Would you believe me if I told you if should take a professional resume writer 3 to 5 hours to develop just the first draft of your resume?
Not only that, but prior to that, a resume writer should conduct an an interview with the client, among many other things.
In our instant gratification-driven society, it’s understandable why one might believe a resume writer could product a top-notch resume on a while-you-wait basis or within 1-2 days tops. But that isn't the case if you're working with a professional resume writer.
Based on my personal experience, it takes a minimum of 3 to 5 hours’ writing time to develop a first draft. Before a draft can even be written, a writer needs to interview the client, research the client’s sample postings and pull the right keywords out of them, decide on the best layout/design for the new resume, and handle a million other things that go into developing that first draft.
Resume writers are managing multiple projects at once, ranging from entry-level to C-level.
Each client’s resume is a discrete project, and most resume writers are handling multiple projects at once. There is also the matter of bandwidth of fitting a given client into the project stream. Most of my colleagues quote clients anywhere from 5 to 14 business days to first drafts, after completion of the strategic interview, for this reason.
Finally, once I get the first draft to the client, it normally takes another 2 to 3 weeks to get the documents to their final state, based on number of revisions, client’s ability to respond, and level of guidance the client needs.
Resumes, and the job search process, are complex!
Melissa Kelley CPRW
I’m a TORI-nominated resume writer and coach. If you would like to work with me on your resume, LinkedIn, job search coaching, or interview coaching needs, call me at 720-588-9793 or set up a no-cost, no-obligation consult here.
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.