Frequently Asked Questions
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What is your writing process?
I use the executive résumé writing process as a tool for career coaching, planning, and long-term development. This means intense discovery, collaborative/iterative writing, and deep, consultative work. The intake-to-completion project life-cycle depends on client seniority and goals, as well as career history and complexity. Interviews and various written tools (e.g., workbooks, questionnaires, and ad hoc customized assignments) are deployed based on client interests, needs, and personalities.
I can't write about you without getting to know you, and you can't plan for the future if you don't know where you're going.
The act of writing meaningful content means that we must look into the future and into the past. The farther you get in your career, and the more experience, seniority, and specialized you become, the more difficult the future becomes.
So the writing process necessitates that I get to know you by asking a lot of questions, and the answering of those questions almost always results in a lot of little ahas for you.
Indeed, the questions I ask frequently provoke a certain struggle for clients, but always result in greater clarity for having considered their answers. In the months following projects, I frequently hear that clients' professional brands—as well as their new knowledge and perspective of themselves and their industries—not only showed up in predictable places like career copy and formal job interviews, but unpredictable places like every day professional meetings and conversations.
Findings and discoveries are as unique as the people themselves, but here are two examples:
- The head of product development of a Fortune 100 cloud applications and platform services company relayed after several months of stealth job searching that his experience facing my questions had turned him into an "interviewing machine." Indeed, some of the "too heavy for a résumé" content we'd uncovered began showing up as talking points during networking meetings and interviews, and he was soon hired as the GM for a widely-known global enterprise cloud division.
- The head of global brand development for a retail conglomerate shared midway through her project that the relevance of some of my questions she'd answered in my digital workbook were vexing at first. She was even downright frustrated by them. That is, until she found those details showing up in every day business conversations. Her finding: "I realized that *I* had to gather and internalize that information. For now and for later."
How long will it take to complete my résumé?
The Career Planner-Changer Program takes 2-3 months, and the Career Explore Program takes 3-5 months, depending on your goals and needs. When it's a fit, your program can begin right away. The link in the previous sentence leads to a great bit of detail about the program process.
The Rapid-fire Résumé Design Package takes up to four weeks, and I offer only one package at a time, so timing is often limited and a wait list isn't uncommon.
Additional information about all three options is available through the "Packages & Programs" comparison matrix, including pricing, timeline, and deliverables.
Will my new résumé be customizable?
The upper section of the first page will be customizable to match variable job description attributes. This assures that your résumé submissions are always timely, targeted, and in line with what a hiring manager or recruiter is looking for. Once hashed out, the rest of the résumé can usually remain static, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every response.
Will my new LinkedIn profile be customizable?
This is where customization stretches the boundaries, because you aren't sending a document to a discrete, somewhat-known recipient. You're broadcasting it to anyone with an internet connection. Writing for LinkedIn presents its own challenges for obvious "next steps" in one's career, but becomes increasingly challenging when you begin looking at multiple career directions. In that case, you (we, together) have to examine where there are overlapping themes and ideas, and we have to elevate the language so it speaks to any or all of your intended audiences. Not surprisingly, that kind of writing takes a great deal of intention setting, story development, planning, and drafting, drafting, drafting.
What if The Résumé Studio isn’t familiar with my industry?
At this point, I've written for nearly every career level and industry. However, it is not necessary to be familiar with every industry or sector to write a highly strategic résumé. You are the best resource when it comes to knowing the key pieces that make your industry / sector move in the world. My interview process and/or questions will align with your target job descriptions to organize and present the elements that make your résumé uniquely work. My expertise centers on organizing and packaging your expertise. Still, I've developed areas of expertise across quite a few industries and job types.
Who does The Résumé Studio work with?
I work primarily with passive job seekers (people who are employed and ostensibly happy, but curious about what might be next) and stealth job seekers (people who are working, but intend to proactively take next steps for a career change). In both cases, these folks are interested in getting their head around possibility, and developing a suite of cross-branded professional documents that is ready when opportunity strikes.
Who is in The Résumé Studio's network?
As an active member of The National Résumé Writers’ Association, I have a lively and ready group of résumé writing colleagues and experts with whom I share resources, ideas, and best practices—and to whom I refer projects when I'm not the right resource.
Corner Office Image is also a superb resource for LinkedIn profile photos, image consulting, and executive presence coaching.
Finally, I have a client network of folks, twenty years deep, who represent the creme de la creme of potential candidates. For that reason, I offer Strategic Introductions, which is an exceedingly specific and niched opportunity for my own clients, in their roles as leaders, to bypass executive search consultants in a quick, low-risk way.
What other job search services does The Résumé Studio offer?
In addition to "coaching with résumé writing as the tool," I offer a variety of standalone career coaching options. Details in the link.