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Responsive Resumes
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Karley S.
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This is the first time that I have had anyone write my resume for me. Needless to say I will never write one again. Nura, was very professional and fast with all of her responses. It was very delightful working with her! Thank you so much Nura!

Maverick Consulting
4.5
from 78 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey L.
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I have had a few writing projects that I have been putting off for too long. When I first Spoke with Lisa Beth, I explained each one. She helped me organize and prioritize my assignments. She stayed on top of the process, constantly moving each forward, until they were completed. Lisa Beth works long hours making herself available for her clients. She is great at communication, and took time to get to know me and understand my needs. She made the writing process, that seemed daunting to me, easy to achieve.

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Dr Ellie Edits/Simply Ellie
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joel S.
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When I have gotten into a jam with the technical aspects of writing a school essay, Ellie's expert help has been a life saver. She is really good as an editor.

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  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Litas L.
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Carl helped me a lot with writing and speaking, I see the progress of my writing apparently!

Skidmore Business Solutions
4.7
from 53 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Danika K.
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Robert was on it from the time I requested help from Thumbtack. He is quick fast and efficient. I will hire Robert to assist me anytime I have editing or professional paper writing needs! Thanks again Robert.

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FISV LLC.
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hyojong K.
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Lois is a very professional and considerate tutor. She is helping my writing skill and accent. In addition, she has a producer background and share her knowledge and expertise. She teaches me the entertainment business cultures and how to be a strong female producer in US. She is not just an English teacher. She loves to motivate and inspire her students. I highly recommend her.

Thinque Prep
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry E.
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I cannot say enough about Thinque Prep and Joyee Lin. He is dedicated to his students success and does a very thorough job of preparing them for the ACT or SAT test. My son, Zack, who is very bright but requires a lot of patience worked with Joyee over the summer and brought his composite ACT score up from 30 to 33. His math score increased a full 4 pts. and he scored a 35 in English. Thinque Prep has other services related to tutoring and college application preparation. Zack will be working with Joyee on his college application essays. Joyee is in California and we are in Texas but this was never an issue as the sessions are done via video chat. The office manager Jen was great to work with and the appointment process was easy to navigate. I found the rates to be very competitive for like services. If there was a way to give extra stars I would!!

Elegant Editing
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew F.
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I have been pondering in my ❤ for over twenty years to take a chance with my writing of songs and pomes. When I finally decide to take a chance on my maniusripts, I found the right person for me. I finally decide to take a chance and spend some money. Not so much for speeding the money, it was my pride. If you want something done, then do it. Thankyou Melanie, we need you. Jesus Christ will never let us down.

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Jeffrey Michael Test Prep
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ellie L.
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We've been on vacation and just had a chance to look at Matthew's SAT results. His score went up 270 points after working with Jeff. 120 points higher in math, 90 points higher on verbal/writing, 60 points higher on critical reading. Yes!! Can't thank you enough!

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Immortal Writing
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mekeisha B.
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Words cannot express how grateful I am for Immortal Writing. It was truly a privilege and a pleasure working with Guitta. She's professional, responsive, timely, and collaborative. As a doctoral student, I greatly appreciated her attention to details, investment throughout the process, and willingness to communicate by phone, text or email. I STRONGLY recommend her services, if you are looking for someone who is thoughtful, warm, and easy to work with. Thank you Guitta for all your support. I look forward to working with you again.

The Press Gang
4.6
from 27 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Tamra W.
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Skip read three of my screenplays - His comments were accurate, concise and right on the money as to what I needed to do to improve my work. He understands writing and the creative mind extremely well. I would work with him again anytime!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Lawrence G.
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Mauri was by far the easiest to talk to, friendly and above all, intelligent, organized and creative minds I have ever encountered. Always terrified writing my own resumes, with several bad and uncomfortable experiences with third party companies who never seemed to listen or convey the information I gave them, it was a true breath of fresh air to find Mauri. Not only did she actively listen to me go on and on with the patience of saint, but was kind enough to help me find the self esteem and for the first time in my life, have a resume I not only feel comfortable representing me, but proud to present to perspective employers. Too bad there aren't 100 more like her.

The Write Girl
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Cynthia is my writing consultant and she is amazing. From the first session with her my writing jumped on track and began to flow. She not only inspired me creatively, she helped me focus on the mechanics of breaking down my story. Work with her - she will help you get the story you want to tell, out.

  • 26 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Stuart W.
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Brad prepared a quality resume & cover letter for me. We met at his office and spent close to an hour learning about my sales background and what I wanted to achieve in a job. I even referred a friend who hired him based on my suggestion. Upon my initial resume I never asked for a re-write till now. I wasn't receiving any responses on the positions I applied for. Brad went out of his way to work with me on some re-write adjustments and now I feel 100% more confident. I strongly recommend his services.

  • 22 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jaime D.
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Cindy and everyone at Rainbow tutoring are some of the kindest individuals I have met. The wisdom Cindy bestowed on me while helping me through my college application process will be with my forever and I am so grateful. Cindy helped me figure out what I wanted in my college experience and gave me the tools to get myself there. She introduced schools that I wouldn't have seen myself at and helped me get myself to Santa Clara University. She is beyond inspirational and such an empowering woman that is a role model to any and all of her clients. Cindy and her team are smart, dedicated, and reliable- they are always able to help and are great mentors to have before going off out of high school and into a college or real life environment. Cindy especially is very clear and really walks you through the steps to understanding in both Math, Writing, and the SAT Prep. I am so thankful to have met and able to work with you guys !

Verbal Ninja Inc.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Gaby G.
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My second time hiring Verbal Ninja for writing and editing services. I won't use anyone else. 100% satisfied.

  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Renee C.
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Lisa-Beth revised my resume and cover letter. She did an excellent job focusing my intent while my maintaining my own voice through the writing.

Ghost Strategies
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne H.
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When working with a professional writer a business has to consider the writer's qualifications. Christopher from Ghost Strategies has a science background(Aeronautical Engineering), is an attorney and has written professionally for over 20 years. Because of this background he is very detailed oriented and is used to meeting deadlines. His science background means that he considers the substantive topic as well as good editing and writing practices in performing any project. He was an asset to my law firm and to my clients over a number of years.

Johnston's Editing
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle J.
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Extremely knowledgeable about the writing process. Was able to work through my graduate thesis for both MLA citations and grammatical errors. I am forever grateful. I will be hiring her again.

Donegal Faire Productions
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christy L.
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I needed a bio for a website. Her writing is amazing. She went above and beyond my expectations.

Cris Miller
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kiem T.
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He so patient to teach a student and also he has method for studies fast.

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