Should You Really Pay Someone to Write Your Resume?


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A killer resume is a ticket to a great job, yet writing a good one is one of the hardest tasks on a job seeker’s to-do list. Some people spend hours dithering over comma placement and job descriptions, but others take a more efficient approach: They hire someone to do the heavy lifting.

In exchange for a fee (usually a few hundred dollars, though prices vary widely), professional resume writers will work with you to turn your generic CV into a marketing tool that will not only catch the eye of employers, but will also help you sell yourself once you’re meeting with a potential employer face-to-face.

“Certified resume writers are trained to develop career communications that get interviews and help job seekers be well-prepared for interviews,” executive career coach and resume writer Anne-Marie Ditta said.

That sounds great, but will hiring someone to finesse your resume really help you get hired faster? Evidence suggests that it might.

Career website The Ladders looked at how recruiters viewed both candidate-created and professionally-written written resumes and found that they overwhelmingly preferred the latter, ranking them as better organized and easier to read.

“For an investment of less then a week’s pay, I have helped my clients cut months and even years off their job search,” Ditta said.

Professional resume writing services aren’t just for mid-career professionals and executives. Younger workers can benefit as well, especially if they’re new to the job market and aren’t sure how to best sell their skills.

“Résumés for those just starting off would benefit the most from the help of a professional,” Steve Gibson, a director at JotForm who oversees staffing for the company’s San Francisco office, said. “The reason is that people don’t have the work experience to understand what the hiring manager is looking for.” A good resume writer can help less-experienced job hunters highlight skills and experiences that they might not even realize are valuable to employers.