What is the process?
Step 1 :: Needs Assessment
Before beginning work on your materials, we will conduct a free, no-obligation consultation to assess your needs and goals and formulate specific recommendations. To start, e-mail info@ResumeROI.com, call 800.870.9059 or fax your information to 810.222.0101.
Step 2 :: Strategy Development
Once we agree to work together, we will schedule an in-depth telephone conversation and/or e-mail correspondence. During this process we will gather important information and learn about your strengths, accomplishments, and goals.
Time zone differences, scheduling challenges, and phone charges for distant or international clients may require us to work with you entirely via e-mail or fax. We are experienced with these arrangements and will use the contact method most effective for the situation.
Step 3 :: Expert Preparation
Using information gathered from Step 2, your personal resume will be designed and written reflect your unique qualifications and showcase your career accomplishments in the way Human Resource professionals, recruiters, and employers favor. This helps your resume rise to the top.
Step 4 :: Draft Submittal/Consultation/Finalization
A draft of your materials will be forward for your review. Collaboration will take place to discuss any edits or modifications, and then a final version of your completed files will be emailed/sent to you.
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How quickly can I get a resume?
We can furnish your materials within a reasonable time frame. Our standard is 5-10 business days of our needs assessment for a resume. Rush charges may apply for materials supplied in less than our standard timeframe.
How much is a resume?
Investment options for resumes range from $300 and up – according to the complexity of the project, experience and responsibility level of the client, and potential challenges of the project.
What is the payment process?
Payment is due in full before receiving the draft. You have the option to pay using PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, check, money order, or wire transfer. Send checks or money orders to The Loriel Group; Post Office Box 91; Brighton, MI 48116 USA.
What is ASCII (ask-key)?
This is a text format used to post your resume information into an Internet job board or some company websites. It uses a universal font, spacing, and characters. This format should be developed carefully taking into consideration the number of character spaces per line, character substitutions, and appropriate capitalization. We are well versed in developing ASCII formats and offer this version with all of our resumes, cover letters, and other appropriate materials.
Do I need to send follow-up letters?
Absolutely. Within 48 hours of your meeting. This is a professional courtesy (and smart strategy) to set you apart and reinforce your place in the next step of the candidate ladder. In addition to thanking interviewers, this is a great opportunity to reiterate your qualifications and enthusiasm for the position, relay something notable about your background that was not discussed in the interview, or even address a perceived obstacle. This can be a differentiator in final decision-making. Note: e-mail follow-ups don’t count. They took the time to meet with you, now you need to make time to write, sign, stamp, and mail a follow-up letter.
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How long does it generally take to get a job?
The general rule of thumb has usually been one month per $10K you are seeking. For example, if you require a $90K annual salary, it will generally take nine months to find a position. This obviously depends on the job market, your restrictions to relocating, and your qualifications. Skill set, energy, enthusiasm, and hard work all play a vital role in this process.
Should I include personal information in my resume?
Unless applying for an Acting or Modeling position, never include your photograph or personal information such as age, height, or weight. Do not include hobbies, marital status, or children either. Any or all of this information can lead to discrimination. Countries other than the U.S. and Canada may require a curriculum vitae (CV) instead of a resume, however, we can provide you with information and guidance when applying to specific countries.
What is a CV and do I need one?
A CV, or curriculum vitae, was the most common name worldwide for a job resume prior to World War II. A CV is a fact sheet, virtually devoid of accomplishments. They are credentials-based versus a resume, which is performance-based. Today, curricula vitae are used by doctors, nurses, scientists, and academicians in the U.S.
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Should my resume fit on one page?
If you are a recent college graduate or a young professional, and barring any unusual circumstances, your resume will most likely fit on one page. However, if you are a professional, manager or executive with over ten years of experience, it is unlikely that your resume will fit onto one page. The goal is to market yourself to the best of your ability. If it takes two or pages, it's okay – it’s the information that counts, not the space it takes.
Should my cover letter fit on one page?
For the most part, yes; however, for executive level candidates, it is acceptable and not uncommon for the cover letter to be longer.
What kind of paper should I use?
The traditional white, ivory, and gray tones in linen, parchment, or smooth papers are good to use. However, if you want something that will stand out from the crowd while still communicating a professional message, try a light gray paper with a white border or an ivory paper with a gold border. Never use dark colored paper as resumes are often copied or faxed within organizations. Using marbleized paper is discouraged for the same reason. Also, use the thickest (heaviest pound) paper that can still go through a laser printer.
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Should I create different versions of my resume?
Use multiple resume versions carefully. The only time you want to consider another version of your resume is if you have significantly different career objectives. For example, your entire career has been in sales and marketing but now you are considering two unique career tracks - sales or advertising. To "paint the picture" you want someone to see, you will be better served with two distinct resumes, each highlighting a different set of skills and accomplishments.
When should I discuss salary?
Never include salary on your resume as they are not the appropriate forum for salary discussions. Some ads ask you to provide either your salary history or salary requirements; discuss salary in your cover letter only when requested and in broad terms. You can define a ballpark (e.g., $80K to $95K). Also, remember to address benefits, bonuses, stock options, and allowances if necessary. This is an important phase in the hiring process and should be will thought out and planned for in advance. Our coaching would be a valuable benefit here.
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What is the difference between a professional and an executive's resume?
For starters, executive presentations can be longer. An executive shouldn't get stuck on the idea that a bullet ought to be one or two lines. You can't depict where you've made a difference in a line or two. In fact, companies spending up to six figures on a senior executive want more detail on candidates' resumes than first-level managers are expected to provide. People who need what you're selling at the moment you get in touch with them are interested in knowing more, not less, about you
Why should I hire a professional resume writer?
As with any other profession, there are qualified and certified professionals who know how to market you and get you in the door for interviews. If you are not an experienced resume writer or marketer, you should consider this an investment in your career (future). It can pay for itself time and again by competitively positioning you above the multitudes vying for the same position.
Be sure a resume company and its writers are active in career organizations and career development, as is The Loriel Group. This keeps writers current and trained to create materials in the way Human Resource professionals, recruiters and employers favor, in verbiage and format, helping client’s resumes rise to the top.
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