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Your resume is one of your most important career tools. It's what defines your personal brand. But many professionals have no idea where to start, what to include, and what to leave off of their resumes.
That's where we can help. In partnership with TopResume, we'll carefully craft your career story to target the job that you want to land.
Plus get more interviews, guaranteed! TopResume guarantee that you'll get 2x more job interviews within 60 days, or they'll rewrite your resume for free.
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- Professionally written resume by experts who know your industry
- Formatted to get employer attention
- Keyword-optimized to pass through applicant tracking systems
Career Evolution Package
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- 60-day interview guarantee
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- Written by executive resume writers experienced in crafting resumes for leadership positions
- LinkedIn makeover that showcases your expertise & enhances your digital presence
How it works:
Submit your information, and your project will be assigned to a professional resume writer for a one-on-one collaboration.
Within four (4) to six (6) days, you'll have a first draft of your resume.
Then, provide your professional resume writer with feedback and continue to work towards your final resume.
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Perfect your professional brand! With more than 770 million LinkedIn members worldwide, having a profile that stands out is essential to your job-search success. Plus, did you know that 97% of recruiters use LinkedIn to evaluate and screen candidates?
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- Work one-on-one with a professional LinkedIn profile writer
- Create a LinkedIn profile that is tailored to your career goals
- Keyword-optimized so you show up in more recruiters' searches
- Aligned with your resume to present an engaging narrative
- Achievements-based & skills-based so your profile is top-ranked for job opportunities
Invest in 1:1, personalized mock interviews and coaching to set you up for success as you navigate the interview process.
Common interview questions? Your elevator pitch? Salary negotiation?
You will run through mock interviews with your coach and get tailored feedback on how to refine your responses and set yourself apart during the interview to be successful.
Essential Coaching Package
- One (1) coaching session so you can nail the basics of interviewing
- Play-by-play session notes
- Custom action plan
- Topic: elevator pitches
Standard Coaching Package
- Two (2) coaching sessions to craft your personal brand & win the interview
- Topics: elevator pitches, unstructured interviewing, & salary negotiation
Professional Coaching Package
- Three (3) interview coaching sessions on detailed techniques to prepare you for anything
- Topics: elevator pitches, unstructured interviewing, salary negotiation, and behavioral interviewing
The core of the interview-coaching experience is one-on-one sessions with an expert interview coach. These sessions are conducted over video conference and tailored to your needs as a jobseeker, with your industry and stage in the job search in mind.
The Interview Coaching curriculum contains mock interviews, "elevator pitch" development, interview preparation strategies, salary negotiation, and much more!
Interview coaches hold a variety of degrees and certifications, including MBA, MA, CWDP, and SPHR certifications. They've spent years as HR Directors, recruiters, and consultants for small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations.
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As a certified member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and CareerCoaches (PARW/CC) , we have helped over 5000 clients the past 10 years with their Resumes /CV’s and Career Consulting needs. Our services are designed to help you with your current needs as well as your needs as they evolve over the course of your career. Through our membership in the PARW/CC, we stay current with all the latest career trends and with lifetime updates to your resume/CV starting at $39, we make it easy for you to manage your career as it evolves.
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Best Resume Writing Services 2023
Whether you're searching for your first job or your next, we've narrowed down the best services you can use.
In this article:
Build-it-yourself resume options, professional resume writing services.
A well-crafted resume is crucial for job seekers who want to stand out from the competition, but the building process can be confusing and overwhelming. You have to figure out the right formatting, level of detail and tone for your experience. Fortunately, there are resume-writing services that can help with these decisions.
Some of what you'll need to include in your resume depends on the industry you want to work in. While it can vary, employers will likely look at your work history and examine how concisely you present the information, how long you held positions and how well your experience matches the job you're applying for.
Some of our picks for best resume writing services are free, some enlist the help of professional writers and some require a subscription or one-time payment.
A well-constructed resume can help you stand out during a job search.
If you need some guidance on creating or updating a resume but aren't ready to spring for professional service, check out these online resume-building tools to help you find templates and guides for doing it yourself.
Best free resume builder
Resume.com is a completely free resume writer that offers dozens of templates for creating your resume or cover letter, as well as job boards and career advice. You have the option to upload and edit an existing resume, create a new one or edit one of the sample resumes offered on the site. It's intuitive and easy to use, and it creates a professional-looking final product.
When starting from scratch, you'll go section by section, entering your education, employment history, hobbies and interests, professional skills, languages and references. Resume.com provides question prompts and tips for guidance, as well as career-specific examples you can add if you're struggling to find the right words.
You can also choose to forgo any of these sections, rearrange sections and add custom ones depending on what you need. As you update and save each section, you can see how it will appear on the page on your resume preview to the right. You can also change the template, font style and size, or spacing any time and see it update in real time in the preview.
Once you're done, you can download your new resume (in PDF, DocX, RTF or TXT format), create a custom URL or print it out. You also have the option to upload it to Indeed, a job search site that partners with Resume.com. The account you make will work with both Indeed and Resume.com.
On the privacy side, Resume.com does collect user information. If you want to delete your account, simply click your profile icon and then Account . Clicking Close My Account deletes your account and your data. If you didn't make an account, you can still choose Delete Guest Data . You can also request your data, and the company will send you an email with what it has collected.
Of the reviews on Trustpilot , 71% are positive, but some negative reviews speak of the difficulty unsubscribing from paid services, so read carefully as you use the free aspects of this service.
Best option for your first resume.
The website Resume Genius says you can "make a professional resume in 12 minutes." We tested it out and indeed had a solid first draft of an easy resume completed in about 10 minutes... give or take a few minutes spent looking up dates.
You can create a new resume or upload a document for editing. Resume Genius takes you step by step through the process, starting with a series of questions ("Do you have work experience?" and "What's your highest level of education?"). Your answers lead you to boxes of additional information.
The site can also help you build cover letters and curriculum vitae. After you input all your information, you can choose different layout styles and colors. It's easy to move through, but you have to do it in order and fill in all the information before continuing. Resume Genius also offers blog-style articles with tips for creating resumes, as well as examples of resumes, CVs and cover letters for specific jobs. The site also generates recommended jobs near you.
You can download the resume you create for $2.95 (which starts a 14-day trial for Resume Genius Pro), or $7.95 (which kicks off a monthly subscription plan). However, if you fail to cancel your trial before the 14 days are up, you'll be billed for $24.95 every four weeks, according to the site. The monthly plan bills annually at $95.40.
On the downside, the account deletion process is buried in the Terms of Service . According to Resume Genius, full data erasure can take up 30 days, but they may retain "certain information in accordance with privacy laws."
On Trustpilot at the time of this writing, the site has 4.8 out of 5 stars based on more than 30,000 reviews.
Indeed Resume Builder
Easiest to use.
It's free to create a resume or post your current resume on Indeed. If you're building a new one, you can choose between eight templates. The resume sections are highlighted and when you click, each section expands specific text fields. You can swap templates at any time without losing your work, too. There are also options for toggling sections on and off, as well as rearranging them. When you're finished, you can download a free PDF of your work history.
