How to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Seeking out than hiring a resume writer seems like a fairly straightforward proposition. Or is it?

Unfortunately, during the last recession, many unscrupulous people hung out their shingle and portrayed themselves as professional writers, when in fact, they were not. So, what do you do to make sure you aren’t fleeced?

Here are some tips to vet out a properly qualified resume writer:

1) Do they walk the walk? Does their website, LinkedIn profile, and other social media outlets portray someone who is capable of writing clearly and professionally? If not, then that’s a sure sign you should do the walking… away.

2) Are they certified? Certifications from professional resume writing organizations (The National Resume Writers’ Association and Career Directors International) are a good hint that the writer you are considering has taken steps to assure you of the quality that they are producing, in addition to taking their craft seriously.

3) Do they belong to professional organizations? Resume writers who belong to an industry association care about their work and want to continuously upgrade their skills so their clients benefit. Is the resume writer you are evaluating a member?

4) Do they have a strong online footprint? Typically, fly-by-night operations are advertising on Craigslist, Fiverr, and other discount sites because they don’t do good work and client relationships mean nothing to them.

5) What do others say about them? Online reviews, including LinkedIn recommendations, Yelp, Facebook, or Google reviews are important tools to help potential customers decide if this is the right service for them. Most professional resume writers have a robust list of recommendations.

6) Talk to them. Interviewing at least 3 different writers will also help you ascertain whether a writer is either qualified or a good fit, or both. This is an important journey for you, and it is critical to connect with someone who genuinely has your best interests at heart.

By taking these steps, you are ensuring that you not only find a good fit, but you have taken the time to ensure that your resume writing investment is going to give you the best possible ROI in your job search. It is also important to consider that this is a professional service, and the truly qualified writers have spent time, money, and effort to hone their craft so that they can best tell your career story and help your business value shine.

Remember, you always get what you pay for.

Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is a certified resume writer and the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services. Clients from across the United States and Canada and from all career levels have benefited from Dawn’s highly-focused and results-oriented resume, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Many professional groups, as well as colleges and universities, have appreciated the insights and expertise she shares during presentations on career management topics, and she is a frequently requested national speaker as a result. Dawn also has shared her knowledge as the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 professionals worldwide, and written as a jobs expert for the “Career Oxygen” feature on, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals.

Click here to learn more about Dawn Rasmussen’s resume writing services.


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