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Review Resumes from Home: A Money-Making Guide


If you're a human resource professional or have a background in resume design and writing, then you can review resumes for pay from the comfort of your own home. Recruiting agencies, job seekers and companies who need workers hire resume reviewers who work at home because it's cheaper than hiring full time staff. You can work as a telecommuter, freelancer or create your own home based business reviewing resumes. You should also gain training and experience in resume writing in order to supplement your income.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your primary responsibility is to review resumes for red flags, in order to eliminate job candidates or to boost their chances of landing jobs. Some common red flags are:

  • Resumes that don't meet the qualifications needed to fill the job
  • Spelling and grammatical errors
  • Major gaps in the candidate's employment history
  • Not enough white space to keep the recruiter's interest
  • A disorganized resume
  • Difficult to read

If you're working for a recruiting agency that has been hired to fill a position or directly for a company who is hiring for the position, then you would recommend that the candidate not be considered due to the red flags. The company will pay you for the time needed to review the red flags. If you're a freelancer hired to review and improve a resume, then you would help the job seeker fix the problems you identify in the resume. That's why you also need to learn and understand resume writing and design. Some companies will also ask you to rate resumes, which employers can use in the hiring process.

Education and Training

Many companies who hire professionals to review resumes require the individual to have experience in human resource management or with reviewing resumes in another capacity. Those companies require an associate's or bachelor's degree in human resources or a related degree. If you work for yourself, then you should consider earning a certificate in resume writing in order to compete with others who review resumes. You'll also need to be Internet savvy and comfortable using various software applications and technology in general. The reason is that your primary communications with candidates and companies will be online, and some companies have their own platform for you to use in order to review resumes. You might also have to design resume using Desktop Publishing.

Money Making Potential

Companies pay an hourly rate or a flat fee for each resume that you review. For example, some companies charge $0.25 per resume that you review. Others pay an hourly rate of $25 to $45 per hour, depending on your experience. You can also set up your own fee structure for your business, but you may have more success charging a flat fee whenever possible. Resume reviewers charge anywhere from $40 to $85 per hour or a flat fee in the range of $150.

Like any work from home opportunity, you should stay away from jobs that promise the sky. You can review resumes for a living, but any company that offers to pay you a commission or an earning potential that sounds too good to be true may be offering a scam.

Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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