Indeed Resume Builder also offers optional professional advice for your new resume. After you download the resume you created, you'll get a prompt and can click Get Resume Help From a Real Person.
Fill out a short questionnaire about what type of help you want, upload your resume (it's OK if you haven't built one). This service usually costs $89 unless you've applied to at least 10 jobs using your Indeed resume . According to Indeed, if you haven't received an interview request within 60 days of receiving your new resume, you can request a one-time rewrite of your resume.
For $19, you can take a quiz and get feedback from a professional to get you started. You can also use Indeed's automated instant report system for free. The system returns quick tips to improve your resume.
CNET reached out to Indeed for more information and we'll update when we hear back.
Most affordable paid resume builder.
CV Engineer is an easy-to-use app that creates a professional-looking resume. With 16 templates to choose from, you can tap to enter information into all of the usual sections -- career, education, skills and so on. When you tap on each section, you can tap through the bottom toolbar to get advice on what type of information to add, as well as resume examples to show you how the section should look. You can add custom sections, or delete sections as well.
CV Engineer lets you send or download your completed resume for free, but you can upgrade to CV Engineer Pro for a one-time payment of $4.49. This gives you access to unlimited downloads and the Scan My CV feature, which can detect common mistakes and suggest improvements, such as places where you can add more information. It also offers interview advice and a cover letter builder.
Resume Star 2: Pro CV Designer
Best free ios resume builder.
Resume Star 2 isn't the most visually stunning resume design app for iOS, but it gets the job done: Tap each section of a resume, fill in your information and it will fill in a traditional template (you only get one layout). The app offers some example resumes you can start with and edit if you want: cashier, dental hygienist, receptionist, waitress, mechanic and senior manager.
You can add or delete any sections you like without needing to hit save every time you add in information, and you can see your resume update as you go. The autosave feature makes it easy to toggle quickly between the different sections as well. At the end, you'll have a basic resume ready to go.
The app's interface doesn't offer as much guidance about how to write your resume or what types of information to include by itself. If you need extra help, tap the information icon in the bottom left and choose the Resume Writing Guide. This will open up a crash course on resume writing in your mobile browser. It also includes a job search feature.
The app collects payment via donations: The app connects to iCloud, and you can export your resume as a PDF to anywhere, and if you are happy with the service, you can choose the $6 "helped a bit" tier, a standard purchase of $10, or the "really helped me" tier for $25.
The site does not collect personally identifiable information without user consent, which seems to make it one of the more secure options available.
Resume Star 2 has a 4.8 out of five rating, and more than 1,700 ratings in the App Store . The first version, Resume Star: Pro CV Maker, which is the same except for the iCloud connection, had a 4.9 star rating and more than 15,000 reviews .
Resume Builder app
Best free android resume writing service.
Intelligent CV's Resume Builder App offers 42 resume templates and allows you to change font colors. Each resume section appears on a list, and you can move through sections in whichever order they choose, save, and go on to another. You also have the option to add, delete or rearrange sections such as education, experience and skills. Tap Help in each section for a little bit of extra guidance.
Once you're finished, you can download your document for free as a PDF, which you can then save on your device or send via email or text.
Resume Builder App has one of the stronger privacy policies of the bunch: The app does not collect personally identifiable information , though third-party services (including Google Play services and analytics firms) may collect information.
On the downside, the app is ad-supported and ads for other resume creators do pop up, which can get confusing. The app also offers less guidance than some of the other services, which means it's not a great option if you're new to resumes.
The app has 4.6 out of 5 stars and more than 270,000 Google Play Store ratings and is free to download.
Widest range of professional tools
VisualCV has an easy-to-use interface that lets you build your resume in the way that works best for you. After signing up, you can upload an existing resume, begin with a prewritten sample or start entirely from scratch. Use the basic editor to input information in a list form, the visual editor to edit directly on the resume and the preview to see changes made on either version in real time. Revision history is also available.
The free basic edition allows you to select from over a dozen professional templates to create, edit and download one resume as a PDF. You can also create one free cover letter.
Unfortunately, you can't download or share additional resumes without purchasing VisualCV Pro . Upgrading also unlocks more templates, unlimited creations, downloading, career tracking and a resume website. The website URL goes through VisualCV, but can be shared online, like a paperless resume. You can choose the quarterly plan for $15 a month or a $24 monthly plan.
The site includes a job search feature, allowing you to find and directly apply to jobs in your area. In terms of privacy, VisualCV's policy said that it does not sell, trade, rent or license personal information to third parties.
As of publication, Resume.com has 4.3 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot , but only 91 reviews.
If you want to find a professional writer to edit your resume or create a brand-new one for you from scratch, check out some of the offerings below to find the best resume writing service for your budget and needs.
A premium option for a tailored resume.
If you're totally lost and are willing to invest several hundred dollars into your job search, ResumeSpice is a resume writing and career coach service created by recruiters that connects you with a "resume expert" to build your CV from scratch.
Once you choose, you'll fill out a short questionnaire and schedule a phone consultation with a resume expert to discuss your experience, job search and career goals. The expert will take that information and turn around a personalized resume draft within two business days. You can review the draft and request any changes, and you'll get the final version in PDF and Word formats.
An entry-level resume costs $449, a professionally written resume costs $569, and an executive resume costs $689. You can also add a cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview coaching or other services to help you be more competitive in the job market.
A 60-day interview guarantee.
ResumeWriters.com offers a guarantee: If you don't get a job interview with a potential employer within two months of getting your resume, they'll rewrite it for free. The service claims that in the 10 years and tens of thousands of resumes completed under this guarantee, it averages fewer than five requests for rewrites per year.
To use the resume writing service, submit your current resume or career information on the site, and an experienced resume writer will contact you to assess your materials and plan out what you need. You'll get a first draft back within 72 hours, and can work with the writer on revisions until you're satisfied with the result.
ResumeWriters offers student, professional, executive and career-change resume services, as well as CV services for those conducting their job search in fields specific to the military, IT and research. The resume services cost $170 for the student level and $200 for the professional with a cover letter, one-on-one consultation and LinkedIn profile. There is even a comprehensive career change package with the previous package benefits plus a post-interview follow-up letter for $250, and an executive package with its most experienced writers for $300.
A fast pass through HR screening software
Zipjob offers professional resume writers who optimize your resume to get through the applicant tracking system software used by the majority of employers to automatically scan and sort resumes. An expert writes your resume and scans it through the ATS to ensure it will make it through to the hiring manager's desk.
To use the service, upload your resume or fill out a form to start from scratch. You'll be matched with a professional resume writer who will work with you to improve it, and will then scan the final product to make sure it passes through the screening algorithms. Depending on which package you choose, your resume will be ready in three to seven days.
Choose from three packages: Launch (resume writing and unlimited revisions for $139), Fast Track (adds a cover letter and a 60-day interview guarantee for $189) or Premium (adds a top resume writer, LinkedIn profile optimization, future resume updates and expedited delivery for $299).
Find My Profession
An executive resume solution.
