Professional CV Writers – Pros and Cons
Isn’t the best person to sell my skills on my CV me?
Surely we know more about ourselves than a 3rdparty does?
How can someone else make me sound so much better on my CV than I can?
The above are all thoughts that have gone through our heads once we start writing our CVs. So what are the benefits and pitfalls of going to a professional CV writer?
Let us initially look at the benefits:
Most CV writers are experts in the written word
They can guarantee a grammatically correct document
They have years of experience designing and formatting interview winning CVs
Their work is not dated and therefore can impress the potential employer immediately
It can be a cost affective solution if you are not gaining interviews
The CV writer’s advise on the job market place can be invaluable
Many services offer differing products to match your budget
Most provide a guarantee
Some have industry specific professionals to match your skills
The majority of CV writers have HR and interviewing skills so they know what employers are looking for
Most offer cover letters, supporting statements and other associated job application documents
Some can support you throughout your career and develop your CV with you as your career develops
CV writers can offer one to one interview coaching
Now, let us look at the pitfalls:
Some CV writers just ‘farm out’ documents with no individual service
Beware of CV writers that only want to deal via email – sometimes it’s nice to talk to the individual that is going to write your CV.
CV writing companies can charge very small amounts or incredibly large amounts – at the moment on the internet companies are charging AÃ¯Â¿Â½10 – AÃ¯Â¿Â½1000 for a CV; how do you choose???? The cheapest isn’t always the best, but again AÃ¯Â¿Â½1000 is a lot of money. We’d suggest between AÃ¯Â¿Â½50 – AÃ¯Â¿Â½150 depending on your requirements is a fair charge.
Most CV writers will take payment up front – do you trust that they are going to do what they say they are going to do?
Poor work, no expertise and sloppy presentation
So to recap; calling a professional CV writing company can be very beneficial. However ensure you are happy with the person that you are speaking to – do they really understand what you are trying to get across on the CV or are they just interested in your money.
Writing someone’s CV is a very personal thing and CV writers should bond and build a strong rapport with their clients. Also check what others say about their services – most CV writing companies will have reviews on independent websites.
Again, if you don’t feel comfortable with the cost, skill base, personality etc of the service try another provider – there are enough of them out there!