1. What makes an effective resume or CV?
Answer: An effective resume presents a simple, concise, and organized format, with appropriate category headings, an easy-to-read font, and a header. A solid resume should showcase an applicant’s achievements and accomplishments, illustrated through clearly worded descriptions, specific details, active verbs, and quantifiable, measurable results. An objective line and summary should be listed at the top of the resume. There are several resume formats to choose from, including reverse chronological order, functional, combined, and CV, depending on your background and career goals.
2. Do I need a cover letter with my resume or CV?
Answer: Yes. Introducing your resume with a cover letter conveys a detail-oriented, professional applicant who is willing to go the extra step. It also serves as the perfect platform to include or explain any relevant information or extenuating circumstances that do not belong on the resume itself, such as a career change or lapses in employment. Here is where you connect your assets to the specific company and position at hand. You can also mention a few details that you find impressive about the company to show you have done your research about them.
3. Why do I need to complete a resume questionnaire?
Answer: Although we are the experts in crafting a winning resume for you, you are the expert in providing us with specific details about your job history, accomplishments, and other areas of relevant information. By jotting down dates, positions, and prior experiences before we meet in person, you are maximizing the benefits of our time together. It also allows the client time to review documents and recall previous experiences without feeling pressured or under the gun. Once you have laid out the preliminary information, we can use our consultation time to delve deeper into areas that should be highlighted and expand from there. The questionnaire is just the first round of information gathering, kind of like a map charting where we will need to go together to generate accurate, detailed content. With the basic information in front of me, I can ask further questions rooted in my expertise that will help me develop effective strategies to specifically improve your resume. For clients who would like help completing the questionnaire, we can always schedule additional time to meet in person to jot down the information together.
4. What do colleges look for in an application essay?
Answer: Many applicants make the mistake of writing too much about the experience they are sharing and not enough about how the experience impacted their lives in the present and future. The purpose of the essay is not to reiterate information already included on transcripts or applications, but rather to shed light on the applicant as a dynamic, real person who has the potential to make a difference on campus and in society. Colleges want to see your lesson learned, how you handle life’s challenges, how you have changed as a person, and how you will positively impact their institution. The essay should focus on one moment in time or one story and its outcome; it should not be a long list of accomplishments or achievements. They are looking for critical analysis, contemplation, reflection, and personal growth.
5. How can website content and blogging benefit my business online?
Answer: Since search engine optimization (SEO) relies upon rich, genuine, organic content, your business will benefit from regularly updated website content and blog posts. These online resources also provide an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your experience, expertise, and knowledge, so what you write should be meaningful, informative, and educational.
6. How do clients benefit from an in-person consultation?
Answer: At the in-person consultation (free with certain services), clients benefit from presenting their questions and concerns. We provide detailed responses and discuss the effective strategies we will implement. We also share the knowledge and expertise we have culminated through industry research and years of experience. Meeting in-person allows for candid exchanges of information; we can ask the appropriate questions that, in turn, will generate comprehensive information on behalf of the client. Clients learn what we propose to do to get the job done as effectively as possible and why we make these choices. In addition, it is nice to know who you are hiring and working with! Of course, clients that are not local can also take advantage of regular phone call and email exchanges to share information. With All About Writing, clients are never rushed or made to feel like anything less than our top priority. We can achieve the same thoroughness and clarity over the phone, at the client’s convenience.