Find My Profession offers professional resume writing services as well as career coaching. Every resume gets reviewed by two different consultants.
You'll find resume writing packages that include entry-level, professional, C-level and executive resume writer services, as well as IT, engineering and federal resume writer options. In each, you can choose a base, premium or VIP level package depending on your needs. For example, the professional resume package starts at $595 for a resume that is compatible with automated systems and goes up to $695 to add a cover letter and $895 to add a LinkedIn profile.
You'll get the first draft of your resume within three to five business days after your consultation with a writer. Or, upgrade to a priority service for another $149 to get it within 48 hours.
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The best resume writing services.
Written By: Michael Gardon | Edited By: Mike Jelinek
Our advice is to start with TopResume’s free resume review . If you are at the executive level, then ZipJob is our pick for the best resume writing service.
Machine learning and automated scans can discard your resume before a real human even sees it. Resume writing services will help you get a leg up in the age of computer-screened resumes and the growing popularity of AI.
The companies we recommend can help get you in the door while you handle the rest.
The 8 Best Resume Writing Services
TopResume - Best Overall
TopStack Resume - Runner-Up (Pay When You Are Satisfied)
ZipJob - Best For Executives And Professionals
Let’s Eat, Grandma - Best Customer Service
ResumeSpice - Best For Job Seekers Of Any Level
Resumeble - Best For ATS Optimization
JobStars - Best For Resume Distribution
Visual CV - Best for CVs
Our team has hands-on experience hiring and managing thousands of employees for technology, HR, finance, writing, marketing, and executive jobs. We spent hundreds of hours researching all of the online resume writing services and we update this page every week. We continue to have conversations with recruiters and consult with hiring managers to learn what makes a resume stand out in 2023.
Resume Writing In 2023
It’s crucial that your professional resume showcases your unique skills and experiences in addition to getting the right person to read it. More than ever, your resume need to be written to make you stand out to both humans and computers. At the end of the day, a real person is making a decision and you want to make that connection strong from the start.
Resume services help make it all happen. These companies employ top-notch professional resume writers who are always up to date on the latest trends in the industry. Most of these companies begin with resume review services and you can get started with a free review. Then, they offer various packages to help you complete your resume, cover letter, and even LinkedIn profile. You can scale up as much as you feel you need the help.
Both TopResume and ZipJob have a free resume review that will help you understand where your resume can be improved for Applicant Tracking Systems . You can use the services for quality resume writing and even LinkedIn profile updates . Besides these two, there are many other options to check out and we reviewed all the best services to help you with your resume.
Other Top Resume Writing Services To Consider
In addition to our top picks, we reviewed 12 other resume writing services. Some produced generic template-based resumes and others fell short because their services weren’t very comprehensive. These services did not make the cut as our top professional resume writing services. If you don’t find something you like with our top picks, you can still check out some of these:
- Career Perfect
- Careers Booster
- Live Career
- Pro Resume Writing Services
- Resume Professional Writers
- Resume Writers Direct
- Velvet Jobs
There are also resume builders that take a more templated approach at a lower price point. If you’re not great at selling yourself, you might want to turn to professional resume services to help you stand out because many of the resume builders will only help with structure.
What Are Resume Writing Services And How Can They Help You?
Recruiters agree that most job seekers can benefit from an outside perspective on their resume.
Resume writing services look at your skills and experiences and help you parse out the details that illustrate why you’re a great fit for a particular position, and help you capture the attention of a hiring manager.
Some services are little more than online tools that walk you through each section and offer suggestions of what to write.
However, most people looking for resume writing help to land a dream job or their next executive role, are interested in a full-service option. This is where the best resume writing services will pair you with a professional writer who works with you one on one to gather information about your work and education history to tailor a personalized professional resume from scratch. For those willing to pay extra, they’ll also write you a cover letter and help optimize your LinkedIn profile.
We put together this guide to help you choose among hundreds of the best resume writing services. We spoke with industry experts and compared dozens of the most popular resume builder tools and professional writing services to determine which offered the best value to job seekers. We looked at:
- sample resume options, and resume templates
- writer qualifications
- options for customization
- additional services offered by the companies
Full Reviews of the Best Resume Writing Services
Topresume — best overall.
Read the full Careercloud TopResume Review.
TopResume delivers sound resumes for workers of all backgrounds and it lets you try the service for free by requesting a free expert resume review. This is a rare offering from a professional resume writing company and it can give you a sense of how much assistance you need. That can guide you toward which of the company's three resume writing packages are the best fit for you. It builds its packages around the types of services it offers rather than your career level, as many other professional resume writing companies do. This shouldn't affect most consumers, but higher-ups may prefer a company with more experience handling executive resumes.
Where It Excels
TopResume offers several resume writing solutions targeted at people of all skill levels and budgets. Start with its free resume review service by uploading your current resume to the site. Unlike many other online resume building resources, TopResume's tool doesn't just give you cliche feedback based on a computer formula. Instead, one of its real resume writing experts will look over it and give you personalized feedback within two business days. This is a great way to decide if the service is right for you before committing any money.
There are three resume writing packages you can choose from, depending on how much assistance you want. The basic Professional Growth package includes a well-formatted and keyword-optimized resume written by a professional in your industry. The Career Evolution package includes all of that plus a handwritten cover letter. The Executive Priority package includes a cover letter and a LinkedIn profile makeover, plus a guarantee that your resume will be written by one of the company's best resume writers.
The Career Evolution and Executive Priority packages include a 60-day interview guarantee. If you're not getting twice the interviews you were before after having TopResume professionally rewrite your resume, it will do it all over for you at no extra cost. You must notify the company in writing within 180 days in order to take advantage of this service.
Where It Falls Short
Make sure to read the fine print for TopResume’s 60-day Interview Guarantee. There is no full refund offered. Their guarantee says you will double your interviews with their services or you will get a free resume rewrite and that all sales are final.
Additionally, TopResume is very upfront with the associated costs, but the basic pricing tier is still $149, which is pretty high. An unemployed job seeker may not have any extra cash to purchase resume writing services.
Expert Resume Review: Free
- Professional Growth Resume Service: $149
- Career Evolution Resume Service: $219
- Executive Priority Resume Service: $349
Don’t take our word for it! Check out these reviews from real people who have used TopResume.
TopStack Resume — Runner- Up (Pay When You Are Satisfied)
Read the full CareerCloud TopStack Resume review.
TopStack Resume writers create custom, ATS-friendly resumes that will wow hiring managers and recruiters. They can also craft engaging cover letters and LinkedIn™ profile content. And, if you need some extra support during your job search, you can work with one of the company’s career consultants for guidance.
TopStack stands out with their unique pay-after model. When you place an order with TopStack, you don’t need to enter a credit card number or any payment information. When your resume is complete, they will send you a link to review. At that time, you pay for your order if you are satisfied. No other resume writing service offers this unique pay-after option.
The pay-after option allows you to get started with TopStack risk-free.
TopStack Resume’s resume writing service follows a simple process. First, you’ll submit an online order form with details about your career goals and professional experience. You can also attach your current resume if you have one.
