(Closed) Would you pay for resume help?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you ever pay for a resume/cover letter consultation?
    No, I have a great resume that I made myself : (9 votes)
    35 %
    No, I have access to free resume services through school, etc : (3 votes)
    12 %
    No, it might be helpful, but I'd never spend money on that : (7 votes)
    27 %
    Maybe, if I was having trouble job hunting : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, that could be worthwhile : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, and I have previously paid for some form of resume consultation : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    4771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999


    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 # 5
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    $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
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    38 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011


    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.Cool

    Post # 8
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    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
    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Surprised 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 # 13
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I personally wouldn’t pay for it. My state actually does it for free, and I could also get help from my former college.

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