With so many do-it-yourself resume sites and low-cost services available, a common question is “why should I spend money to have my resume done?”
Frankly, the difference in quality between creating your own resume and having a professional do it is the same difference in quality you get when you create your own ad and that you achieve when you have a professional ad or marketing company develop a campaign for you.
Similarly, it’s the same difference in quality that you get when you write and self-publish a book, film, or CD versus the quality you get when you have a professional publishing house or studio produce it.
So, yes, you should pay for a resume writer.
Your resume is your personal marketing document; considering its influence upon your job search results, it is a vitally important piece of paper. Therefore, having it professionally done is a highly worthwhile investment. One way to understand the value of paying for a professional resume writer is to view it in terms of return on investment (ROI).
You will get a ROI.
Let’s say you are currently in a high entry-level job and would like to break into a management position, so you decide to have a CPRW revamp your resume. If you have Kelley Resumes & Wordsmithing do the work, the resume--plus a cover letter--will cost you $550. Very conservatively, when you get your first management job, let’s say it translates to a $20,000 raise, or an extra $400 a week based on a 50-week work year (allowing two weeks for vacation). Based on this, you can see that your return on investment in professional resume services is worth it.
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Melissa Kelley CPRW has more than 25 years' editing and writing experience, as well as a background in automotive purchasing and secondary education (English/social studies/French); she has specifically been writing resumes since 2006. Her motivation to write resumes began when a relative went nearly six months without a response to his resume, all due to a simple misspelling that Microsoft Word didn't flag as a spelling error. Within six weeks after Melissa provided a simple copyedit to his resume, her relative had a new job.