Resume Updating & Job Search Services

Step-by-Step...Everything You Need to Conduct a Fast, Successful Job Search

Services for Current and Past Clients ONLY

  • 1. Focus
  • 2. Prepare
  • 3. Launch

Career Coaching Services

Focus! It is perhaps the most important key to job search success. Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10? What is the next career step you need to take to get there? Whether you need support to stay on track with your goals, trying to decide between multiple possibilities, or contemplating a major career change, we have a program designed to help you.

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" You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end." - Sidney A. Friedman

Updates for Your Resume & Other Job Search Documents

A large part of our business involves working with past clients of Distinctive Documents, to keep your resume updated and ready to go at all times. We believe in building and maintaining relationships with our clients, partnering with you to help you advance through each step of your career. It is really important to keep your resume updated at all times. A good “rule of thumb” is to update your resume at least once per year – every 6 months is even better. Receiving an update is as easy as 1...2...3. Just follow these steps:

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    Request a quote for your resume update

    The fee for your update will vary based on the complexity of the update. Please call us at 800-644-9694 or complete and submit THIS FORM for a quote.

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    Download, complete & submit your worksheet to us

    Updating your resume or any other document we write for you, requires that you first complete our Resume Update Worksheet. (see below for link) Please PLAN AHEAD. We are not able to accept rush orders. Turnaround time for commissioned writing services is approximately 10 business days. Do not wait until the last minute. We can not stress this enough. Please email your update worksheet and any special instructions to resumes(at)distinctiveweb.com.

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    Submit payment

    We will send you an invoice with your quote. As soon as we receive both your completed update worksheet and payment we will proceed with scheduling your update. Unless you request otherwise, when possible we will attempt to pair you with the writer who wrote your original resume. Our turnaround to complete the first draft of your update is approximately 10 business days. As always, we will work with you to achieve your full satisfaction on the updated document(s).

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Executive Resume Writing & Career Marketing

Executive resume writing, personal branding, and career marketing services catering exclusively to the needs of discriminating 6- and 7-figure top-caliber leaders, managers, and executives (and those who aspire to that level).

Work directly with Michelle Dumas in a comprehensive program unlike any other that you have seen. Michelle will work with you EXCLUSIVELY and one-on-one to create an entire portfolio of career documents that include but also go far beyond just your resume. She'll also provide individualized job search support, will help you devise your job search strategy, and will even jumpstart your search by putting your resume in the hands of those with the power to hire you or get you hired.

If you are a past client and wish to become one of Michelle's VIP clients, we've made it easy for you to do so. We will DISCOUNT the charge for the VIP program by the total amount of the original writing services that you commissioned us for. To determine exactly how much your discount will be, please call us 800-644-9694.

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LinkedIn Profile Writing

Click to learn more about our LinkedIn profile writing service +

If you are serious about advancing your career, being on LinkedIn is no longer an option. LinkedIn is invaluable for your networking activities but it is also widely utilized by employers and recruiters seeking to source candidates for openings. In a recent survey, 93% of recruiters indicate they use LinkedIn to search for candidates (and 89% use it to help them vet candidates and make hiring decisions).

Whether you have an existing profile that needs work or are starting from scratch, we will help you create a dynamic, keyword-rich LinkedIn profile that employs insider techniques to make it more visible and attractive to recruiters.

(prerequisite: your resume must be up to date).

Your investment: $475   (Special pricing for clients only: $245)


Job Search Letters

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Is it necessary to send a letter with your resume? Absolutely! Besides that it is common business protocol and the courteous thing to do, a large number of employers indicate that they won't even read a resume that arrives without a letter of introduction.

Your letter also gives you the opportunity to really highlight your interest in the open position and showcase the specific ways in which you will bring value to the employer. Cover letters are not "one-size-fits-all." They MUST be targeted to the anticipated audience and must be tailored to the situation. The solution for many of our clients is to have us write a letter for each audience, and then they use it as a model/template and tailor it to the specific situation.

Some of our most commonly requested letters include:

Respond to a job advertisement
Contact company directly
Introduction to recruiter
Networking (request for referrals)
Informational interview request
Introduction to VC or PE firms
Interview thank you letter
Or any other type of job search letter you need (just ask)

Your investment: $225 each (Special pricing for clients only: $165 each)

To order, select the Add to Cart button below, and in the shopping cart select which one or more types of letters you want us to write.


