I'd like to recommend the Monster resume writing service. Recently I decided it was time to update my resume, especially since my entire career history before Macromedia was in Biology, and I had nothing to reflect the professional computer skills and web-related technologies I've learned in the last 4 to 5 years. I've come a long way since my first BASIC program in 1981 or my first HTML page in 1994.

The service requires that you first complete one of 4 resume wizards, depending on which type is appropriate for your industry or career level. That wizard entails a very lengthy and highly detailed battery of questions requiring not only details and facts but short answers or essays. These questions address your professional career, educational background, certification levels, and has a variety of customizations. I spent 6 hours on a Saturday afternoon completing a wizard because I put a lot of thought into how I responded to questions such as:

  • "What are your current job/career goals?"

  • "What was the most important aspect of this job?"

  • "Describe your responsibilities in the following areas: Skills with People, ..."

  • "Describe your computer experience in this position"

When the wizard is complete, your resume is assigned to a real person to develop a professional resume on your behalf using the ideas, phrases, and details that you provided. The resume writer orgainizes the material and massages it to emphasize your best qualities. Monster.com advertises 2-3 days for this service, and during that time the resume writer may correspond with you to check facts or get your thoughts to better clarify some topic. In my case, they were right on time with a draft of the final product. I reviewed it, made suggestions based on my preferences, and that was it.

Monster offers several packages including combinations ASCII, PDF, or MS Word formats. I chose the Word format only for $179 because I can generate the other formats myself. I may even write a Flex format one soon. They also offer cover letter services, but I feel fairly confident on my own in that regard.

In conclusion, I am very satisfied with the quality, the personalization, and the timeliness of the Monster resume writing service.

See my About page for the link to my resume.