What to look for

What to Look for in a CV Company

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Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution ~ Willa A Foster
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Qualifications
Many CV companies do not state the qualifications of their consultants. Considering that it is normal practice for companies to highlight potential positives (and impressive CV writer qualifications would certainly fall into this category), it is at the very least somewhat spurious whenever firms omit to mention just how well qualified (or not) their consultants are (or are not as the case may be). Obviously, you can draw your own conclusions, but personally I do tend to think that such omissions speak volumes and are hard to ignore.

Basic Economics

Some companies offer CVs at relatively low prices. However top quality CV writing is an exceptionally skilled job (far harder than most people realise). The best CV writers tend to be highly qualified, experienced specialists with exceptional creative writing skills. As such they can usually command a decent wage for their talent and expertise. It isn’t just coincidence that some CV companies cost more than others, it actually pretty normal if you think about it; the better companies have the better writers, so they need to pay more to keep the writers. It’s basic economics and the same applies in various sectors, not just CV writing.
If you are thinking of paying for a cheaper CV you may well ask yourself these questions;

• If it is so cheap is the consultant qualified?
• If it is so cheap is the consultant experienced enough?
• If the consultant is any good, how come it is so cheap?

As mentioned, the best CVs take a lot of time to create. It is impossible to create a top quality CV in just a few hours. Many commercial companies’ pricing policy is based around the premise of charge as much as they can. Consequently, with this in mind if the price is low then there is normally a reason for it. Obviously, each company is different and only they know why they charge what they do. However, what I would say on the subject is that it just isn’t economically feasible to charge lower prices if you employ good writers who are prepared to spend to required amount of time and effort on a client CV. Unless you charge the going rate then something has to give – and that is usually the quality of the most important job tool you have in your possession – so beware!

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Paul Hichens (182 Posts)

Paul Hichens, top UK CV specialist, head of leading firm CV Succeed, and author of the most pioneering CV book in decades, The One Page CV (published by top career sector publishers Pearson Education).


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