How to Choose an Executive Resume Writing Service
As an executive, you understand that finding a job is extremely competitive. With so few executive job postings, and so many executives, having an elite executive resume can make a world of difference. Whether you are networking for jobs, or applying online, at some point, you are going to be asked for a resume.
Working with a seasoned executive resume writing service is a great decision.
But how can you know which one to choose? Below we will outline the 5 most important factors to consider when selecting an executive resume writing service.
What’s the cost?
As with any product or service, it’s important to have an idea of what you are willing to pay.
According to a recent study by Find My Profession, the average resume cost for an executive is $1,252 with costs ranging from $429 to $2,597. Executive-level resumes are noticeably more expensive than entry or mid-level resumes. Decide what you are willing to invest and start reviewing companies.
How experienced is the company with executive resumes?
There are many resume writing services out there. Literally thousands. But only a handful of those resume writers have specialized experience writing resumes for executives. It’s important when reviewing these services, to find out if the company primarily focuses on executives, or if they are offering one-size-fits-all solutions for all career levels.
Many companies will offer single pricing for all career levels. In essence, you will be getting the same service as someone fresh out of college would receive. This is not ideal considering the level of attention and detail required for executive resumes.
Our next section will be on reviews. And while reviews are important, they mean very little if the reviews are not coming from people with similar backgrounds.
How many reviews does the company have?
Company reviews are one of the most important factors to consider when reviewing executive resume writers. It might seem like common sense, but before choosing any service, make sure to type the company name into Google with the word “Reviews” after the company name. This would look like “Company Name Reviews” in a Google search.
Reading company reviews can provide you in-depth insight into real customers experiences. Make sure to read reviews on third-party sites. Reviews posted directly on company websites require zero verification making it impossible to know if these reviews are honest.
Sites like Google, BBB, Sitejabber, and Trustpilot are great resources to search for authentic company reviews.
What sort of guarantees are offered?
Many executive resume writing services are proud to offer guarantees or warranties on the service. Common guarantees include “satisfaction guarantees” and “interview guarantees”. Most of these guarantees state that if you are not 100% satisfied with the finished product, or you do not receive more interviews as a result, they will rewrite your resume one-time for free.
Another factor to consider is the number or revisions or edits offered on the resume. Are they willing to work with you until you are completely satisfied? Or do they limit you to only two rounds of revisions?
Ideally, the best companies to work with are the ones that will work with you on unlimited revisions or edits. Reading customer reviews is a great way to see if companies actually honor their commitments with these sorts of guarantees.
How is their process and overall customer service?
A great final test to ensure you are choosing the best executive resume service is to ask the company a few questions. Here are some questions that we recommend you ask before signing up:
- Can I speak with someone at the company on the phone?
- How many years of experience does my executive resume writer have?
- Does my resume writer have experience in my specific industry?
- What happens if I am not happy with the finished product?
- How long will it take to receive my final resume?
Of course, there are other questions that you can ask to interview your writer. These are just some of the most important ones in our opinion.