Story-Based Resume Writing

$300.00$800.00

The Story-based Resume Service is a complete resume rewrite. It includes fresh, story-based content and bullet points and a fresh resume design (a new resume design and a rethinking of your resume’s layout/structure). The Story-based Resume is pretty simple. It fits on one page (sometimes 1.25 pages). Its structure lays out your overarching professional story. Its bullet points tell more granular, behavioral stories.

$300 STUDENT resume rewrite (based on a brainstorming document + 1 hour on the phone developing your stories)  | ELIGIBILITY: current students and recent grads (undergrad or graduate) with less than <6 months of total professional work experience
$400 STANDARD resume rewrite (based on a brainstorming document + 1 hour on the phone developing your stories) | RECOMMENDED FOR: people with less than <6 years of work experience OR who are targeting roles that pay less than <$80k
$800 EXTENDED resume rewrite (based on a brainstorming document + 3 hours on the phone developing your stories) | RECOMMENDED FOR: people with more than 6> years of work experience OR who are targeting roles that pay more than $80k>

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Please take a moment to review some before & after resumes from past clients.

Your resume is a roadmap that helps the admissions committee member a. contextualize the material discussed in your essays, b. better understand your recommendations, c. gauge your professional potential.

The goal of a story-based resume is to give others insight into a) your interpersonal skills, b) your ability to lead/persuade others, c) how you think and tackle issues (your cognitive abilities) and d) your capacity to think laterally/creatively and finally e) whether you’ll add value to their team or organization.

A resume is not your life story…but many people inadvertently  clutter their resume with myopic detail. Having a partner who can take a 10,000 foot perspective on your story is key to crafting a truly great, story-based resume.

Please take a moment to review some before & after resumes from past clients.

Deliverable: The Story-based Resume Service is a complete resume rewrite. It includes fresh, story-based content and bullet points and a fresh resume design (a new resume design and a rethinking of your resume’s layout/structure). The Story-based Resume is pretty simple. It fits on one page (sometimes 1.25 pages). Its structure lays out your overarching professional story. Its bullet points tell more granular, behavioral stories.

At the end of this service you’ll receive a PDF version of your resume as well as a modular Word document which you can edit and build on in the future.

Process: You’ll email me your current resume and completed brainstorming document (optional) → (STUDENT/STANDARD resume = 1 hour on phone) (EXTENDED resume = 3 hours on phone, 2 Phone Calls (1.5 hours each)) → 1st Resume Draft → Feedback → Subsequent Resume Edits

Depending on the service you choose (STUDENT/STANDARD or EXTENDED) we’ll spend between one and three/four hours on the phone going over your career, education, community involvement and personal interests. After our call(s), you’ll receive the first draft of your story-based resume. The first draft will feature fresh story-based content/bullet points, a new design and an improved structure/layout. You’ll review the first draft and make any comments or changes using the track change functionality in Word. Depending on your feedback, either additional edits to your resume will follow or a phone call will be set up to discuss questions and concerns. The process continues until everyone is 100% satisfied.

Turnaround Time: Each service contains several deliverables. The turnaround time for any one deliverable (like new edits to a document based on client feedback) is a maximum of two business days (see the FAQs for more information). Total turnaround time is a function of a) the client’s availability to schedule calls and b) the amount of time the client requires to complete the brainstorming document or provide feedback on resume drafts. A typical timeline follows.

  • Day 1: Client receives the brainstorming document (note: completing the brainstorming document is optional).
  • Day 3: Client returns the brainstorming document and shares their current resume and a maximum of three job postings with their consultant (optional).
  • Day 4: Resume Call #1 (STUDENT/STANDARD and EXTENDED resume rewrite)
  • Days 5-6: Client’s resume is partially drafted based on Call #1
  • Day 7: Resume Call #2 (EXTENDED resume rewrite only)
  • Day 9: Client receives a first draft of their resume.
  • Days 10-13: Client spends some time reviewing the resume – possibly sharing it with a few contacts. Client uses the track change functionality in Word to insert comments, feedback and changes into the document.
  • Day 14: Client’s feedback is received. Either a call will be scheduled in the next day or two or the client will receive an updated resume draft based on their feedback.
  • Day 15+: Additional rounds of review and resume drafting as necessary. Generally though, resumes are completed after one or two rounds.

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