Stand Out From the Crowd
Differentiating yourself from other candidates in conducting a successful job search is ultimately built around a clear, focused and convincing presentation of value. What is the level of value that you are showing with your resume compared to what you actually have to offer? Is your resume conveying a strong picture of value to potential employers?
I work with clients using a clear, straightforward approach with the goal of unlocking and defining value that is instantly evident to busy hiring managers and recruiters, who sometimes spend as little as 6 to 10 seconds initially reviewing a resume. In using this approach that is also well aligned with today’s sophisticated resume scanning technologies, it has enabled me to succeed in helping numerous clients over the years make high-impact, memorable presentations that have resulted in interview requests and job offers.
— S.K., Stevens Point, WI
Responsive, individually tailored services for permanent positions, contract work and other opportunities
In providing assistance with permanent, contract and entrepreneurial opportunities, I offer a strategic, integrated suite of services for today’s dynamic job market and focus my efforts on three distinct client groups (that sometimes overlap):
- Job seekers who are actively pursuing opportunities at the next level or in the same field.
- Individuals who are exploring a career change or transition.
- Subject matter experts who are seeking assistance with improving or refining tools that include resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, white papers, case studies, bios and proposals.
In providing career communication services, I work with managers, professionals, executives, technical specialists, and members of the skilled trades, as well as new and recent graduates. I assist clients across industries and employment sectors that include banking, construction, education, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, IT, manufacturing, science, and transportation and logistics.
In assisting clients, I use proven strategies and techniques to help them present the best version of themselves to potential employers. And, where appropriate or when requested, I am able to provide additional value by sharing experiences and insights on everything from resume-matching technologies to LinkedIn profile development to blending soft skills with job skills effectively. My services include the following:
Free initial phone consultation. Whether you are interested in updating your resume, changing careers or pursuing a related objective, I understand that questions can arise in pursuing your goals. For this reason, I am happy to provide an initial, no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs and objectives as well as to outline my approach to see if there is a fit between us. In providing this information, I will work with you in a friendly, supportive, no-pressure manner so that you can make a decision that is right for you.
Career navigation assistance. I offer career navigation assistance to individuals who have a general idea of their career direction but would like help with focusing on a more specific direction or directions related to developing a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile or other tools. During a consultative session, I can assist you with more fully identifying and defining your strengths, goals and experiences.
Resumes. In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive job market, you have mere seconds to make a strong first impression with a potential employer. I can assist you with creating a high-impact resume written and designed using proven best practices to help you better compete for the job you want. My resume capabilities and areas of expertise include the following:
Positioning or personal branding: I use well-crafted branding or positioning statements to provide at-a-glance focus and clarity to your document and to reinforce the value that you have to offer.
Keywords: I insert keywords where appropriate throughout your resume to increase your document’s suitability for today’s applicant tracking or resume matching systems.
Top-tier employers: I strive to carefully manage the presentation of soft skills as well as hard skills to increase your ability to make a strong impression, especially with top-tier employers who typically prize their cultures and are very selective when evaluating how potential hires will fit in their organizations.
“Breakout” resumes: If you are seeking to change careers or even facilitate a less dramatic career shift, I create breakout resumes that demonstrate your relevance to a potential employer in a different industry or employment sector by showing how your transferable skills and relevant experiences create value.
Cover letters. An effective cover letter is a vital part of any job search. In assisting clients, I create letters for responding to job postings as well as cold call or letters of introduction for making inroads with desired employers who may not have an opening at the moment but who nevertheless continually keep an eye out for talented candidates for future openings.
LinkedIn profiles. With 500+ million users and 10+ million organizations worldwide, LinkedIn has become an essential tool for job seekers and employers. I can assist you with creating a compelling, keyword-rich LinkedIn profile to help you increase your ability to be found by hiring managers and recruiters in addition to growing your network. I also provide assistance with setting up LinkedIn profiles and with learning how to use different LinkedIn tools to develop and manage one’s profile.
Personal statements and bios. I assist clients with creating personal statements for graduate school applications and bios for competitive bid proposals, websites and other needs.
Interviewing. I assist clients with strategies and insights to increase their ability to interview effectively and attract job offers. During these interviewing sessions, I work with clients on approaches for responding to both standard and behavioral questions and also on what types of questions to ask employers. In addition, I provide information on various best practices to enable clients to interview with greater confidence.
Interview follow-up letters. Submitting a letter following an interview is a highly recommended tactic. By doing so, you can thank an employer for the opportunity to interview and present additional relevant information to further differentiate yourself as a candidate. I can assist you with creating an effective follow-up letter that can emphasize points you did not get a chance to make during your interview or to revisit points that you would like to reinforce or clarify to help strengthen your overall presentation.
Seminars, workshops and instructional programs. I prepare and deliver seminars, workshops and instructional programs for educational institutions and other organizations on resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development as well as interviewing preparation.
Portfolios. For clients who wish to go beyond a resume and LinkedIn profile to further differentiate themselves and capture the full scope of their career achievements, portfolios can be an excellent tool. I can assist you with creating portfolios that include extended descriptions or lists of projects, publications, technical capabilities, presentations and volunteer experiences.
Business communications. In responding to today’s employment marketplace that is more fluid, dynamic and entrepreneurial than ever before with many full-time workers taking on side hustles or starting businesses, I provide a extensive suite of services covering both internal and external communication needs. Specific deliverables include include white papers, case studies, proposals, sales letters, press releases, newsletters, space ads and blogs.