Choosing the Right CV Writing Service
Updated: Jan 12, 2019
Choosing the right person to write your CV is difficult. There is a lot of choice out there and plenty of companies making bold claims about being The Best. Of course, we think we are the best and want you to choose us to write your CV to take your career to the next level.
Like ourselves, most other CV writers offer free CV reviews as standard. Our advice is to send your CV off to several (including ourselves), and see what comes back to you before making a decision. The quality of feedback will be a good indicator of the company's/writer's knowledge and expertise. Of course, offering a free CV review is for converting an enquiry to a sale, so be prepared for the 'hard sell'. Just explore all your options before committing.
Compare and Contrast
Ask to see examples of CVs and do a little research to make an informed decision.
Asking for examples is important. Each CV writer is different as is everyone who will read your CV. The bottom line is that you like the way your CV is written and feel confident sending it to employers. If you don't see any examples, ask! This will allow you to compare CV styles and make the right choice for you. While we are on this subject, appearances can be deceptive. You may be drawn to the images of flashy looking CVs thinking they look modern, smart and professional. Don't be fooled. Most employers and recruiters prefer traditional CVs written as simple word documents. Indeed, those flashy CV formats can cost you interviews simply because the formatting is incompatible with applicant tracking systems. In a similar vein, the best CV writing company for you might not be the one that comes up at the top of the page in your search, the one with the slickest website or the one with thousands of satisfied customers. Do your research before coming to a decision.
The Consultation Process
Not all CV specialists will offer a consultation. To be fair, not all CVs need a verbal consultation but the general rule of thumb is that the higher someone is in their career level, the more consultation will be needed. For early career CVs some additional information requested via email consultation is often all that is necessary. However, if you are more than a couple of rungs up the career ladder, you should expect that your writer will need to actually speak to you.
Price is not always an indicator of quality though we'll stick our neck out and say that at the cheaper end, you won't be getting an amazing CV. Some companies are known to plagiarise (steal) and/or copy & paste from a bank of stock CVs to create your document. If you are fine with this, the there is no problem but you should be getting what you paid for. If you have been promised a CV written from scratch, then that is what you should get. Writing a CV is time consuming and a talented, professional writer is unlikely to sell their skills, knowledge and expertise for the National Minimum Wage if they are based in the UK. The CV writing process doesn't just involve sitting at a keyboard typing. Much time can be spent researching roles and companies to make sure a CV is pitched in just the right way. Consulting with clients via video calls, telephone and email all takes time. The old adage 'You get what you pay for' applies, so if you see an advert for CV at, say, £20, consider how many hours effort will be put in, remembering that the National Minimum Wage is £7.83 and the company/writer also needs to cover overheads and make some profit!
Start getting your reviews now by sending your CV to email@example.com