Much of our work is done via e-mail, and the process is very efficient. If you prefer to come to the office (and not just to see the beautiful plants or the creek/woods view, or the Great Blue Heron, or the ducklings), a typical meeting takes only 40-45 minutes. With either scenario, we ascertain what you’re looking for, how you plan to use the resume/CV/proposal and who will be reading it. We have many samples and are happy to show some, but your situation is unique, and we don’t bake “cookie cutter” resumes (which we’d probably accidentally burn anyway). Each delectable confection is custom designed.
You are not the expert on marketing yourself. It takes an outside brain to lend perspective. We know what to include, what to leave out, what to highlight and what to minimize. We help you gain insight into your strengths as a job candidate. We view you as a prospective employer would, and we package you for the fastest sale. We will also tell you the hard truths. Remember, it’s easy to promote your strengths; what counts is managing your deficits.
Why waste time and resources on a campaign that goes nowhere? Because more than 65% of our business comes from return and referral clients, we know what’s working out there. Our clients provide us with an up-to-the-minute barometer of hiring practices, company priorities, and industry trends. The recommendations we make to you are based on substantive and timely information. And PAY IT SIDEWAYS: In the last few months, grandfather has purchased resume for grandson, friend has purchased resume for friend, mother/sister/father-in-law have purchased resumes for others. Resume writing and job coaching are terrific gifts!
There is no guesswork.
Boomer Alert – Born Before 1965?
The market is flooded with people aged 50-65, and it’s not true that these jobseekers can’t find good positions. There are special considerations that factor in, and there are industries that are more receptive to 50-somethings than to 30-somethings. In fact, there are sectors where older workers are preferred. Ask us about the two most important things Baby Boomers need to do when job hunting.
** The Parenthood Plus **
Despite the fact that mothers receive 10-15% lower pay than their peers without children, a working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests parents are superior performers. The study looked at publications from nearly 10,000 economists and concluded that women with children produced more work “at nearly every stage” of their typical 30-year careers. This proved true even considering productivity dips while the women were raising toddlers. Those women made up for that lost output by “being hyperproductive” before and after the early years of parenting. Yes: Motherhood hones skills in time management, multi-tasking, prioritizing, and succeeding while sleep deprived. Is anyone surprised?
The Biggest Mistake People Make During Interviews
You’d be surprised to know, but I can tell you.
Also, are you ready for these quirky interview questions???
According to labor data analysis reports from the San Francisco Federal Reserve, more than 2/3 of Americans who got new jobs in the first part of 2015 were not even job hunting. Ask me what this means, and how you can use it to help you in YOUR search!
If You Feel Paralyzed, Remember: Action is the Antidote
Job hunting is a very “popular” activity, and in some cases you must compete with hundreds, even thousands (the janitorial posting at Kaiser Permanente, which netted 5615 responses, is now the stuff of legend). It takes patience, grit, and flexibility; but yes, Virginia (and Oregon, and Washington, and Spain and Peru and Canada) there are jobs! There are “pockets of prosperity” in many sectors and one recipe for failure is–not trying. In fact, not trying is one definition of failure.
Fear need not be a deterrent; fear can be an engine.
All employers have problems, and you must be the solution.
And speaking of “positioning” yourself, try getting out of your chair.
Some Wisdom About Words
If you research job hunting, you will uncover a lot about technology: digital applications, web interfaces, etherbridges, net branding, media linkage, e-blasts, farcebook, Pinterest, etc. ad infinitum. Don’t get tangled in the tech impositions. Here is the truth about resumes and job hunting: Everything comes down to words. WORDS. It doesn’t matter if you have a video resume, a twitter feed, a blog, a sandwich board, a poster, a passenger pigeon, a Tumblr account, a star-quality photo on your LinkedIn page, a skywriting Cessna or a super app: Everything comes down to words, and words are what we give you.
One promise I will make to you is that I shall never, not in speaking or in writing (other than this one time, to explain), use the word “awesome.”
WORDS. The best tool is not technology or gloss; the best tool is sharply honed, excruciatingly accurate, and incomparably fine writing. This is our metier. In words we trust.
Speaking of words, not many people know that “career” is also a verb; it means to go very fast (“careen” means something else entirely). If you undertake an etymological search, you pass through Latin and Middle French and find “car” and “street,” so you have come to the right place. I can help you “go very fast” (career) in your job search; I can improve your career (noun) success, and my first name is a kind of street. What’s not to like?
Helping Clients Worldwide From Our Portland Office
Yes, we have an office in a commercial building, so you needn’t worry we might be a floating e-dress or “location unknown” phone number. We have brick and mortar on the outside and carpet/greenery on the inside. We have full-service printing, writing, editing, coaching, and cheerleading services, as well as an actual crystal ball and a magic wand. In-office appointments are available for non-smokers.
However, we have clients in the Middle East, Europe, Canada, Asia, South America, and nearly every state; so e-lationships are a big part of the CRS platform.