We’ve all seen those ads for $29 resumes and $49 resumes, and sites such a Fiverr and others include plenty of people willing to provide you with a low-cost resume. Is this your best option? Truthfully, the end result counts far more than the resume service cost.
In general, a resume for less than $50 isn’t going to be worth the price you paid. We’ve all heard the old saying, “you get what you pay for,” and when it comes to resumes, this is partially true.
Cheap resumes definitely tend to be lower quality. The writers just cannot afford to really spend time focusing on strategy if they are churning out a bunch of cheap resumes. Those so-called “free” resume templates are another option people often consider, but these usually aren’t free. Typically, you get a “free trial” and have to give them your credit card information in order to get that free resume template.
This might be fine if you remember to cancel your trial in a couple of days. If you forget, the service probably will charge about $25 per month, every month, for their services. If you plan on using those services, it might be worth it, but if you don’t use them and forget to cancel, you will be blowing through money quickly.
In general, a reputable resume writing company will charge about $90-$100 for an entry level resume and maybe $125 for a person with several years of work experience. Special resumes such as resumes for those applying for high-level executive positions or those needing a military or federal resume might pay about $200 for the resume.
So, you should just pay more, right? Not so fast.
At Top 5 Resume Writers, we don’t actually write resumes and we won’t charge you a dime for our advice. Our goal is to simply let consumers know which resume services are the best ones out there. To discover which companies were best, we conducted a little experiment.
We created a mystery shopper and sent the same information to many different resume companies. We skipped the super cheap companies, because we already know that what they produce definitely isn’t worth the resume service cost. Instead, we looked at some of the top-rated and top-ranked companies, all of whom charged about the same amount for each type of resume they sold.
Once we had the results, we gave them to a group of individuals that were in the position to make hiring decisions. These hiring managers and executives studied each of the resumes we received, rated them and ranked the top five.
Which resume service won? Well, we will get to that in a second.
The results surprised us. Most of the resumes we received weren’t amazing. In fact, many of them contained typos. If you spend $100 or more on a resume, at the very least you expect it to be error-free, and quite a few of them had more than one error.
Many of the resumes also just rehashed the information we provided, and there was no real attempt at strategy. Another surprising fact: Our review team all chose the same company as their top pick – Resume Writing Group.
Resume Writing Group was priced competitively ($89 to $199 depending on resume type), and the resume was error-free. This also was the only service that contacted our mystery shopper to ask some more questions and dig a little deeper, and the results were clear. The resume was well-organized and well-written, and the writer definitely took some time to think about strategy.
In general, a great resume is error-free, of course, but it’s not just a list of skills and experiences. A great resume quantifies your skills, and truly provides a hiring manager with a good idea of what you can accomplish. Resume Writing Group’s resume definitely expressed the mystery shopper’s tangible abilities and this was one of the main reasons why our review team chose them as the top pick.
We also liked Resume Writing Group’s unique guarantee. Their website states that if you follow their advice and use their resume, but you are not hired in 45 days or less, they will refund the cost of your resume and provide you with an additional $100. Obviously, they are confident in their writers’ abilities, and willing to stand by their work.
Their website also included some very helpful advice and articles, and not just about resumes. They provided job search strategies that definitely can help you get hired as quickly as possible, and get hired at a company where you actually will be happy to work. For Resume Writing Group, it’s not just about finding any job; it’s about finding the best job for you.
We hope we’ve addressed your concerns about resume service costs. In the end, the quality of the resume is the most important consideration, and we feel confident recommending Resume Writing Group.