Our resumé writing service is our most refined art. Your resumé is the initial contact and presentation to a company. It should be attractive, precise and possess strong and relevant content. Through an in-person consultation, our writers can extract the most powerful information that will appeal to potential employers. We do not just give you a form and create a resumé from a template.
Resumés should accentuate your skills/abilities and eliminate negatives in a very conservative manner, while overshadowing all of the other resumés the employer reviews. We achieve this through the feedback we receive from employers that we submit resumés to. Each resumé we compose is individualized and personalized for you.
We stopped using job objectives and employment goals over 35 years ago. Employers are primarily concerned with how you can assist and benefit them, not what you want. For that reason we emphasize your personal attributes, work ethic, skills and abilities and most importantly, diversify your work direction. Of course we can lock in a single direction if you so choose, but we discourage it.
With AAA McKinstry's style of resumé you won't have to make changes whenever you apply for a different position. Your resumé will already be diversified for these positions. We create your resumé in such a way that you won't need 3 or more different resumé versions. With very few exceptions, one resumé is all you will need. Whereas, the old-fashioned job objective narrows you to a single position or field and limits you.
AAA McKinstry's staff writers are employment trained personnel counselors and professional employment writers, not just data entry clerks or typists. The key is knowing which language to use that peaks the prospective employer’s interest. As part of our quality control we have multiple writers review your resumé for content, accuracy and relevancy to the direction of employment.
We also choose or eliminate words that receive positive or negative responses from the employer. Utilizing words such as "Progressive", "Challenging", "Growth" and "Advancement" may be negative. Many people think these are positive words, but frequently these words could be construed negatively as far as employers are concerned.
Our specially trained writers have the unique skill of extracting the most pertinent information. Our clients have expressed that after proofing their resumés, "I didn't realize I could do all of that, but I know I can." Other clients tell us, "I would hire myself." Our goal is for your resumé to appeal to a wide variety of readers. We do not know if the first person who reviews your resumé is in human resources, operations, accounting, sales, engineering, etc., hence the resumé must have a broad appeal and can not focus on only one reader.
To achieve an attractive visual appearance, we utilize a clear unique font, symmetrical layout of paragraphs and bullets, soft colored conservative papers and a conservative use of graphics to make you stand out in a stack of resumés. Our unique, copyrighted graphics will get you noticed and will get you read first out of the entire stack of resumés.
The process begins with a 10 to 30 minute free (no obligation) consultation with a certified personnel counselor/writer who will discuss your existing work background and direction. At the same time we will critique your existing resumé free of charge and point out any negatives you may have on your current or old resumé.
Some clients have never had a resumé prepared, primarily because they never needed one. You will be shown our different resumé models and the writer will make recommendations as to which models are the most appropriate and cost effective for you. Then you decide which resumé model you prefer.
Many clients do not know what positions they are qualified for. This is where our certified personnel counselor/writer will assist/counsel them as to their direction without charge. Most so-called "writers" have no concept, due to their lack of knowledge/experience, as to what direction the client should be geared towards career wise.
Although you may be a good writer yourself, it is hard to be objective about yourself. All of our writers, who have had extensive training in employment/resumé writing, would not write about themselves. Where do you draw the line as to overselling or underselling yourself? This is where we can be totally objective about you.
There are many computer generated resumé writing programs and books available, but they all look very generic. We really have not seen one book or online resumé program that is up-to-date or which markets/sells you adequately.
We have a proofing session in which you proof your resumé to your satisfaction, although 8 out of 10 clients like the resumé the way we have prepared it. If changes are desired, they will be gladly made and then you will receive 25 complementary copies of the best quality parchment or linen papers. For e-mailing purposes, we can supply you with an electronic copy of your resumé in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, HTML and PDF formats at no charge.
Additional services we provide are the creation of LinkedIn Profiles, Reference Lists and Follow-up letters (Thank You Letters). The resumés we prepare have key words for scannable purposes.