Whether you’re merely updating your resume or creating an entirely new one, resume writing can be a very stressful task. That’s why many job seekers resort to hiring a CV writing services.
Here are little-known facts to know before using a resume writing service:
1. The process may take longer than you expect
It’s natural to think that if you’re forking up money for a resume service do all the heavy lifting, things will be done before you know it. But writing a quality resume takes time, especially with so many people on the job hunt today.
Many resume writers require about week or longer, depending on factors like how much revision is needed, their bandwidth, or your job experience level. In some ways, using a resume service actually means you’re prioritizing quality over speed, so keep this in mind if application deadlines are on the horizon.
2. The writers aren’t always as qualified as you think
Many services offer unbelievably low rates — but only because they need to in order to sustain a profitable business model. This is usually a red flag. More often than not, a low rate means you’re getting an inexperienced writer who is willing to be compensated for much less. (Believe it or not, some services even hire a fresh-faced grad straight out of college.)
Services typically charge anywhere from $100 to $400, depending on how advanced your resume needs to be. Another trap to avoid is the ”$25 resume and a 24-hour turnaround time.” Remember, the writer’s job is to create a compelling document that’s more than just a history of your career, and if they’re not spending more than a few days on your resume, expect to get something very crappy.
To avoid getting an inexperienced writer, do your research on the service. It also helps to call them to ask for samples and confirm that your assigned writer has had some sort of formal training on resume writing, especially in your industry.
3. The process is not as easy as you may think
A common misconception about resume writing services is that they do all the work for you. But the reality is that they can’t even start working on your resume until you’ve filled out an extensive form detailing all the necessary information about your work history, skills and professional achievements.
Also expect to do a lot of back-and-forth collaboration with your writer via phone and email. And remember, you’ll have to offer them feedback once they send you their first draft. It may take a few rounds before you agree on a final version.
4. You might be misled if you don’t read the fine print
Many services provide some sort of guarantee, whether it’s doubling your interviews, offering unlimited revisions or giving you a refund if you’re unhappy with the turnout. While these promises may sound reassuring, it’s important to read the fine print, as these guarantees are often not as amazing as they sound.
For example, an “interview guarantee” usually means you’ll get a chance to have your resume rewritten, not that you’ll somehow get an interview no matter what. However, if the company did a poor job writing your resume the first time, chances are the quality won’t improve the second time around. Similarly, a promise of “unlimited revisions” is often void after a predetermined deadline has passed.