The Resume Strategists process
Your resume is a vital personal marketing and communications piece and during all phases of the resume creation process, close attention will be paid to strategy, structure and content to maximize effectiveness. In addition to discussing your professional experience, you will also discuss your aspirations, goals and the type of position/s and organization/s in which you are interested. You will also have ongoing dialogue about strategy and learn how to talk about the content of your resume so you know how to best present yourself while networking and interviewing.
A strong resume is a key tool, but it’s not the only thing you need to obtain the job you seek. It is vital that your cover letter and LinkedIn profile communicate the same messaging as your resume and the items together provide a consistent, cohesive package for how you present yourself to prospective employers.
Working with Resume Strategists is broken down into three phases:
In person or over the telephone (for clients outside of the NY area), discussion is focused around “the history of the professional you.” This includes all aspects of the positions you’ve held since the beginning of your career. This conversation is vital because the way you speak about your experiences is very different from the way you write about them. With thoughtful and insightful questions, Resume Strategists is able to see things in you that you can’t see in yourself.
Discussion also covers career strategy and what it takes to enable you to take that next step in your career – whether you already know what the role is or if you need guidance to identify and determine what it will be. Resume Strategists will also make sure that your desired next step is in alignment with your overall career goals, strengths, interests and skillset.
Copious notes are taken during the conversation and then the information is synthesized and a first draft is created. Content is organized and prioritized and close attention is paid to language, consistency, hierarchy of information, figures, layout and other details. Feedback is requested from you and information is clarified, confirmed and discussed, and language is fine-tuned to maximize effectiveness. You will be provided with as many rounds of editing that are necessary to ensure that both you and Resume Strategists are completely satisfied with the final product. The final resume you receive will be provided in Microsoft Word, so you can make small changes to your resume in the future (e.g. new contact information or a new skill).
Upon completion of your resume, Resume Strategists creates a basic LinkedIn profile (provided to you in Microsoft Word) that will have the same messaging as your resume to provide consistency, which is vital as you present yourself to prospective employers and to those with whom you network.
Your cover letter is then created by Resume Strategists and several options of paragraphs are provided so you can customize the letter to specific job descriptions. The cover letter is provided in Microsoft Word, so you can make changes in the future. Clients often use the cover letter as a basis for various forms of initial communication with prospective employers.
Resume Strategists will meet with you a second time to provide guidance on how to talk about the content on your new resume and ensure that you present yourself in the most effective way possible so you are positioned as the ideal candidate for the job you seek. Interviewing and networking strategies and techniques are also provided, as well as job search guidance so you will have a solid plan in place to utilize your new career communications tools and have increased confidence in yourself and what you have to offer to a potential employer.