The Resume Writing Process

Resume Writing Services: How They Work

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Believe it or not, I do most of my work without ever meeting my clients. I’ve even written resumes for clients in Australia. I do meet with clients from the Portland Metro area.

Here’s how I do it:

  • If you already have a resume from the past, great. It helps me get to know you. At the same time, even if you do already have an old resume, I will need more information before I can write the kind of resume you deserve. Keep reading.
  • I expect to spend a little time with you on the phone or communicating via email. This helps me get to know you. I find a phone conversation (or personal meeting) is vital for resume development for most of my clients. I’ve only had a few clients where working entirely via email was satisfactory for both of us.
  • I ask you to do a little prep work for me. Find some job descriptions for your field. If you have a specific job you are applying for, please give that to me. It will help me target the resume so that a brief glance says, “This looks interesting.”
  • When you are seeking to change careers, job descriptions are all the more important. They help me identify the transferable skills you have.

After we have collected all the information, you can expect one or two rough drafts. I’ll note information that I’d like to have that was missed in either our email correspondence or over the phone.

So Let’s Get Started

Gather Your Resume Information.

Here is an overview of the information I need from you in order to do the best job possible for you.

Basic Information:

  • A listing of your past work history and/or volunteer work. Include business name and location, job title, and dates of employment. It can be helpful to also include a brief description of the company. Your old resume works. Just add your most recent job to it.
  • A complete list of your education. Include high school or GED if you haven’t finished college. Include training and certifications, along with who gave the training or issued the certifications.

Information About Your Job Target

  • Job listings are very helpful! They give me insight into the employer’s needs. Print outs, scans or URLs to the job posting all work. I need to get to know the employer you want to work for.
  • A breakdown of skills you have that fit the job description. I do not write old-fashioned chronological resumes. I usually write combination resumes because functional resumes only work well in government jobs.
  • What job title(s) best fit your field? This is important for passing a computer screening or applicant tracking system (ATS).

Proof of What You Have to Offer

  • What proven abilities do you have? We want to avoid focusing on what you want from your employer. Instead, we want to focus on the skills you already have that can benefit the employer. These can be transferable skills as well as direct skills related to the job. Gather performance reviews if you have them.
  • What are your core competencies? These would be skills that are directly related to your career. Use industry specific terms. This can include skills learned from workshops, classroom instruction, or work.
  • What are your soft skills? These are skills such as getting along well with others, working independently, self-starter, etc. These are the qualities I must prove through examples. Listing these skills has little value in the marketplace, yet I need to know what you perceive as your most valuable soft skills so I can ensure I help you gather examples that demonstrate these skills.
  • What accomplishments at your previous jobs made a difference for your employer? For example on one resume I revised, my client described her job duties as cleaning and clothing design. “Cleaning” didn’t show what she accomplished. I changed the message to “Maintaining attractive appearance of showroom displays”. This shows action. “Clothing Design” also created a vague picture. “Designing clothing line that generated $000 in profits” pins a value on what she did. The idea is to show you in action, creating value, doing something that is positive for the company.
  • What problems have you faced on the job or in life? How did you overcome these challenges to be successful at what you were doing?

These are just some of the questions I ask. I’ve shared these to give you insights into the type of information I look for so the resume I write breaks through barriers and gets you into interviews. Check out my resume questionnaire.

The following information will help you decide how many pages your resume should be.

  • Take a look at your current resume. If you are just over two pages and haven’t used small type, I may be able to keep the resume to one page, yet a two page resume may actually be more effective.
  • Consider how long you have worked for your current employer. If you have been with the same employer for 10 years or longer, you will probably only need one page to create a picture of what you have to offer. (There’s one exception. If you changed positions several times, you may need two pages to present your advancing skills effectively.)
  • Evaluate your career’s complexity. Certain careers lean toward two page resumes—sales and management careers being the most common. It’s almost impossible to create a picture of success in one page (even when the first page carries most of the weight). Things like education, awards and certifications are only rarely worth first page exposure. For this reason, I usually recommend these careers use two pages.

I’d prefer you pay for a single page, then to have to refund you for overpayment.

Decide whether you want to write your own cover letter or hire me to do it for you.

Many people have the skills to write their own cover letter. You may find the page on cover letters useful.

Pay For Your Resume and Cover Letter Services

Resume and cover letter fees are payable up front. I’ve had too many problems with people asking me to do the resume then changing their minds, giving me bad checks, etc.

There are several ways to pay for your resume and/or cover letter.

  • Cash or Money Order: Work on your resume begins within 3 to 7 days depending on my work load.
  • PayPal: Work on your resume begins within 3 to 7 days. Money remains in the account until you accept the work.
  • Check: Work on your resume begins within 3 to 7 days of your check clearing the bank (usually 3 days from the day it is received)

I email the first draft for most resumes within three to seven days, once payment has cleared. Occasionally, it takes longer, if I have to wait for a response from you regarding some detail. The details are what make the difference between an invitation to interview and the delete button/round file!

That first draft usually hits the target quite closely. Most of my clients in the past several years are excited about the transformation they already see, even when additional clarification is needed to get the message just right. The few that aren’t, already came to me with a pretty decent resume to begin with.

My goal is a resume that stands out for all the right reasons. Great layout. Targeted message. You can expect me to do a top-quality job at a price you can’t find through most top-of-the-line resume writing services.

I specialize in affordable, yet extraordinary resumes—resumes that have given my clients results.

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