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?




K. M. - Canada

COO / General Manager
Rita, thank you so much for your help, guidance, enthusiasm, fabulous knowledge and overall positive and energetic attitude. I know that I made the right decision to use you for my resume. I cannot speak highly enough of the assessments that you provide, the knowledge, and helpful and patient guidance. Your professional experience and qualifications made a big difference in my resume.

M. A. - Lebanon

Ethics & Assurance Coordinator
Rita managed to teach me a lifelong skill about how to interview and level up when it comes to my career aspirations. Especially in how to answer the most common yet stress inducing question "Tell me about yourself?". She guided me throughout the process from interview to post interview to check on how I performed and how I felt after the interview. What's special is I felt I am talking to someone who really wants me to succeed!

J.W. - Qatar

Account Manager
I approached Rita during an interview process at one of the tier 1 global technology vendors. Based on her extensive experience in HR, Rita unveiled to me the tricks and methods I should adopt to stand out among hundreds of other applicants.

She guided me through a set of actions in a very scientific manner, fine-tuned my strategies and not only made them unique, but uniquely relevant. Not to mention the grade of encouragement she had conveyed to deliver my presentation and get selected for the role.

I would highly recommend Rita for any type of guidance, consultation and career advice.

F.T. - Lebanon

NGO Project Coordinator
Rita opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong in my pursuit to find a new job. She showed me in a short time and efficient way how to make my experience more appealing to recruiters. She showed me another perspective to finding a job and made me realize why I didn't stay for a long time with previous organizations I worked for. Rita helped me put things into perspective and taught me that I should appreciate my achievements and champion them in order to land the right job for me while having what I want for a job as a priority.

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

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.