Post # 1
I’m considering starting a local freelance business for resume/cover letter consultations. I always redo my friends resumes and am now finding myself helping friends of friends, and random people, etc.
I’ll have a Human Resources business degree by the spring. I have a fulltime job lined up, but it won’t pay amazing so I thinking some freelance work might give me a little spending money. I was thinking i’d have to charge a pretty low free, like $20 per resume/cover letter combo.
I realize a service like this wouldn’t be for everyone, but do you think you have friends/family who might use a service, if it was offered in your city?
Post # 3
People do have careers doing this. $20 seems awefully low and the price seems like you won’t spend any time correcting the resume and cover letter and these things should take several hours.
Post # 4
@Atalanta: I appreciate the feedback. Its hard to think what would be an appropriate fee to charge. A lot of people I know who could use the resume help, would never seek professional, regardless of cost. I don’t know what it would be worth to someone. but, yah, I don’t want to end up making 5/hr, because that’s just not worth my time. I tend to spend several hours on each resume I work on, depending on how many changes I make.
Post # 5
$20 is very low. When I was thinking of applying for law school I contacted a woman to help re-do my resume and draft a cover letter of sorts (more law school related). She ran a freelance business similar to what you are describing. I think I paid nearly $250. It included 1 in person meeting to go over what I wanted to do and up to a certain amount of edits. She also created 2 different styled resumes for me. Hope this helps.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t use something like this. I have a really good resume and cover letter that I put together myself and have used my set-up to create them for my brother and sister too. I’ve recieved compliments from hiring managers and professionals on all three of our resumes so I’d say I’m in good shape.
I feel like most people already know someone who is good at putting together resumes who would help them for free. I think the market for this kind of service would be pretty small.
Post # 7
This is a great way to earn extra money- especially now. Many find it frustrating or stressful to write the resume businesses are actually hoping to see. With computer recognition software and understanding the changes the are involved in the various types of job programs; it can be overwelhming.
Depending on your local economy you may have certain employers that want to see specific styles vs traditional elements. The changes in how cover letters and resumes are presented can be difficult to track–if you offer a service that gets the person an interview than you’ve done your part. The resume and cover letter are all about the interview; when you consider several hundred to thousands of applicants for each position offered; the best resume is the one that gets you in front of the interviewer.
Good luck; I hope it gives you the extra cash you desire.
Post # 8
I would pay a fee if the price was reasonable and the consultant was qualified. Therefore, I would not pay if 1) the consultant did not have the qualifications to merit pay or 2) the cost was too great (reminds me of those scammy Internet resume consults).
Hope that helps. 🙂 Good luck with your business. 🙂
Post # 9
There is this lady that charges $300 for a full resume makeover. My friend used her services and was happy, but I cant fathom paying that much. Obviously some people do it, so I say go for it lol
Post # 10
I think its a great idea. I have done a ton of friends resumes and (yes biased) I think I have a great one.
I think it should be a scaled service. I
$20 for a review and one page summary of highlights and pointers specific to the resume.
$50 for a thorough review with specific wording suggestions and formatting issues, etc
and so on.
Post # 11
I can’t imagine how someone who can pay $300 dollars for resume help would need it? If you make that kind of money don’t you probably have a great job? I wouldn’t even pay 20 bucks…but I’m poor.
Post # 12
Wow, I agree $300 is a lot to pay for a resume!
Having a HR degree, I feel gives me some validity. But I still think i’d have to work my way up.
I kinda of like @lefeymw:‘s approach, cause it makes the service pretty affordable, while having some consideration for my time. It doesn’t take me long at all to point out areas to fix. what takes long is rewording people’s job descriptions, etc.
and thanks for all the well wishes. I really appreciate it.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t use this, but only because my University gives you free resume/cover letter help AFTER you graduate (yep, I can come back at 30 if I want to). Obviously that means some people will be able to use that service but there are a ton of people out there that I think could use the service – I think you’ll have to market it really well though.
Post # 14
I personally wouldn’t pay for it. My state actually does it for free, and I could also get help from my former college.