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in Career Transition

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than 10 books on
resume writing
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  1. Should I use a professional résumé writer, write my own, or get help from a friend?
  2. What will my résumé cost? (See our services section)
  3. How do I get started?
  4. What if I don’t already have a résumé?
  5. How many pages will my resume be?
  6. Can you help me with every step of my job search?
  7. Do you provide outplacement services for businesses?

Should I use a professional résumé writer, write my own, or get help from a friend?

Your resume is your personal marketing document, and based on the information it contains, is the criteria used to see if you will be selected for an interview from possibly hundreds of candidates - or be passed over.

Competition has increased dramatically and so have professional presentation styles. We spend many years and $40,000+ to earn a college degree and then we market ourselves with a do-it-yourself resume. Or, we have solid career credentials and want salaries of $30,000, $ 60,000 or $100,000....and yet, we send out resumes that are less than professional. Does that make sense to you? Of course not.

Why do you think companies like K-mart use professional advertising agencies to promote them? They want to create enticing messages that will get us to shop at their stores.

Today, 50% of resumes are an embarrassment to the job seeker and counter-productive to their job search, while 40-48% need major improvements.

By hiring a professional resume writer, you are getting the benefit of an expert who writes resumes every day and who knows how to present a clients background and credentials to the best advantage. A professional resume writer can:

concentrate on skills and accomplishments, rather than just list past experiences

present skills in a way to avoid red flags like age discrimination, career transition, under qualifications, etc.

present your unique qualifications effectively

include the buzz words, trends, and information prospective employers look for

be objective and know how to use their expertise to draw out relevant information from your work history

The Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) is an organization that sets industry standards for resume writing and for individual certification. Create Your Career is a member of PARW and all the writers are Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRW).

Ask yourself: Is the cost of the resume and/or job coaching skills ($100-$350/each) worth the cost of not getting the job you want ($400-$2,000/week)?

What will my résumé cost? (See our services section)

Our services are priced individually for each client. We are not the cheapest, but if you are serious about advancing your career, we can certainly assist you. Factors which determine the cost of your resume include: your field of work, years of experience, level of education, your career objective, etc. The price of your resume truly depends on the complexity of writing the document.

How do I get started?

Fill out the information boxes on our Contact Page, or, E-mail or fax (248/426-9974) your current or old resume to us for a free assessment. We will contact you within 24 hours to give feedback, strategy and pricing. If you decide to use our services, a 50% retainer by credit card is required. We accept Visa and MasterCard. The remaining 50% is due when the documents are released from our office. The entire process is completed within 1 week, and we are with you each step of the way to ensure your satisfaction and a successful career search strategy.

What if I don’t already have a résumé?

No problem, many of our clients don’t. Just fill out the information on our Home Page and we will contact you with additional questions.

How many pages will my resume be?

We write both one-page documents and two-page documents, depending on each client’s circumstances. What is important is that the resume sells you to the reader, not its length.

Can you help me with every step of my job search?

YES! We are a comprehensive and full-service career marketing firm. We can help with each phase of your job search, including: skill assessment, writing resumes and cover letters; confidentially posting your resume on the Internet; developing scannable resumes; interview training; salary negotiation training; thank you and follow-up letters; resignation letters AND MORE! We take you through the process one step at a time, so you won’t become overwhelmed. The concept of “job search” is frightening to some, uncomfortable at least, to most. At Create Your Career, we work with this every day and can easily provide guidance to our clients “just passing through” this phase of their life. We encourage you to work with us and reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as so many others already have.

Do you provide outplacement services for businesses?

Definitely! We will aid your organization in providing the assistance your employees need to re-enter the job market as quickly as possible. Helping your employees conduct a job search can reduce your companys unemployment insurance because terminated employees become re-employed quickly.



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Thank you so much for the excellent resume and cover letter you wrote, and for the effective coaching I received. When I contacted you, I had been looking for a job for two years, with no luck. I came to you wondering what to do next. Once my resume was sent out – on a Monday, I had two interviews and two job offers by Wednesday – two days later, and they were for the type of job I wanted! I could not believe how quickly it all happened.

Kelly Spencer,
Communications Manager, Michigan

Joyce Fortier and I are professional colleagues, and fellow members of Career Management Alliance. She has 18 years experience in career management, has been published worldwide in several resume books. I have included some of her resumes and cover letters in my most recent books because her resumes are clear, concise and bring results. Joyce knows how to present her clients value for maximum impact to potential employers. I highly recommend using her services if you want success in your job search.

Martin Yate



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