Elizabeth recently had a few incidents at work that made her feel like there has to be something better out there for her. A tough coworker made going to work every day seem like a chore, and on top of that, she was not enjoying her work anymore. Seeking to find a role in marketing where she could utilize her expertise in customer relationship marketing and per passion for creative design, Elizabeth wanted to leave her current company and move into a leadership position somewhere else.
Elizabeth’s current resume was an extensive list of responsibilities over her long tenure of more than 15 years in marketing. She had a few results peppered throughout the document, but it was easy for those results to get lost in the volume of content she had across multiple pages. To organize and cut the content, we first determined the types of jobs that Elizabeth thought she might like based on her background and desire to advance her career. Next, we loaded her resume with impactful results, making sure that they focused on her contributions to the company’s revenue performance. Finally, I cleaned up the fonts, grammar, punctuation, and overall design of her resume to make it tell a succinct story and catch a recruiter’s eye.
Then, over the next several weeks, I worked with Elizabeth to find her jobs that she qualified for and that I thought she’d find interesting. I also tailored her resume and cover letter so that she could improve the odds of her applications getting a callback for an interview. Elizabeth hadn’t looked for a job outside of her company in over a decade, so she frequently emailed me to ask questions and get advice for how to find jobs both online and through her network. I also helped her clean up her LinkedIn profile so that it matched her resume and performed well in search.
After rewriting her resume to focus on high-level leadership positions, I found several positions for Elizabeth to apply for that met her criteria and matched her qualifications. Within five weeks from the time she started submitting applications, she got an interview for a job at Fortune 500 company.
Ashley felt stuck in her current position and didn’t really know what she should do to get out. She’d been working at the same company for over 9 years, and recently there were some organizational changes that made her team understaffed and undervalued.
Through a one-on-one coaching session, Ashley identified that she really wanted her next position to be closer to home, provide better benefits and pay, and give her a sense of feeling connected to her work. From there, we determined that her resume needed to be rewritten to target the types of jobs that would help her achieve her goals. In order to do that, we worked together to define not just her responsibilities in her current role, but most importantly her results. We also took off any of her past work experiences that did not tie directly to what she wanted now, which cut her resume down to one page and made it easier to read.
After working together to determine her career goals and develop her resumes, Ashley found and applied for several jobs in her field that met her criteria and matched her qualifications. Within three weeks of submitting applications, she had an interview for her preferred job closer to home, and within four weeks, she was called for a second interview for the position.
Susan was ready to make a move out of her current job because it was not as closely tied to patient care as she’d hoped when she originally accepted her position. She also had challenges with her always demanding and often demeaning manager who provided her with little to no support.
A one-on-one coaching session was the first step toward helping Susan get out of her current job and into a job that would be more fulfilling. Based on her work history, credentials, and desire for work/life balance, we concluded that she should explore two career paths—hospital nurse management and corporate case management. We also determined that she wanted a new job where she’d be able to have a flexible or remote work environment so that she could visit out of state relatives more often.
Next, I rewrote Susan's base resume to make her skills stand out, her contributions clear, and the format easy to read. She had an extensive nursing background with more than 20 years of experience, so she needed my help in determining what to include and what to exclude from her resume in order to get the attention of a hiring manager.
Finally, Susan signed up for job hunting help where I found and delivered multiple job links for her consideration each week. She let me know which ones she wanted to apply for, and I helped her tailor her base resume for each job. I also provided her with a custom cover letter for each job to improve her odds of being selected for an interview.
After working together to determine her best next steps and develop her resumes and cover letters, Susan applied for a nursing job with a major hospital in her area and a case management job with a national health insurance provider. Within two weeks from the time she submitted her applications, she had interviews set up for both positions, and within four weeks, she received and accepted a job offer for one of the positions.
Melissa came to me for resume writing help when she found a specific job that caught her eye. She hadn’t cleaned up her resume in years, and the clock was ticking for her to get her application in for the job. Melissa knew it would be the perfect job for her, so she was eager to get her resume in tiptop shape quickly so that she could apply.
Because Melissa came to me with a job link, it made it simple for me to write her resume in a way that showcased her skills and experiences and directly linked back to the requirements in the job description. The process for creating Melissa’s resume was quick and straightforward. I exchanged a few emails with her to provide detailed information about her work history where we needed it and within a week, she had a tailored resume that she could use to apply for her dream job.
The day after Melissa received her new resume from me, she applied for the job she really wanted. In that same week, Melissa was called to interview for the position. While she didn’t end up being a finalist for the position, her new resume gave her the confidence to keep looking and applying for positions that catch her eye.