The Cheap Resume Service – Run, and Don’t Look Back

Confession: I’m a bargain hunter at heart. Set me down in a bookstore and I can be content for hours in front of the bargain bin – and I’ll come home with a glossy photo book on violin bows from around the world. “…but it was only three dollars!”

Of course, that $3.00 book might be a mistake, but it won’t be a costly mistake. It’s different when it comes to cheap resume services. With a cheap resume, there is a larger cost that often goes unseen. Let’s shine a light.


A Cheap Resume Service Is Likely A Factory

In case you didn’t know, there are resume factories just like there are lug nut factories; each spitting out a seemingly endless stream of products that pretty much all look alike. And while that’s fine for lug nuts, the last thing you want for your job search is a cookie-cutter resume that looks like hundreds if not thousands of others. Rather, a resume is an individualized marketing document that should reflect the professional capabilities of one particular job seeker. That’s not an easy job and that requires some personalized attention from the writer.

As a sidebar, how does one identify a resume factory before clicking the “BUY” button? Look for these four things:

  1. A price too good to be true. The lower the price, the more razor-thin the profit margin and the less likely the writer is to give your resume much, if any, personal attention.
  2. A procedure for gathering your career information that is limited to you filling out an online form, with no provision for a one-on-one telephone talk with your writer.
  3. No examples of the company’s work posted on their website.
  4. Limited or no guarantee.

A Cheap Resume That Can’t Land An Interview Gets Expensive, Fast

For the sake of argument, let’s assume you’ve been laid off or otherwise lost a job that paid the average annual U.S. salary of $42,000 per year, and you’re simply trying to get back into the job market in that same salary bracket. Doing the math, that means that for every week you remain unemployed, you’re losing $807.00 in potential wages. Now consider that your bargain-priced and factory-produced resume is going straight into the circular file of employers when it hits their desks. Why? Because it doesn’t stand out. There is no personal branding. It doesn’t communicate the unique contribution that you could make to the firm. It’s just a lug nut. Other resumes, on the other hand, are getting favorable attention; candidates are getting called in for interviews. But not you.

All of a sudden, that “cheap” resume is now costing you $807.00 per week, each and every week that your phone doesn’t ring. Tack that on to the price of that $50 “cheap” resume, and you’ll begin to get an idea of the true price you’ve just paid for a document that has a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.

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