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Untrained people writing trashable resumes at your expense
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UPLAUND, CALIFORNIA -- I give this 2 stars and that is generous. If all you want is a simple resume rewrite, or a nicely written cover letter it will be fine. But anything beyond that, or something taking real intuition or insight, to write a good clear professional level resume don't go to A plus for that. The skill and career understanding of the staff is simply not there. Like many resume services they will tell you whatever they think you want to hear. But I was surprised how poor a resume I got back.

Everyone agreed my resume needed to be redone after seeing A pluses end product Once they were paid they worked at their own pace. Despite their promises of turn around time, once they have payment they had no reason or motivation to finish the job. So they finished my resume when they felt like it. Isn't your career worth a little more than just trying to save a few bucks? Go to a professional service. There is a good reason why A plus won't guarantee their work, it would mean they would have to give back most of resume money!

Update to this story, its been about 6 weeks since I had a resume written by this service. After trying repeatedly to the writer to see the problem all I got was an offer to retype the resume. A plus resume specialist do not care at all if their resumes ever get anyone a job. Why should they, the always get their money first!
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old fart on 10/31/2009:
Write your own resume... how hard can that be...?
Sparticus on 10/31/2009:
These services can be helpful to folks in a rut with their resume. But as the poster found out, there are probably more bad apples than good.
Proemed on 10/31/2009:
Old fart, really is that a nick, sad,
Anyway to answer you if your going to compete in today's job market some jobs will get 1000 resumes per job. Isn't it obvious that you want the best resume you can have out there, instead of just the best one you can write? Wow, you must not know what's going on in the job market. Some people are paying $600+ for a resume. If it gets them a job its worth it. But I'm not a resume writer and I don't want to try to be one. Your statement "how hard can that be" shows you don't understand what happens to people with a so so resume. Today things are much more competitive just doing your best because your too lazy or to cheap doesn't get you anywhere. Wow, dude catch up to the world because the comment was clueless.
Anonymous on 10/31/2009:
Many people hire these types of companies to write their resume and the person posting this complaint should have a reasonable expectation that they would do a good job. It looks like A Plus fell short in getting the job done properly.

I used the resume writing service that was affiliated with Career Builder. They did not know a whole lot about the field I was in, but the writer asked questions to get a better understanding of what it was I did for a living and in the end she did a pretty good job. I tweeked it a little bit when I got it back but it was for personal preference not because she did anything wrong. You might want to check out that service if you still want your resume re-done.
jktshff1 on 10/31/2009:
Ya got to understand, OF, myself and a lot of others on this site are old, ie we did things different in our day. Spoke for ourselves, no internet, used do doing things the hard way.
Anonymous on 10/31/2009:
Things were done a lot differently back in the day but in today's workplace things are a little more complicated than they were back then and we are expected to keep up. Resume writing services are a tool used to assist us and many in today's work force use these services.
old fart on 10/31/2009:
Proemed...it is as Jktshff said, we were expected to do things
the hard way, I.e., giving the prospective employer some insight as to what kind of person, (employee) we might be.
I find it difficult to imagine what some anonymous resume writer (hack) could say to influence a potential employer that you couldn't say yourself, assuming that you have some reasonable command of the English language and a basic knowledge of English grammar.

In respect to my on-line name, as the venerable sage Popeye was fond of saying, "I Yam what I yam what I yam"!!
Anonymous on 10/31/2009:
old fart when was the last time that you wrote a resume? jkt himself said things are different now than they were in your day. While what is happening now didn't happen back then doesn't make it any less of a reality for those in the market for a job. Resumes are not just a matter of putting your work experience down onto a piece of paper and turning it in. Good jobs are scarce out there and there are MANY applicants for only ONE job. Resumes and cover letter have to "sell you" to the prospective employer. Wouldn't you do everything in your power to make your resume stellar and stand out to improve your chances of getting the job, even if it meant paying for assistance? The professional writers are NOT hacks (when you find a good one). We supply the basic information (education, work history, personal information) and they turn the information into a comprehensive and informative summary. Just because someone requests the assistance of a writer does not mean they do not have a reasonable command of the English language, nor does it mean they do not have basic knowledge of English grammar. It means they are utilizing a tool that is out there to be used.
old fart on 10/31/2009:
Proemed and Proconsumer...I had been in sales for slightly less than 50 years and there is no doubt that times have changed BUT, the essential core of communication is brevity and accuracy.
Using those two principles, no one on Earth can sell you better than YOU!

I don't mean for this to turn into a pi$$in' match so I'll leave it at that.
DebtorBasher on 10/31/2009:
I have to agree with everything ProCon said.
Anonymous on 10/31/2009:
It's not a pissing match old fart. It is communication. That said my employer looks for professional looking resumes. No one here said that professionally written resumes were not brief. They can be depending on the style being submitted. Resumes are first impressions. If I get a resume that looks less than professional my managers would not allow me to even interview that person even though the person is not being hired for a writing position. Having someone assist in writing a resume gives them the same advantage as anyone else. That is today's reality. Do not discount that fact just because it is not the same that you have experienced.
old fart on 10/31/2009:
I'll let my employment record speak for itself.
In all the years I worked, I have had 1 (one) day of unemployment....
MRM on 10/31/2009:
Old Fart, in all the years that you have worked, it just boggles my mind why haven't you been summoned for jury duty.
old fart on 10/31/2009:
Hmmm.. Some kind soul gave me a gold star on my internet comments chart... thank you very much...LOL
Anonymous on 10/31/2009:
That is great old fart. You have been very fortunate and thankfully I have never had to experience being unemployed. But as I stated earlier do not discount what is being said here simply because it was not your experience. People need help and this is a tool. The bottom line is that this is a service that is being paid for and an acceptable product should be delivered. The complaint posted here is a valid one.
MRM on 10/31/2009:
Congratulations, on your second star! I look forward towards your third star!
old fart on 10/31/2009:
MRM... ssshhhh!
Don't give anyone any bright ideas now...LOL
old fart on 10/31/2009:
proconsumer... that is absolutely right... folks should get what they pay for!
old fart on 10/31/2009:
LOL.. MRM , I'm referring to the "helpful" notification someone gave me...
Some day admin will see fit to give me the third star I so richly deserve.
If I could just learn to keep my mouth shut on certain topics, I might yet get it!
MRM on 10/31/2009:
I am waaaay overdue for a fourth star! Will my fourth star ever appear? To be continued...
Skye on 10/31/2009:
MRM< you are a 5 star member in my book!
MRM on 10/31/2009:
I should be thinking like you, Skye!
Skye on 10/31/2009:
Why sir, you make me blush, all over :)
jktshff1 on 11/01/2009:
I've had only 4 different employers in my lifetime. Filled out an application for one and that was because he wanted to see how well my handwriting was. The others, met shook hands, sold myself.
Proemed on 11/02/2009:
Ol Fart:

Well today things are harder. Its no longer good enough to say I did my best, or its not the best, but its my own work! Because unless your hooked up and working for your rich uncle the only thing doing your own resume will do is get you passed up on a job you may need. Unless your some phenomenal writer and write your own resume constantly your better off with a different perspective.

The comment from Spartucus was just the point I was trying to make by example. Yes ProConsumer said exactly what should apply to anything purchased if you have to pay a professional fee it should be for a professional service. The problem is somethings like resumes are hard to prove that its poor quality because its subjective. But so many people try to make a quick buck by pretending to be resume writers because its hard to prove a resume is garbage. But if 20 people see it and they all say this is awful, you've just been had; and how do you prevent this when it comes to resume writers?
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