You have seen those online sites that promise a “free” review of your resume. If you take advantage of that offer, they then suggest that you let them rewrite your resume. But you never meet the actual writer; all you get at the end is a file with your information rearranged.
Professional resume writers have credentials, examples of their work, references, an actual process (number of conversations, number of drafts, timeliness of reviews), and a history of working with people in your field or industry.
Professional resume writers let you know at the beginning about costs, including the procedure for refunds. At the end of the process, they give you a file that you can update, rather than returning to them again and again for even the slightest modification (such as a change in email address).
Professional resume writers have the respect of peers, as indicated by invitations to speak, teach, lead committees, and participate in forums.
But above all a professional resume writer has a name and a face: Someone who works with you one-on-one; a real person who asks questions and involves you in the process. I am proud to be a professional resume writer, and I look forward to working with you.