Resume Writing & Cover Letters
Unlike resume builders that ask you to fill out a survey, I take the time to interview you to learn about your unique strengths and career goals. I also work with you to understand what your next employer will expect of you. Through this process, we produce a resume that highlight qualifications and achievements. Many clients have said that these meetings gave them confidence during job interviews.
In addition to the resume service, I also help clients by writing cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, biographies, reference lists, and salary histories.
A good resume will help you get an interview. You will never receive a job offer if you don’t have good interviewing skills. Most people I’ve met approach interviewing the wrong way. They think of job interviews as a test, something they can “ace.” Too often this leads to an attempt to script answers, which leads to stiff, stuttering performances during interviews.
I work with you to take a different approach. We focus on how to present yourself to prospective employers in a way that focuses on your strengths. You need to present yourself in a way that tells an employer that you can do the job and do it better than other candidate. At the same time, you need to evaluate the company and determine if it is the right place for you.
During interview preparation, we cover the following:
- How to prepare for an interview
- How to promote your strengths
- How to answer difficult questions
- What to do if you're totally stumped
- How to ask question that let you evaluate interviewers and win their trust
- How to handle the salary question
When it comes to job interviews, I agree with the great basketball coach John Wooden:
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
Some coaches work according to systems and ask every client to do the same thing. My theory of coaching is based on a belief that no two people are alike. Moreover, the opportunity or challenge you are facing that this point in your career is unique and needs to be addressed with a custom solution. I begin every coaching relationship with a free consultation. In that meeting, we work together to determine what you need and how I can help.
My coaching philosophy follows the company’s name: Aim, Act, Achieve. At the end of each, session we recap what we have done, set a goal for action, and a date to meet again to evaluate what has been achieved. Once the primary goals have been achieved, we can stop meeting. If you feel you are not being helped by this process, you can stop at any time. I do not require clients to prepay for a minimum number of coaching sessions.
What areas are covered in career coaching? In many cases, we develop a plan for career change or promotion. In others, I help clients design a strategy for negotiating salary and benefits. I have also addressed a range of personnel issues, including discipline and termination. Other clients have hired me to be a personal trainer for their job search. In such cases, we meet every week or every other week, evaluate how the job search is going, and set specific goals. In every case, I structure my coaching to meet a client’s individual situation and goals. Cookie cutter solutions are only good if you’re baking cookies.