Full disclosure: I think I’m the world’s greatest résumé writer. (And, if you hire me, you will too.)
In addition to over 20 years of experience as a professional writer, I’ve got a master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, a human resource management discipline. And my writing skills are off da hook. And (not that it matters but) I’m hilarious. (No, really.) H I L A R I O U S.
But don’t take my word for it. Read what some (clearly very perceptive) clients have written about me. By the time you’re finished, you will (really) want to call me at 919.840.8748.
“I had been looking for a new job for eight months when I went to Linda for résumé help. By the time our work together was done, I had a new résumé 100 times better. I also had a new way of thinking about how to present myself and what I have to offer. But, the real proof is in the results, and the very first job for which I sent in my new résumé led to an interview and, ultimately, a job offer. You can’t you beat that!” (He’s engaged my services several times over at this point.)
A senior executive called after reading an ad: “I’m sold. You’re hilarious.” When we were done, the head of HR for a large university system sent me an email: “Because I’m in HR, Mike asked me to look at his résumé, which I understand you assisted him with. I thought it was exceptionally well done – one of the best I’ve ever read. You did an excellent job summarizing his lengthy experience in a very succinct, informative way.” I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the organization the HR pro worked for hired my client for his “dream job.”
“When I was in a crunch to rewrite my résumé after being unexpectedly let go, Linda worked diligently to advise me on best practices and then crafted a professional résumé that is certainly getting results. She pointed out where my résumé was weak, helped guide me on what was really important, as well as strategized with me to formulate sentences that stated actions and results. She also created a customized style to fit my 25 years of extensive experience on a single page. Pretty miraculous for someone with all my digital marketing and social media skills. My new résumé has helped me solidify opportunities with major media companies around the country. It’s a document that I am completely confident forwarding to hiring managers. Linda certainly exceeded my expectations.” (He’s the one who got interviews with CNN, the Chicago Tribune, and the company that hired him to startup a digital music business. And at a salary over 30% more than he was making with the fools that let him go!)
This experienced programmer was unhappy with his job (even though it was with a company rated as one of the best to work for!) – and had no idea how to communicate his experience. In fact, he had a very bare-bones résumé that his college career center failed to adequately help him with. (Don’t get me started on career centers!) He wrote: “Linda did a great job! She really helped me focus my talents and accomplishments into a concise, attractive résumé. I promptly got a job paying 20% more than I was making! A++ – would buy again!”
Here’s an interesting case from many years ago. This client was worried, because her company was closing and she’d started there after high school. “I’ve never gone to college and I’m afraid I’m going to have to take a lower-paying position.” “Are you good at what you do?” I asked. “Yes.” “Then drop that concern and remember your confidence in your abilities going forward,” I coached. She sent me this heartwarming letter soon after: “Linda works wonders. Her excellent work on my résumé landed me a higher-paying job in less than one week. I had faith in her abilities, but I was surprised by the numerous responses I received after sending out my new résumé.”
After I wrote this successful sales rep’s résumé, she joined The Ladders, which only places talent earning over $100,000/year. Her membership included a free résumé evaluation, which she sent me. They tore it apart with what was clearly a boilerplate letter in an effort to get her to hire them to redo it for $600. Concerned she was unhappy with my service, I asked, “What résumé did you send in that got you two interviews and the one offer for $150,000/year?” “Yours,” she said. Whew. She wrote: “Linda helped me rewrite my sales résumé and, when I showed it to executive recruiter friends, they only suggested I change one or two words. She also gave me numerous valuable suggestions regarding other possible career paths, job sites, and networking groups. It was truly a pleasure working with Linda – she was a big help.” (I also referred her for a small consulting gig she got which more than paid for my services!)
Into my world came a fabulous office manager – when everyone else was running away from a problem, she was the one running towards it – who felt she had nothing special to offer. So I started digging and found out she had amazing skills and accomplishments. But she was worried because the postings for the jobs she wanted all said a four-year degree was required. “What should I say when they ask?” “Why didn’t you finish college?” I inquired. “Because I had to have a kidney transplant, but I don’t want them to know that.” “Just look the interviewer straight in the eye and confidently say, ‘Due to personal reasons I was forced to drop out and the person that hired me kept giving me promotions and raises to stay with them even when they changed jobs [all true], so I never looked back.’” Afterward, she wrote: “I wouldn’t have known where or how to begin and, because of Linda’s great work, I got an interview after mailing out less than five copies of my terrific new résumé. The advice I got about what to say in the interview also helped me land the job!””
Here are some more testimonials without all the pesky the case study details:
“As an executive recruiter, I see hundreds of résumés each week and know the difference between average and one that is going to find you a position. I was ready to pull my hair out, and Linda took the time to actually listen to what I wanted and needed. I am a pretty tough customer and I can’t recommend them enough.”
“I found the service to be very valuable. I’ve been so busy going to interviews and I shall remember their advice about networking for years to come”.
“My résumé truly reflects the time Linda spent getting to know about me and my interests. It highlights all my best points. She’s really great.”
“The product was exceptional and beyond satisfaction, and the service is friendly and professional. I would recommend Linda to anyone.”
“The résumé Linda prepared resulted in offers I didn’t even think I was qualified for.”
“Linda did a great job. My father has been reading résumés for 40 years as part of his profession. After reviewing mine, he said it was the best one he had ever seen!”
“Best money I ever spent!”
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Because all my writing services are highly customized, rates vary depending on the situation. Generally, résumés start at $600 for college grads up through mid-career and max out for executives at $1,200.
Remember – in this job market, a powerful, eye-catching résumé can be a real competitive advantage. Not necessarily the best time to choose the low-cost provider. If you earn just $30,000/year, that’s take home of about $400/week, right? Getting a job one week earlier means your investment has paid off. Moreover, you will learn things you will use for the rest of your career. If you want to be sure yours is the best résumé in every pile, get in touch now. (But please don’t ask for samples, as we do not provide them until after we have spoken to you at least once.)
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