Resume Writing Services: FAQ

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If you have wondered about the value resume writing services and how they work, in this post I collected and answered questions I often hear from my clients.

When is it time to hire a professional resume writer?

If you are not getting (enough) interview invitations, it’s time to work with a professional. Be clear about your career goals and have 1-3 links to target roles ready. A professional resume writer will ask you questions to learn more about your unique professional offer and achievements.

How much do resume writing services cost?

Resume writing service costs may vary based on your career level, deadline, and scope of project. Stay away from services priced under $200. You may simply get your resume reformatted, which isn’t going to drive results. The market rates for strategic resume writing range from $250 to $600 or higher for executive packages.

How do I know that I will get quality help with resume and cover letter?

Your writer’s credentials and offer should include:

  • a website that answers general questions
  • phone or email consultations to address your specific situation
  • a background in HR, recruiting, and/or career/academic advising
  • membership in professional associations and/or a certification
  • LinkedIn testimonials, resume samples, and helpful content

Should I choose local resume services?

While you may find local services that offer office appointments, a lot of resume writing is provided remotely. A phone or written intake process is designed to save you time, collect all relevant data about your career history, and allow for revisions to ensure that you’re happy with the end result.

You can choose the format that fits your needs best. Once your resume is ready, it may also be a good idea to consult a career coach for interview advice or salary negotiation strategies.

What does a typical resume package include?

Resume packages are customized, but they usually include a resume and a cover letter. You can add a follow-up letter, a thank you letter, and/or LinkedIn profile development.

Resume writers also offer career suggestions and advice on how to apply for jobs or edit your resume in the future.

What is the difference between a resume and a cover letter?

A resume informs your reader about your career history and measurable results. A cover letter persuades and sets the tone for the dialogue (a subsequent interview). It highlights specific examples relevant to a particular target role and shows your reader that you understand the employer’s needs.

How long should a resume be?

Resumes range in length from one to three or even four pages, depending on your career history. The only rule worth noting is to avoid incomplete pages. Someone with 10-15 years of experience would usually have a one- or two-page resume (full pages).

How long should a cover letter be?

I recommend one-page cover letters. Choose the top 3-4 requirements from the target role description and write a paragraph per each requirement.

How do I find the best resume writing service near me?

Run a LinkedIn search for a “resume writer” and contact several writers of your choice. Check their websites for more details, credentials, and testimonials. Schedule an introductory phone consultation.

What are some of the top resume tips I should know right now?

Your resume should be easy to skim, have enough white space and a clear structure, and focus on measurable results. Avoid long bulleted lists and dense text. Present your most essential results and quantify them whenever possible. Trim general descriptions of duties and tasks.

What is one resume feature I should consider today?

Your career summary paragraph. Resumes no longer include an objective. Instead, draft 4-6 lines of a career summary focusing on your target role. Mention the years of experience, core soft and hard skills, scope of projects, and your unique professional value.

What is the best resume format?

Chronological resumes are the industry standard. A typical resume includes

  • target role title
  • career summary
  • core areas of expertise
  • career entries
  • education
  • professional development.

You may also include brief employer descriptions, 1-2 testimonials, and links to your projects, portfolio, or publications. See a basic example here.


About the author:

Tanya Mykhaylychenko is a professional resume writer with a background in content writing, university teaching, and IT staffing. She is a member of Editors Canada and Career Professionals of Canada. For more information, please visit or contact her at to schedule a free introductory consultation.

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