Frequently Asked Questions

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GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT RESUME WRITING

There are some obvious clues that your resume is not as effective as it could be. You may not be getting offers for interviews at all, or you may not be receiving appropriate responses to your resume (e.g. getting calls for positions you are clearly overqualified for).

There is no rule that a resume has to be one page. Your resume has to represent what you have to offer to your next employer clearly and concisely.

Yes. Please read, Why You Need A Cover Letter.

That depends. If you are applying for the same type of position, you can use the same resume with a few minor customizations each time. If you are targeting more than one career field or industry, you will need more than one resume.

PDF stands for portable document format. PDF files work independent of your computer’s hardware or operating system. You can download at no cost if you do not already have it installed.

If you want to edit your PDF file, you can purchase and download . Alternatively, you can edit the Word file and then use to “print” your Word file and convert it to a PDF format that way.

If you do not want to download or purchase any software, you can convert your files to PDF online on .

Plain text resumes are useful for uploading to employer databases. Basically, when you get your resume converted to plain text, the formatting is removed. This allows any computer to read the information correctly, regardless of the program you used to create it.

While these services claim to save you time, there is no real guarantee that they are distributing your resume to the appropriate hiring managers. Some people have had success with these companies, and others have not. I suggest you target your resume to the job you are applying for and edit your resume when appropriate for best results. In my opinion, this is much more effective than blasting your resume to thousands of recruiters. If you really want to try out a resume distribution service, the only one I can recommend at this time is .

QUESTIONS ABOUT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITING SERVICE

Professional resume writers are specialists who are trained on how to best market your background to increase your chances of being contacted for an interview. Partnering with a resume writer is no different from hiring an attorney to help you file court papers or hiring an accountant to help you file your taxes.

While there are many free resources available on the web, many of them are outdated and only cover the most basic rules of resume writing. The problem is that there is not a standard set of rules that apply to all jobseekers and all situations. Writing a resume is a process that has changed over the years, and a professional resume writer stays up to date on the trends and what makes a resume stand out.

In most cases, yes. Can a tile setter do a quicker and more efficient job laying tile in your bathroom? Can an HVAC specialist fix your central air conditioning unit better than you could if you climbed up on your roof and fumbled around all day? Of course, there are people who are the ultimate do-it-yourself experts — so there are exceptions. However, many people realize that they simply cannot be objective enough about their own careers to write an effective resume.

Just ask me. I’ll hook you up with the nearest capable writer that I can find.

Ask lots of questions. Ask for references and examples of the writer’s work. Check with the and for negative reports. Talk with your writer on the phone and through e-mail to get a feel for their style, their background, and how well you might work together. You could also look for customer testimonials posted on or sites like .

That is a personal choice. However, there are pros and cons associated with each type of service. For instance, a large company has hundreds of writers with specialties in countless industries. However, one of the drawbacks is that those writers are outsourced. In my opinion, contract writers simply do not have the same dedication that a solo, entrepreneurial resume consultant has because it’s not their own reputation on the line. A solo resume writer is more like a partner and can offer very individualized, friendly, one-on-one service. However, solo writers are typically not able to offer rush service or 24/7 customer service.

Senior managers and other clients planning to move into an executive level position typically pay between $850 and $1,250. Experienced senior executives and clients with scientific, engineering, or technical backgrounds typically pay between $1,100 and $1,850. Every client is different, which is why I offer a . I don’t spam or add you to any kind of list and you won’t be automatically subscribed to any newsletters.

Each service has its own pricing structure, but if you look around for a while, you will find that good writers typically charge between $500 & $1,500 for a resume depending on the package deal (if any) and years of experience.

I imagine that the people who are only charging $50 are charging you for document preparation. Nothing more.

On the other hand, a professional that is charging $500+ is likely charging for a lot more because there is a lot more work and love that goes into each project. Experienced resume writers understand that we are working on something that can affect your entire career, so we take a lot of time and dedicate ourselves to your project to provide a superior level of service. Let’s be honest here — you can’t get that kind of commitment for $50.

While I can’t speak for my colleagues, I can say that I base my pricing on my level of experience, how in demand my work is, and the quality of work that I produce. I have personally completed my own market research by reviewing resumes written by other resume writing firms and I know that what I have to offer is unique and high-quality. I also offer years of behind the scenes work you don’t immediately think of, such as consulting with hiring managers and recruiters, working with various professional organizations, and teaching adult education courses. All of these activities contribute to my overall experience level.

In other words, I am not one of those people who just decided one day that I would put up a website and try to sell something online. I’ve poured my heart into this business and my rates reflect that — but I also know that no one wants to pay an exorbitant fee for services, so I decided to set my rates competitively.

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I am not a tax law expert, but in many cases, the fees are tax deductible. Please visit the IRS website to download .

QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICIES AND METHODS

There are basically four easy steps. Please read: How It Works.

My services are in demand and if there is a waiting list, you will have the option of securing your place in line by submitting your order. Typically, resumes can be turned around within 7 to 10 business days after all of the initial intake is completed. You will be offered a specific date when you order services.

Yes. I have worked with clients all over the world and across many time zones. I have written 600+ resumes without meeting a single person.

Your files will be sent to you via e-mail in MS Word (.doc & .docx), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, and plain-text (.txt) formats.

I can send copies to your local FedEx Kinko’s for the fastest service. I can also have them mailed to you.

Certainly. Just e-mail me and ask.

Maybe. Please send it to me for a review.

I operate on quality and not quantity. Resume writing is a highly collaborative process and I work with most customers over the course of several weeks. I do not use automated programs, outsourced writers, templates, or shortcuts. In addition, I know my limitations and working under pressure is not a positive or productive experience for me.

Yes.

No. Recruiters and hiring managers hate them, and quite honestly, they are ineffective.

Maybe. Contact me to find out. If you have a junk resume, the best cover letter won’t help you. It would be like wearing an old, worn out shoe and a new shoe to your interview. If your resume is good, I’ll do it.

I am building my skills in these areas, so I am not offering these services right now. If you would like to hire an experienced interview coach, please contact . If you would like to hire an experienced career counselor, please contact .

Sometimes. Please contact me for up-to-date information.

No one can realistically make that guarantee. There are many factors involved in the job search process including how aggressive you are in your search, how well you present yourself in an interview, your local unemployment rate, etc.

Besides, resumes get interviews — not jobs. For more information, please read my guarantee policy.

Yes, as long as you are ordering a resume and not a CV. I do not consider myself a CV expert.

If you have Microsoft Office, Open Office, Notepad, WordPad, or Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can edit these files. If you make edits and accidentally mess up the page layout, just send it back and I will fix it.

Yes, but the rate is significantly reduced. Please contact me for a quote.

Yes. I don’t like “rules” — I do what works. For each client, what works is different which is why I do not use templates.

If you want your resume to be creative, I will do that. If you want a conservative resume, I will do that. If you want a cookie-cutter resume, please consider using a Microsoft Word template.

Call me! 503-395-8877.

If you get voice mail, it just means I am busy at the moment or out of the office. If I miss your call, I can usually call back within a few minutes.

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