Then, your order will get assigned to a resume writer. You’ll work closely with your writer via email or phone until you’re satisfied with the progress made on your resume. Once you feel good about how it looks, you’ll pay for your order. Your writer will then make any final adjustments needed and send you the completed document.
TopStack Resume offers four resume writing packages, so you can choose the level of service that meets your needs. First, the Basic package comes with a professionally written resume and email communication with your writer. Next, the Standard package comes with everything from the Basic level, plus a cover letter.
Then, the Professional package builds on the Standard level with LinkedIn™ profile content and phone communication with your writer. Finally, the Premium package mirrors the Professional package with the addition of up to 4 hours of career consulting.
Career consultations meet you where you are. Each conversation will get tailored to your current situation, whether you’re creating a job search strategy, preparing for an interview, or planning to make a career change.
Both the Professional and the Premium packages come with a 60-day interview guarantee. If you don’t receive any interviews within 60 days of purchasing your resume (and you’ve applied to at least ten jobs during that time), TopStack Resume will provide additional career guidance and application support to you for free. Plus, when you purchase one of these higher-level packages, you’ll get to work with one of the company’s most experienced writers.
TopStack Resume also gives back to the community. Five percent of the firm’s profits get donated to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free lodging to loved ones of hospitalized military personnel.
While it’s reassuring to have some sort of guarantee when you buy a service, you won’t get your money back if your resume doesn’t help you land an interview. Plus, unless you pay extra to expedite your order, it can take up to two weeks to get your finished document. That timeline may not work for you if you need to find a new job as soon as possible. And, even though the company’s prices are lower than some of its competitors (particularly when you consider what’s included), the price tag may still be too big if money is tight.
Basic Resume Writing Package: $139
Standard Resume Writing Package: $199
Professional Resume Writing Package: $279
Premium Resume Writing Package: $649
Upgrade to Phone Communication with Writer: $25
Resume Writing Expediting: $50
Check out some of these reviews from individuals who have used TopStack Resume!
ZipJob — Best For Executives
Read the full CareerCloud ZipJob review.
ZipJob offers full resume rewrite or new resume creation services for any industry. You can even have your resume reviewed for free within 48 hours! ZipJob knows that most employers use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen resumes, so they take the time to optimize your resume to pass and score high in ATS systems and also scan your resume with similar ATS technology to make sure it passes the test. There are three different package options, as well as a free resume review, available to fit your needs.
Learn more about the best executive resume services and why ZipJob is our top pick.
ZipJob writers have helped candidates secure jobs at Google, Apple, Chase, Allstate, Esurance, Groupon and more. You can start with the free resume review service by uploading your resume to the site. ZipJob will provide detailed feedback on your resume presentation, design and even run your resume through an ATS scanning test. This free resume review is completed by a resume expert and will be back to you within 48 hours. This is a great way to check out ZipJob and see if the service is what you are looking for before paying for a service.
There are three resume packages to choose from, depending how much help you are looking for.
The basic package is called “Launch” and includes a professionally written resume from a resume expert, keyword-optimized resume prepared for ATS scanning, direct communication with your resume writer through the ZipJob dashboard and unlimited revisions.
The next package is the most popular and is called “Fast Track.” This package includes everything from the Launch package, but also includes a custom cover letter and a 60-day interview guarantee. According to ZipJob, if you are not landing at least two times more interviews after 60 days, they will ask you to send over a few of the links to jobs you have applied for. Then, they will review your resume against those jobs and see what additional improvements can be made. ZipJob will update your resume and provide further recommendations.
The next package is the “Premium” package. This package includes everything mentioned so far, as well as LinkedIn profile updates with keyword optimization, optional phone consultation, expedited delivery and future resume updates for life.
The final package is the "Executive" package. This package includes a professionally written and ATS-optimized resume, a custom cover letter, LinkedIn optimization, resume distribution, a phone consultation with a resume expert, unlimited revisions and free future updates.
Be sure to read the fine print for ZipJob’s 60-Day Interview Guarantee. There is no money-back guarantee offered. Their guarantee says that you will land two times more interviews in 60 days, but they also acknowledge that some things are out of their control. They offer no money back and all sales are final.
Further, ZipJob is very clear about their pricing, but the lowest-priced Launch package comes in at $139. Someone who is unemployed or between jobs may not have the funds to purchase this service.
Launch Resume Service: $139
Fast Track Resume Service: $189
Premium Resume Service: $299
Executive Resume Service: $899
Check out these reviews from happy customers!
Let’s eat, grandma - best customer service
Let’s Eat, Grandma may sound silly, but they get it done when it comes to your resume rewrite. Each of their resume writers are highly-qualified career professionals that have been in the business for over 5 years. I actually interviewed Let’s Eat, Grandma CEO Chris Villanueva for this review and I asked him about the name:
“Let’s Eat, Grandma" is a nod to the old grammar joke on the importance of comma placement. It’s catchy and also conveys our playful, nerdy culture that our customers love.”
Where Let’s Eat, Grandma Excels
Right off the bat, LEG gets you a free resume critique. While you won’t get a full rewrite, it is a good option to help you select which package is the best fit or to help you guide your own rewriting efforts. In the critique, you will get the top three suggestions where your resume could improve - regardless of if you select them or not.
Next, entering your resume information is easy.
Step 1 - you fill out a questionnaire about your work history and what you hope to accomplish during the resume writing process.
Step 2 - you’ll have a phone consultation with your writer where you will come up with a “targeted strategy” to improve your resume.
Step 3 - the writer will complete a first draft and you will review it. In total, the entire revision process (up to two additional drafts) should take seven days. So, you’ll have a totally new resume in 2-3 weeks.
A major benefit to using Let’s Eat, Grandma is that all resumes written by their professionals won’t get bounced by applicant tracking systems for formatting issues - guaranteed.
Finally, Let’s Eat, Grandma prides itself on in-house customer support to ensure clients have a great experience. Their vision statement is: "To be the most customer-centric service for job seekers and partner with them for life."
Where Let’s Eat, Grandma Falls Short
A downside to using this service is that they do not offer an interview guarantee or job offer guarantee, like some other resume writing services.
They also don’t offer expedited timelines; if you are on a tight turnaround time, this service might not be for you.
Senior Writer Resume Critique: Free
Starter Package: $439
Accelerated Package: $549
Premium Package: $689
Executive Concierge Service: $1,899
If you’re looking to spend a little less money on your resume writing service, check their website frequently for price changes. Often, they will have seasonal sales that drastically reduce the prices of their packages.
Reviewers who have chosen LEG tend to report an increase in the amount of interview requests they get. For instance, Jamie who works in healthcare management says, “I had 0 responses with my own resume. With my new resume, I have applied to 7 jobs and have received several interview requests…”
ResumeSpice - Best For Inside Track on What Recruiters Are Looking For
ResumeSpice is a highly-rated resource for job seekers, earning the #1 Trustpilot rating for resume writing and career coaching. Recruiters founded the company, so you’ll get a resume that exceeds hiring manager and human resources personnel expectations. ResumeSpice clients have secured positions at top companies like Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. No matter what industry you’re in, job function you perform, or career level you’re at, the provider can likely help you land your next role.
