Friday, March 28, 2008

Questions Requiring Answers

How much would you pay to have someone gussy up your resume?

Would you prefer to be charged by the hour, including a lower fee for author's corrections, or one flat rate?

Inquiring mind wants to know...


LG said...

I'd pay $100-$150, depending on what's actually being done on the resume.

My preference - I'd like to pay one flat rate; I find that helps someone do the best quality gussying in the shortest amount of time instead of dragging to get paid more.

Included in that flat fee, I'd also like to have the digital file in case I needed to make any minor changes myself.

That's my two cents, coming from someone who gussies resumes for other folks.

Miss Understood said...

One flat rate, definitely. I wouldn't take my car to the garage and let them work on it without a quote.

Jess said...

I'd pay about $100, depending. If you don't get a flat rate, make sure to verify the maximum number of hours that will be spent before you agree.

Cele said...

I've never had a resume done so I've no clue how much they run.
But I agree with the flat rate fee, say $150 for one page, $200 for two pages... I've recieved resumes that have seemed like books. As a person who has to read resumes, I prefer a one page resume with one page of references.

LG said...

I agree with Cele. As someone who works on resumes, my goal is to keep it to two pages MAX, and that's for someone who has loads (that's a technical term) of experience.

I usually charge more if I'm doing additional services, such as posting the resume online or doing any kind of distribution for the client. If it's just the resume, I charge $100.

j.m. tewkesbury said...

This is good to know. I had a couple of people tell me, to do a total revamp of their resume, they'd pay $300. To do a minor makeover: $150-$200.

I'm also of the opinion that a resume should never be more than two pages in length with references as a separate page I provide when requested.

I'd provide the resume in a .doc, .txt, and a .pdf file, as well as a sample cover letter template for free.

Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. I really appreciate it!

j.m. tewkesbury said...

LG, this question is for you:

I do all of my work on a MacBook, which means I'm using Word for Mac. I'm finding, though, when I send documents to folks on PCs that a lot of the formatting goes all wonky.

The obverse is not true for documents I receive from PCs. They remain intact and the Mac has no problem with them. Any suggestions on how to prevent this problem in future transfers of documents between a Mac platform and a PC platform?


Anonymous said...

To prevent mal-translation, do a "save as" in your Word document, and save it as a PDF.

Most people have a free Acrobat Reader on their computers.

If they don't, their stupid-heads.

- Phoebe

P.S. Flat rate, no more that $150

j.m. tewkesbury said...

Phoebe: I do that already, but I like to give the file back to folks in a Word set-up so they can update it themselves going forward.

Any solution to the Word problem you know of?

Adriana Velez said...

It depends -- I would say for a general tweaking of a one-page resume, $100. More for longer resumes, even if you end up shortening them. For a total overhaul, more of course.

Di said...

My sense of money and prices for things is completely wacked into very odd proportions from living in the Land o' Banks and High Prices. But I would say $250-$400 flat rate for the service you describe in your comment here, including cover letter template (good idea!). Another idea is to offer a service where you build 2-3 different CVs for someone based on different career tracks or emphases they'd like to focus on, KWIM? (Or is that just me...?) And the cover letters to go along with that, for the types of jobs that would be represented by the differing areas of interest. Yes, you do KWIM, because you have that too. :-)

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

This is all excellent feedback. Thank you everyone! I'm pulling together a draft of services I'll provide. Watch this space in the next couple of weeks for further announcements!

Liz said...

I have no idea how much I'd be willing to pay, but I know I'd prefer a flat fee for the initial review/revisions.

LG said...

I'm a dork - I'm just now returning from my parallel universe to see that you asked me a question!

When you say "wonky" (one of my fave words, btw), does that refer to anything in particular? The alignment, typeface, margins, etc?

I'm happy to talk about this offblog too, in case you don't want to clutter up your comment space. :)

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Liz: Thanks for the feedback. The consensus is, it would seem, in favor of flat fees. I love consensus!

LG: Where should I email you at?