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RESUME SAMPLES

VP of Business Development Resume

Jan was aiming to use this resume to move up within his current company as well as to present to companies that might want his consulting services. Although Jan is quite young, he has been a successful entrepreneur for many years and we wanted his energy and thought leadership to shine. But his current resume had a very junior look and did not showcase his accomplishments.

We chose to put Jan’s “Success Formula” at the top of the resume as an example of the forward thinking he brings to any organization. We also utilized supporting testimonials throughout to highlight Jan’s behavioral strengths. For Jan’s most recent work history, we presented him as an expert in business in this region with the header “Turnaround and Business Establishment Success in Norway / Nordics.” Graphs were used to display company growth in both percentages and revenues under Jan’s leadership at two different positions. His new resume clearly paints him as a senior executive with significant strengths to offer a successful growing company.

Recent Graduate – Finance Resume

Karen is clearly a rising star. Yet she had been applying for competitive positions in large corporations’ training programs, many of them in Asia, and not getting calls for interviews. We worked to match her resume to the keywords in the job descriptions for those training programs, expanded her resume from a one-pager (crammed with 10.5pt Garamond) to two pages (clearly she was missing opportunities by fitting everything on one page!) and gave her a new, modern format. We also categorized her very impressive accomplishments and emphasized her trilingual capabilities and multiculturalism, which were hidden on her original resume and clearly important for programs in Asia.

Although Karen was applying for programs that were specifically recruiting for students, we did not want to paint her as just another student. We made her Ivy League education apparent by putting Ivy U in a line directly under the header, showcasing that important piece of her background. Instead of listing “Relevant Coursework” under the Education section, we integrated her courses in the Skills section, since these were areas in which she offered experience and expertise. And we used the recognition she had received at Moore College to boost her credentials as someone chosen to represent a school in China; the logic was that a company would see “China Distinction” and be persuaded that they wanted her in their Asia program as well.

Shortly after submitting her new resume, Karen began getting interviews and offers at companies including Coors, Burger King, HSBC and Capital One.

Graphic Designer / Marketer Resume

Ofer’s original resume was basically a notepad document that included a long paragraph entitled “Background” written in the first person; an Objective statement; and bullets that were duty- rather than accomplishment-focused. As soon as I let Ofer know he could design his resume, a whole world opened up. I helped him with the words, and he crafted the format. We created a couple of categories for his achievements — “Successful Client Campaigns” and “Revamp of Company’s Digital Image” — that draw attention to two of his strengths. The other bullets show his success on both the artistic and strategic sides of marketing. Finally, Ofer made the unconventional and gutsy decision to include his photo in order to create a personal connection with the prospective employer. The final resume is evidence of Ofer’s capability to design an “out-of-the-box” identity for a client — in this case, himself.

Ofer used a text-based version of this resume for his on-line applications and succeeded in obtaining multiple interviews and ultimately a job with Aptima, an artificial intelligence company.

1awardStay at Home Mom MBA Project Manager Resume

When Sara first came to us, she saw herself as a stay-at-home mom with a 10-year history of working on small projects that didn’t fully reflect her goals; her resume reflected that lack of confidence. To make Sara’s experience relevant to her target position as a lease manager/site developer at a large national company, we prioritized her project management experience and leveraged her architecture background. In the final product, her ten years of “not working” are almost indistinguishable from her other accomplishments; she paints herself as a powerful driver of projects for large multi-national companies who contributes to corporations like BIG BIZ and will be a valuable addition to her next company.

Capital Project Management Executive – VP / Director

Seth had been sending out an old resume to his networks that was not achievement and metrics focused, and he was getting a lukewarm response. We loaded his resume with lots of numbers that would convey his value to his next employer.

One of the issues we negotiated with Seth is that he wanted to market himself both as a capital projects executive and a sourcing/supply chain executive. While these two areas often intersect, there was potential to write different resumes for these two focal points. We ended up with three versions of his resume: this one (which was all-encompassing but through a capital projects lens), plus a version targeted for capital projects and another for sourcing. In the end, he ended up using this more complete version for the majority of his job search activities.

We mentioned the companies where Seth had worked in the top summary because BIGBIO is an extremely well-known large company and we also wanted him to come across as marketable to smaller companies.

Rather than have a Core Competencies section, we placed Seth’s 3 most important skills under his title, and, since they fit, put the rest of his key competencies in a bullet. We also used the top bullets to provide a sense of the range of industries and functions where he has experience/expertise.

For each of his positions, we chose an overarching accomplishment followed by bullets of how he achieved the larger project wins.

Seth had a huge uptick in the response he was getting from his networks. He obtained a position as Senior Director of Capital Project Management at a global engineering & consulting company in the biotech sphere.

Capital Project Management Executive – VP / Director Sample Resume

Executive Director

Patricia was very eager to transition out of her current position. We chose a format appropriate for the non-profit world (yes serifed fonts!) and emphasized her success with turnarounds, her mad fundraising skills, her bilingual capabilities, her passion for making a difference for children and families, and her strong connections with community and government institutions. We organized her bullets in sections based on her biggest accomplishments, followed by sub-bullets of how she reached those goals.

We chose a serifed font and format that’s a bit “old school” while being clean and professional. In my experience with non-profit executives, this format continues to be very successful. It was for Patricia.

