Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients
Q. I'm not sure what position I want to apply for right now, and I have a lot of experience from multiple industries, can you just write a basic resume for any job I may apply for?
A. No! BluePrint Resumes & Consulting Writers do not recommend one size fits all resumes. We only specialize in resumes tailored for specific industries and positions. The focus should be on no more than two positions or related industries. For example if you have retail management and customer service experience that's a good combination, but if you have human resources, sales, medical assisting and warehouse production experience, and want to add all of this on your resume, that can confuse a hiring manager! Not only this, but although you appear to be a jack of all trades your resume will lack direction and may end up right in the trash.
Q. Why do some resume writing companies charge extremely less or more than others?
A. Good question! This answer can get very lengthy so bare with me. Resume prices can start as low as $95 and run as high as $2400! We still haven't figured out how some writers charge the equivalent of a monthly mortgage, but Lower priced resume writers tend to be the freelance, contract or part-time writers. They may live in areas where the cost of living is lower or may not be Certified Professional Resume Writers.
The higher priced ones are your full-service companies, usually with Certified Professional Resume Writers or a staff of writers and consultants with more than 10 years of experience. Writing is a profession where you are paid (or should be) what you're worth. Resume writing is a creative process that is very time consuming. Some writers use the time from your dream job analogy meaning for every day you're out of work or not working in your dream job that's every day you're not earning the salary you desire. Or, even if you are making a good salary, that's another day of misery working in a job you feel trapped in. A resume priced at $300-$400 is more than worth its price when it leads to a position paying $75,000 or more.
At BluePrint Resumes & Consulting we keep our prices in the middle and competitive with the current market. We also base it on the amount of time it will take to complete a resume based on the clients'level of experience and career objectives.
Q. Do you use templates for creating resumes?
A. No! At BluePrint Resumes & Consulting we create every resume from scratch. During your in-depth consultation we will determine the best format and strategy to use. I personally do not like templates because things shift and they do not allow the client to easily manipulate the document later if necessary. Although we keep your resume on file for five years, once you pay for your resume you should be able to update and make minor revisions to it as well. After all you paid for it so you should own it!
Q. Will the person who does my consultation also write my resume?
A. Due to the volume of our clientele, and the amount of hours it takes to complete a consultation and to write a resume, in order to ensure the best client service possible, and that our writers have plenty of time to create an effective, eye catching resume, our normal process is to have a Client Service Representative to conduct your consultation and convey the information to your assigned writer. You can rest assured the Client Service Representative who spends up to two hours with you is fully trained and experienced in gathering the necessary information. Also, you are more than welcome to speak directly with your writer throughout the development process. We also have editors to review the first and final drafts of your documents, because we believe two sets of eyes are better than one!
Q. I already have a copy of my resume and just need it revamped, does this reduce the cost?
A. No, not if you want the entire resume rewritten. Some clients feel that if they provide their most current resume it saves time and makes it easier for the writer, but actually one written from scratch saves time. A current resume provides background, but the more a writer has to read through, weed out unnecessary or irrelevant information and rewrite, the more time it takes, so for a complete rewrite, editing and redesign this falls into our regular package pricing. Minor updates such as an additional job added with a new description and achievements are $65 to $85 depending on how the resume is submitted. Editing is also included.
Q. How many pages should a resume be?
A. Hiring Managers prefer one to two pages, but depending on your level of experience for example, CEO director-level or a Ph.D. it is quite normal to have up to three pages for a resume. The main thing is the content and if it's grabbing the hiring manager's attention right away and keeping it.