What Can a Professional Resume Writer Do for You?

In today’s competitive job market, there are a seemingly endless number of factors that can affect whether an applicant is hired or not. Not wearing the right outfit to the interview? Your application goes in the “No” pile. Accidentally submit a cover letter you used while applying for another position? Most companies won’t even give you a second look, no matter how qualified you are. This economy calls for great attention to detail – so while creating your resume may seem fairly easy, perfecting your resume means you’ll need a professional.

A professional, you say? Professional…resume writer? That exists? While such a writer technically falls under the “Ghost Writer” category (as you would not advertise having used our services on the resume), there has long been a job sector solely devoted to ensuring you get into – or move up in – your targeted job sector.

Remember: resume writers are not created equal; the top resume writers earn certifications in their craft while carefully honing their skills to include the most complex of cases. The main certifications are CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer, given through the Professional Association of Resume Writers), ACRW (Academy Certified Resume Writer, given through The Resume Writing Academy), and NCRW (National Certified Resume Writer, given through the National Resume Writers Association). Often the CPRW is thought of as the “undergrad” of resume writing certifications and the ACRW and NCRW are the more advanced or “graduate” certifications. Using a resume writer with these credentials means you will be working with a professional who knows their field and can help you succeed.

Now, going through a professional resume writing service may not be cheap – having an expert revise your resume will cost you hundreds of dollars. So why would you even bother? Think of your resume as a first impression – this is most likely what the company will see before you land any kind of interview. A professional will know what language businesses are looking for and how to ensure that all of your skills and experience are effectively communicated to employers. Additionally, writers whose services extend beyond resumes can collaborate with you on how to utilize the document in job searches, help you perfect your social media profile, as well as prep you for interviews. Often times, these particularly “well-rounded” writers can be a one-stop-shop to assist you in landing the job.

Just like you wouldn’t try to rewire your house without the aid of an electrician, hiring a professional resume writer means having someone who is a highly skilled writer helping you create your best resume. Luckily, ReFresh Your Step’s own Emily Kapit is a CPRW and finalizing her ACRW certification, making her a leading expert on resume rewrites and updates  as well as other career services. With the Resume and Cover Letter services and a pro lead resume writer, ReFresh Your Step will help you find the perfect job for you! Check out our Results and Services pages to see just what RYS can do for you and your career.

– Emma Ambler, Marketing & Communications Intern

Wall Street, Dust off Those Resumes!

Dear Wall Street-ers,

Wow, I used to BE one of you back when I worked on the PR and recruiting teams at Lehman Brothers. I launched my company as a result of Lehman’s bankruptcy and have worked with many of you across different functions since our inception. I can say without  doubt that you are an interesting brood.

Based on this article, I may be speaking to more of you soon. Are you worried about your job? Have you updated your resume or LinkedIn profile recently? Are you thinking about potential next steps in case you fall victim to the layoff hatchet? How’s that networking going (remember, late nights at the office or sushi place around the corner are opportunities to network; #ABN)?

Despite a slight adjustment, the old adage rings true: all bad things must come to an end:  “‘Most analysts say these cuts won’t go on forever. As soon as lending starts to pick up, banks will increase headcount,’ said Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski.” While that may be the case and you could either land a new job quickly or get your old job back, have you pondered the REAL question: is going back to Wall Street what you really want?

It’s YOUR career–whatever curve ball is thrown your way, refresh, revive, renew!

 

South Florida Resume Writer: Sun, Fun & Career Success

While this time of year in Miami often conjures up thoughts of crowded beaches, Art Basel, star-studded New Years parties and the Orange Bowl (not to mention this year’s BCS National Championship), ReFresh Your Step is here to keep you focused on your career. Real estate prices are on a positive trend for the first time in awhile, general investment in Miami is up, and South Florida unemployment is down by almost 2% since 2011, all of which make it a great time to re-evaluate your career goals.

While we have worked with clients from California to Canada to Spain, we also focus on assisting our fellow South Florida residents. As a Miami-based company, we are open to scheduling in-person meetings depending on our clients’ needs and preferences (we also speak with clients via phone and Skype).

Did you know that ReFresh Your Step’s founder and lead strategist is one of only a handful of certified resume writers in South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach? So while tourists and other visitors are enjoying the sand, sun and attractions, we welcome the opportunity to assist you in resume and cover letter rewrites and updates, interview preparation, effective networking techniquesLinkedin and other social media updates as well as any other career development needs.

Contact us today at 305.209.9593 or [email protected] to take advantage of special resident rates and let us help you make 2013 your most productive year yet!

Executive Recruiting Shifts In-House–Wall Street Journal article

The Wall Street Journal published an article earlier about a growing trend among major companies: rather than depending on major search firms to discover top talent for vacancies, they are instead bringing their recruiting efforts back in under the company roof (so to speak).

Why this new trend? For one, it is a significant money-saver. “At Time Warner, where Maggie Rubey Lynch leads internal recruiting operations world-wide, the company says it has saved more than $100 million in search-firm fees since her 30-person team launched in January 2003.” [emphasis added]

If major companies are bringing their recruiting efforts in-house, what does that mean for you? A lot! For one thing, it is that much more important to ensure that your professional documents are in top shape–in-house recruiters are more likely to push internal candidates so the competition is even stiffer.

ReFresh Your Step Career Development & Advisory Services can collaborate with you on the documents, making in-house connections and more!

http://on.wsj.com/SSboXx

How our Professional Resume Writing Process Works

Our clients start orith a free consultation, a time for the writer will learn about each client (including career history, future objectives, parameters, etc), answer all questions and set expectations before moving into the 3-Stage Resume Process.

Phase I) Reformatting

We’ve seen some stellar resume formats and, naturally, some not-so-stellar ones. Regardless of where your document lies in the spectrum, we will discuss the changes to be made, consider options for differentiating looks and select what will work best for each client’s unique needs.

Phase II) Content Overhaul

Once your document LOOKS great, our next step is to ensure that the content matches and positions you as an accomplished professional, regardless of your industry, career history and life stage. We pride ourselves on wordsmithing every word in your resume to bait hiring managers into moving you to next step: interviews.

At this point, we will send the document back to you for a full review; you will receive a Word doc and PDF of the resume, along with a comprehensive email of why we did what we did, section by section and overall. We will also explain how you can tweak the resume for various opportunities and indicate where to do so within the document. Additionally, we will highlight points throughout where we might need additional info or clarification to ensure a properly worded resume.

Phase III) Review

At this point, you will have the document to review before sending us back any requested info as well as letting us know any changes you would like to include. As changes are added and subsequent versions are sent, we will each continue reviewing the document until it gets to the Final Review.

We love the Final Review. Why? Because it’s when Lead Advisor and Strategist, Emily Kapit, can put her recruiting hat back on and look at your document from the recruiter’s perspective–does it pass HR muster? Then, does it pass her stringent rules for resume perfection (she’s a tough cookie when it comes to spelling, grammar and formatting). We also ask each client to review the document from his/her perspective as well as that of a hiring manager in the field. From these four perspectives, the document should be good to go! For most clients, though, the process isn’t quite done..