If you’re an RP/scanner/multi-passionate person, you probably loath resumes. You feel like you need 10 different versions and it still wouldn’t add up. Or you just don’t know how to present yourself at all. I hear you.
Which areas to focus on? Ugh..focus…! Right?
Ok…ladies and gents of the valuable Renaissance community…
It’s all solvable. With so many different types of Renaissance Personalities and your countless personal stories, backgrounds, whishes, and needs, it takes personalization.
Often, “scanners” need some extra time upfront to figure out where to go from here – and how. But once that’s kind of clear, the resume follows naturally.
Sometimes we do a 2nd resume version that lists ALL of your experience. This resume is not for use in the outside world. It’s typically impractically long. The reason we create this is for you to have a “master list” of everything you’ve accomplished and undertaken – whether finished or not; I know lots of your projects and academic endeavors went unfinished. Here at CareerBranches, that’s totally fine!
Renaissance Resume projects are not necessarily more expensive than a “regular” resume project. In fact, sometimes a simple resume that can be tweaked multiple ways is what’s needed. These projects range from $495 to $1,995+.
I used to hardly ever accept resume-editing projects. This is because resumes need a solid foundation, just like a house. You can make it look nice, but if the basis is rotten, eventually it will all come tumbling down.
The only exception is when the existing resume is in good enough shape where I can look you in the eye and feel confident you’ll walk away with a decent enough resume. Typically, the situations in which this occurs is when someone is in a bind and needs an updated/edited resume pronto.
Again, though, with the understanding that it does not yield the same results the “from-scratch” service does. This is because it’s not just about rewording what’s currently there, but most importantly; it’s about the information I uncover during our session(s) and my proprietary data-gathering process.
However, your edited resume will be better than what you have now.
If you do want to opt for an edit, here’s what to keep in mind…
A Resume Edit project includes:
- Incorporating/updating your most recent position(s) – or achievements within your current position – that are not yet on your resume.
- Use of an abbreviated questionnaire (a few pages) to collect more information from you. I may also ask for additional data such as the job description and performance reviews.
- Making strategic decisions about the rest of your resume to make space for this new data, i.e. what has to go and/or how to reword sentences to summarize what previously took up more space.
- Focusing your resume toward the position you’re aiming for. This usually means rewriting the profile (first part of the resume) and the keyword section. The latter may also be replaced by a more dynamic section if appropriate.
- A different resume lay-out/design (I never use templates).
It does NOT include:
- Personal branding (This takes longer to develop and is part of the from-scratch service.)
Having offered you the disclaimer as to why resume editing may not meet your needs, here is my new line of resume evaluation services:
My first offering is a detailed checklist that does double duty as an action list.
Six pages long, the checklist goes over each aspect of your resume and cover letter and rates it “poor,” “fair,” or “excellent ”as to your overall targeted strategy, your summary, your keywords, your responsibilities and achievements, your education and training, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and editing, format and design, and your personal branding.
In the end, you tally your “score” and see how you did. The checklist comes with some basic comments in the end from me as well. It is very in-depth and analytical, but does not contain specific examples of how to change things. This service is for someone who really wants to understand how all the pieces of an effective resume fit together, and who can use the ratings as action points to improve their resume.
With just a tad of creativity, you can minimize the areas where your resume is weak and emphasize those where you are stronger. For example, if you scored “poor” or “fair” on “Placement of job years to best advantage,” you can position your years at a company before the job title if there are no employment gaps, or tuck them at end of employment line if gaps are evident.
What is unique about this checklist is that is gives you objective feedback. These 6 pages are packed full of strong resume and cover letter techniques that every professional resume writer – and hiring manager – will agree on. It’s not just me talking, nor does it reflect my personal preference – something that people often forget when they receive feedback from the next well-meaning colleague, friend, or family member who “also used to hire lots of people.”
The checklist is periodically updated to reflect the latest trends in resume writing.
My next service level offers a written, multi-page evaluation of your resume (and basic feedback on your cover letter) with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of how you can alter your resume.
Instead of an analytical checklist, you receive a document in which I describe in detail what you need to do to improve your resume and how you can do so. This evaluation is more personalized to you, and shows you how to deemphasize your weaknesses and proclaim your strengths. With 2 rounds of going back and forth, it’s almost like rewriting your resume together with me!
I offer a 50-minute Strategy Session by phone in which we discuss your resume (and cover letter, if you want) in detail. I will share tips and respond directly to questions or worries you may have about aspects of your background, and how to handle these on your resume. This call can also serve as a confidence booster. You have strengths I can help you showcase! Often, hearing a reassuring voice can help erase your self-doubt so you present your background more effectively. And…you will be prevented from unknowingly making huge resume mistakes that can cost you job opportunities.
Used in networking or as an interview leave-behind. Can also be used in situations where a resume would be too much or too formal.
More in-depth than a resume, this is a one pager and shows how you solve problems and focuses on your most relevant achievements/skills/success stories.
When a pithy, hard-hitting introduction is called for and a regular resume would be too long or too common. Suitable for senior-level managers and executives.
Let’s be honest. May people who love Cadillacs drive Kias. That gets them where they want to go quick nicely. If you need resume help, you may be looking for good quality resume help that is more affordable for you. To meet this need… I am proud to introduce some new services that can help you find your way in the job market by evaluating and suggesting changes for your current resume. Check out these new services below, starting with my FREE Self-Eval Resume Checklist that will get you thinking. (Just click the link.) If you buy any of these services and then upgrade to a full package, I will adjust the price on the Designer Resume services.
Going on an interview tomorrow and wondering how to deal with your recent gap in work experience? Just need a quick question or 2 answered related to anything about your job search or career management?
My “Emergency Email” service, a sort of “Tech Support” for job seekers, can help you! The cost is only $25 and here is how it works: You submit your payment through PayPal, then you fill in the form on my website and ask your question, and it will be forwarded to me. I will respond within 24 hours – even within the weekends. This is the ONLY work I do on weekends, so it’s also the only way to get a hold of me on a Saturday or Sunday right before that big interview on Monday!
The cost is only $25 and here is how it works: You submit your payment through PayPal, then you fill in the form on my website and ask your question, and it will be forwarded to me. I will respond within 24 hours – even within the weekends. This is the ONLY work I do on weekends, so it’s also the only way to get a hold of me on a Saturday or Sunday right before that big interview on Monday!
Most likely I will have a few questions for you based on your question, which I will email you. When I have a clear picture of your situation and its context, I will give you my advice. You then get the chance to send me 2 follow-up emails to wrap up your question, which I will answer as well. These follow-up emails need to be about the same initial question. A new question or situation – or a new twist to the original question – requires a new Emergency Email.
Why pay for resume evaluation?
Let me pretend I can read your mind for a minute…I can almost hear you thinking…“Why should I pay for a resume evaluation when I can get them all over the web for free?”
Those free evaluations are only meant to tell you your current resume stinks and sell you on someone’s services. Typically, they use a template that they tweak a tiny bit to make it sound as if it’s all about you and your resume.
My resume evaluation service is different in that it gives you an objective perspective and – with the latter 2 options – LOTS of personalized feedback and examples you will never get from those free evaluations.
You can see for yourself – for FREE with my Self-Eval Resume Checklist (get it here) how your resume measures up and then determine if you want to “upgrade” to one of my paid services.The other difference is…I won’t be calling you at dinner time with attempts to sell you my personal resume services after you’ve received your free checklist.