Paying for a Resume?

When I was involved in a lengthy job search, after a while I came to realize maybe my resume wasn’t getting the attention of hiring managers.  I was wondering what I could do to make it more noticeable in that legendary “30-second glance’ a resume gets before a decision is made as to whether it goes in the “maybe’s” or the “no’s”.

As it turned out, at one of the local job clubs I attended, someone was giving information on resumes. She actually created resumes as part of a job coaching package she sold. So I decided to make the rather large investment (at least for someone unemployed it seemed like a large investment) and just do it!

I’m not sure if it was the resume, or just a co-incidence, but once I started using the resume I had paid for, I did start getting some interviews. However, I doubt if it was just the resume that landed me the job I eventually got.  And even the resume writer said you have to be able to sell what’s in the resume once you get in the interview.

What I found most interesting in this was that you can ask someone what they think about paying for a resume and you can get totally different opinions.   Some will say never pay for a resume but access all the free resources on the Web, state employment agencies, and college career centers; others will say don’t pay the mega-bucks that some of the career coaches charge, but it’s alright to pay a small fee to have a resume service.

Ultimately, it will be your decision.  You will have to consider your finances, where you are in your career search, and what you will need to do to get the best representation of you in front of a hiring manager.

Just keep hanging in there.  Also, if anyone is interested, I will share my “professionally created” resume with you, and also I will be happy to look at your resume and give you any feedback, thoughts, or ideas I learned from all my experience in writing resumes.

Oh – and I won’t charge you a cent!