Don’t Be Conned By A Resume Writer
A Professional Resume Writer or Resume Service can indeed help you land a new job or receive a job promotion. However, there are a lot of scams on the internet. My goal in this article is to help you know how to identify a resume scam. While nothing is foolproof, learning what to look for in a resume writer can help you avoid the resume scams!
The Cost of a Professionally Written Resume
A professionally written resume is an investment in your career. And… professionally written resumes are tax-deductible!
Just because it is an investment does not mean that it will cost you $1,000. However, It also does not mean that a resume writer selling ‘professionally written resumes’ for $25 will do a good job. Your job as a job seeker is to hire the best you can afford. A strong, well written resume for a mid level career should not be more than $150 TOPS. A high-end executive, however, should expect to pay more. The majority of resumes that I write are for those mid level job seekers. I am not afraid, or ashamed, to admit that I do NOT feel comfortable working with a high-end – big whig- CEO of a multinational conglomeration! I know my limitations. Which leads us to my next point…
Your Resume Writer Knows Their Limitations!
As I said, I do VERY FEW Senior executive resumes. I have done them, but that is on a case by case basis. I often turn down work because it is not in my realm of knowledge. No resume writer can know everything about every career! A resume scammer will tell you they DO. For the record, I also do not do resumes for attorneys, actors, federal resumes or resumes for physicians. You can be in sales, IT, construction, education, management, or any number of other fields and I am more than happy to assist you. I know my limitations. Every resume writer SHOULD.
Guarantees (Money Back or Job Placement)
If a resume writer guarantees that their resume will get you a job within a particular period of time, FIND ANOTHER WRITER! I am a resume WRITER, not a HIRING MANAGER (been there, done that!). I cannot guarantee you get a job any more than you can guarantee me work for the next 6 months. Your interviewing skills, personality, networking skills, career background and sometimes – sheer luck- are what will GET you a job. MY JOB is to create and write a resume that markets 履歷代寫 your skills and accomplishments and makes you more attractive and valuable to companies!
Resume writers that offer a money back guarantee typically make it so incredibly difficult to get it, that they RARELY give refunds. And, any resume writer can tell you how easy it is for clients to scam THEM. I have a friend who is a resume writer (I used to work for her, coincidentally) and she had several instances of clients simply saying they did not like it, in order to get a refund. The problem with this is that we live in a VERY small community. The client ALSO lived in the SAME community. She received a phone call one day from a local business who had just hired this client. The gentleman who hired him, recognized her style of writing and called with a ‘hey- you’ll never guess who I just hired’ message. She never did recoup her money. She could have cost him the job. She chose NOT to tell her friend the scam his new employee had pulled on her. I’m just not sure I’d be able to keep my mouth shut. So no… unless there is some type of critical error or incomplete order, most resume writers will NOT offer refunds.
While a good resume writer will not offer refunds, they SHOULD offer revisions! My clients get as many revisions as they need. Any company or resume writer who is not willing to work with you and ensure your satisfaction is definitely a scam!
In and of themselves, questionnaires are not a bad thing. I use one myself. HOWEVER – I will also call or email with questions, and offer my phone number for you to call me if you need to! If there is a major issue with your resume, I will ALWAYS call to speak with you.
Many resume scams will hook you with a low or reasonable price, then upsell you on other features or services and/or tell you your resume will be longer and make you pay for a ‘2 or 3 page’ resume. I can’t STAND this practice! I charge a flat rate because (mainly) it’s easier for me! Sure, I may lose money on the occasional resume that takes longer or is more difficult than I estimated, and yes, some are easier and take less time. It all balances out. I believe in keeping my pricing fair – for my clients and myself. And the last thing I want to do is spend my time trying to talk you into buying something you don’t want. I can’t stand pushy salespeople! And if I wanted to be in sales- I would be! There’s a reason I’m not!