Resume Services

Written by Serena Berger
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Anyone can advertise as a resume consultant or writer. Given the astronomical fees that some resume services pull in, it's no wonder that individuals who lack the real qualifications and skills to provide you the service would like to make a quick buck trying. If you are unemployed, the last thing you need is to be pouring your savings into a resume service which isn't going to help you get a job. Following are some things to consider if you are thinking of hiring a resume service.

Free Resume Services

Some resume services are free. If you attended college, it is very likely that you can get free or cheap career counseling (including resume consultation) from your school. As an alum, you might have to pay a fee to join your alumni association in order to be eligible for career services, but it is almost invariably worth it for the networking as well as the immediate assistance.

If you are going to hire someone, do not go to a consultant who won't tell you upfront what the job will cost. You should also find someone who will rework your resume for free if you aren't happy with the first draft, whether it be written or video. Some services charge by the hour, while others charge by the document or video. There is no conventional wisdom as to which is better, but of course an estimate from the former is only that--an estimate--while you know exactly what you'll be paying for the latter.

Your resume service should give you your finished resume in whatever form(s) you want. If it's a video, you should have a hard copy (or multiple, though you will probably have to pay for them), as well as a copy of the file from which you can make duplicates or send copies electronically. If it's a written resume, you should get hard copies, an electronic copy formatted in a word processing program, and an electronic copy formatted in plain-text.

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