RESUME RATES & SERVICES
- DO THEY ADD UP?
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."
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
Caller: "$325! To type
up a resume? Wow, I didn't realize it was that much to type up a resume!"
"Yes, that is the starting fee. The typing is free."
Caller: "What do you
Resume Writer: "It is important
to understand that a professional
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
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
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,
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
Caller: Okay, thank you for explaining
everything and helping me to see the value in your services.
How do we
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
resume writing services,
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.