You’ve found a posting for your dream job. But ugh, writing your resume is the WORST. Even the most qualified candidates with great writing skills have a hard time writing their own resume.
Why? Because there are a ton of career coaches online who give conflicting advice and try to scare you with talk of the ATS (Applicant Tracking Software) bots who are rejecting your application for no reason at all. Call me the resume myth buster; I'm here to educate you about the modern resume and how to put your best foot forward and get noticed by the recruiter or hiring manager.
YOU ARE: A driven professional who wants to make a daring career move.
YOU NEED: A branded and targeted résumé that will make the hiring manager say, "Wow, I need to meet this person!"
Cover Letters, Professional Bios, and More!
Your resume isn't the only star of the show. You need other career documents that are branded and targeted to your dream role.
Cover Letter: This is the absolute best place to sell your value proposition and express your excitement about the role. It's also the ideal place to address any objections about tricky situations, like employment gaps, advanced age, or relocation.
E-note: Sometimes, a company will request that you do not send a cover letter. However, every email you send with a resume attached is an opportunity to give yourself an advantage in the hiring process. An e-note is the shorter version of the branded, targeted cover letter.
Thank You Note: Before you ask, YES, you need to send a TY note after an interview. We all know how important first impressions are...but have you considered the last impression you leave on the hiring manager? This note/email is the best way to reiterate your interest and address any stumbling blocks from the interview itself.
Professional/Speaker Bio: Whether you're applying for a board position or to speak at an event, your professional bio presents you as an expert in your field. This one-pager markets you as THE person they need to book/hire.
Don't see what you need? Contact me to find out if I can help with a different type of career doc.
LinkedIn Profile Optimization/Content
Has your LinkedIn profile been collecting dust?
Did you make one circa 2014, not really trusting that LinkedIn would take off?
Is it so neglected that you may as well put a VACANT sign on it?
First of all, don't panic. I'm not judging because, well, I was you. I made my LinkedIn profile years ago because someone told me that any professional needs one. The problem is, nobody ever told me what should be on it or why it matters.
I'm here to tell you: YOUR LINKEDIN DOES MATTER. Almost any employer will check out your profile. Most recruiters will look you up on LinkedIn, and some companies recruit 100% of their candidates from LinkedIn.
I am an NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert), which means that I help people--just like you--learn how to use LinkedIn to its fullest advantage. Wouldn't you love to have an advantage in this competitive job market?
Vivid Visions for Business Owners/Leaders
You have a vision for the future of your company, but how do you help others envision that same future and get on board to help make it happen? I help CEOs, owners, and founders clarify their vision for the company using Cameron Herold’s Vivid Vision method.
A Vivid Vision goes beyond the typical sentence-or-two vision statement of a company that is usually pretty general and uninspiring. A VV is like time-traveling 3 years in the future to look around and report how every part of your company looks and feels at that point. It is written in the present tense to make it even more vivid. It’s a great tool to guide your decision-making (i.e., Does this opportunity support the Vivid Vision? If not, we don’t do it). It’s also a fantastic way to attract and retain your best employees; if they can see how the vision will benefit them personally, they’ll want to support it and stick around to see the fruits of their labor!
We start with a conversation about how much you have written (even if it’s absolutely nothing) and your goals for the Vivid Vision. It’s helpful if you’ve read Cameron Herold’s book, but I can fill you in on the main points if needed. I’ll send you a customized quote for your vision project. If we’re a good fit, we sign the contract and get going! Vivid Visions typically take about 2-3 weeks to complete. Communication and collaboration are absolutely essential for this type of project, so please be sure you have some time and bandwidth to devote to the project while we are working together. Here’s an approximate timeline:
You've written your dissertation or journal article but need another set of eyes before you can publish. I specialize in copyediting qualitative research for academics and students. Every project is customized, so contact me to find out more!