CV writing support: a review of Kiwi providers

Posted by | February 4, 2020 | CVs and cover letters, Job hunters

By Carolyn Brown

Want to make the best impression possible on your dream employer?  Have the experience they want but not sure how to convey your awesomeness in a CV? You are not alone, many people struggle when it comes to putting keystrokes on a blank screen and documenting their work and life history into a two page CV/ résumé. Unsure what strengths to highlight without sounding over confident? Or worried if you have the right format for the recruitment company’s CV reading software programme? These and many more questions can make writing your own CV seem like a herculean task.

But never fear as help is at hand in the form of a professional CV writer. They exist solely to help you frame your experiences, get rid of the waffle, play upon your strengths and pinpoint exactly what makes you the ideal candidate. Ok, so they might not solely exist to do this but their continued employment does depend on making sure their clients receive the best CV’s possible. One that will always be placed in the yes pile of the prospective employer – some even guarantee it.

Online CV writing companies are Google aplenty. But how do you know which one to choose? What should you look out for when deciding who to go with? We want to make it as easy as possible for you to apply for a job in this sector, so I have compiled a list of things to look out for, and then matched them against some of the New Zealand companies that work in this space*

 

What to look for in an online CV service:

  • Website: Do they have a website that is easy to navigate, answers all your questions and is well written? (Why would you use a company that has spelling mistakes in their web copy and is poorly formatted!)
  • Samples: Do they provide samples of their work and have good reviews on Google Business, client testimonials etc (that are real).
  • Testimonials: Can you talk to them in person or over the phone before committing to the deal? Cut and paste services might seem like a quick and easy way to get a CV, but it also might mean you end up with a pro forma document that doesn’t really reflect who you are.
  • Qualified: Are they qualified to write your CV? How long have they been in the business and are they members of a professional league of CV writers?
  • Turn around: Do they say how long it will take to have your document returned to you and can you expect to pay extra for a quick turnaround?
  • Satisfaction: How do they intend to make sure you are completely satisfied with their service i.e. do you have to pay extra for re-writes.
  • Cost: Finally, are they up front about their costs and what bang you can expect from your buck?

How did I chose the companies to compare? It was based on a simple Google search for New Zealand CV/ résumé companies and I sampled the resulting top search engine ranked businesses, minus those that were paid ads. Note this is not a complete list but more a snapshot of what is available locally.

Crosses (X) mark companies that did not answer the question online or fulfil the requirement I was looking for.

Website Samples Testimonial Contact Qualified Turn around Satisfaction Cost
CV.co.nz     X      X       ✓     ✓       0.5     ✓         ✓    ✓
CV Express     ✓      X        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
Career Care     ✓      X        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
Successful Resumes     ✓      X        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
CV Centre     ✓      ✓        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
CV People NZ     ✓      ✓        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
CV Pro     ✓      X        ✓     ✓       ✓      ✓         ✓    ✓
Auckland CV     ✓      X        ✓     ✓       ✓      X         ✓    ✓
King Of CV     ✓      X        X     ✓       ✓      X         X    X
Career Coach Max     ✓      X         ✓     ✓       ✓      X         ✓    X

 

*Disclaimer – I make no claims to the companies mentioned in this blog as guaranteed success makers. I based my research on their websites only and whether they met the criteria I/ the internet had set as must haves. The list is not exhaustive and you may still have to do your own research to find a service that fits what you are looking for. This is intended as a beginner’s guide only. What do you think? Have you tried any of the companies listed above? Have your own personal favourites? Or have you used many of the free templates available instead?  Let us know your experience in the comments.

If your company is mentioned and you are not happy with your ranking, then we suggest adjusting your website to include the common questions that people want to know before buying your service.

 

 

About Carolyn Brown

Carolyn enjoys writing stuff that engages readers, makes them feel like they are in a conversation with the screen, and doesn’t require a dictionary on standby to make sense of what she has written.

When she is not creating content, she likes to keep busy volunteering for various not for profits; throwing sticks to her step-dog as they walk along North Beach in Christchurch, and enjoying the company of friends. If you would like to know more, head on over to her website www.writecopynz.co.nz or email her at [email protected]

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