How Much Does a Resume Really Cost?

I get asked this question a lot. Those who are looking for the lowest price out there are usually not happy with my response. But the old adage holds true: You get what you pay for. According to most experts the average time a job seeker is out of work is 6 months. To go along with this most HR professionals will tell you that better than 80% of the resumes they receive are rejected within ten seconds.

These two figures are not unrelated. Poor resume writing leads to longer periods of unemployment.

Now let’s add some hypothetical numbers. The median income is around $41,000. Let’s go even lower and base the following on an income of $36,000. Stay with me now, if your desired income is $36k then your monthly pay would be $3,000. If you were out of work for 6 months that would be a loss of $18,000!

Now what if you paid an expert to write your resume and you got a job two months earlier. That would save you $6,000. How much would you be willing to pay for a document that could save you $6k? If you had your taxes done by a qualified CPA and he found you a $6,000 refund, you would gladly pay him a sizable fee wouldn’t you?

And remember, we were basing this example on a desired income of only $36,000.


So rather than ask me how much does a resume really costs, ask yourself how much is two or more months of employment worth?