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And while affordable is likely important to many, I would caution people from simply evaluating professionals on price. I agree, to a point - sometimes, all a resume needs is a little reformat to change it from decent to great, especially for electronic submissions.

BUT, in my opinion, if that's all a pro is seeing wrong with an existing resume, then they should be upfront and say so, either showing the individual the needed changes or charging a reduced amount or doing it for free.

In any case, with it being a collaboration, the writer should be honest and explain what they're doing and why, whether it's a simple reformat or a complete overhaul. Jacalyn in Mumbai, India. I paid for CV Writing from a company called dubai-forever. They specialize in customizing International resumes according to Middle East standards. I received personal attention too, as they are a small firm. Linda in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Maybe coincidence, but i dont think so. She's affordable and fast, and did a great job.

I am getting interviews about to go on a second interview!! I used a service and have been very pleased. I'm sure it depends on your background and the writer. There's good resume services and bad ones out there Stillsmiling in Saint Marys, Georgia said: I have no idea why someone would pay to have a resume written for them.

With all the ones you can find online Very easy to do. If you aren't sure how to use those key words, read someone elses resume that has a job or some from online. They give pretty good examples of what to do. Save your money and do it yourself. Then you will also be very sure of what is on your resume.

Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado. Not only that, by writing your resume yourself you will be sure it will present what you want to present, in your own words.

I regard resume writing as a first step for interview prep. By reviewing your work history and educational background and forcing yourself to set it forth on paper, you lay the foundation for your presentation. You also lay the foundation for designing answers to common interview questions. Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York. I had my resume done years ago. At first I thought the writer emailed me the wrong person's resume. KL in London, Kentucky. I have used one before.

The guy who wrote it was really nice. I spoke to him on the phone and through email to tell him what I was looking for.

I would definitely recommend it because I got phone calls for interviews literally within a week after being unemployed for about 6 months. If I ever decide to leave my current job, I'd order another one. The owner runs a blog too with a lot of good career advice.

I'm happy to design or help someone, if they need help. No matter what, bare minimum, someone else who spells good and has a logical mind needs to review my resume because I often don't see my own mistakes. I am 45years old As far resuem is concern believe me there is nothing as resume in job market Secondly if there is sever demand for employees and there is pressure on HR from the top so your luck will work.

I spend hunderds of dollars on resume experts and nothing had come out. Once i wrote a letter to company and they call me on phone as one of their employee lift at the neck of time and they have complet the fourm and they hired me.

I modified my resuem thousand of time from job to job So the bottom line is keep on trying and drop your resume every where and keep on trying one day luck will work. Job Hunting in Brooklyn, New York. Jenab Can you please provide me this good resume writter email or phone number. The price look really good!

KL in London, Kentucky said: Besides, enough free resume writing is available online, from job centers and even in books found in the good old public library. Former AsstMgr in Oakland, California. This post has become an advertisement for resume writing services.

I personally would not use the service just because of the high cost, vulture tactics and probability of failure. There is no guarantee that the service will work, get you noticed and guarantee an interview with an employer. Such services are starting to pop-up in this weak job market, offering desperate job seekers a spotlight on an employer's radar. I'm starting to think I should just come up with a venture providing resume and cover letter services because it seems like all the job websites are offering the service.

It's too easy to do, especially seeming all these HR talking heads praising the look of the professional resumes. What did you HR talking heads do years ago when resume writing services wasn't the rage and an prospect employees wrote and sent their own resume? They have one-stop career centers that offer resume writing classes.

If, your network included someone in HR, get them to review your resume. Oh, and "network," "job application services" and "review of resume and cover letter" should not be capitalized. The last thing I'm gonna do is have someone like you who doesn't know basic rules of capitalization review my resume. Meg in San Jose, California. Check out some good profiles in "l-i-n-k-e-d-i-n" and copy the styles that may suit you You see, Melissa, all anyone has to do is view your Indeed profile.

Viewing it reveals how patently obvious your shill is and your purpose for posting. Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado said: Sorry, babes, but you have posted the same or similar post on several forums. Why don't you do the right thing and ask Indeed to pull your posts and then ask how to purchase a paid ad for your little scheme?

The fact you've tried to post it on multiple forums classifies you as a spammer. Hopefully the mod will delete your posts As far as reviews go, all the places I have worked have provided me a copy of my preformance reviews after my review meetings and I have them available for potential employers to review if they are asked for.

If the employer volunteers your reviews or other parts of your employment file, IMO it has waived any privilege. So use them if they are favorable. JobSearcher84 in Atlanta, Georgia. Go to the work force agency in your town. Ask for a specialist. They help you tweak your resume for free. CF in Los Angeles, California. I am still trying to figure out what they felt their service had to offer.

After having them rewrite my resume, I had another service review and got the same negative response from my original resume. In fact, I got fewer hits on my resume after spending the money to have them redo it. NO - I actually ended up having it rewritten, so their resume writing service was NOT useful at all in my case. It is best to take the time and research what employers are looking for in a resume, use the most powerful words in a resume and know your market.

There are tons of new online options that will provide you with FREE info and resources. Employers pay attention to how a candidate submits their credentials as well as how or if they follow up with the initial contact, and so on.

One of the best things a candidate can do for his or her job search is to professionally NETWORK with potential employers, with colleagues in the field, and others who might share insight or additional value. The clients with whom I work are able to get career coaching and advice pertaining to their industry and where they are in the process.

