Hi. If you are a reader of my blog, you know I seldom recommend other products or services. However, recently I found myself in the position of changing jobs, and decided my resume [20+ years of experience on it] really needed an overhaul.
I did a fair amount of research and corresponded with multiple resume writing services as well as independent resume experts. I finally landed on the services provided by Don Goodman at his site GotTheJob.com.
(note that some links in this post may earn affiliate income for me).
They have a range of packages depending on your target position, past roles, and level of experience. Note that you may get sticker shock when you first examine his prices.
However, when compared to other credible services and writers, his prices actually were a little more reasonable [one highly accredited resume author quoted me over $2000 to do a complete remake of my resume].
I chose the Silver Package for Executives, and added the LinkedIn profile as well. Yes, it was over $800, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to the benefits I expect to achieve with the resulting product.
I found the entire experience to be exceptional. Don contacted me himself and remained engaged throughout the process. A highly experienced former technical recruiter spent over 1.5 hours on the phone with me exploring my entire career experience – she asked questions and extracted information from me that I never would have surfaced on my own.
After about 3 days, she sent me over the draft resume she created based on our interview and my previous “dead” resumes. It looked nothing like my previous self-done versions – and that was a good thing! The new resume was extremely focused, surfaced key accomplishments, and the formatting was beautiful.
Once I approved it, it took about another 2 days to get the full package – a text only version, the full formatted version in MS Word, a revamped LinkedIn profile, and results from submitting my new resume to an extremely large database of recruiters.
The results – I’ve had a steady stream of discussions and interviews with multiple companies using the new resume – some of which I may not have received using my old somewhat unfocused version.
At the end of the day your resume is your personal branding instrument – nothing else captures your entire professional career in 1-2 pages. It can be the most important document related to your professional career, and the key to new opportunities in your future. Do you really want to take a chance that something this important isn’t done by a professional?