Choosing An Online
By Ann Baehr, Best Resumes of New
There are two distinct
types of resume services – local and online
(Internet-based). Which one is right for you? Many
factors must be considered to make that decision – most
of which include credibility, convenience turnaround
time, and price.
Many job seekers are skeptical about hiring a resume
writer over the Internet because they are afraid of
getting ripped off. That is very understandable in
today’s day and age. So what can you do to make sure you
are working with a credible online resume service?
their credentials. If they are legitimate, their
credentials should be listed on the homepage of their
website. Also, you should be able to speak directly with
someone on the phone. You should also check the sample
resumes on their website so you can see the quality of
Most online resume services have a toll free number and
communicate with their clients via email and Live Chat
as well. If the resume writers respond within a day to
answer inquiries and you do not get an answering service
or a switchboard, that is a good sign that you are
working with a resume service that writes resumes full
time as their primary line of work and not part time as
a second income.
Local in-person resume writing services are slowly
becoming a thing of the past. Unless a resume service’s
local Yellow Pages ad lists every aspect of their
business services and credentials, you will not know if
they are the right resume service for you until you are
sitting across from the resume writer in their office.
The advantage in finding a resume service on the
Internet is that you can view their work, services, and
fees online before calling them.
As for the local resume service, if you decide they are
not for you after traveling to their office to meet
with them in person, you must venture out to find
another resume service that is. That alone can take
hours, if not days. Chances are you will probably end up
choosing a local resume writer just because you’re tired
of running around town! Even then, you’re not done. You
still have the revision process ahead of you. Unless you
are going to do that via email, you will have one chance
in person to catch errors and make changes.
If you are in a rush, you might have a hard time finding
a local resume writer who is available to meet your
deadline because they usually have office hours from 9
to 5, Monday through Friday, and have someone in their
office. It is difficult for a local resume writer to
speak with clients on the phone with another client
sitting across from them. For starters, there is a level
of confidentiality that must be maintained and because
it is simply and interruption. Furthermore, you only
have a few local resume services to choose from versus
the number of resume services available to you online.
If you visit an online resume service that
has great resume samples, excellent credentials, and
communicates with you to answer any of your questions
via phone or by email within a few hours, you should
seriously consider using them. If they are in another
state or country, you shouldn’t let that stop you.
Working by email and telephone is a convenience that you
The main thing to consider is their
ability to write a strong resume for you and the price.
If there is a telephone consultation, the price is
generally higher than if you were filling out a
questionnaire or online resume form without speaking
directly with the writer. If cost is a major
consideration, then it is great to know that filling out
a questionnaire is an option. It sure beats developing
the resume yourself!
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