A good writer will be genuinely interested in learning about you, your industry, field, and your career goals. Demand great service and ask for references. I agree that it's best not to pay for something you can get for free. Writing your own resume actually helps you "study" for your interview.

There are lots of online tips. Here's the process I suggest:. It's a lot of work the first time around, but worth it thereafter as you end up having a very strong resume that can be tweaked quickly to target each job. What was unique about it? Was it more effective than your old resume? Would you do it again? Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York.

You have always come across as a good person. So, I hope everything is working out. Remember to start building those important contacts for your next job. Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York said: Everythings going good, im tired but at least its from working and not from looking for a job. Flightless in Charles Town, West Virginia. And if they aren't, we should get rid of them! People spend a lot of time creating a quality resume only to have it barely glanced at.

While the candidate evaluation process can extend well beyond a resume, the truth is that the resume remains a critical part of that process. You might appreciate this post about why the resume is not dead and why that is a good thing for job seekers here's a hint, consider the alternatives! You can walk into almost any library today and buy a "Killer Resume" book off their discard pile for a buck.

The resume, except for small companies is dying. Many large companies say that in lieu of an application, a resume will not be accepted. Flightless in Charles Town, West Virginia said: My sister said that her company that an opening last year for a part time receptionist with benefits. They received over 1, applications. You don't seriously think anyone is actually reading all that do you?

No, they use ATS software to thin out the herd. Bluetea in Texas said: Your are absolutely correct about applicant tracking systems. Most large organizations are employing ATS to deal with the crush of resumes they receive this is why it is so critical to target your resume toward each specific positon. But those applicant tracking systems need something to scan, and that something is still commonly candidates' resumes.

Even in the case where a company does not accept resumes which is fairly uncommon , the content of your resume can be repurposed for the application process. Then, when you are asked in for an interview, you can bring your actual resume. All of that is to say that, while the landscape is certainly evolving, the resume still plays a critical role in the job search and hiring process. You are still using Windows 3. The ATS systems of today are not your Momma's old keyword scanner.

They are very sophisticated today. Oracle bought Taleo last year for 1. Yes you can go at it alone, but will you be able to offer yourself what the professional resume services can? The most important thing to remember is that the professional resume service that you may hire will, in fact, be costing you money to retain.

With that, you must be sure that the resume service you choose is a good fit for you and be sure that they will accomplish everything that you want them to. If the first resume service doesn't give you a good feeling, then try another one. There are plenty out there that are both reputable and affordable, as well. The bottom line is that writing a resume is an art form much like anything else.

Unless you are an accomplished writer, it is probably in your best interest to hire a professional to help you out with your resume. While it will cost you money, won't it be worth it if you are able to land your dream job that much faster as a result of hiring them?

Yes, you can save money by writing your own resume, but you can also save money by making your own suit for an interview. Ultimately though, neither approach may be advisable or land you the job you have always wanted.

This is a guest post by Jason Kay. Jason is a professional resume writer and owner of JobGoRound. He is a regular contributor to many top job search websites on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and workplace issues.

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I went to Careerbuilder. They did an amazing job putting into words all of my skill points and creating a wonderful cover letter. I firmly believe it was the extra boost I needed to land an interview.

Over 5 years later I'm still at the same job which was the first and only job that I applied for right out of college. I used a resume writer a few years back and learned so much that I'm able to re-use and retweak the resume that she provided me with. It was well worth the money. It's probably only worth it if you can get a professional interviewer to go to the interview for you, too ;-. I did it once quite a few years ago and would never do it again. I did better by reading through online tutorials and using the library.

I've basically been using the same resume for the last 5 years. I like the format of mine and it's been hard to change. The more I read about these services I think it'd be a good idea to give it at try. They tend to be formulaic and don't give a sense of who this person really is. They seemed to have been prepared by people who had no clue about the requirements of the industries in which these people wanted to find work.

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I was wondering what your opinion is on professional resume writing services. Are they worth it? What about for new grads? I have 5 years of post0secondary (a degree with a semi-connection to my current field, and a diploma directly connected to my current field) concurrent with 6 years of experience.

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If you're struggling to summarize your work experience on a single document, you may be considering outsourcing the task by hiring a resume writer to do it for you. The question is, are these services worth the money? Benefits of a resume-writing service. Let's face it, not everyone is a strong writer by nature.

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Not all Resume Writers or Resume Writing Services are equal During your decision-making process, I’m sure you encountered many options ranging from thousands of dollars to under $ Some services will sell you a very basic resume template for under $ The one thing you do have control over is your resume. It therefore makes sense that you should do everything possible to optimize this aspect of your job search; this is where a professional resume writing service really makes a difference. A professional resume writing service matches you with an expert writer, providing peace-of-mind.

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As a resume writer, let me share the pros (and some cons). Your resume is a marketing document. It has to have a strong impact very quickly. And that's pretty much what you pay for. When you work with a good resume writer (and I don't really care for the CPRW title), you'll get help to unearth what sets you apart from your peers. Note that this is where most people struggle (especially finding strong . Has anyone paid to have a resume written for them?. Resume Tips jobs forums. I don't say this simply because I offer resume writing services but because my years in HR and recruiting have made it very clear that most people are not objective enough to present themselves in the most favorable way. I really believe that crafting a resume is a.