Checking a certified resume writing serviceChoosing an online service for anything is a scary thing to think about for a lot of people. Choosing an online resume writing service is even more difficult. Your resume is a reflection of you, and a professional one can cost a good amount of money. Although it may be worth it, you want to be sure that you are choosing a reputable service you trust with your resume, and your future. Below are a few simple tips to follow when browsing the web for resume writing services.

  1. Certifications: True professional resume writers should be certified by one or more of the following organizations:
    1. Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
    2. Certified Expert Resume Writer (CERW)
    3. Master Resume Writer (MRW)
    4. Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)

If you cannot find this information on the service’s website, inquire about it. Make sure to check if all of their writers are certified, or just a select few.

  1. Testimonials: When you are reading through the testimonials that a resume writing service website has provided, remember a couple of things. First, they are not going to put negative reviews that they have received on their website, so do not rely solely on the company’s site. Second, the testimonials could be manufactured to give the site a better first impression to potential customers. Watch out for testimonials that all seem to be written in the same tone or voice. If there are consistent grammar errors or a consistent type of language or verbiage used, they were probably all written by the same person, likely an employee trying to boost clientele numbers. Do not rely only on testimonials provided by the service site itself.
  1. Sample Resumes: Samples of resumes generally have a similar look per site. If you do not like the look or the format of the samples on a specific site, try searching for another service, as your resume will most likely end up looking similar to the samples in its format and aesthetics. If the site that you are interested in does not offer readily available resume samples that you can view on their site, send them an email requesting a few that relate to the type of resume that you need. For example, if you are looking for a career change resume, ask for samples of these. If they will not comply, ask if you can get into contact with a previous customer that they have done this type of resume for. If they still will not help you, maybe check on some customer reviews not located on the service’s site, but you probably do not want to hire that service without seeing a sample first.
  1. Reviews: Seek out reviews of top services as well as specific reviews of services that you are considering. Professional review sites are a good place to start if you do not have any specific services in mind yet. You can find great professional review sites that will tell you which are the best and which to stay away from. Also look for customer reviews and blogs on the web, as these will be the most honest reviews that you will find.
  1. Prices: If the price seems too low, it is probably too good to be true. You generally do not want to drop below $100 when it comes to entry level resumes, and they go up from there. Some sites run specials every once in a while, so you may be able to get a reputable service for under $100, but be careful. Just remember, you want to save money always, but you get what you pay for.