career-advice

How Much Do Professional CV Writers Charge?

Matt Glodz
How Much Do Professional CV Writers Charge?

How CV Writing Costs Are Determined & What They Can Tell You About A Service

Given that you came across this post, we'll assume you're considering working with a CV writer.

We know that narrowing down your choice can be overwhelming, as there are hundreds of CV writers to choose from.

Pricing can also vary dramatically, adding to the confusion.

You'll find services starting at £10-20 on sites like Fiverr.

You'll also find executive CV writers who charge upwards of £1,500 for a CV.

That said, we know you're looking to get a quality document at an affordable price.

We'll help you understand how the CV writing industry operates.

After reading, you’ll be better prepared to choose the right service for you.

We'll discuss:

  • How much CV writers charge
  • How to decide how much to spend on a CV
  • Why you should steer clear of exceptionally low pricing
  • What to look for in a CV writer
  • What to watch out for when choosing a writer

How Much CV Writers Charge

The amount writers charge is generally determined by the following factors:

1) Experience and Education Level

In the CV writing industry, there tends to be a close correlation between price and quality.

Consider who will actually be writing your CV.

If you work with an experienced CV writer who graduated from a top university, you can expect their fees to be in the range that other professional service providers would charge.

To put it in perspective, accountants and lawyers charge between £50-250 an hour for their services.

You can expect to pay a similar hourly rate for a highly-qualified CV writer.

2) Quality and Results They Deliver for Clients

Professional CV writers add value to their clients.

Their documents can often cut down the amount of time it takes you to secure a new role.

During the writing process, you also won't have to chase them or get frustrated by a low-quality result that you end up having to fix yourself.

An in-depth, personalised writing process should include a phone call and one-on-one communication with your writer.

However, as Jenny Foss, a US-based resume writer, explained in a LinkedIn post, "there is (quite literally) no barrier to entry [in the CV writing industry]."

She goes on to say, "I reviewed quite a few 'expert' resumes in recent days -- resumes that people paid money they cannot afford to throw away right now…. [they were delivered with] typos, grammatical errors, filled with cliches."

 

To help ensure the process goes smoothy, be sure to investigate the company you choose to work with.

3) Amount of Time Spent on Your Document

You know how much time goes into preparing a CV.

It's simply not a two-hour process, and you probably wouldn't want to work with a writer who turns it into one.

Here's a quick outline of how long it generally takes us:

  • Research: 1 hour
  • Phone Consultation: 1-1.5 hours
  • Writing: 4-5 hours
  • Revisions: 1 hour

That's the equivalent of a full working day.

To be effective, the CV writing process process needs to be high-touch, which takes time.

If you are only looking for copy editing or feedback on your CV (not an end-to-end rewrite), you can expect to pay less.

Remember that value-add in working with a CV writer is not only their writing ability but also their ability to ask the right questions.

This combination will result in a well-written, achievement-based document.

How To Decide How Much to Spend on a CV

You should think of CV writing as an investment in your career.

How much you spend on your CV comes down to how much you value quality as well as your budget.

We'll argue that it's worth spending about 1-2% of your annual salary on a quality CV.

To put this amount into perspective, consider that wealth managers charge (at least) a 1% fee to manage your investment portfolio, which typically provides an 8-10% annual return.

It would be reasonable to invest a similar percentage into a document that can open up the doors to a higher salary.

For example, let's say you're making £60K and end up receiving an offer for £70K (an 20% salary increase).

After deducting a £599 investment on a new CV (1% of your £60K salary), your ROI would still be 19%!

For either investment, results aren't guaranteed.

However, they are highly likely based on historical performance.

Why You Should Steer Clear of Exceptionally Low Pricing

Recognize that if a writer charges under £150-200 for your CV, they would probably be making around minimum wage after taxes, business expenses and marketing costs are factored into account.

It's not a feasible business model.

If it works, it's likely because the company is either:

  1. Cutting corners
  2. Outsourcing your writing internationally to non-native English speakers (as many CV writing companies unfortunately do)

What to Look for in a CV Writer

When choosing a CV writer, you'll want to look for someone who:

  • Has worked with clients of your experience level
  • Has positive reviews from previous clients
  • Has a strong educational and writing background
  • Will invest reasonable time into preparing your document - not rush through it
  • Has relevant industry certifications

What to Watch Out for in a CV Writer

Beware of writers that:

  • Charge rates that seem "too good to be true"
  • Have negative client reviews
  • Do not provide a phone consultation
  • Do not have a credible website and LinkedIn presence
  • Do not hold an industry qualification

Additional Resources


About CV Pilots

CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing firm and a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

As a professional services firm, we take your reputation seriously. We are committed to delivering writing excellence and superior service while operating with integrity and discretion. Recruitment firms we partner with also trust us to consistently deliver quality documents for their clients.

Our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have strong writing backgrounds coupled with industry experience.

Here's how we can help you:

CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing Services: If you are looking for end-to-end support, hire one of our professional CV writers to rewrite your documents from the ground up. 

Executive CV Template Downloads: If you plan to prepare your own CV, consider using one of our classic, ATS-friendly CV templates for Microsoft Word.

To learn more about our services, book an introductory call with our founder here or email team@cvpilots.co.uk.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked for global companies, where he noted that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over 10 years.

He has been quoted on numerous business and career-related topics in outlets including Business Insider, CNBC, Fortune, Glassdoor, The Ladders, The Times and Thrive Global.



Related Articles

Free ATS CV Keyword Scanning Tool
See whether your CV is optimised for applicant tracking systems using our free CV scanner. Learn exactly how to tailor your CV to a specific job posting to improve your chances of landing interviews.
Read More
High-Impact Real Estate Executive CV Example
Leverage our executive real estate CV example to learn what recruiters expect and to improve your CV - whether you are a real estate executive, investor, developer / development manager, residential real estate agent, commercial real estate broker or real estate analyst.
Read More
High-Impact Marketing CV Example (Chief Marketing Officer)
Leverage this achievement-based marketing CV example for a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to learn CV writing best practices. Improve your CV following our tips - whether you are a marketing director, head of marketing, digital marketing manager or marketing graduate.
Read More