How much should you pay for a professional CV or résumé writer?

Some professional CV or résumé writing companies charge as little as £30. Some £1000 or more. And plenty are placed somewhere in between – including ourselves. So where’s the best value? Let’s start at the cheap and cheerful end of the spectrum. After all, no one wants to pay a single, solitary penny more than they need to. And why should they? If you pay £30 for a CV or résumé you never know – you might get lucky – but it’s probably worth doing the maths pretty carefully before you start. At the time of writing, the UK minimum wage is £6.31. So if your CV company pays the absolute rock bottom legal requirement to its employees, you could expect one of them to be working on it for a maximum of about half a day or so before they start to lose money. Or could you? That’s before you factor tax – or overheads – into the equation. Plus it’s probably safe to assume the company themselves are trying to take a cut – or they won’t be around much longer. Suddenly our £30 might buy you an hour or two if you are lucky. Then, assuming you want a copywriter who is able to command more than the statutory minimum wage – trust me, you do – and the bargain basement option isn’t looking too clever to say the least. If you want anyone with any degree of pedigree working on your CV for much more than an hour or two you should really be paying the best part of £100 as an absolute minimum – and that’s for packages...