Resume service?
July 28, 2010 1:42 PM   Subscribe

My resume is a bit of a dud. Help!

I'm working up a to a blockbuster (yet truthful!) resume and wonder whether you all have benefitted from professional resume reviewers/preparers, how much it might have cost, or other good alternatives.
posted by nj_subgenius to Work & Money (9 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
If you're up for something a little more creative, try Alexandra Franzen.
posted by divabat at 1:50 PM on July 28, 2010 [2 favorites]

I paid $75, and my resume was infinitely better than the version I'd made myself.
posted by Zophi at 2:11 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks divabat, for your prompt reply. The tech example on Alexanrda's site refers to the 'Linus' operating system, so might you all have some recommendations more tech-smooth?
posted by nj_subgenius at 2:35 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: ps divabat, I *will* give her a call.
posted by nj_subgenius at 2:42 PM on July 28, 2010

Here are three alternatives to paying someone:
- If you work with a recruiter, sometimes they will revise your resume for you for free.
- Your college/university may offer a free resume service, even if it's been years since you graduated.
- Work your network: ask older people in your field to look at your resume for you.
posted by acridrabbit at 4:49 PM on July 28, 2010

I cannot speak highly enough about the little self-help email resume-writing course at Blue Sky Resumes. Sign up for the emails, and you will have a revamped (and awesome) resume in a pretty short period of time.

I really liked that it gave you one thing to do each day, because it forced me to spend time on it, really thinking about it, ruminating, for days. (Rather than getting it "all in one go"). I love my new resume—I feel like the course really brought out some good stuff. Good luck.
posted by eleyna at 6:21 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

You can get free help from your state at the Workforce Exchange Service Centers (if you're still in MD - search on "workforce" or "worksource" + state if you've moved).

These are offices full of folks motivated purely to get job seekers re-employed as effectively and expediently as possible and they have access to professionals who really want to help...and, again, it's free.
posted by batmonkey at 8:15 PM on July 28, 2010

Response by poster: These are all great responses.
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:52 AM on July 29, 2010

Best answer: @nj_subgenius: Your first comment made me gasp - can't believe I had "Linus" instead of "Linux!" For shame! Sometimes, even proofreaders need proofreaders. ;)

I specialize in quirky, edgy resumes that "pop." Most of my clients are creative types - actors, artists, folks trying to flee the cubicle ...

If you need a resume designer with serious tech chops and social media expertise, I recommend Girl Meets Geek.

In terms of free resources, I'm a fan of Help My Resume.

Oh, and new clients can always book a free 15-minute consultation call with me. Cheerio!
posted by alexandrafranzen at 8:17 AM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

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