Resume FAQs

Everyone has questions about hiring someone to write their resume. Got one I didn’t cover? Send it to me, I’ll be happy to answer. Just click on the CONTACT button in the sidebar.

penny with spider headbandWhy do I need to hire someone to write my resume?

The obvious answer is that most people aren’t skilled writers. Your resume shouldn’t be as scary as my Halloween headband! Consistency and proper formatting, grammar, and punctuation create a professional image. Beyond that, there’s constantly evolving technology involved in automated HR systems that process the resumes, as well as the online job boards and application systems. Proper formatting, keywords, and file format may determine whether your resume makes it through the system or never gets seen.

Besides keeping up with the news and professional articles, I attend seminars and webinars to maintain current skills in all areas. These educational offerings are put on by HR departments, colleges, and hiring employers. They know what they want to see and what works.

Why do I have to complete the questionnaire?

The direct answer is that It saves you money. When I get all of your information in one place at one time, it allows me to work quickly and efficiently to produce your resume and/or begin finding job resources that are suitable. Frankly, if I did the background and research for you, I couldn’t afford to keep my prices low. I supply the expertise to build the final product, get it noticed, and maintain current knowledge about the job market and hiring practices.

That said, if you need an assistant to manage the entire search, input postings, send thank you notes, take calls and schedule appointments with employers and recruiters, do daily or weekly job searches (not generic job boards) and customize each application, as well as provide interview coaching. I offer that service and discuss rates on an individual basis.

Why are your prices lower than other professional resume writers?

My prices are low to help both of us. You, as a job seeker, need professional help at an affordable rate. I want repeat customers, referrals, and steady work. My procedures are organized to make the most of my time and efficiently process your information. That’s why I insist on receiving the questionnaire before we talk. Like any other business, time is money.

The fewer times we have to go back and forth to develop your resume; the faster you receive the document and get out in the market. In addition, for professionals with substantial experience who want resumes specifically targeted to each application (as recommended by job coaches and recruiters), or multiple industries, a reasonable price allows excellent service options without being cost prohibitive.

Do you do resumes for consulting companies and recruiters?

Yes, I’ve had years of experience doing resumes for consultants, especially in high tech. If you need to have your consultants represented to your clients consistently and professionally, I’ll be happy to work with you.

Likewise, if you are a recruiter who has potential placements with poorly written resumes, I’ll gladly polish them up and get them ready to present to your client companies. Often, I can do this and save you money at the same time.

Why do you offer a resume sample?

I like to help people. While I firmly believe that I can write a top quality resume for you, some people can’t afford even the most modest rates. They still deserve good quality information. The sample doesn’t address all of the contingencies and special situations. It doesn’t check your grammar or spelling. It doesn’t create proper sentence structure or tailor your experience to your targeted job, and it doesn’t provide key word optimization. It simply offers a good basic format and content guide.

Just click on the link below to see a sample in MS Word (.docx) format., which is fully compatible with earlier versions.

Sample Resume

What type of information do you need about my past/current responsibilities?

You need to include results oriented and quantitative information. Employers don’t want to see a job description. They want to know what you do that can be measured.

Examples: Supervised 25 people. Implemented a 20-bank merger within 6 months and saved $1,000,000. Organized a convention for 200 vendors. Operate a phone system with 25 lines and 100 extensions. Give numbers and facts, regardless of your position. Think about the number of customers served, number of calls taken, number of cars washed per day, and so on.

Details about numbers of people supervised, their location (onshore/offshore/remote), size of budgets you managed, how much money a project saved and within what period, training programs you implemented or presented, numbers of consultants managed, responsibility for performance reviews, sizes of teams, staffing responsibilities, and reporting relationships are critical for professionals and management people. Tips and reminders are on the questionnaire.

Then, we select and organize the facts with the most impact on your goal. Every job has quantifiable components. You give me the information. I’ll help you present it well.

Do you guarantee an interview or a job offer?

I guarantee your satisfaction with my service, and I’m very willing to make minor changes or updates that make sense. I won’t promise something that no one can really promise. You’ll see why below.

Some companies and resume writers offer a guarantee. I won’t sugar-coat the facts. There are over 13 million people out of work and only about 3 million job openings (based on status from U.S. Dept. of Labor in April 2012). As of the beginning of 2015, there are still more people out of work than there are jobs available. Late in 2014, I learned that only 54% of people 18-34 are employed, not for lack of trying either.

Most of the guarantees state that they will rewrite your resume for free if you don’t get an interview. That doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with the resume the first time. They know that the hiring process can be lengthy. The guarantee makes you feel better and entices you to pay more for their services. Most changes (aka rewrites) are minor. Sometimes, the changes are actually detrimental to a good resume.

Often, there are over 200 applications for one opening. That’s why it’s important to target your resume to the specific job, and I’ll help you do that. Honestly, I think you are better served spending the additional money to have me create more than one resume. Most people apply for a range of jobs. It’s more beneficial to have resumes that are targeted. Everyone tells you that. However, the fact is that most people don’t spend the money to have more than one resume. That means that the resume can’t possibly be closely targeted to a range of jobs.