STEP #1 - The All-Important Initial Phone Call: Each project begins with a personal information-gathering phone call where I get the chance to hear your voice, and you get to hear mine while I probe for what has, and hasn't been working for you in your search for your perfect position. Listening to uncover your important stories and hidden experiences that could prove beneficial, and learn your immediate and long-term career goals.
STEP #2 - To Gather Your Data I Send You 3 Worksheets - One at a Time.
Worksheet #1 Source Material This worksheet confirms your most recent contact details, gathers information about your guiding values, how you make things happen, your core strengths, and what differentiates you from others - your added value. It also helps establish why you were recruited or promoted into each of your previous positions. It also prompts you to check the existing information regarding Education - Certifications Professional Development - Professional Licenses - Military Service - Languages - Professional Organizations - Volunteerism - Technical Skills - Speaking Engagements - Presentations - Memberships and Affiliations.
Worksheet #2 Challenge-Action-Results for your accomplishment stories. This worksheet comes with sample data received from former clients (without their names or organizations}, and provides you with an idea of the amount and nature of information required. The feedback I have received from numerous clients tells me they found this process the perfect groundwork for the interviews that followed.
Worksheet #3 Skills/Competencies Checklist: This worksheet is a list of the Skills and Competencies common to your target audience and gives you the chance to delete any you are not familiar with or add others you would like to include, then select your Top 40 from the finished list.
STEP #3 - Conducting In-Depth Research: Then I zero in on the specific industries and job titles to be incorporated, and conduct research from a variety of sources on keywords, industry language/trends, and specific processes and technology to include in the resume. Sources are either online or from my internal databases of similar candidates.
STEP #4 - Assessing Project Scope & Analysis: After completing the information, document-gathering, and research phases I review the source material, analyze which parts of your experience and qualifications should be stressed, and get a feel for the optimum content level.
STEP #5 - First Draft Preparation: Then I generate the first draft of the Master Résumé Document with a career profile, value statement, and addressing your career aspirations. At this stage, I make basic decisions on the tone, language, and voice most effective for those targeted audiences and decision-makers who will be reviewing the resume.
STEP #6 - Polished Final Resume Preparation: The first draft is then polished to fit in the appropriate length for the experience level and desired position-level. Final formatting and visual elements are reviewed and completed, proofreading, grammar/spell-checking, and ATS-compatibility processes are conducted.
STEP #7 - Client & Colleague Feedback for Tweaking: Then before we edit, I have you go over the information in the draft and let me know what corrections, clarifications, or edits you would like me to make. I make the adjustments for you send it back to determine if there are any other edits required. The resume will ideally appeal to a wide range of readers and should be designed for both fast-glance reviews as well as containing enough in-depth content for those decision-makers seeking specifics.
STEP #8 -
I send the Updated Resume, Cover Letter, and a Plain Text Version for me to use for LinkedIn:
The Cover Letter is a little generic at this stage and will need to be customized for each position. When you have a job description or a company you would like to send it to, you let me know and help you customize the first one. Then, before I do your LinkedIn profile, I get you to just go over the text version of your résumé and delete anything you do not want to appear online. LinkedIn has some restrictions on the number of characters in each section, so I might have to edit a little more here and there. When you finish I update your LinkedIn profile.
STEP #9 - Regular & Ongoing Updating: As much as 20% of my daily work product consists of projects to update past client’s resumes. With the average length of individual jobs, including competitive promotions, now averaging only 2-4 years per position, the need to keep your resume updated for opportunities has never been greater.
Your Professional Résumé Package investment will include:
3/5-page Master Résumé Document formatted in MS Word
Formatted Cover Letter in MS Word
LinkedIn Profile Optimization *
*A well written LinkedIn profile shows you are on the ball and well networked. Without an optimized LinkedIn profile, recruiters might assume you’re not tech-savvy.
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Following that, I produce the draft résumé within 7 business days of receiving your final completed worksheet. We then go over the draft together, edit, and revise if necessary.
Completion of the project is contingent upon my receiving your responses to the worksheets.
THE NEXT STEP: If you would like more information please email me at expertresumeman.com.