CV writing services can vary enormously from a simple copy and paste service to a full blown consultancy, design and writing. Every individual will have a unique requirement in terms of the level of CV services they require, this guidee gives an overview of what you can expect and the types of services available.
Secretarial CV Service – This is normally a basic CV writing service which includes new formating of a handwritten or basic CV. The work is normally completed by a person who is not a trained CV writer or has recruitment experience, however they are likely to have professional MS word and formatting skills. This type of service is ideal for basic CV’s and tend to reflect with a lower pricing of between $25 to $75 per CV.This type of service is limited in terms of new content and industry knowledge, however if you need a CV quickly is an option to review. Secretarial services available through searching on Google or Trademe.
Questionaire based CV service – This type of service is more indepth than the secretarial service and may include some basic telephone questioning. The person that is writing your CV can vary enormously from a trained writer, industry professional to recruitment or a HR perspective. Pricing for a questonaire based cv service varies from around $75 to over $300 depending on the level of CV required. This type of service can deliver a professional looking CV however unless the CV writer has talked with you it can be difficult for them to ‘sell you’ effectively on paper.
Full CV Service – This type of CV service normally includes a telephone or face to face consultancy, a new CV design, CV writing and then ammendments of the draft. The service is normally completed by an individual who has lengthy recruitment and employment experience or has industry qualifications. Pricing for this service is broad, between $200 to over $600.
CV services, Points worth considering are:
1. Does the company have a free phone number, typically, newer organisations or hit and run services tend not to use freephone accounts as they incur a cost.
2. Do they have testimonials from either customers or companies which have used their services.
3. Will they offer you free guidance / tell you what they will do before you pay them.
4. Are they immediately available? Expect to wait between a couple of days or upto a week; the best writers are normally in demand.
5. Can you talk to the person who would be writing your CV before you order; this is worth considering as it is imperative that you have confidence before you purchase.
CV.org.nz is a free service to inform and present CV information so you can make an informed decision, we also list a number of vidoes and other CV guides if you are interested in writing your own CV. If you have time and are comptent using MS word or other word processers this can be a low cost option which puts you in full control.
Should you decide to take this route, take advantage of free CV Services reviews from CV companies or use career guidance, always have your CV proof read and obtain a second opinion, remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression so do your due dilligence and decide if using CV services could be of benefit. Our advice is review a couple of CV Services before deciding which services are right for you.