Resume

It’s not hard to find a resume writer to work with — but if you’re interested in working with a writer who doesn’t work with a big resume service that requires a certain sameness in every resume they turn out, your search can be much longer. The resume writers below offer high-quality work and will devote the time necessary to make your resume stand out.

Not only will they help you land your next career gig (and perhaps a fatter paycheck), they’ll also save you considerable time and money. Let’s face it: resume writing can be tedious, futile, and time-consuming work, as you toil away trying to format the document or looking for the right interview-inducing words. Often times you can’t find those words simply because you aren’t able to see the forest through the trees at that moment — and that moment can turn into months.

Professional resume writers make all these problems associated with autobiographic resume writing go away. Some may argue that resumes should be pure self-expression on the grounds that no one can position you better than yourself, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The key to outsourcing your resume writing effectively is supplying robust career information — past, present, and future.

If you’ve started on using the Career Vault, you’ve got a head start on the information that a typical resume writer will ask you for. Most resume writers have a standard profile or interview that they’ll ask you to complete in order to have enough information to base your resume on. However, the Career Vault includes all the information a resume writer might ask for. (The beauty of Career Vault is that you enter your career information once, and reuse it again and again for multiple career management-related tasks and projects. So instead of filling out a new profile for each and every resume writer you hire over the course of your career, you simply hand him or her your Career Vault. Hours saved.)

While there’s no guaranteeing the ultimate quality or outcome of your farmed-out resume writing, the worst you usually can expect is some additional — albeit minor — editing on your part.

  1. Don Goodman
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, thank-you letters, resume distribution
    Pricing: $219 to $875
    Specialties: IT and technical industries, management, executive
  2. Rose Vargas
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, resume distribution, social media resume distribution, critique
    Pricing: $99 to $895
    Specialties: Nursing, teaching, technical fields
  3. Louise Fletcher
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, online portfolios
    Pricing: $299 and up
  4. Jennifer Anthony
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, resume distribution, social media resume distribution, critique
    Specialties: Executive
  5. Peter Newfield
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, social media, cover letters, resume distribution, critique
    Specialties: Executive
  6. Kim Isaacs
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, design, resume distribution, thank-you letters, reference lists
    Specialties: Management
  7. Tamar Love
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters
    Pricing: By quote
    Specialties: Media, sales, administrative, technical
  8. Michelle Dumas
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, design, resume distribution
    Pricing: $127 and up
    Specialties: Executive
  9. Allan Brown
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters
    Specialties: Management, consulting, technical
  10. Mark Henderson
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, assessments
    Pricing: $135 to $245
    Specialties: Military transition, technical, executive
  11. Arlen Crawford
    Types of resume services: Resume writing
    Pricing: $149 and up
    Specialties: Lifetime resumes
  12. Kit Samuels
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, thank you letters
    Pricing: $99.95 to $149.95
    Specialties: Sales, management
  13. Martin Buckland
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, design, resume submissions, assessments
    Specialties: Executive, management, technical
  14. Gayle Howard
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, thank-you letters, social media, critique, portfolios
    Pricing: $375 and up
    Specialties: Executive
  15. Paul Freiberger
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters
    Specialties: Executive, legal
  16. Barbara Safani
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, assessments, portfolios
    Pricing: $800 to $1,500
    Specialties: Executive
  17. Laura Smith-Proulx
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, social media, reference lists
    Pricing: $647 to $1,597
    Specialties: Executive
  18. Teena Rose
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, online networking
    Pricing: $647 to $1,597
    Specialties: Teachers, individuals returning to work, individuals without a four-year degree
  19. Beth Colley
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, online networking
    Pricing: $385 to $800
    Specialties: Educators, human resources, clergy
  20. Ian Christie
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, social media
    Pricing: By quote
    Specialties: Executive, management
  21. Steven Burt
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, critique
    Pricing: $150 to $1,000
    Specialties: New grads, executive
  22. Jewel Bracy DeMaio
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters
    Pricing: $549 to $1,049
    Specialties: Management
  23. Deborah James
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, resume distribution, thank-you letters
    Pricing: By quote
    Specialties: Management
  24. Linda Matias
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters, critique
    Pricing: By quote
    Specialties: Executive, teaching, sales, IT
  25. Michele Haffner
    Types of resume services: Resume writing, cover letters
    Pricing: $595 and up
    Specialties: Executive, sales, management

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