ResumeSpice creates high-quality resumes in a short time. Once you purchase the service, you’ll have a phone consultation with a resume writing expert. They’ll ask you questions about your experience, education, credentials, and career aspirations. Then, they’ll write a draft of your resume, have it reviewed by other resume writing experts from the company, and get it to you within two business days - faster than many other resume writing services.
The document will be keyword optimized so it can make it through applicant tracking system screening processes. It will also be well-formatted and compelling to pique the interest of human readers. You’ll receive the final version via email in both PDF and Word document formats.
If you need additional support, ResumeSpice writes cover and thank you letters, professional bios, and LinkedIn profiles. The company also offers interview preparation and career coaching sessions. That way, you can get personalized guidance for your next professional move.
ResumeSpice pledges that your resume will be effective and offers a 60-Day Interview Guarantee. If you don’t land any interviews within two months of receiving your final resume, the company will rework it for no additional cost. You do have to meet some conditions, such as submitting the document to 15 or more companies during that time. Please see the firm’s website for the full terms.
ResumeSpice is pricey. The company doesn’t offer package deals for buying multiple services, either. While the company officially allows two rounds of revisions, they have a stellar reputation and promise to address any concerns you have, even if it goes beyond two edits.
Entry-Level Resume: $409 (good for recent graduates or those with less than two years of experience)
Professional Resume: $519 (good for those with more than two years of experience)
Executive Resume: $629 (good for those seeking C-suite/senior management positions or high-salary roles)
Cover Letter: $189
Professional Bio: $189
LinkedIn Profile: $189
Interview Preparation: $189 per session
Career Coaching: $179-$695 (depending on the number of sessions)
Here are a few reviews from people who have used ResumeSpice! You can check out additional reviews on Trustpilot.
RESUMEBLE - BEST FOR ATS OPTIMIZATION
Resumeble features a consultancy approach to resume writing. This ensures direct interaction with your writer to deliver maximum value. According to Resumeable, hiring a professional to write or rewrite your resume offers four advantages that can make the difference between being one of the crowd or the applicant that stands out: 1) It saves time. Resumeble streamlines the writing process to help you stay ahead of other potential candidates; 2) It’s stress-free. You don’t need to worry about format, spelling, grammar, tone, keywords, or ATS optimization; 3) It gives you a second pair of eyes. No matter how good you are as a writer, it’s always a good idea to have an expert review your resume; and 4) It makes your resume compelling. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work in the resume world. With your writer, you can develop a resume that targets your hiring audience and successfully represents your skills and experience. Or as they like to say at Resumeble, you’ll master the art of “humblebrag.”
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are here to stay. That being said, beating the ATS is key to getting your resume noticed. It’s also a complicated task to accomplish. The writers at Resumeble know exactly how this system works and how to structure your resume in the most focused and cohesive manner to make it a potent weapon against ATS algorithms.
With a Trustpilot score of 9.2, a robust and updated blog, and competitive pricing, the only thing missing from Resumeble’s website was a listing of companies that their clients have been hired at. Similar services proudly boast the companies that their clients have gotten hired at, but there is no mention of reputable companies on Resumeable’s site.
There is also no resume diagnostic like with Zipjob or TopResume, so you don’t have the option of uploading your current resume in order to see where you’re falling short.
Choose among three packages and four additional services:
Career Pro: $149
Other services are $99 to $149.99 and include cover letter writing, LinkedIn write-up, resume writing, and CV writing. There’s even a short questionnaire to help you determine the most suitable package or service for your needs.
Resumeble promises that you’ll receive an interview call within 60 days of the order completion. Just in case you don’t, they’ll be happy to rewrite your resume free of charge.
JobStars resume writing service can help you land your next role regardless of your industry or experience level. Resume writers will share your career history in your own voice and tailor the document to your professional goals. Your resume (and cover letter if purchased) will be well-formatted, professionally written, and ATS-friendly. The company also offers several other services to help your job search efforts, such as LinkedIn profile optimization, career coaching, and resume distribution.
Where It Excels
JobStars offers a range of job search-related solutions, so you can get all of the help you need in one place. An experienced writer will create a compelling resume that impresses hiring managers. They can also develop powerful copy for your cover letter, LinkedIn™ profile, or professional bio.
And, unlike many other resume writing service providers, the company can also distribute your resume to over 500 recruiters that match job seekers with their dream roles in your area. That way, you have a whole team of people on the hunt for your next opportunity. Plus, if you need guidance on how to ace your upcoming interview or make a career change, JobStars has career coaches standing by to work with you.
JobStars offers three resume writing packages to suit various needs: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The Bronze package includes an initial intake consultation, your resume, an optional cover letter, and 30 days of unlimited revisions. The Silver package includes everything from the Bronze level and adds in the LinkedIn™ profile optimization service. Finally, the Gold package includes everything from the Silver level plus the resume distribution service.
Where It Falls Short
While you’ll get 30 days of unlimited revisions to ensure your satisfaction with your resume, JobStars doesn’t guarantee that your new resume will help you secure more interviews or land a job. However, other resume writing service providers offer an interview guarantee, so if you don’t secure interviews within a certain amount of time of purchasing a new resume, you’ll receive a resume rewrite or other job search support at no charge.
JobStars is also quite pricey. The Bronze package starts at $495, and the Gold package runs as high as $1,595. So, this service may be financially out of reach if you're on a budget. But, if you have an existing resume that needs a quick update or fine-tuning, you can purchase a resume refresh, starting at $195.
Bronze Resume Package: $495-$895
Silver Resume Package: $650-$1,295
Gold Resume Package: $950-$1,595
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Federal Resume: $695-$1,395
Resume Refresh: $195-$795
Cover Letter: $95-$295
LinkedIn™ Optimization: $250-$495
Professional Bio: $150-$650
Resume Distribution: $325-$395
Career Coaching: $495 for the initial package; $150 per additional session
Prices vary based on your career level, any add-on services you elect, how soon you need the document, and other factors.
Returning customers are eligible for discounts. You may request a refund within 30 days of purchase and before resume writing begins. After that, all sales are final.
VisualCV - Best For CVs
VisualCV is an online curriculum vitae (CV) and resume builder. Using the tool, you can create ATS-friendly documents with just a few clicks. The service provider can also review or format an existing resume. And, if you need a bit more help, you can hire the company to write your resume for you.
VisualCV is easy to use, so you can create a visually appealing and effective CV or resume in minutes. You’ll start by creating a free account using your Google or LinkedIn™ credentials or email address. Then, you’ll choose one of 25+ templates to format your document.
Next, you’ll upload your existing CV or resume. If you don’t have one (or don’t like what you’ve got), you can write your content from scratch. If you need a little inspiration, VisualCV offers sample copy you can tweak, examples of well-written CVs you can review, and helpful resources you can reference.
