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Resume Spider is more of a resume distribution service than anything else, but it does offer tools and services to help upgrade your resume. Their MyCoach area provides a space to have your resume receive critiques. You can then upgrade to have work done on your resume, for an additional fee. Its key services are in distributing your resume monthly to potential employers.
There are various packages to choose from. The live demo is free and allows you to preview the features which are available. When you sign up, you can choose specific cities or areas which you’re willing to work in, so that your resume distribution can be more focused. You also select your experience, targeted industries and more, again helping to narrow down which employers will receive your resume.
The packages all include a one-off fee, with a subsequent $19.95 charge per month to keep the service running. The Basic package includes resume distribution, a list of companies who have membership with the site, distribution reports and resume advice options.
Plus membership includes the Basic features plus more detailed contact information, the ability to control your privacy settings (which is useful if you want to remove companies from your distribution list, such as your current or past employers) and a messaging service which allows you to talk with membership companies. The Proactive membership includes all of those features, plus a list of contacts for employers near you who aren’t members of the site.
Whilst it’s hard for us to comment on the resume critiques and editing services, primarily because they do not offer samples on ResumeSpider.com, the distribution networks and features seem like a good idea if you’re struggling to grab the attention of employers.
However, this site doesn’t do a great deal to help you tackle the problem of a poorly written resume, and there’s no saying how much the writing services might cost above and beyond your distribution membership fees.
We feel, therefore, that Resume Spider is probably only going to be useful if your resume is already in good working order. If it’s not, then distributing it to employers won’t really encourage them to get in touch. If you wish to find out more about their resume critiquing services, however, and potentially wish to distribute your resume after the edits, it’s worth contacting them to discuss those possibilities.
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