Pat was extremely successful with this resume. She received several job offers within just a few weeks, and accepted a position she loves as a CEO at a Chicago non-profit.

Executive Director Sample Resume

Account Executive – Marketing & Sales Resume

Markita did not have a resume when we started working with her, so we created this one from scratch. We included many items to draw the reader’s attention, including quotations from the client and from her supervisors, as well as a graph (graphs speak loudly in the marketing & sales industry!) Markita was rapidly offered 7 interviews and 2 jobs using this resume.

Sales Executive Resume

Julie’s resume is an example of a hybrid. Her original resume did include her most recent positions and the bullets at the top were not the most relevant for the opportunities she was seeking. We prioritized the order in which her positions appeared so that her most relevant accomplishments would be read first. We added her dates of employment and provided a full employment history so as not to suggest that she had anything to hide. We also deleted some of the inappropriate information she had included such as marital status. A testimonial at the top tells the reader who she is so she does not have to list her own character traits. Finally, we gave Julie a new attractive format and a strong branding statement in the top third of the page. Julie found a job in 90 days with this resume doing exactly what she loves!

Finance Manager Resume

Linda´s resume did not draw the reader´s attention to anything in particular. Her format was “blah” and her bullets had no focus. Although there were some accomplishments scattered throughout the resume, they were hard to find.

We gave Linda a much-improved format with strong visual appeal. We pulled some of her key strengths into a list of highlights in the top third of the resume, added graphs to visually represent her achievements, and inserted functional headings above strictly accomplishment-oriented bullets. Linda´s new resume shows her off as a powerful,
savvy Executive. It got her multiple interviews — and a job with Lockheed Martin!

CFO / Controller Resume

Sandra’s resume was written in an “old school” format that had little visual interest. Her bullets were very broad and duty-focused, and were not organized in any particular way. We gave her a new modern format, made sure to load the resume with keywords, and added categories for her bullets to help guide the reader’s expectations. With her new resume, Sandra can be confident that if anyone is looking for a Financial Executive with skills in Cost Reduction & Containment, Process Improvement, Relationship Building, or Finance & Planning, they will be encouraged to read about her accomplishments in those areas.

VP of Operations Resume

Brad was seeking a VP of Operations position in the construction industry, and was realistic that he might need to expand his search to other fields. We crafted his resume so that it would be effective both in his industry of choice and across related industries (he had the option of deleting “within construction industry” from his Summary).

The resume was originally in a very simplistic format, and the summary was essentially a list of keywords and clichéd language like “respected senior leader” and “proven track record.” We crafted a powerful branding statement, pulled Brad’s keywords into a clear list of Areas of Expertise, and gave him a format that spoke to his level of accomplishment. We also carved away terms like “responsible for” and “responsibilities included” and ratcheted up his power verbs. There were many accomplishments that Brad had not listed on his original resume. We identified them and categorized his achievements in a way that would be easily understandable to any reader.

Finally, we designed a chart that spoke to Brad’s three most impressive accomplishments, each of which was in a different unit of measurement. The common unit of measurement was the percentage increase! And we added a testimonial for a finishing touch. This resume was a genuine joint effort between the client and The Essay Expert. A true pleasure, start to finish.

Future CEO Resume

This high level VP had a four-page sprawling resume written in a tiny font. He had impressive accomplishments but no hiring manager would have the patience to wade through his text. We reorganized his accomplishments and reduced the resume to two pages, and he obtained his first CEO job within a few weeks after submission of his new resume.

HR Director Resume

Mary’s original resume gave the reader nowhere to focus and had too little information about her current position. Although some significant accomplishments were listed, they were difficult to find due to the unwieldy format of the resume. We created a strong branding statement for Mary and crystallized and categorized each of her accomplishments. We also added a testimonial to support her impressive achievements. Mary used this resume to obtain a job in the Human Resources Department of the Employers Council in her region, a non-profit organization with 3,000 members and a staff of 160+ that partners with employers to maintain effective employer/employee relationships.

Senior Architect Resume

The first thing you may notice in the “Before” version of this resume is that most of the text is in italics. This font is challenging to the eye and the flow of the text is difficult to follow. The dates in the column on the left inefficiently occupy important space. The 11 bullets in the first experience section reduce readability. There are distracting links inserted into the resume body. Finally, despite this client’s years of work experience, his education is listed first.

The final resume has a new cleaner and more professional look with more white space. Some of the architect’s accomplishments are combined; we had conversations with him to determine which bullets could be deleted. All extraneous, duplicative and unnecessary text was carved away to produce a clean, sharp and beautiful resume – a visual match for this accomplished architect, and one that helped him secure a position with a prominent firm in Milwaukee and later a position at Harvard University!

Recent Graduate – Marketing Resume

Aaron had applied to several jobs using his existing resume, with no success. It took him just three days to get an interview using his new resume. What did we change? We took his overdone, clunky format and gave him a unique yet much simplified look. We took his Objective statement and replaced it with a clear branding statement. Finally, we provided previously absent details of his successes and accomplishments. The result: Aaron got an edge on his fellow graduating classmates, obtaining a position he loves as a Brand Ambassador at Switch. And his phone continues to ring with more interview offers!

COVER LETTER SAMPLES

Non-Profit Professional / MPA – Development Cover Letter

Law Student – Clerkship Application Cover Letter

 

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