Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)?

How much will my résumé cost?

Good Question – bottom line up front! Prices vary across the Résumé writing industry, with averages ranging from 1%-3% of your annual or projected annual income. Imagine how listing a rigid price for completing your project would be unfair to you as a consumer, as no two individuals present the same set of challenges. You possess an occupational background, professional level of experience, and list of qualifications unique to you, as does every individual. You have specific career goals and target industries, whether they be seeking government positions, contract positions, civil service, or general employment opportunities – all of which require different strategies and properly prepared documents.

These factors, the time it takes, the assets you will need to conduct your job search or meet current goals, and the strategy required to effectively portray your unique skill set – all must considered in determining the actual cost for service. While one résumé may take just a few hours, another may take a few days to prepare. This service is one-on-one oriented and designed to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed business decision.

Parker-CPRW reserves the right to provide you with enough information on the front end to support comparison-shopping (and recommends this) while also providing service options designed to accommodate your individual needs.

If you are looking for a quick fix, there are plenty of services that list standard prices for their services; as you screen service providers, consider these points of interest:

  1. Are you able to identify and speak with your writer?
  2. Does your writer possess just one – or more career development credentials?
  3. Will your writer use a résumé writing program or pre-designed template?
  4. Does your writer use a Word Processing program that you do not have on your computer system?
  5. Will your writer provide you with a Word Document that you can modify as needed, or will you have to return for help?
  6. What is the turn-around time?
  7. What range of assets you can obtain (Word, PDF, Online Résumé, Traditional Résumé (number of pages), Cover Letter, Reference Page, Executive Bio, LinkedIn Summary or Profile, KSA Statements, ECQ Narratives, MTQ Narratives, hard copies)?

When you decide to obtain a professional résumé and take your career to the next level, reach out for a free consult. Together, we will ascertain exactly what you hope to achieve, outline the assets your project will encompass, and determine a fair market price that will enable you to reach your goals.

How do I get started?

Send an email, or make a quick call so we can discuss your project.

If you do not have a Résumé, need an updated Résumé, or are just getting started in preparation for a job search, you can contact me through the information provided on the contact page and explain exactly what your needs are. If you need a jump-start on gathering information, send a message asking for a basic questionnaire.
If you would like a free, no obligation basic review of your current résumé, send a message and once we make contact, send along your current data!

How long does preparation of my résumé presentation take?

The answer to this depends on type of presentation, the availability of information, and the complexity involved in accurately portraying your skill set through both online applicant tracking or talent management systems, and/or on paper. Your personalized consult and service options will include a time line that outlines when you can expect to receive the initial draft, usually within 4-10 business days, depending on the scope of work, current project schedules, and your special needs.

As a consumer myself, I understand the need for immediate gratification. However, if you are seeking a “work of art” an overnight expectation is unrealistic! Your project begins upon receipt of all of the required information, and of course, your payment.

How do I know if a Résumé Writer is a Certified Professional or has the appropriate level of experience to work my project?

There are multiple credentials available for writers to obtain in the career development industry. Verify your writer’s credential with the issuing organization. Premier, certifying organizations include Career Director’s International (CDI), National Résumé Writer’s Association (NRWA), the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARW), and the Résumé Writing Academy.

For further reassurance, speak to your writer. Explain your goals and ask the questions you have been pondering throughout your job search preparation. A brief conversation will usually help you develop a personal connection and determine if they are the right fit!

How can I tell if my Résumé needs a facelift or new strategy?

The first clue would be that you are not getting responses from prospective employers. Résumé presentations should accommodate employers and trends in the labor market, and be updated just like your wardrobe or your home décor. What may have worked a few years ago may not generate the same response in today’s labor market. As technology continues to evolve, the level of competition increases and strategies change.

Do I have to submit a cover letter?

YES! Think about it like this. When you first meet someone, the first thing you do is introduce yourself, rather than tossing out your life history. Why would you not do the same with your Résumé?

The cover letter summarizes how you present yourself in a business forum and valuable information such as the position you are seeking, how you heard about the employer, the value you offer, notable contributions, or other interesting attributes etc.

I have other questions not addressed here.

Ooops! Impossible to cover every topic you may be interested in, but if you will send a brief email through the Contact Page, I will be more than happy to answer your question(s) or provide a resource for your research.