DIY Resume or Use A Resume Service? Which do you choose?

This that and the mbaIf you have been a loyal reader for some time now you probably have looked through the archives.  One of my first posts was on marketing yourself with a magnificent resume.  We have all had that first job with the cookie cutter resume that we got online somewhere.  It seems like every day there is a new article about new buzzwords to include or not include on a resume.  Or maybe an article about top tips from a hiring manager for a Fortune 500 company.

How much do I charge?

Regardless whatever the reason, there is someone out there trying to make money off your job search.  I just did a quick search of how much it would cost to prepare a resume and I got some staggering numbers.  I couldn’t believe that someone would actually pay money to write a resume for them, and on top of that the fees that some were charging to do the work.  They ranged from $39 up to $1,500.

For me personally, I don’t know anyone that knows what I did at my job better than myself, so how someone else can write it is beyond me.  I guess job descriptions are pretty vague and there is room for interpretation on what tasks were actually performed.  Some may see value in paying someone to write the resume for them.

Is there value in a resume writer?

For the sake of this post, I am going to assume there is value in having someone else write the resume for us.  What value can we attach to it?  Would you pay $600 for an executive level resume?  How many hours/days would it take you to construct your resume?  You can calculate a Resume Return on Investment (ROI) on with the increase in salary of switching to a new position.  Assuming your new position pays you $15 more an hour it will have taken you a week’s work to recoup those costs.  After the analysis, if I were in a position to make that additional rate, I might consider it.  Until then, I will be working on my resume.  If you have any questions on resumes or just want to bounce some ideas off me, drop me a message under the contact section.  I have helped numerous friends with resumes and have extensive knowledge of resume writing.

If you take the route of using a resume writer, just remember with all things that you get what you pay for.

Have you ever used a resume service?  What was your experience?

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