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A resume writer has to size up a client’s professional life and career direction in short order. It is not always straightforward – a good resume writer will uncover accomplishments and provide consultation on career goals. That said, it is difficult for a resume writer to answer the question, “How much do you charge?  This article will help you to see things from the perspective of a resume writer.           

Let's "listen in" on a call from a job seeker seeking to have his or her resume "typed up."  

<Call Begins>

Ring, ring, ring . . .

Resume Writer: "Good morning, XYZ Resume Service. How may I help you?" 

Caller: "Yes, I'd like to know how much you charge." 

Resume Writer: "My prices start at $325 and go up from there depending on your career level and the complexity of the resume." 

Caller: "$325! To type up a resume? Wow, I didn't realize it was that much to type up a resume!" 

Resume Writer: "Yes, that is the starting fee. The typing is free."  

Caller: "What do you mean?" 

Resume Writer: "It is important to understand that a professional executive resume service is very different from a typing service. The word processing work that goes into the creation of the resume is to materialize the resume. That aspect of the resume development process involves a lot of creativity to produce a very crisp looking, attractive resume that will stand out in a pile of poorly formatted, disorganized resumes. And honestly, that's the easy part. Before we get to that point, we provide in-depth consultation to ask many gold-mining questions that are specific to what your particular job is about and what your current situation is behind why you need a resume. 

For example, are you an executive, a recent graduate, recently laid off, returning to the workforce, transitioning from the military to civilian workforce, or are you bored in your current job and need a change?  

We are qualified to answer many questions that go beyond the resume preparation, such as how to answer tough interview questions or how to post your resume online. If you tell us you are not sure what type of position you are seeking, we will not be able to develop your resume because our resumes are very focused and in-depth. Like you, we want your resume to WORK!  

Our expertise is sure to make a big difference between your getting a job and making your next career move. We take the necessary time to understand what you do and to obtain important information about your work history and accomplishments. Yes, it is not just about your responsibilities. A strong resume needs to focus on your strengths and achievements. Once we have the right information, we organize it and develop a strategy that often results in a format unlike the simple chronological format. When we are done, we engage in the follow up process to review the resume and make necessary revisions. Considering the work that goes into it and the end result (most important), $325 (or more) is an excellent investment for such a service."

The next time you call a resume service, try something like this:

"Hi, I was just on your website, viewed your executive resume samples, and would like to schedule a few minutes with you to tell you about my resume needs and to learn more about your services."

Caller: Okay, thank you for explaining everything and helping me to see the value in your services. How do we get started?

<Call Ends>

So, what did you get out of listening in on this conversation? Like the caller, did you at first only want to hear the price, or did you find yourself interested in the value behind the price of my services? If you want to learn more about my executive resume writing services, Contact me, Ann Baehr. I will take the time to speak with you about your needs, and will help you decide on partnering with me on the development of your resume, as well as other career documents, such as cover letters and LinkedIn Profiles that will generate interviews, prepare you for your interview, and boost your confidence.