Networking Cards

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During your job search, provide everyone you meet with a dynamic, branded, memorable Networking Card. More than 80% of all jobs are found via networking and word-of-mouth. This is a classy, professional way to ensure that you are top-of-mind when a contact hears of an opportunity that may be of interest to you. We custom design the card for you and provide full-color printing on high-quality, glossy stock.

Your investment:

500 cards shipped to your home - $115
1000 cards shipped to your home - $140

Infographic Value Profile Creation

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Yes, you will still need a traditional resume during your search for a job, but the infographic resume--or Infographic Value Profile as we have termed them--is a great way to gain an extraordinary competitive edge in the job market. Research has indicated that our brains process visual material 60,000 times faster than text and a full 90% of the information transmitted to our brain is done so in visual format. In part, this is why Infographic Value Profiles have become such powerful promotional tools in the job market.

Your Infographic Value Profile can be used as a handout at networking events, a leave-behind at interviews, as a download on the Internet, and as multimedia content on your LinkedIn profile.

(prerequisite: your resume must be up to date).

Your investment: $775 (Special pricing for clients only: $475)


Other Job Search Documents

Click here to learn more about our biography writing services +

We write traditional, narrative biographies that are engaging and memorable. They are crafted to tell your authentic story, convey your personality, highlight the factors that set you apart, and provide a high-level overview of your career, education, and professional activities. Our clients use the bios we write for them in many ways.

- Excerpts are often used on LinkedIn profiles and other social media profiles
- Made downloadable or presented as a multimedia component on LinkedIn
- Handout at networking events
- Provided at the request of some recruiters
- Leave behind at interviews
- Addition to business plans
- Content on employers' websites (senior mgmt profiles)
- Public speaking

(prerequisite: your resume must be up to date).

Your investment: $475 (Special pricing for clients only: $325)

Click here to learn more about our references dossier prep service +

You will be asked for your references during the interview and you need to be ready. We prepare your references dossier in a very unique style that transforms them from a simple list that you hand to employers during the interview, into a key part of your overall personal marketing pitch.

Your investment: $95

Click here to learn more about our one-page resume briefs +

Resumes for most experienced professionals are typically 2-3 pages in length. However, there may be times when you are asked for a shorter, one-page resume. Or, times when it just seems appropriate to provide a shorter resume. One-page resume briefs can be used as downloads on your LinkedIn profile, handouts at networking meetings, and leave-behinds at interviews.

(prerequisite: up to date resume--your one-page brief will be distilled from the text of your longer resume)

Your investment: $195

Targeted Recruiter Distribution

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Sending your resume to recruiters (a.k.a. headhunters) via email is often the fastest, most cost-effective way to really jumpstart a job search. To provide you with this service, we subscribe to databases which are continuously updated throughout the year.

In short, when you hire us for this service, we will convert your resume and letter into the proper file formats, mine our databases for an appropriate contact lists, perform a mail-merge to email (so that each outgoing letter is addressed to the top contact at the firm), and then send it out. We ensure that your resume goes out in the proper and preferred format. Not only do we include them as text in the body of an email, we also attach your resume as a Microsoft Word document to each outgoing message. Additionally, we create a unique email address for you on our server so that the messages appear to be coming directly from you while also allowing us to monitor the distribution and handle things like bounces and verification requests. Valid responses that come by email will be forwarded to you daily.

It is important for you to understand that this service is not at all similar to the many “resume blaster” offers on the internet, most that offer services of very questionable quality. We go to great lengths to make certain that our data is of the highest quality and that the recipients of your resume are individuals who will have an interest in receiving a resume from a candidate with your qualifications.

Our service is a “rifle” approach as opposed to the “shotgun” approach taken by the blaster services. Additionally, this service is handled with the same care and attention as all of our other services. Each email will arrive in the recipient’s inbox as a “classy” and appropriately formatted message, addressed specifically to them.

These services are one of the best ways we have found to really kick a job search into “high gear.” It is not unusual for clients to begin getting phone calls the same day that we perform the distribution. On the other hand, this is also an investment that will have long-term benefits. Most recipients of your resume will place it into their own internal database which they will search when trying to fill future job openings. It would not be unusual for you to receive a phone call many months after we do the distribution (which could be beneficial to you even if you are in a new position by then).

