer. (See cons above)

Here are 5 reasons why you should pay to have your resume written:

  • You save yourself a ton of time and stress trying to research resume writing best practices.
  • If you hire a resume writer who is skilled, you’ll be up to 4x more likely to land an interview.
  • Professional resume writers know how to keyword optimize resumes for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
  • Your competition might have a professionally written resume.
  • Often times, resume services are a tax write off.

As you can see, if professional resume services didn’t work, they probably wouldn’t still be around.

Hundreds of thousands of professionals choose to pay for a resume every year.

You wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight. So why apply to a job with a self-written resume when you know at least some of your competition will have paid to have their resume written.

This review above from Find My Profession shows how much of a difference a professionally written resume can make. 

Hire A Resume Writer - Caution!

There is nothing wrong with hiring a professional resume writer.

However, if you decide to pay someone to write your resume, make sure you hire a true professional.

If you type in “Resume Writer” on LinkedIn and filter to the United States only, you will find 474,212 results.

With this many options, it can be hard to feel confident in any buying decision.

Lucky for you, we have done all the heavy lifting for you to identify the very best resume writers across various major cities.

If you don’t see your city listed below, please select the nearest neighboring city.

How Much Should A Professional Resume Cost?

A professional resume writer can range pretty drastically in price depending on seniority level.

Entry-level professionals can expect to pay significantly less for a resume than senior-level professionals. 

The logic here is that entry-level resumes require less work, having a shorter span of time to cover than more seasoned professionals resumes.

Read this in-depth article to find out how much a resume service should cost, specific to your career level.

In short, here's what you can expect when it comes to hiring a professional resume writer.

Entry-Level Resume Cost: $0 - $300

(0-2 years work experience)

Professional Resume Cost: $300 - $700

(2+ years work experience)

Executive Resume Cost: $700 - $1000

(Director or VP level roles)

C-Level Resume Cost: $1000 - $1500

(C-level roles such as CEO, CFO, CIO, etc.)

Best Resume Writing Services For Hire By Major City

Below you will find a handful of lists on all of the top rated resume writing services we could find.

Whether you are looking for a local resume writer to meet in person or you just want to work with a resume writer in a particular location, this list should help you find what you are looking for. 

Allentown Hartford Portland
Atlanta Houston Providence
Austin Indianapolis Richmond
Boston Jacksonville Sacramento
Bridgeport Kansas City Salt Lake City
Buffalo Las Vegas San Antonio
Charleston Los Angeles San Diego
Charlotte Memphis San Francisco
Chicago Miami San Jose
Colorado Springs Milwaukee Seattle
Columbus Minneapolis Silicon Valley
Dallas Nashville St. Louis
Denver New Orleans Tampa
Detroit New York Tucson
El Paso Orlando Ventura
Fort Worth Philadelphia Virginia Beach
Grand Rapids Phoenix Washington D.C.

If you are not concerned about finding a resume writer in a specific city, check out our list of the best professional resume writing companies in 2019.

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