Once you’re happy with your content, you can adjust your fonts or change your template until you love the way your document looks. Then, you can get a shareable link or download it as a Word or .pdf file.
You can also see how often your CV or resume gets viewed on your VisualCV dashboard. Plus, you can start an online career journal on the VisualCV website to log your professional accomplishments. That way, you can refer to it in the future when it’s time to update your resume or CV again.
While you can create a resume or CV for free, you can’t download or share it until you purchase a Pro subscription. After you purchase a subscription, you’ll be able to create and download unlimited resumes, CVs, cover letters, and career journal entries. You’ll also get a personal website that you can use to market yourself or your services.
But, if you only want to create one CV or resume, you may hesitate to pay for everything else.
And while the subscription price is relatively low, VisualCV’s resume writing service may be too expensive if you’re unemployed or on a shoestring budget.
Pro Subscription: $13 per month billed quarterly or $20 per month billed monthly
Resume Formatting: $9
Resume Review: $49
Resume Writing Entry-Level: $149
Resume Writing Mid-Level: $259
Resume Writing Senior-Level: $399
Resume Writing Executive-Level: $899
If you’re not satisfied with your VisualCV subscription, you can request a refund for any reason within 30 days.
Other Types of Resume Services Depending on Your Budget
Resume builder tools.
Resume builder tools are a good choice if you’re a strong writer and you want to try creating a resume for yourself. But be wary of relying on the tool’s recommendations too much. Remember, everyone else on the site is seeing those same suggestions too. If you’re not confident in your ability to write a great resume, you may be better off going with a professional resume writing service. One resume builder tool that we recommend is MyPerfectResume. For more information, you can read our full review of MyPerfectResume.
Professional Writing Services — CV, cover letter and more
A professional resume writing service is the best way to guarantee an original, personalized resume, but it comes at a high cost. Depending on your field, experience level and the package you choose, you could pay anywhere from $90 to several hundred dollars. A professionally written resume is also going to take longer. Most services take about three days to complete a resume. There is usually an option to expedite it, but that costs extra.
How to Choose a Resume Writing Service
We looked at several factors when choosing our top resume writing services. The most important of these were writer qualifications, collaboration, customization and the additional services the company offers.
Free ATS Resume Assessment
You should definitely look for a resume service that can give you feedback on your current resume. That's why we like Topresume so much. A free resume scan basically has a computer read your resume and assess whether or not it’s well optimized for ATS software which are used by all types of employers as the first screen of applicant resumes. Once your free scan is complete, you can decide to take the next step and have a resume writer optimize your resume to beat the ATS. If not, you'll at least have some great feedback on what you need to improve on your own.
It also helps to have a writer who knows your field and is familiar with industry jargon. The top services offer resume assistance from a network of certified writers that specialize in different areas. Resumes Planet, for example, has over 200 certified writers specializing in 40 different fields. So someone who works in healthcare will be assigned a resume writer with a healthcare background, while someone in IT will get a writer trained in that field. This industry knowledge enables the writers to go deeper and add specific, tailored information to your resume that will be sure to catch the eye of employers.
Some companies take a less personal approach. You fill out an online form with your information and you don’t hear anything from the writer until the draft is complete. This can be stressful and result in a final product that you’re unhappy with. All of our top professional resume writing services give you direct access to your writer throughout the process, and we favored the ones that included a phone consultation.
A good professional resume writer will also customize the resume itself. This means taking the information you provide and arranging it in a compelling format that flows well and is easy to read. Some writers take the information you submit, change a few words around and call it a brand-new resume, so it’s a good idea to check out the samples on the company’s website before you make any decisions. After comparing a few, you should be able to tell which provides the best results.
All the the best professional resume writing companies generally offer a suite of services that includes cover and thank-you letter writing, LinkedIn profile development, resume editing and more. The cost of these services vary, depending on what tier (entry level, executive, etc.) you choose. Companies will often give you discounts if you purchase a bundle of services at the same time you pay for your resume, so keep this in mind if you’re interested in these extras. They’re not for everyone, but they’re great options to have if you want to give yourself the best possible chance of landing the job of your dreams.
Related: The Best LinkedIn Profile Writing Services
What We Didn’t Consider: Price and Turnaround Time
Some companies offer $25 resumes and a 24-hour turnaround time. That may sound great, but it’s actually not. In this industry, you generally get what you pay for, and if a company’s promising you the moon for pocket change, chances are, they’re not putting a lot of effort into your resume. Likewise, if a company’s bragging about its “experienced” writers that have each completed thousands of resumes, that’s probably an indication that they’re using the same generic templates for everyone.
Bottom line, if you’re going to invest in a resume writing service, make sure you choose one that’s worth your money. Do some research and check out some of the sample resumes on their website. (If they don’t have any, that’s also a red flag.) Learn more about the company’s process and look for some type of satisfaction guarantee. You should feel confident in the company you choose before you hand over your credit card.
Frequently Asked Questions About Resume Writing
Do i need to use a professional resume writing service.
No, of course not. If you feel confident in your writing abilities and you’re a good self-promoter, you shouldn’t have any trouble writing a solid resume on your own. But there are certain situations where hiring a professional writer may be advantageous.
Writing and marketing aren’t your fortes.
Your resume is a prospective employer’s first introduction to you. Chances are, they have dozens — maybe even hundreds — of others sitting on their desk, so you have to make yours stand out quickly if you want a shot at an interview. A bunch of spelling errors and generic phrases like “enthusiastic hard worker” aren’t going to get you very far. You have to know how to highlight your skills and achievements in an original, dynamic way. You can learn a little about how to do this by looking at examples online, but if you find yourself struggling, it may be easier to hand the job over to someone that’s trained in the field.
You have special requirements.
Students with no work experience, people changing careers and those with long gaps in their work history may have a more difficult time creating a strong resume that will appeal to employers. Professional resume writers are trained to handle these types of cases, and some even specialize in one specific area. This kind of experience is a huge advantage when dealing with tricky situations, and it could be well worth the cost of a professional resume writer.
Time is of the essence.
When you need to land a job right away, you want the best resume possible. If you’re sending your current resume out to a bunch of companies and hearing nothing back, that may be a sign that it needs some work. An excellent resume can significantly shorten your job search and help you find more exciting, lucrative career opportunities, so it’s worth investing the time and money to make sure you jump off the page.
What makes a resume great?
If you want to stand out from other applicants, your resume has to tell employers who you are, what you’ve done and why you’d be a great fit for their company. There’s a lot of advice out there on the best way to write a resume, and the best way for you is going to depend on your unique situation and experiences. Here are a few general guidelines to help improve any resume.
Cut to the chase.
According to a study by TheLadders, the average employer spends only six seconds looking at each resume. That means you have to make your point and make it fast if you want them to look closer. Don’t start with a boring objective statement like “Talented, hard-working professional interested in opportunities for growth with a successful company.” That may be true, but it’s true of most other applicants as well, and it does nothing to distinguish you from the pack.
