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It does not matter who the person is, resume writing is not up there with the top creative tasks that most people want to take on.   However, your resume is the number one marketing document that tells the story of your career and sets up your branding for recruiters and end users alike.  Finding a great resume writing you can work with may be crucial to your job search strategy.

KDB Coaching offers resume writing services, although, they may be a little different than what you find with other “resume writing companies.”   At KDB Coaching, we strongly believe that your resume must tell your career story.  It is your primary marketing brochure – the first thing a recruiter sees.

The resume sets out the breadcrumbs for interviewers to follow the career story you want to tell.  It is the most powerful tool in your search kit.  Thus, there is not one word of your resume that you should question. No matter if you are writing your own resume or hire a firm, you have to be comfortable with every word, skill and bullet in your document.

In order to ensure your buy in, comfort, and familiarity with the final document, our resume writing services are set up to be exceptionally interactive.

Resume Consultation

Every client has a 30 minute consultation to ensure that we are a good fit for each other as we begin to develop your individual career story.  The consultation helps to determine what support you need and define how much of your existing resume may be carried forward.cover letter, write a great cover letter, resume writing oakland

Resume Strategy

Throughout the resume consultation, interview and writing process, we discuss typical resume writing issues and devise the best plan for your individual strategy:

  • How many pages should my resume be?
  • Do I need an objective? (NO!)
  • What do I do about significant gaps in employment?
  • How do I highlight contracting or consulting experience vs. full time employment?
  • Do I need a CV or is a resume right for me?
  • How do I ensure that my resume will hold up with different formatting and web browsers?
  • What font do you use and why?
  • Should I use color on my resume?
  • Do I need to change my resume for every job I apply to?
  • I hate cover letters! (me too) Do I really need to write one?

Resume Interview

The second step is a “resume interview.”  This session continues the process of crafting your career story. Your existing resume is used as a guide for the interview, along with your cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.  KDB Coaching will develop your career story and highlight what brought you to the place you are now.  Your final resume will show any prospective employer exactly how you are going to be an asset to their team.

This may take an hour or more to complete, depending on the length of your career, or if you are making a significant career transition.

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After the interview is complete, KDB Coaching will write the first draft.   Your past documents may be used, or we may decide to write a new resume from scratch.   Very often a prior resume is a great starting point because it usually lists out all the job functions, but it may not have STAR’s, results, metrics, or inspire a recruiter or end user to understand your career accomplishments.

The resume re-write will highlight the ways you made, saved and achieved milestones at your past employers.  If you have heard of utilizing a STAR’s format, your STAR’s will be developed and integrated in the document.

These action statements and examples vividly show a prospective employer your capabilities.  Most resumes are data dump of job duties and functions.  If your resume shows action, passion and mastery, that will put you a step ahead in the application process.

A well written resume is the difference between, “Sally worked on an accounting system conversion at Joe’s widget factory…” and, “Sally completed the accounting system conversion 30 days early, saving Joe’s widget factory $1 million in labor costs and $2 million in consulting fees.”   Action statements and achievements matter!

Resume Draft Review

Once a first draft is complete, KDB Coaching will schedule a second call to review the draft.   This is always done via a computer sharing conference so that edits can be made in real time while we discuss a second rewrite, minor (or major) edits, and next steps in the process.  It is crucial that our clients are an interactive partner in the review and editing process.  This is your resume, and it’s our goal that you are happy with every character on the page!

Make Your Appointment & Purchase Your Resume Package

For more information about the resume writing services, process, and estimated fees, please contact us.  If you are ready to initiate your resume engagement, check out our resume product portal.