How to Choose a CV Writing Service in 2021 & Our Favourite Client Reviews
How to Choose a Professional CV Writing Service
As many of our previous clients have noted, there are clear benefits to working with a CV writer.
However, CV writing is just like any other industry: you’ll inevitably come across some bad apples.
Just as you’ll find highly competent accountants, lawyers, dentists or personal trainers, you’ll find others who are simply in it for the money and don’t deliver a quality service.
We are aware that there are many low-quality CV writing services in operation and have worked with multiple clients who have tried these services, only to end up wasting time and money.
Because we frequently get calls from clients who have been let down by others in the industry and are sceptical to try again, we wanted to summarise what you should look for in a quality service.
When selecting a CV writer, be sure to conduct your research! It’s not that difficult to set up a website and call yourself a CV writer.
As you browse websites of professional CV writing services, you should consider the following:
1) How much do CV writers charge?
Pricing for CV writing can vary quite dramatically. You’ll find services that charge anywhere from £100 (or less) to over £1,000.
CV writing can be a sizable investment, but you generally get what you pay for.
We know that one large firm that charges in the £100 range for a CV, for example, outsources work abroad to non-native English speakers. We have received multiple job applications from their writers that we turned down.
As we explain in this article on what it's like to work with us, we put a significant amount of time into understanding your background and crafting your document.
The work put into your project is equivalent to at least a full working day, consisting of:
- reviewing your initial documents
- a one-on-one phone consultation
- outside research
- a follow-up call (if needed)
Companies charging in the £100 range frequently cut corners via outsourcing, automation or rushing through your document in order to remain profitable.
2) Is the company qualified?
At a bare minimum, the company you choose to hire should be a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.
PARW/CC is the leading global association for the CV writing industry, and its members need to pass an evaluation to ensure they understand and apply industry best practices.
All of our writers are trained to deliver documents that go above and beyond the minimum standards set out by PARW/CC.
3) What do the company’s reviews say?
Before investing in a CV writing service, you should read through the company’s reviews and testimonials.
What have previous clients said about the service they received?
While trustworthy CV writers shouldn’t guarantee results (as there are so many factors out of our control that come into play), how do previous clients generally fare with their documents?
What Differentiates CV Pilots from Other Services
Prospective clients often ask us what differentiates us from other CV writing services.
Everything we do at CV Pilots aligns with our core values:
Writing excellence: All of our writers have been educated in Oxbridge and other top-tier universities and possess solid industry experience. We leverage our extensive skills and market knowledge to craft your perfect CV.
Superior service: Through our in-depth consultation process, we make a remarkable effort to get to know you and interpret your career aspirations.
Unflinching integrity: We will never compromise on matters of ethics or integrity.
Writing Excellence and Superior Service
First and foremost, we pride ourselves on the quality of service we deliver.
Just this year, we have worked with a Fortune 500 CEO, Executive Director in renewable energy and the Director of Global Real Estate for a major bank.
We also partner with recruitment firms who trust us to deliver top-quality documents and often refer their clients to our services.
While we work with highly motivated clients of all experience levels, our C-level executive clients expect the best in terms of quality of writing and service.
By leveraging our one-on-one phone consultation to learn more about our clients' backgrounds and expert writing ability, we consistently deliver personal marketing documents our clients can be proud of and that contribute to their continued success.
Integrity is our number one priority. We take your privacy and your career success very seriously and abide by the code of ethics outlined below.
We promise to serve you in good faith and to the best of our ability by:
• Providing you with services that will help you reach your career goals regardless of your race, colour, religion, age, national origin, sex, age, disability or level of income
• Keeping your personal information strictly confidential
• Delivering high-quality service and products
• Monitoring and researching the latest CV writing, hiring and recruiting trends
• Complying with all applicable laws
Here’s a small sample of the results we have been able to achieve for our clients, as shared via unsolicited emails:
I wanted to personally thank you for your service.
I wouldn’t say I was the easiest of customers... but you have been brilliant. Always prompt, and the CV and profile look a world away from where they were. I can’t thank you enough.
I will always recommend you moving forward.
- Director, Cybersecurity
You did a great job, and I would be happy to serve as a reference. Thanks again for all your help.
- Chief Scientific Officer, Biotechnology
I received a lot of interviews for many different hospitals, which led to multiple job offers afterwards. I decided to accept the offer at (redacted) hospital... they only made offers to less than 2% off all the applicants that do apply. I really appreciate your help!
- Manager, Hospital Administration
You were such a help with all the applications. I got one of the jobs I was applying for!! Thank you so much again.
- Law Student
At first glance, the CV and cover letter are excellent! I'm very impressed. You clearly are an expert at what you do.
- Head of Customer Experience, eCommerce
Everything looks great! I really appreciate your work here. I've already gotten 3 interviews.
- Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
Thank you once again for the CV - I got my first job soon after you created it. I am really enjoying it!
- Pilot, Medical Transportation
Don't take our word for it!
Read more of our client reviews on Trustpilot!
About CV Pilots
CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing, career coaching and outplacement firm. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.
Here's how we can help you:
CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing: After a one-hour phone consultation, one of our expert writers will prepare your top-quality personal marketing materials from scratch.
Career Transitions: A powerful combination of our document writing and career coaching services helps position you to secure a new role.
We're a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. All of our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have solid industry experience.