Are you very talented at putting together resumes? Maybe you're really proud of your own resume, and you're also someone that your friends and family go to when they need a new resume or an updated resume.
You may not realize it, but resume writing is a skill and there are lots of ways to work from home doing it. You could either go to work for a resume company that uses freelancers to create resumes for their clients, or you could start your own resume-writing business.
In this post, I'm going to share with you a list of resources to get you the skills and certification you need to begin writing resumes professionally, companies I know about that hire freelance resume writers, and then we will talk some about starting your own resume-writing business.
Getting Trained and Certified as a Resume Writer
You don't necessarily have to be certified to get a job or obtain lots of clients as a freelance resume writer. Many, many people are able to get work through impressive portfolios, smart marketing, and word of mouth/referrals. Still, getting trained and certified certainly doesn't hurt if doing so is in your budget. In fact, the companies I've listed in this post that hire freelance resume writers on an ongoing basis both state that they prefer certification — so that means if you have it, your chances of getting hired are better.
Below are three resources you can use if you are interested in getting trained/certified.
- The National Resume Writer's Association (NRWA)
- Career Directors International (CDI)
- Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRW)
Companies That Hire Resume Writers
ResumeEdge always has their application page up for freelance resume writers. This is a very flexible job because you can work as much or as little as you want. There do not appear to be any set quotas in place for how much work you have to do. Pay is a flat rate per assignment. You will have to prove your skills when you apply by sending them a completed resume along with a “before” and “after” resume you've edited.
Go here to apply or here to read our review of Resume Edge.
This is another well-known company that has regular openings for remote resume writers. Unlike ResumeEdge, they are interested in knowing what sort of schedule you can commit to. Rates are hourly but the job application says that fixed rate payments are possible later on.
Go here to apply at RiseSmart as a resume writer.
Talent, Inc., formerly known as RezBiz, has regular openings for work at home resume writers. They pay about $20 per resume completed, plus you can earn more for providing extra services to their clients. Talent, Inc. pays monthly at the end of each month for the projects you've successfully completed.
Where to Find More …
I recommend signing up for an account with Contena if you are looking for more resume writing jobs as they are posted. This is a job board created to list only high-quality freelance writing positions, and I have seen some postings for resume writers in the past. However, unless you sign up for the Pro account (paid), you won't be able to view the listings. You can browse the site and decide for yourself if you think a paid membership might be worthwhile. If you decide to try a paid membership, you can use coupon code “ways2earn” at checkout and get 10% off.
Starting Your Own Business as a Resume Writer
In the short-term, starting your own business as a resume writer may not be the more lucrative option. When you're starting any type of business, it takes time to build up a client base and begin seeing a steady income. But in the long-term, there is potential to make way more money with your own business than if you continued to work as a resume writer under another company.
That said, there is certainly nothing wrong with working for a company like ResumeEdge or RiseSmart even if you ultimately want to run your own business. Writing resumes for another company may help you hone your writing skills while also providing a (hopefully) stable source of income during the early days of your business venture.
What You Need For Your Business
Most likely you'll be conducting most of your business virtually, so this means your start-up costs won't be that extensive. You probably already have the equipment you'll need — a computer with word processing software along with an internet connection. If you've done some nice resumes for other people in the past, see if they'll let you use them in your portfolio and while you're at it, ask them for a testimonial.
You will also need to spend time setting up an online presence for your business. Create a website, a Facebook business page, and really try to flesh out your LinkedIn profile if you have one. Don't have one? Definitely get one! LinkedIn is designed for professionals and there are lots of groups you can join for networking, which may ultimately help you build your client base.
It's also smart to think about landing local clients. Chances are great that there are people in your area who need your services. Get some business cards made up and leave them all over town where it's allowed. Try putting an ad in your local paper.
Landing clients will take time, but eventually your hard work will pay off and business will begin to trickle in. Starting your own resume writing business — or any other type of home business for that matter — is a great idea if you have the skills and ultimately want to be your own boss.