No Way Around It: Producing A Resume Is Hard Work

More than one potential client has offered to send me a draft resume and a return envelope. If I agreed to submit a finished product without input from the client, though, I’d clearly be committing malpractice. Certainly I’ll do the heavy lifting, but if you hope to end up with documents that you can defend in an interview, you must participate in the process of composition. Don’t worry — I’ll hold your hand (figuratively) the whole time.

Let’s imagine you need to update your resume. We’ll try to visualize you in your next job; if you’re not sure exactly where you want to go, at least you’ll know what you like or hate doing, and what you love so much you’d do it for free. From there we’ll analyze your skills and achievements to identify what it is about you that gets you where you want to go.

Once we’ve built these concepts into a draft, we begin to edit, always with an eye toward what will speak to the prospective employer. We analyze every word and phrase to determine if an unfamiliar reader will understand the ideas you’re offering. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable with every word.

By the time we’ve finished, you will have been through at least two practice interviews. You’ll be able to speak about your resume with confidence as if you’d written it yourself, since, in essence, you have.

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