In the resume writing and career coaching industry, there is unfortunately no barrier to entry. Literally anybody can open up shop and start offering “professional” resume services.
This is good news if you’re a talented writer with a background in HR, hiring, marketing, or business communications. You can easily get going.
However, there are quite a few “professionals” on Reddit, Fiverr, and elsewhere that are taking advantage of job seekers that are looking to find their next role.
These individuals typically offer their services at rates that seem too good to be true and for the average person, it may seem like a great deal.
However, I've reviewed many of these so-called “expert” resumes over the last little while and what I’ve seen is very upsetting. From numerous grammatical errors, language that’s filled with clichés and flowery jargon, disastrous formatting, crazy colours, irrelevant content…and the list goes on.
How to spot the real deal?
Do your research before hiring someone. If it seems too good to be true, it’s because it probably is. Here are a few suggestions if you’re having trouble deciding:
What is the writer’s and/or company’s background? Does the writer have a combination of education and experience in one of the fields I mentioned earlier in my post?
Do they have positive customer reviews hosted on a reliable third-party site like Google reviews or Trustpilot?
Is the price too good to be true? A typical resume takes 6 to 10 hours of work to complete. If your writer is charging under $200 they’re barely making minimum wage after paying their overhead, business expenses, advertising costs, and taxes. That, or they’re giving your work to international writers with much lower fees and from what I’ve seen, subpar understanding of North American English, hiring practices, and job market in general. That’s not someone you want to write your resume.
Unfortunately, it’s the job seekers and the legitimate professionals that end up suffering from this situation. I’ve met tons of clients that initially had a poor impression of this profession as a result of horrible past experiences.
About the Author
James Cooper is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and has been in the recruiting, career coaching, and writing business for almost 14 years. He began his career recruiting for AECOM, a Canadian engineering firm, and he's gone on to work with and help professionals land roles at top Fortune 500 companies.
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