How Much Does A Professional Resume Writer Cost?

A resume is the critical marketing tool for any job search; it brands you, makes you visible to recruiters, and opens the doors of opportunity. If it works, you work; if it doesn’t work, you don’t work. Quite simply, it’s the most financially important document you will ever own.

This means that writing a resume is serious business that

  • Requires an understanding of how recruitment and hiring strategies affect resumes
  • Demands the clarity of objective analysis to decide how best to package the commercial commodity that is the professional you
  • Insists on unique writing skills, because resumes abide by their own rules


When you’ve done the best you can and see that resume writing is never going to be your strength, you begin to realize that with your personal stability and professional future at stake, maybe you should think about a professionally written resume.

A professionally written resume takes time and thought to determine how best to package the professional you, then more time to write, edit, edit again with your input, then layout and polish the final document. Resume writing is a labor-intensive process for a marketing tool that is mission-critical to your job search and you usually get what you pay for, like most things in life.

Working with a professional resume writer you get the writing skills, and the objectivity to determine the right focus for your situation, skills that come with writing resumes every day for a living.

The result, when you choose wisely, is a resume that opens the doors to more and better job opportunities, in less time, and with potentially higher earnings; assuming of course you have good professional skills to begin with and that you learn to use the resume effectively in your job search.

With the right choice, in addition you’ll receive an education in self-awareness, personal branding and career management issues that you can leverage through the years.

What do professionally prepared resumes cost? Prices vary greatly, but the following accurately reflects the competitive mid-point you are likely to pay for resumes prepared by professionally credentialed and experienced resume writers:

Entry Level Resume…………………………………………………………………………..$275
Students, New Grads, Professional Trades (non-management), Customer Service (non management), Administrative (non management) and Professionals with up to 3 years experience.

Professional Resume…………………………………………………………………………$350
Professionals with 3+ years experience, not in management and not in IT or other Science/Technical careers

Mid-Career/Mid-Management………………………………………………………………$450
Managers, Career Changers, IT and other Science/Technical careers

Senior Management/Executive Resume………………………………………………..$550       
VP, SVP, EVP, Director-Level, C-Level, Entrepreneurs

Now before you faint, take a look this chart and do the math to grasp what it costs you every day, week and month you are looking for that job

When money is tight you have to spend it wisely, but a professionally prepared resume shouldn’t “cost” anything, it is a marketing investment that can earn you money with every day it saves you in landing your next position. As you can see, for most people it’s the equivalent of two or three days pay.

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You can pay much less than this, I see prices hovering around $100 at a number of big job sites. I also know that the resume writer in question is therefore going to get somewhere between $35 and maybe $45 for his or her efforts; you work out how much genuine expertise and honest effort you are going to get for thirty five bucks or maybe $50; bearing in mind that you are not shopping for detergent at the Dollar Store, but paying someone to create the most financially valuable document you will ever own.

You make your own decision, but bear this consideration in mind with any service you consider: A resume is one of those garbage in/garbage out projects, so the information gathered before the resume is written is critical to its success.

Gone are the days when you could have a resume that was all things to all people; nowadays to be successful, a resume must have a clear focus on a specific target job. This requires you and the resume writer to know in detail the deliverables of your target job, how those skills and experience are prioritized and how each is described.

All resume writers will ask for information about your background, but very, very few will take you through the target job deconstruction process that gathers such knowledge; and makes it possible to write a killer job-targeted resume.

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