Instead, begin with a short executive summary that explains why you would be a great fit for that company. Keep it simple and limit it to a few sentences. There’s plenty of opportunities to add detail in the later sections of your resume. Your goal with your introduction isn’t to score an interview — it’s to keep the employer reading. Then, let your qualifications and accomplishments do the rest.
Be specific in your achievements.
Don’t say you saved your previous employer a bunch of money. Say how much you saved and how you did it. This gives prospective employers a better sense of your value and abilities, and it will stand out much more in their minds than a vague, general description. List your previous jobs in reverse chronological order so your most recent achievements are near the top.
Tailor your resume to the job.
Before submitting your resume, look over the job posting and scan for keywords and skills listed in the job description. Incorporate these into your resume whenever possible. Some employers use a screening process to cut down the number of resumes they have to look at, so by making sure yours is tailored to exactly what the company is looking for, you stand a better chance of making it through.
Keep it professional.
Make sure you proofread your resume before you send it in. Nothing says “I’m not detail-oriented” like misspellings and poor grammar. Don’t use a bunch of crazy fonts and don’t include a photo of yourself. These things aren’t necessary and they’re distracting to those who are reading your resume. You don’t want four of the six seconds they’ll likely spend looking at it to be staring at a picture of you.
Keep it concise.
Avoid using a bunch of fluffy adjectives and adverbs that don’t add any real meaning, and don’t use pronouns. Whenever possible, limit your resume to one page, but don’t make it so cluttered that it’s difficult to read. Most people skip over large blocks of text when they’re reading, and if you do this on your resume, there’s a chance important information could get overlooked.
What do I put on my resume if I have little or no work experience?
When you don’t have a lot of work experience, and you need help with resume writing, it can be difficult to know how to make yourself appealing to a potential employer. Ideally, you’ll have some type of internship or volunteer experience in the field you’re interested in, but if you don't, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Here are a few tips on how to overcome a short work history. For more in-depth tips, read our guide to creating a resume that stands out with no experience.
Play up your skills.
Employers aren’t going to care about what you did at your last job as much as they care about what you’re capable of doing for them. If you don’t have any career experience to put on your resume, focus on the skills you have that could benefit their company. Problem-solving, time management and research skills are a few examples. If you have any previous jobs or experiences that enabled you to develop these skills, highlight them here.
Get some experience, if possible.
If you’re a student or a recent college grad, try to get an internship in your field. This will give you valuable work experience that will look good to future employers, and it can teach you more about the type of work you’re interested in doing. You may also want to check out any volunteer opportunities in your community that are related to your field. Even if it’s not exactly the kind of job you want to do, it can still teach you valuable career skills that will translate to any profession.
Don’t overemphasize your schooling.
Education is a part of everyone’s resume, and as a student or recent graduate, it will likely be a bigger part of yours than for someone who’s been out in the workforce for 20 years. But don’t let that be the main focus of your resume. Emphasize your skills and what you can bring to a prospective employer. For most jobs, a strong work ethic, good personal management skills and a willingness to learn are as important — if not more so — than the knowledge you learned in school.
What’s the difference between a resume and a CV?
For most jobs, a resume will suffice, and it may even be preferred over a CV. The exceptions are if you’re applying for an academic, scientific or international career. Most countries outside of the U.S. prefer CVs, so if you’re considering a move overseas, a simple resume won’t be enough. Academic and scientific professions also prefer CVs because they give a more detailed overview of research and publications, professional licenses, grants and awards.
Because of the level of detail, CVs can be more difficult to write than resumes. Most professional resume writing services will do CVs as well, though they may be more expensive. It could be worth the additional cost, though, especially if you’re new to CVs and you’re not sure what information you should include.
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Best Resume Writing Services
Let’s eat, grandma is our pick for the best overall resume writing service.
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Looking for a job can be stressful, and finding ways to stand out from other job-seekers is often difficult. Writing a quality resume is challenging, time-consuming, and requires a lot of effort. Instead of stressing out, one option is to have a professional do it for you.
We reviewed nearly a dozen of the best resume writing services based on their pricing, customer service, turnaround times, and—most importantly—the quality of their work product. Here are our top picks.
Best Resume Writing Services of 2023
- Best Overall: Let’s Eat, Grandma
- Runner-Up: Monster.com
- Best Price: The Muse
- Best Customer Service: TopResume
- Best Guarantees: ZipJob
- Best Advanced Writers: iHire
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Best overall : let’s eat , grandma.
- Price: $439 and up
- Cover Letter: With $549 plan
- LinkedIn Rewrite: With $689 plan
Special Offer Take $75 off a Starter, Accelerated, or Premium Package from Let's Eat, Grandma using the code BALANCE75 at checkout.
We chose LEG as our best overall due to the high-quality resume the company produced when we tested the service. Several sections of our test resume were among the best that we received from all providers tested. Overall, LEG produced a top-quality document in a timely fashion.
Easy sign-up process
Created a great resume
Includes a cover letter
Slightly longer turnaround time
Resume summary was lengthy
Resume layout was a bit dense on one page
Let’s Eat, Grandma, (LEG) was founded by brothers Chris and Matt Villanueva in 2014. The Villanuevas realized that job searching could be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life and sought to help candidates in their search. The company provides career advice as well as resume-writing services for active job-seekers.
One of the nice things about LEG’s resume writing service is that it includes a cover letter for its Accelerated Package which runs for $549 and includes everything in the Starter Package plus a cover letter, LinkedIn profile recommendations, a cold email, and a thank-you note guide. And, if you want the Premium Package, it includes all features of lower packages, plus a second design for your resume and a LinkedIn rewrite, all for $689. They also offer a new Executive Concierge Service tailored for high level careers for $1,899.
Although the Starter Package, which costs $439, was one of the higher-priced services we reviewed, we felt the option of having a phone conversation included was beneficial.
Runner-Up : Monster.com
- Price: $149 and up
- Cover Letter: With $349 plan
- LinkedIn Rewrite: With $349 plan
Monster.com was a close second to Let’s Eat, Grandma because it produced a test resume that had many outstanding benefits. This included great skills and experience sections and lots of industry-related keywords that would get picked up by an applicant tracking system (ATS).
Great communication with writer
Relatively inexpensive at $149
Brief, easy-to-read paragraphs
One-page resume was a bit cramped
Resume had a few typos
Training and Education sections had some problems
Monster.com is a fairly typical job site, where job seekers apply for jobs and employers post jobs. It was founded by Jeff Taylor in 1994. In 2016, Monster was bought by Randstad Holding, a Netherlands-based human resources (HR) consulting giant.
In addition to its vast database of current job opportunities, Monster offers a resume-writing service with three plans. Under the Basic Plan, you’ll receive a customized resume for $149. If you want a cover letter written for you, the Deluxe plan provides one in addition to a personalized resume for $197. The third plan, Premier, includes a resume, cover letter, and a LinkedIn profile makeover for $349. And, if you’re unhappy with your resume after 60 days, Monster will rewrite it free of charge.
The biggest drawback with Monster was that our test resume included some poor formatting, although that could've been addressed in follow-up discussions.
