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Free Professional Resume? Buyer Beware!

Do a search for “professional resume,” and you will find many companies out there offering a fast, free resume. While the offer of a free resume might seem enticing, not only are these resumes not always completely free, they also might not provide you with the quality resume you truly need in order to gain a great new job. There are several reasons to bypass these “free” resume sites, including the following.

1. Great Look, But What About Content?

Most of these free resume builder sites provide you with a dozen or more templates and some of these templates feature very nice professional resume designs. While the look of your resume can be important, it’s not nearly as important as the content. With these free resume sites, you are adding the content, and the company is simply providing you with a template.

If you truly want a professional resume that will attract the attention of hiring managers, the content needs to be well-written, concise and error-free. When it comes to crafting the content of a resume, a professional resume writer is always your best bet. The team at Resume Writing Group includes only full-time, experienced resume writers. Each of our writers creates hundreds of resumes every year and they know what hiring teams want to see. We can write resumes for any industry and any level of employment, including entry-level grades, professionals with several years of experience and high-level senior executives.

2. Errors Are Common

Free professional resume sites typically just help you build your own resume with a template. Many offer good suggestions about what to add, and many offer a very basic spellcheck feature, but none of these websites actually have a resume editor who will look over your resume for free. You have to rely on your own editing skills, and believe us, we’ve reviewed thousands of resumes, and more than half contain at least one obvious spelling or grammar error. Errors absolutely kill your chances of gaining an interview, so it just makes sense to choose a professional resume writing service to ensure that your resume has been edited carefully.

At Resume Writing Group, each resume is edited by at least two people, your resume writer and a professional resume editor. We guarantee that your resume will be error-free. No “free” resume site can offer you this guarantee, and it can make a huge difference for you career-wise.

3. Resumes Are Difficult To Build

It might seem fairly easy to use a resume template, but we’ve tried out a few and they aren’t as user-friendly as you might think. It can be difficult to make changes or alter a specific section to suit your needs. Additionally, these resume templates often provide pre-written text options, which don’t always correspond with your work experience. You could spend several hours creating this resume, frustrated with the resume software, and then end up with a resume that contains errors and doesn’t really use the type of language that hiring managers want to see.

4. Beware Of The Hidden Costs

Once you’ve created your “free” resume, there may be hidden charges. For instance, while it might be free to print out one copy of your resume, what if you want multiple copies? Or what if you print out the first copy, notice some errors or wish to make changes? Most of these services will charge you to print multiple copies or to access the resume and make changes.

We’ve found that most of these “free” resume sites will charge about $2 or $3 for you to use their unlimited services for two weeks. This seems pretty reasonable, but if you forget to contact them prior to the two-week deadline, they will charge your credit card again, and this time at a much higher rate. Additionally, they will charge you (sometimes as much as $25 to $30) each month automatically. If you were to forget about purchasing this service, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars before you realize that you still are being charged.

professional resume service should charge you a fee for writing your resume only with no subscriptions or hidden fees. Our fees are posted clearly, nothing is hidden. Yes, you are paying for a resume, but what you receive is well worth the cost. Our team of resume writers produces quality, error-free, job-winning resumes every time. In fact, we stand by our writing with a unique guarantee. If you use our resume and follow our advice, but are not employed within 45 days or less, we will refund the price of your resume and give you an additional $100. No other resume company offers this level of a guarantee. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, so get started now.

In addition to our professional resume services, we also can provide you with cover letter writing services, LinkedIn profile writing, career coaching and much more. These additional services definitely aren’t available at those “free” resume sites. Your career is our priority and we love helping people find a fantastic new job.


Jacob Mathias

Jacob Mathias is a content writer and SEO specialist for Resume Writing Groups. He also works as a web developer and designer. He's passionate about sharing ways on how to get the job you want and living life to the fullest.

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