Resume Writing

IMPORTANT note: This coaching practice is closed. I have retired to all but former clients and am not able to take on any new clients. I am sorry I can’t be of service to you.  A referral for you: Stacey Lane in Portland. I have met her, have respect for her, and find her approaches similar to mine.

Your resume will usually be viewed the first time by a potential employer for 10-15 seconds. The process of developing this key element in your resumemarketing plan is much more strategic than using the right template, having a readable format and listing your professional experience clearly – though all of these are important. Your resume must communicate your unique “Brand”.

Your resume will often pass through several screening “gates” and must achieve the following:

  • Pass electronic screening for key words, phrases and technology in the right parts of the resume. Without these, your resume may never be seen by a human.
  • Satisfy a recruiter’s quick scan for key words, skills and expertise in the language of that industry and company and hook the reader quickly with how you could bring unique value. Pass this test and your resume will later get a more thorough read.
  • Intrigue the hiring manager with examples of times you have demonstrated your skills and knowledge and shown yourself to be an exceptional employee. These stories will open great opportunities for you in your interview.

Formats vary by discipline and industry. It is important to present the appropriate format for your target audience. Equally important is not to waste space with overused terms and phrases. In some cases, your best written vehicle is not a resume, but a different form of marketing document.

Formatting your resume is relatively simple. Figuring out your “story” and what sets you apart is where a coach can be of great help. K.C.’s approach to resumes includes the coaching which gives you clarity on the specific tangible and intangible assets you bring, and how to convey them in the format appropriate for your industry and role.

Please note that K.C. is not a “resume writing” service. Hers is a collaborative process that includes lots of support, samples and co-writing. It recognizes that your resume is not your end game. The process of clarifying your brand, understanding the needs of your target audience, and articulating it in your resume will prepare you well for the active part of your search, including networking, interviewing and deciding as offers are made to you. If you want a resume writing service, K.C. has two resources she would be pleased to send you.  


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