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“You had written an article on Workopolis.com (click here to read this article) on words to improve a resume and it is one the most useful pieces of information I have come across in a long time. Looking for a job or transitioning into a new career can be frustrating and at times even depressing… thank you for the point of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Cindy Massey, M.Ed., Sammamish, WA

HOW TO WRITE A RESUME THAT LANDS MORE JOB INTERVIEWS

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A professional resumé captures the essence of who you are and what you bring to the position.

While you have been busy working, resume writing has changed. Now you want or need a new job or career. The thought of writing your own resume may be somewhat daunting. Where to start? How do you do it?

Your resume is a legal document that is your passport to the new world of getting an interview for the job or career you desire.  A resume is an investment in your career.

•    Formatting is crucial to having your resume read all the way through.
•    Resumes are accomplishment based statements that speak to an ACTION + RESULT.
•    Identifying transferable skills and the role your strengths play in modifying your skills must be articulated.
•    A resume is written for the reader so each resume you send out must be tailored to address the requirements of the posted position.
•    Click here for tips on Resume Writing

colleen clarke, your resume pro
Colleen Clarke has been writing resumes for middle to senior managers for over 20 years and has assisted over 7500 people through their time of career transition as a Career Specialist. She has written hundreds of resumes and proofed and edited hundreds more, from every walk of life, at every level within organizations, associations, Not for Profit, and for government, media and the trades.

Colleen is an author, a columnist and an ESL instructor. She writes for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, as a workplace advisor for the column ‘Nine to Five.’ She has prolifically written articles and columns for numerous job search sites, commuter newspapers and magazines.  She is a best selling author of Networking How To Build Relationships That Count and has an e-book, How To Get a Job and Keep It.

Colleen Clarke is “your resume pro.”

When looking to have a resume written, you want someone who can:
•    delve deeply within the foundation of your skill set and accomplishments
•    pull out your “professional wonderment”
•     find your magic and
•     articulate your accomplishments convincingly so hiring managers can see instantly what you can do for them.

Only a Career Specialist and a Writer can achieve the level of excellence you require.

A well scripted resume gives you confidence and a sense of pride. It highlights your true self and makes you proud to market yourself. A well scripted resume gets you the interview.

The Process

Question: “What is involved in writing my resume with you? How does the process work?”
Answer: “Depending on the condition of your existing resume, it usually takes between two and a half to three hours for us to write the first draft of your resume. We sit together in person, on skype or on the phone.”

I ask a million questions, I probe and I analysis, you talk and I write.
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Our time together is not just writing your resume. It is building a jig saw puzzle of your life, piece by piece.

You rediscover aspects of your abilities, and yes, weaknesses, that you may have forgotten or under played. People have a way of taking what they do for a living for granted. “Oh, I just do such and such.” Well, to the masses that is a pretty amazing contribution. I explain how to use accomplishments as Situation Action Result (SAR) stories in a job interview.

I edit the typed version word by word, line by line. The document goes back and forth by email until we are both 100% happy. I am available at no charge for minor updates in ensuing months.

Testimonials

“I sent you an email while you were on Christmas vacation in California asking for help with my husband’s resume as he had just been given notice. You helped while you were away and again when you returned to Toronto. We were so grateful for your willingness to help. I wanted to let you know that my husband landed a job last week. He passed his resume around and received an incredible amount of positive feedback and support from those he met with. Thank you for your help and support.” M.J.wife of B.J.

“I truly thank you for your advice on my resume. As a result, I was able to secure a Sr. Financial Analyst/Assistant controller role with a handsome raise.” Waqas, 2010

Get started today. Contact Your Resume Pro, Colleen Clarke at 416-686-3079 or resumes@yourresumepro.com

*Special rates are available for students and unemployed job seekers.

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How do I become an adviser for studying abroad?

Published June 4, 2017: Globe and Mail: Nine to Five

THE QUESTION

I’m very interested in entering the field of study abroad as an adviser/program co-ordinator at a university, but have no direct advising experience (though plenty of other relevant experience). I am thinking that a valuable way to gain experience and know-how in the field would be by volunteering in a study-abroad office. Would it be presumptuous to send an e-mail to the most appropriate person with a compelling cover letter and résumé offering to volunteer a few hours a week? Or is it more appropriate to ask for an informational interview first?

THE ANSWER

Colleen Clarke

Corporate trainer and principal, yourresumepro.com, Toronto

You are certainly on the right track in making inroads into your new career. It isn’t about appropriateness whether you send an e-mail or set up a meeting first, but an advice call is more direct with less wasted time and back-and-forthing with e-mails.

Approach a local university study-abroad department and ask for an advice call with the director explaining why you want to meet. You needn’t hide the fact you want to volunteer.

Nothing is more effective than a face-to-face meeting with a decision maker. With an advice call you will have a dialogue and can present ideas they may not have considered. You can dazzle and charm, show passion and explain the benefits of having you as a volunteer.

Be prepared to talk 30 per cent of the time, and listen 70 per cent. Have questions prepared so you only take 25 to 30 minutes of their time, and mention that timing in the phone call when you call to set the appointment.

Prepare a 90-second presentation about yourself with an example or two of your professional wonderment! Then ask, what would you suggest? Somewhere in the meeting talk about what you can do for them – the benefits they would derive in having you on board. Follow up with a thank-you card or letter.

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