I’ve collected a few frequently asked questions here. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please go to contact me and list your question in the box on the form.
How long does your resume writing process take?
Depending on current demand for my services, my lead time before I can start a project is about 4-8 weeks. I might be able to offer rush service if I think my schedule will allow for it, but I won’t offer it if doing so would keep me from honoring commitments to work already in progress.
Once I begin a project, it’s realistic to allow 3-6 weeks. More complex projects take longer than straightforward ones.
Collaboration is an essential part of my resume writing process. As such, project turnaround time depends on how responsive my client is to my requests for information, input, and draft reviews. The longer you take to respond, the longer the project takes.
If you wait more than my requested 5 days to review and respond to my content or format edits, I might need additional time to rearrange my schedule to accommodate the delay.
While I do some work during the week, most of my focused writing time happens on Fridays and some weekends.
Why do your services cost what they do?
You’ve probably seen less expensive resume services in your travels; ones that charge a low flat rate and promise quick turnaround. Those are essentially resume “mills.” They outsource their work, use boilerplate content, and you might not even get to speak with your resume writer.
I understand how important it is for you to have an effective resume that greatly improves your odds of being selected to interview for your target job. Therefore, I do all the writing on your resume so that it tells your career story in a way that gives you confidence, helping you stand out from the crowd. My services are one-on-one and completely customized. I bring to my practice over 30 years of human resources industry experience, including significant experience working with hiring managers throughout all phases of the recruitment and selection process.
My business is more than just a laptop and a subscription to Microsoft Word. Professional resume writers use a host of tools and resources. For example, I subscribe to a service that enables me to include a complimentary DISC Profile Assessment and the comprehensive report for each client. I pay for membership in the National Resume Writers’ Association, which gives me access to a network of other resume writing professionals and professional development resources. I use a customer management system that enables efficient communication between my clients and me. I maintain access to these resources and more so I can consistently provide the highest quality service to my clients.
Lastly, when you work with me, you always have access directly to me, through email, text, or voice.
Are there times when you might you charge more than the package fee?
My package fee includes a customized, well-written, attractively formatted, ATS-compatible resume in Microsoft Word and PDF formats, and well-written customized cover letter, the DISCStyles profile assessment report, and a comprehensive review of your LinkedIn profile. When bundled, those services represent significant savings over my a la carte pricing.
Once we have our initial consultation, I can tell when a project may require services beyond the scope of my typical package. In that case, I may add additional fees my proposal. Some of these might include:
- You’ve never had a “real” resume (we’re starting from scratch)
- Your last resume was done more than 15-20 years ago
- You’re completely changing careers (reframing your experience takes additional time)
- You’re a c-level executive or targeting a c-level job
- You want more than one resume (say, targeting two different specialties)
- You request something that’s significantly beyond the scope of my usual services
- You add on a beyond-scope request after we agree on fees for services
- You want more than one formatted version of your resume
- You need additional career coaching, or a guided walk-through of your LinkedIn profile update
I want to pay you to do someone else’s resume. Can I set that up for them?
I know you want to help, and your heart is in the right place. However, in my experience, anyone who does not initiate this process themselves is not going to put forth the same effort as someone who does. People are ready to update their resume in their own time and not a moment sooner. They might not be as ready as you want them to be, and you can’t make them be ready by urging them along.
That said, there are two ways you can leverage your generosity to help your loved one:
- You can purchase a gift certificate from me that you can present to them to use whenever they’re ready to initiate the process. Or,
- Tell your loved one that you’ll reimburse them for the cost AFTER they complete the project. Resume writing is a collaborative process that requires the client to invest some time and effort so that I can produce the best possible result. Anyone who has some skin in the game is more inclined to be motivated to participate fully in the process.
If you have questions about how you can provide my services for someone else, let’s talk first.
I used your service in the past, and now I need an update. How does that work?
I welcome repeat business! Returning customer projects will be scoped on a hourly basis with a minimum of two billed hours at the hourly rate in effect at the time of the requested update.
I have a friend who needs a resume! Do you offer referral bonuses?
Yes! Customer referrals are the primary way I grow my business. Please send your friend to hrmeg.com/contact and have them enter your name in the text box so I know who referred them. As a way of saying thanks, I offer to make a charitable donation in your honor to a cause that is meaningful to you. If you don’t have a favorite charity, I will donate to one of mine.