The first step in any job search is the resumé. I am big on what I call The Kitchen Sink Resumé, which is exactly what it sounds like – a repository of everything you’ve ever done.
The Kitchen Sink Resumé is the basis for every resumé you send out — one that you’ll tweak for each job application.
It’s a lot of work. I won’t lie to you. But would you rather put in the effort up front and have a legitimate chance at a job you really want? Or do you want to spend hours sending out a bunch of generic crap for every and any job that comes along?
Great resumé + cover letter = better results
Believe me, it’s worth it. And you will have the experience of a long-time hiring manager and award-winning writer/editor (that’s me!) with you every step of the way.
Once the resumé is in good order and tailored to the specific jobs you want, then we work on your cover letter. None of this “to whom it may concern” stuff either. The cover letter is designed to entice the hiring director/recruiter to look at your resumé. That’s why it’s so important that your cover letter sing.
There are things you can say in your cover letter that would be awkward or wrong in the resumé. And there are specific things you may want to address in your cover letter to Company A that wouldn’t make sense if sent to Company B.
Not to worry. I’ll help you figure it out and craft your cover letter to deal with all these eventualities.
Career coaching is value added
But before you jump right into resumés and cover letters and everything that comes after, you have to answer the most important question of all: Which jobs should you apply for? That’s where a career coach comes in.
When we work together to help you get your dream job, you’re not just getting a talented writer or a skillful editor or a 30-year manager who has reviewed hundreds of resumés and interviewed scores of job candidates.
You also are getting a credentialed coach who has spent 15 years coaching men and women through a variety of employment and other life challenges and toward stated goals. (The toughest? Coaching a woman who was the victim of sexual harassment on the job. The happy ending: Her boss left. She stayed on until retirement.)
With this skill set and support, you can focus on the jobs you really want and save time and energy, too.
If you’re ready to spend a little money now in order to gain greater financial benefits down the road, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll set up an appointment to see if we’re a good fit for each other.