Should You Pay For A Résumé?
Last week Working Girl got 10 meals out of a 4-pound chicken.
Meaning, she’s in a frugal mood.
Meaning, when she read this article in the WSJ on Tuesday, she was appalled at the prices people charge, and pay, for résumés.
The question at hand: Should you fork over $500 or more to someone to write your résumé for you?
Yes, nowadays we pay people to do all sorts of things we used to do ourselves–mow our lawns, sew on our buttons, do our taxes, even organize our closets. It’s the age of specialization. Everyone’s an expert of one kind or another. A task is beyond your expertise? Better pay someone else to do it.
But in case you’re as frugal as WG, or thinking maybe that becoming frugal might be a good thing in this lousy economy, here are a few random thoughts:
- If you are a student or a recent graduate, keep in mind that the career center at your college may well offer résumé help for free.
- Books on résumés are available (for free!) at the library.
- Ask your mentor(s) for help in (a) writing or (b) reviewing your résumé. (You do have mentors, don’t you?)
- Ideally, your résumé should be tailor-made to the specific job you’re applying for. Which means, you’ll be tweaking that thing every week. You can’t pay a résumé writer every time! So you’re going to need to know something about résumé preparation no matter what.
- Always ask someone who is a good writer/communicator to look over your résumé. Then ask someone who is a good editor to check the spelling, punctuation, etc. Then ask someone who works in your field to read it.
- Hiring managers can usually spot a “professionally” written résumé right away. There’s a chance he/she will wonder why you didn’t write it yourself. Are you incapable? Are you hiding something? It’s worth considering.
- A résumé should embody you and your personal style. Who better to do than that you?