10 Tips for Choosing the Best Service
1. Immediate accessibility by phone is a key factor when selecting
a service. Initial impressions on many sites may lead you to believe they are
open for business, but when you call you get voicemail. For a legitimate
business, not being able to answer a call during regular business hours is a
sign you should move on. If you cannot connect with a company to ask some
basic questions, just think how hard it will be to reach them if you have a problem.
2. Guaranteed job scams are how some companies choose to
market themselves. If you see guaranteed job claims in online ads or on a
company's site, RUN. Only shady companies use this tactic. Obviously, nobody
can guarantee you anything with regard to interviews and jobs. If you try to
collect on a money-back guarantee you will be directed to the fine print on
the company's website which will have many terms that will prevent you from
collecting a penny.
3. Do not be fooled by ads that claim "best resume
services", "top 5 / 7 / 10 resume services", and "resume service reviews". These "review"
sites are only trying to funnel you into sites they actually own or are paid to represent.
Nobody is paying for expensive resume advertisements to make you a better informed consumer.
There are resume writers who own multiple resume sites. If you do some digging around
you can easily find them and their poor record.
4. Quality services never give away their work for free.
All services that provide public samples produce low quality resumes. We
have reviewed hundreds of samples from every company you would encounter.
The poor quality of the samples we have viewed leaves us in disbelief that
they would actually display them. Also, an irrelevant sample will only
provide some idea of the possible look and not the strategic factors
that go into a resume based on your exact situation.
5. Useless resume builders are everywhere. Look out for the word free in ads, as in free resume,
free templates, etc. Nothing useful
from these sites is going to be free. You will end up wasting
a lot time and be annoyed with yourself in the end because you knew better.
Resume builders fail people for several reasons. You must know what content
to include or exclude on a resume, which a resume builder will not tell you, and how to package it correctly
6. $49 / cheap services will never result in a quality
product. It is true that there is not always a correlation between what you
pay for some things and the quality of the product or service you receive,
however, in the case of $49 resume services you are going to get exactly
what you paid for. No resume service can devote the time required to
properly layout, design, and write a high quality resume for $49. You are
looking for a quality resume, not just a resume.
7. Services found through job sites will never be your best
option. A company affiliated with a popular job site will not ensure a quality
resume. Resume quality only has to do with the people who develop it. A
major downside of using a service found through a job site is the outrageous
cost. A quality resume does not have to cost hundreds of dollars. These
services are overpriced because the job site is the middleman and they have
to get a nice cut of the fee.
8. When you enter a site assess your initial impression upon
seeing it. Is it professional, modern, and sharp? Are there giant fonts,
lots of bold text, red fonts, rambling content, and a general unprofessional
feel to the site? Those are all signs that you should keep looking. A nice
site will not ensure a great resume, but it is hard to imagine that a
quality service would not invest in a quality site, especially since resumes
have to do with presentation.
9. Do not be influenced by resume writing certifications and
designations. We all have them, but they are not worth the paper they are
written on in terms of ensuring a quality resume. If a writer is interested
in paying to have a certification they can display, the test is easy to
pass. A quality resume writer needs to be a creative person, which no
certification can provide, and someone who has significant experience in HR,
staffing, and recruiting.
10. Brick and mortar services are out there, but computers, the
Internet, E-mail, 800 numbers, etc. have made the resume writing process
efficient and less costly, which has practically made local services
obsolete. You are not being a wise resume shopper or getting extra assurance
that your resume will be better by hunting one down. You will needlessly be
paying extra for your resume, along with the aggravation of driving there.
Over 37,000 customers since 1998. Our track record is impeccable.