Fields of resume experience include, but not limited to:

  • Medical:   CNAs, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Coders, Patient Advocates, Billing Specialists, X-Ray Technicians and Sonographers

  • Education:   Professors, Principals, Teachers, Tutors, Coaches, Counselors, Aides

  • Law Enforcement:   Police Officers, Security Guards, Probation and Parole Officers

  • Trades:   Plumbers,  Electricians, Welders, Painters, Pipefitters, Millwrights, Mechanics, Boilermakers, Truck Drivers, Equipment Operators, Warehouse Shipping and Receiving, Maintenance Workers, and Construction Supervisors, Project Managers, Foremen, Laborers

  • Energy:  Miners, Roustabounts, Floorhands, Drill Rig Operators, Superintendents, Inspectors

  • Office:   Administrative Assistants, Clerks, Bookkeepers, HR Managers, Program Coordinators, IT Technicians

  • Social Services:   Social Workers, Case Managers, Advocates, Counselors

  • Financial:   Stockbrokers, Bankers, Lenders, Managers, Accountants, Controllers

  • Sales:   Pharmaceutical, Retail, Wholesale, Advertising, Real Estate, Auto, Customer Service Representatives

  • Hospitality:   Hotel Managers, Front Desk Receptionists, Housekeepers, Restaurant Managers, Kitchen Managers, Food Service Workers

  • MORE:  Military, Personal Chef, Museum Curator, Holistic Healer

How to get started for most resumes and CVs:

Call me to make an appointment and bring in whatever you have for an old resume or position description.  If you do not have either, that’s okay!  Make some rough notes with the same information you would include in a job application–previous employers, job titles, dates, education since high school, certifications, etc.  I will take a look at that and no doubt have questions.  Then we can visit about your past career history and where you are wanting to go from here.  Depending on my workload at the time, turnaround time is 2-3 days.

For federal job applications:

You will need to set up an account on USAJobs.gov, which requires email and cell phone access.  They have tight security measures, and I am no longer able to access your account for you.  I can get everything ready for upload, and then we will coordinate a time to submit the application.

I will need whatever you already have for a federal resume.  If you have not yet done one, we will collaborate on that.  A federal resume requires much more detail, detail, detail–you can google their OF-612 Optional Application For Federal Employment–and there is no page limit.  A federal resume must include all the details asked for in the OF-612.

Then we will talk about any qualifying hiring preferences you may qualify for–Veteran, Native American, Disabled, Previous/Current Federal Employee, etc.  We will need to provide specific documentation for those preferences.

Lastly, I will need the job announcement number and job title so I can review it for the proper application instructions, required supporting documents, etc.

Preparing a federal job application can be time intensive, and I will give you a guestimate of time when we go over everything.  Time has averaged from 3 hours minimum to 8 hours maximum (before USAJobs simplified their questionnaires).

What is the difference between a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Resume?

A CV (Curriculum Vitae, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document and contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography.  The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honors, etc.  Professionals who utilize a CV would be doctors, lawyers, professors, etc.  The rest of us would use a resume, which is a concise document typically not longer than one page (maybe two).  Research indicates it only takes 8 seconds for an employer to maintain/lose interest.   The goal is to stand out from the competition.  The resume should be adapted to the positions sought and tailored to the requirements listed in the job posting.  While there are guidelines to preparing a resume, there is no one “rule” to them.  When we meet to discuss your past, present and future career objectives, I will be able to discern which style will be right for you.

Should I prepare a cover letter if the employer is not requesting one?

Yes!  Think of it as a marketing tool in which you have a chance to sell yourself and highlight your most attractive features as an employee.  In this modern age of online resume submission, even if a cover letter is not required but there is a place to attach or upload it, then do it.  Research indicates that companies not requiring a cover letter will separate applicants—those who provided cover letters and those who did not.  The employer will start their selection process with those who took the time and effort to write a cover letter.

What is the cost for resume services?

I charge $35 per hour–guestimated time is based on an average of 2.5 hours, give or take a little.  That includes the time I spend meeting with you, reading through any and all materials you provide me, actually typing up the resume and letter, and reviewing it with you.  You will have an electronic version emailed to you as well as I provide ten hard copies on resume paper because it is good to have one in hand when you go to your interview, attend a job fair, meet with a job counselor, etc.  I know many resume preparers charge a flat fee 2-3 times that amount.  I get to know you personally, and I do not just sit down, pull up a template, and type in your information–I tailor the resume to you, your unique skills, and what the employer is looking for.  Also, the final draft is stored in a cloud drive so if you lose your copy or my hard drive crashes (has happened), we still have it.  An experienced resume preparer and skilled wordsmith does not take 5-8 hours to prepare a resume (non federal).