What’s the Difference?
Here are some of the reasons why my resumes win job interviews and make my clients happy.
First, unlike many who came to resume writing from HR positions, my previous work was in financial supervision, purchasing and sales. Then I founded my own company and made it profitable. This operational experience gives me a huge advantage. Because I know the challenges and the problems that the new hires must master, my interview questions go deeper and uncover more reasons why managers should hire you.
Next, interviewing skills. The best way to add persuasive power to your resume is by uncovering and presenting professional wins that show hiring managers how well you’ll perform in their open positions. When hiring managers see you delivering significant sales growth, creating helpful procedural improvements, devising successful operations strategies, or whatever achievements mark successes in your field, they’ll know that you’re one of the people they need to interview.
But knowing what we should do doesn’t automatically enable us to do it. When we sit down facing the blank screen, many of us discover that knowing that we should focus on our accomplishments doesn’t help us remember more than one or two successes per position before our minds freeze.
That’s where I can help.
My dad was a TV journalist. Night after night, growing up, I watched him uncover key details as he interviewed newsmakers. That experience taught me how to help clients get past mental freezes and remember significant work successes. I begin by asking questions like:
- What corporate strategies did you conceive and execute? With what results?
- Did you build or lead teams? How well did they do?
- Did you mentor juniors into more responsible roles?
- What kind of sales did you make?
- How did you grow revenues? By how much?
- What new clients did you bring in?
- How did you cut costs?
- What new policies or procedures did you devise and launch? How did they make things better?
Next, I move on to asking — and answering — unaskable questions. These are questions that managers can’t include in their job ads, but they’d love to know how you’d answer them. Questions like: “What crises did you manage?” “What disasters did you clean up?” or “Did you do the right thing when you faced an ethical challenge?” Recounting your successes in managing one or more of these challenges can be the decisive tactic that triggers job offers.
But uncovering and listing your accomplishments is not enough to ensure success.
Which is why my last step is presenting your successes in ways that maximize their impact — and capture your prospective manager’s attention.
With hundreds or even thousands of people applying for a single job opening in today’s job market, hiring managers don’t have time to read every word of all those resumes when they have so many other things to do. Instead, they’ll read the first third of the first page before making the circular file/interview pile decision. Over the years, I have developed a range of strategies and tactics that take advantage of this situation, and I select the one best suited to your situation to ensure your success stories will make the impact you deserve.
Here are some examples of the difference my resume writing has made for others. Call me today and find out how you can put my skills to work for you.