What Should Professional Resume Writing Services Cost?

professional resume writing servicesWhen you realize that your personal stability and professional future are at stake and you’ve admitted to yourself that resume writing is not your strength.

When is it time to invest in professional resume writing services?

Your resume is the critical marketing tool for any job search. It becomes the foundation from which to build your social media platform. 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 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

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 like most things in life, you usually get what you pay for.

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.

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 Resumes – $400

Students, New Grads & Professionals with up to 3 years’ experience (Non-Management)

Professional Resume – $550

Professionals with 3-10 years’ experience, not in management and not in IT or other Science/Technical careers.

Mid-Career Resume – $650

Professionals with 10+ years’ experience, not in management and not in IT or other tech areas.

Science, Technology & IT Professionals – $750

All science & IT individual contributors above 3 years’ experience.

Career Changers $750

For all career changers and returnees to the workplace with more than 3 year’s total experience.

Management Resumes – $750

All managers with hiring and firing responsibilities for individual contributors

Executive Resumes – $1100

For senior management with bottom-line fiscal, hiring and firing responsibilities for managers.

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


40,000 3,333 769 154
50,000 4,167 962 192
60,000 5,000 1,154 231
70,000 5,833 1,346 269
75,000 6,250 1,442 288
80,000 6,667 1,538 308
90,000 7,500 1,731 346
100,000 8,333 1,923 385
125,000 10,417 2,404 481
150,000 12,500 2,885 577
175,000 14,583 3,365 673
200,000 16,667 3,846 769
300,000 25,000 5,769


400,000 33,333 7,692 1,538
500,000 41,667 9,615 1,923

When money is tight you have to spend it wisely, but a professionally written resume shouldn’t be seen as a “cost”.

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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Seven Considerations for choosing the right professional resume writer:

I am personally acquainted an automotive industry executive who got laid off from the one job he had ever had. He had never written a resume in his entire life but with the help of a slick website, he has magically become a resume writer.  The Internet enables anyone to hang out a shingle and become anything they want. If you don’t know the person’s reputation or credentials, don’t be fooled by a pretty website and empty promises. That will have no bearing on their ability to deliver a resume that will get you results.

  1. Always ask about resume association membership. The leading professional resume writing associations all have codes of ethics; provide education through annual conventions and ongoing professional accreditation programs.
  2. Always ask about professional credentials. Only those who belong to professional associations and are committed to professional development take the time to earn professional credentials.
  3. Don’t be impressed by credentials, unless you know what they mean and see that they actually relate to resume writing.
  4. Learn what the alphabet soup of credentials all mean. Here’s a comprehensive list of resume writing credentials. The credentials that apply to resume writing are in the first section, coaching credentials, which have nothing to do with resume writing are in the second.
  5. Beware quick-buck artists. Confirm your resume writer of choice has authentic resume writing credentials; if resume and coaching credentials, that’s even better. Just be sure that your choice isn’t someone qualified in a related but very different area of expertise, trying to make a quick buck as a sideline.
  6. Mysterious credentials. If you are told of credentials that do not appear in this list, ask which association awarded them and take the time to check that they do actually exist, it could save you time, money and anguish. If you come across bogus credentials let me know and we’ll investigate.
  7. Ask to see resume samples and ask about the resume writer’s involvement with, and contributions to the profession.

Final Thoughts:

Use your common sense when preparing your resume or looking for resume writing services.

Ask yourself:

  • does the service sound competent or are they just throwing buzzwords at me?
  • Have they asked me intelligent questions?
  • Do I have confidence in their ability to distill what is most marketable about me?
  • Do they seem to care or is this just about being pushy and making a quick sale?

At Knock Em Dead, we provide professional resume writing services at sensible prices and proudly boast a team exclusively composed of senior credentialed resume writers. All of our professional resume writing packages include coaching services with Martin Yate CPC.

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What are your thoughts or experiences with resume writing?

Martin Yate

Hi, I'm the author of Knock Em Dead - The Ultimate Job Search Guide. It's a New York Times bestseller I've updated annually for the past 29+ years, along with 16 other books on job search and career management published around world in 63 foreign language editions.

I've been in career management one way or another for over 30 years, including stints as a Silicon Valley headhunter, Director of HR for a technology division of a public company, and a Director of Training and Development for a multi-national employment services company. For the last 30 years, I've been a career success strategies commentator.

What does it mean for you? You are somewhere in the midst of a half-century work life. Statistically you will change jobs about every four years and likely have three to five distinct careers. Change is your future, but no one has ever taught you how to manage job and career change, how to make your job more secure, or how to climb the ladder of success.

I make it my business to teach you how to navigate this stuff. This is what I do! Over the years, it's become my mission to show you how to survive and prosper through the twists and turns of a 50-year career. Whether you invest in a professional resume writing and career coaching services from me, or whether you get my advice in a book, on the radio, during a webinar or a video chat - my goal is always to give you considered advice, actionable takeaways, and integrated strategies. I won't waste your time.

Every I don't spend writing I spend working one-on-one with someone just like you, helping them navigate a career transition or reach a goal. If you'd like a free consultation for professional resume writing and career coaching services with me, please call me at (678)815-5996 or email me at Martinyate@knockemdead.com.

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  • Awesome advice. I have come back again and again to this post for more than just resume writing, great tips all around Martin, thank you!