Best Price : The Muse
- Price: $119 and up
- Cover Letter: Depends on the writer
- LinkedIn Rewrite: Depends on the writer
The Muse earned our pick for the best-priced option because its rates were extremely competitive, especially given the individualized attention that was provided in each of the packages available.
Ability to choose your own writer
Quick turnaround times
Design and formatting needed some work
Summary paragraph was too long
Education and Training sections were missing information
The Muse is a New York City-based online career platform founded in 2011 by Kathryn Minshew, Alexandra Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery. It prides itself on providing career advice to new generations of job-seekers.
The Muse offers three basic plans for cover letter assistance: Mentor, Coach, and Master Coach. The Mentor plan beats out Monster's cheapest plan. For $119 you’ll have the opportunity to chat with a resume writer via Skype or phone before having your resume updated by a professional. Coach costs $225 and includes a 45-minute chat as well as two rounds of edits. Lastly, for $479 Master Coach gives you a 60-minute chat and unlimited rounds of edits for two weeks after receiving the first draft.
We found our writers to be more lenient when it came to revisions and rated them as excellent.
Best Customer Service : TopResume
- Cover Letter: With $219 plan
When we tried the service, our resume writer was responsive to our needs and exceeded the number of revisions stated in the agreement. That's why we chose TopResume as having the best customer service.
Simple signup process
One-page resume had good design and formatting
Summary and Job Scope sections were too long
Training section didn't stand out enough
Jeff Berger founded TopResume in 2014 and has since built a team of more than 1,500 resume writers across the United States.
One nice benefit of TopResume is that you can have your resume scanned free of charge before you decide whether to have it written by a professional. If you opt to move forward, there are three plans from which to choose. Professional Growth is the entry-level package at $149. The second plan is Career Evolution, which at $219 also includes a cover letter and a 60-day guarantee that you’ll land more interviews. Executive Priority costs $349 and includes all of the above plus a LinkedIn profile makeover.
The test resume that we got back from TopResume didn’t quite meet our expectations. The quality of the document was good, but not great, as the Experience and Summary sections seemed a bit short on accomplishments.
Best Guarantees : ZipJob
- Price: $139 and up
- Cover Letter: With $189 plan
- LinkedIn Rewrite: With $299 plan
Our pick as the best for guarantees is ZipJob because it provides a 60-day guarantee that job-seekers will land more interviews within this timeframe. If that doesn't happen, the company will review and rewrite your resume for free.
Resume delivered on time
Skills section contained strong keywords
Easy signup process
Design and format made reading the resume difficult
Summary paragraph was too long and contained clichés
Education and Training sections were poorly formatted
Founded in 2016, ZipJob aims to make the resume writing process "as professional and easy as possible." The company acknowledges that resumes are boring, time-consuming, and a struggle for people to write.
The plans available through ZipJob are modestly priced, starting with Launch. This entry-level plan costs $139 and optimizes your resume for applicant tracking systems. Fast Track is the next plan, at $189, and it includes a cover letter and a 60-day guarantee that you’ll land more interviews within two months. The third plan is Premium, which includes all the features of lower-priced plans, plus expedited delivery for $299.
While the test resume that we received from ZipJob was generally lackluster, the guarantee reduces customer risk.
Best Advanced Writers : iHire
- Price: $395
- Cover Letter: $49.50 extra
- LinkedIn Rewrite: N/A
We chose iHire for best advanced writers because the resume writer we used wrote one of the best resumes we received. The company also has clients complete an extensive questionnaire that helps its writers focus on the proper parts of your resume to highlight.
Strong resume content with impactful writing
Contained brief, easy-to-read paragraphs
Prestigious resume writing credentials
Took 18 days to hear from our resume writer
Most expensive price of the services we reviewed
Required to fill out an eight-page questionnaire
iHire has been in business since 1999, and it specializes in helping both employers and job seekers find the right match. If you’re looking for assistance with your resume, iHire offers a tool to score your resume against jobs, resume critiques, and professionally written resumes.
This company offers a base price of $395, which includes writing services from iHire employees called "Certified Advanced" and "Master Resume" writers. This will ensure you'll be working with top professionals and industry leaders who know which skills and experience employers are looking for. The resume is written and designed to accentuate the client's goals and experience. Users also have the option to pay an additional $49.50 for a cover letter. The fee is a bit pricier than other services, but with iHire you know you'll be getting the most bang for your buck.
Our top resume writing service is Let's Eat, Grandma, which includes a phone conversation in its Starter Package and returned a high-quality resume more quickly than many other services. The resume was professional and impressive enough that we'd be glad to present it to a recruiter.
Monster.com produced a resume nearly as good as the one from LEG, but there is no phone call included. Other companies we reviewed excel in their own ways, and whether you're looking for something inexpensive or you just want professional help along the way, you'll find a resume-writing service that works for you.
Compare the Best Resume Writing Services
Frequently asked questions, what is a resume writing service.
Resume writing services are companies or freelancers who help job-seekers improve the quality of their resumes so they stand out from other candidates. Though they all share this common goal, no two writing services are alike. They all have their own processes designed to provide clients with effective resumes with quick turnaround times and good customer service. The services available from resume writers are also diverse and vary across plans. However, all of them are designed to help candidates land more interviews.
How Do Resume Writing Services Work?
Customers typically are required to complete a questionnaire so the company can develop an understanding of what you do and where you are in your career , and find the best writer for your situation. A good resume writer will establish contact via phone and email and take some time to review your goals and accomplishments and ask questions about your career.
The final stage is receiving your resume from the writer.
How Much Does a Resume Writing Service Cost?
The price of having a resume written from scratch or rewritten varies. The lowest price we paid was $119, and the highest price we saw was $649. You’ll find resume writing services that will charge less and some that will charge more. The resume writing service that did the best job for us charged $399, mostly because of the resume they produced but also because it provided us with a cover letter as well.
Is Hiring a Resume Writing Service Worth the Cost?
A resume writing service is worth the cost if it provides great customer service and, most importantly, delivers a great document. However, in all of our reviews, we found the number of companies that actually do this to be relatively small. Some offered great customer service but a subpar resume, while some rewrote a strong resume but lacked in customer service.
To decide whether a resume writing service is right for you, query other job seekers in your personal network or on social networks like LinkedIn . Look at the services’ sample resumes as well.
What Is the Best Executive Resume Writing Service?
This ultimately comes down to personal preference, but iHire might be the best option for executives because it offers the most experienced resume writers of the services we reviewed. It also has one of the most extensive questionnaires, so writers should have a clear idea what to accentuate. Let's Eat, Grandma also is a good choice for executives because of the personal attention provided and the quality of the resume we received.
To find the best resume writing services, we used a comprehensive methodology to review and evaluate nearly a dozen companies that are available nationwide. We then chose several to review more in-depth using a test resume. We contracted with each of these services and reviewed their offerings based on pricing, customer service, certifications, and guarantees.
After we received the final test projects, we rated the quality of each section (Summary, Skills, Experience, Training, and Education) as well as the overall design and formatting. We combined all of the scores for these factors to establish overall ratings for each provider and make our top picks.
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