15+ factors affect the price of a professionally developed résumé / CV. What are they?

Some clients argue that prices are expensive. Others argue that prices are cheap!

But what are factors to consider when it comes to developing a professional résumé / CV?

Let’s go through a few:

  1. Years of experience in résumé / CV writing and working with certain types of clients that pose specific types of challenges (local, international, fresh grads, experienced, executives, career changers, entry after long period of unemployment, etc.)
  2. Years of experience in an industry that brings perspective and better understanding of expectations (ex: HR/Recruitment/Counselling etc.) Professionals come from different backgrounds. Can someone without recruitment experience who never used the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) tell you what works and what doesn’t? Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation and fear mongering out there.
  3. Training, courses, self-development, and certifications: There are various programs. It’s not just about résumé / CV writing, it can be also be about job search, interview preparation, career coaching, etc. Programs range anywhere between $200 to $3500 each!
  4. Memberships: In several instances, professionals have to keep an active membership with one or more professional association, which means incurring yearly fees to stay up to date with the latest trends of their industry.
  5. Type of targeted résumé / CV that needs to be developed: Reverse chronological vs hybrid, ATS friendly vs Networking, designed with complex graphics elements and color or not. Levels of complexity differ. There is a lot of strategy involved and there may be a Graphic Designer on the team!
  6. Packages offered: It’s rarely just about a résumé / CV. Packages can include cover letters, LinkedIn profile development, other marketing documents as well as hours of follow-up on progress in job search/interviews and hours of coaching. Some price according to years of experience of the client or career level, while others have a one price for all since they believe that the process is almost similar.
  7. Process: Whether it’s fully customized or based on available templates. Some take dozens of projects a week, while others limit themselves to a certain number per week to give each project its time. Hours towards digging for information, researching the industry, and the job itself should also be taken into consideration.
  8. Positioning: Depending on the professional positioning, some have résumé writing as a byproduct of another main activity they do whereas others have it as a main one.
  9. Structure: Whether the professional is providing one-on-one services on his own or if they are part of a team employed in a company which also affect the number of clients per month. This not only affects capacity but also quality of service. Some writers write using one template for everyone in black and white, other will make sure that the document is developed from scratch and that the design is unique to the client.
  10. Online subscriptions & Transfer charges: Professionals may have subscriptions to a number of software, platforms, and stock photography websites. Also don’t forget that different methods of transfer fees incur different charges to take into consideration.
  11. Target: What will the document be used for? a position in a private company, government, or an educational institution? Some even use résumés / CV for bids!
  12. Niche: Résumés for women executives who make $100,000 per year, for example or for lawyers only. Some writers write for all levels from fresh graduate to senior executive, other serve one or few levels.
  13. Location: A writer based in a certain country will have different operations costs than another based in a different one. Internet costs, phone bills, electricity, generators are not priced the same.
  14. Where the client is looking to get hired: Local markets have different challenges than international markets. There are many barriers to consider – like getting sponsored – and work on to help the client achieve their goals. Some writers only serve the country they live in.
  15. Number of languages the writer can write in: Some writers write in only language only, others can give you content in more than one. Here’s the catch: It has nothing to do with translation!
  16. Awards & Publications: Some writers have been recognized and their work has been published in one or more books.
  17. Results & Testimonials: Results is the bottom line that everyone is looking for. However, it’s also important to manage expectations because not all projects have the ability to yield the same results, especially in an international context.

Besides all the above, a résumé is your marketing brochure, brand & value proposition. The general understanding is that it’s supposed to cost a week of the monthly salary you are looking to make. 

It’s your door opener to the next step in your career, one that offers better conditions, and for many, in a different country. Your documents need to get noticed in a pile of hundred others to make the cut!

How much is finding a new job or a new job in a new country worth? What kind of impact will it have on you, your lifestyle, and income?

Testimonials

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Testimonials

B.M. - Canada

Technical Services Director
I am ecstatic about the results; I strongly recommend Rita Kamel’s professional resume writing services. Rita took me on a journey to update and revamp my resume and interview preparation “do’s & don’ts”. Her expertise, coupled with her collaborative and innovative spirit, made her the go-to expert in this area.

From my first e-mail interaction with Rita, you can tell that her engagement is very professional, and the review process is both elaborate and well-structured. She made me go over my experience from the start and extract my achievements, which reflect and align with the new target position.

J.A. - UAE

General Manager
Having been in full-time employment since leaving University and deciding to take some time out from work, I realized my old CV would require serious updating before making the return to work life. After making several enquiries Rita came highly recommended by an acquaintance to assist me with updating my CV. Rita has proven herself to be an extremely experienced professional and responsive person with great attention to detail. Her proactive and honest, yet friendly approach has made it a pleasure working to update my CV and LinkedIn profile. I now feel much more confident: my redesigned CV is tailored toward gaining a suitable position in a competitive industry.

M.R. - Cyprus

Senior Project Manager
Choosing to work with Rita was a great decision. As someone looking to change careers, she helped me put on paper how my experience and skills are relevant to my target industry. Rita's methodological approach also allowed me to take an outside look at my career so far in a new light and reminded me of achievements I have forgotten about. Throughout the process, Rita was always responsive, attentive, and always had useful advice and feedback.

A.F. - Canada

Chief Operating Officer
Your advice helped significantly improve my interview performance and the relevance of my answers. Thank you so much for your help.

R.G. - Lebanon

Marketing Manager
I love how confident I feel after talking to you and how my story about myself gets uplifted as if I'm Chanel or Dior!

R.M. - Lebanon

Teacher
Thank you Rita so much. I enjoyed our conversation, it made me look at everything in a different perspective. You were able to make me realize how to change my outlook when it comes to jobs. I felt so confused for a while until we spoke, you helped clear the fog. Your guidance was much needed.

A.K. - Lebanon

Sales Manager
Rita has helped me in more ways than one and I found just one session with her very enlightening. She helped me realize many things I was not aware of and gave me several tips on how to tackle and improve the job search. I can only imagine how she can help when given more than one session, kudos to you Rita!

G.J. - Lebanon

Lead Accountant
Thanks to Rita’s feedback, I was able to figure out some important points behind the reasons my LinkedIn profile and CV aren’t getting noticed. Added to that, her words were much needed to reaffirm my confidence and boost my motivation. With her I am sure one will land the desired opportunity.

A.H. - KSA

Senior Regional Manager
As a Career Strategist, Rita's valuable insights and advice are a game changer when it comes to resume writing and job search. There's no one size that fits all and Rita guided me on how to think outside the box by showing my capabilities in the loudest way possible. It's worth to approach her!

M.H., PhD - UK

Senior Researcher & Consultant
The DossierPro package provided me with the necessary tools and questions to figure out my career path at a very critical phase. What made the experience rich and worthwhile was Rita's many talents, from her ability to research thoroughly before the meetings, show up well versed in your field, and finally her gift to connect and motivate. She was an eye opener, and has the gift of knocking down the many walls that surround us, our aspirations, and dreams.
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