Should I Pay for a Resume?

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Now that is a loaded question!  Many people wonder if they should just skip the work and pay for a resume that they can use for all of their job applications.  After all, that would ensure that it was the best resume possible and that they would be more likely to get the job...wouldn't it?

I think there are several things you should consider so let's look at the Pros and Cons


  • You would only have one resume so you wouldn't have a targeted resume for each job.
  • Employers often say that they can spot a professionally paid for resume a mile away.
  • It would be more difficult to  make it personal.
  • Resume writer do not know everything about you so it might be difficult to ensure that the most important skills are covered.
  • It can cost a lot of money and have little return!
  • If you are a very bad speller or not good at grammar it should ensure that these things have been paid proper attention.
  • The wording should be professional.
When it comes right down to it, I recommend that you write your own resume and target it to each employer so that you can make sure that the specific skills of the job get the proper attention.  A paid resume might give you a better example of what your resume should look like but it shouldn't be the one you use for every single job.