Please note that you MUST have a resume and letter (written to introduce you to the recruiter) provided to us in MS Word format. We provide professional writing services if you need our help with this. However, please make sure your resume and letter are done prior to scheduling this service.

Your investment: $425 (Special pricing for clients only: $345)

If you do not have a letter prepared to introduce you to recruiters, please order the letter writing service above in addition to the distribution. 


Laser Job Search Coaching

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If you are struggling with ANY aspect of your job search, our laser-focused, 30-minute job search coaching service is for you.

PROCESS: 30 minute, laser-focused coaching session

YOUR TAKEAWAYS: Get "unstuck" on any point in the job search process with our guidance and coaching.

FEE: $85


Interview Coaching

Interview coaching
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Virtually every job seeker can benefit from interview coaching but it is especially helpful for any person who is at all nervous about any type of interview. It is also especially beneficial for job seekers who worry about how they might answer certain questions or explain parts of their professional track record.

PROCESS:
Option #1 - 2 high-impact 60-minute coaching sessions (Good choice for people who haven't recently interviewed or who are having trouble getting past the first interview)
Option #2 - 60 minutes of focused coaching (Good choice for people who want to focus on specific topics or problem areas; also for those people having trouble turning interviews into job offers)

YOUR TAKEAWAYS:

  • Support and rehearsal for real-life interview scenarios
  • Strategies for handling common and tricky interview questions
  • Practical techniques for handling any interview question
  • Honest, objective feedback to ensure you shine in the interview

FEE:  Option 1 - $315  |  Option 2 - $175

Targeted VC/PE Distribution

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Have us send your resume and letter to Venture Capital and Private Equity firms. This is a service that will help you to access the “hidden” job market. Venture Capital and Private Equity firms invest in companies and corporate divisions. They are in a unique position to either know about or be actively trying to fill open positions in these companies. When you contact VC/PE firms, you should ask for referrals to their portfolio companies. This database is particularly useful for people seeking work at the mid-management to senior-executive levels, especially those who have a value proposition that includes leading turnarounds or growth initiatives. Our service helps you identify the appropriate VC firms nationwide and then send them your resume and introductory letter by email in an extremely cost-effective manner. In addition, we send you the contact information on the VC/PE firms we have contacted for you, for your future use, or so that you can follow up.

It is important for you to understand that this service is not at all similar to the many “resume blaster” offers on the internet, most that offer services of very questionable quality. We go to great lengths to make certain that our data is of the highest quality and that the recipients of your resume are individuals who will have an interest in receiving a resume from a candidate with your qualifications.

Each email will arrive in the recipient’s inbox as a “classy” and appropriately formatted message, addressed specifically to them.

Please note that you MUST have a resume and a letter written to appeal to this audience and these must be provided to us in MS Word format. We provide professional writing services if you need help with this. But, please make sure the documents are ready before you schedule this service.

Your investment: $425 (Special pricing for clients only: $345)

If you do not have a letter prepared to introduce you to VCs/PEs, please order the letter writing service above in addition to the distribution.


LinkedIn for Job Search Coaching

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You know that it is essential that you are on LinkedIn, and you know that LinkedIn could be helpful for your job search if only you knew what to do! Or, maybe you have made inroads on LinkedIn, but are stuck and don't know what to do next. This program is designed for you.

PROCESS: High-impact 60-minute coaching session

YOUR TAKEAWAYS:

>>  Practical training, guidance, and clarity on the specific areas of LinkedIn that are confusing you

>>  Personalized instruction to help you use LinkedIn features and functionalities to optimize your job search

>> Tips on how to optimize your profile so that recruiters come looking for you

>>  Answers to all your LinkedIn questions!

FEE: $175


Networking Coaching

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Networking is THE most effective job search technique, but also the one that makes a large majority of job seekers uncomfortable. If you know you should use networking techniques in your search, but struggle to  do so for any reason, this program is for you.

PROCESS: High-impact 60-minute coaching session

YOUR TAKEAWAYS:

  • Guidance on developing a networking strategy and plan
  • Practical instruction for how to connect with the people in your network
  • Personalized tips on how to approach people about your job search
  • Help identifying networking opportunities online and offline
  • A solid plan of action for following up on networking contacts

FEE: $175

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