Resume & Career Branding Packages for Students, Graduating Students, and Other Entry-Level and Early Career Professionals
- Who is This For?
- The Value We Offer
- Our Approach & Process
- Our Guarantee
- How We Are Different
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The packages on this page are designed for…
- Graduating students
- All professionals with <5 years of experience
If you don’t recognize yourself in the above description, please return to our service offering description to find the correct package for you.
…Do you want to take your career to the next level?
We can help.
Since 1996, the Distinctive Career Services team has been helping young professionals like you create career marketing documents that are infused with your brand, tell your compelling story, convey your professional value, and empower you to stand out confidently, get attention, be more competitive, and achieve your highest career goals.
Whether you are currently job searching, pursuing a desired promotion, or proactively positioning yourself for growth and advancement, our services will help you reinforce or transform your professional image, stand out confidently, attract desirable opportunities, and win interviews and offers for the opportunities you most want. The bottom line: we empower you to competitively raise your profile so that you attract the best executive and professional opportunities in line with your short- and long-range career goals.
We offer a high-touch, individualized service. Our process is designed to help us get to know you personally and to really understand your career goals. This is essential, because every resume, LinkedIn profile, and other document we write is one-of-a-kind, infused with your personality and strategically written to tell your career story in a way that is memorable, meaningful, succinct, relevant, and interesting to your target audience.
To achieve these goals, we use a combination of techniques to gather information about you, your goals, your experience, and your stories of success. Our Career Insights worksheet is the backbone of this process and we follow the worksheet with one-on-one consultation with you. As soon as you book a project with us, you will receive this worksheet and we urge you to complete it right away while your new resume is fresh in your mind. Once we receive your completed worksheet we begin drafting your resume and often conduct some preliminary research to better understand your industry and any technical details of your profession. At this point, we will follow up with you for some one-on-one consultation to get to know you better, clarify issues, and prompt your memory about additional accomplishments and qualifications.
Throughout the entire writing process you have access to the phone number and email address of the writer you are working with and may reach out to your writer with questions or concerns.
You can expect to receive a proof of your resume, LinkedIn content, or other documents approximately 10-15 business days from the day you return your worksheet to us. We’ll ask you to review it thoroughly and will then work with you on any revisions or corrections necessary to gain your complete satisfaction. Once your documents are perfect, we send you the source file in all the formats you will need for your job search: MS Word, PDF, and plain ASCII text.
But our relationship doesn’t end there. If you need additional support we can assist in a variety of ways, including providing coaching support on any job search or career management topic and helping you send your resume to recruiters and other decision-makers. We have clients we have been working with on each career step for 20+ years. We want to count you among our family of long-term clients as well.
Your 100% satisfaction and success is our #1 concern and we bend over backwards to make sure we have it. Our business has thrived and grown for 20+ years based on referrals from our past satisfied clients and we want to turn you into a “raving fan” of our service as well, so that you send your friends, family, and colleagues to us when they need help.
The technical details of our guarantee:
If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the documents that are produced for you, just let us know before the 15-day proofing period ends. If we are unable to alleviate your concerns with the prepared document, we will assign a new writer and rewrite for free. If you have asked for revisions to draft documents that we believe, in our professional opinion and experience, will negatively impact the document strategy, focus, or results, we will discuss this with you and attempt to find a compromise that satisfies your concerns while maintaining the integrity of the document. If you choose to have us make changes that are against our professional advice, we will do what is necessary to satisfy you, but may ask you to sign a release indicating that the changes were made at your directive.
You agree to take full responsibility for your own success. Results from the documents we produce and the services we provide can and do vary based on a number of factors outside the control of Distinctive Career Services, LLC. If you have not secured an interview within 3 months of using the documents we have created, we will provide a FREE 30-minute consultation to review and evaluate your search strategies and recommend alternate approaches. To take advantage of this free consultation, you must contact us between 90 and 120 days (after 3 months, but not over 4 months) from the delivery of your final documents to schedule an appointment. Any additional editing or writing services agreed upon as a result of this consultation will incur a new fee.
Our services are not cheap, rushed, or cookie-cutter. If this is what you are seeking, our services are not right for you. On the other hand, if you want to work with the BEST of the best, you are in the right place. Our services stress quality over quantity. Our business model is based on providing outstanding quality and service to a select number of clients. Our services are most appropriate for individuals who understand that a professional image is an essential investment in their career, and who value the unmatched professional expertise, personal attention, focus on details, emphasis on quality, and commitment to helping you achieve your career goals successfully that we bring to every project.
Our services are NOT a one-time transaction. Unlike many of the high-volume firms that treat their work with job seekers in a transactional way (and never expect to see you again), we take a much longer-term outlook. When we tell you that we are completely committed to supporting you in achieving your goals, winning your long-term loyalty, and establishing a lifelong relationship you know we mean it, because our entire business model depends on it. We have clients we have worked with on each and every step of their career for the past 20+ years. Others who have sent every single member of their family, their neighbors, and co-workers to us for help. This is what we strive for.
We NEVER outsource your project to inexperienced freelance writers. Some firms even send their projects to offshore writers who do not speak English as a first language. Our team of writers are handpicked and personally vetted by our founder Michelle Dumas. Each is highly trained, certified, active in the resume writing/employment services industry, and has proven top-notch skills. We treat our writers right and in turn we have their loyalty and our clients receive top-notch quality. We also take the ongoing, continuous mentoring and training of our writers seriously and have a professional proofreader, editor, and mentor on the team (and a highly credentialed professional resume writer herself) who collaborates with our writers on every project behind the scenes, advising on grammar, content, and overall document strategy.
We do not believe in holding your documents hostage. Some firms lock their documents so that you will never be able to make even minor changes yourself in the future. We don’t agree with this policy! At the end of a project with us we send you all the source files for all the documents we have prepared for you. While we hope you will come back to us for updates in the future, we want to make sure you have everything you need now for a successful job search (and that requires your documents in multiple formats) and also so you can make minor changes to your documents (updating a phone number, for example) in the future.
We recognize that a resume is just a tool and many people need support in using that “tool” in effective ways. Unlike other resume firms, we do not just write your resume and send you on your way. We provide you with access to our exclusive, back end client portal with a vast library of resources to help you on every step of your search, from career planning and goal setting, to using LinkedIn more effectively, interviewing, and salary negotiations, and much, much more. Differentiating us further, we also have a team of highly accomplished career and job search coaches on our team who are available to meet with you one-on-one to consult with you and coach you on any aspect of job searching and career management.
We aren’t a fly-by-night service provider that is going to disappear tomorrow. When Michelle Dumas, our founder, first brought Distinctive Career Services to the internet in 1996, we were one of just a handful of professional resume writing firms offering our craft on the Internet. Literally, we were one of the very first resume services on the Internet. Today there are thousands, but we have seen thousands come and go, as well. We have outlasted them all! The reason for this is simple. We consistently provide outstanding service and deliver on our promises. We are as good as we promise you we are. We are in it for the long haul and we will be here for you when you need our support in the future.
We agree with you that hiring a professional resume writing firm is an important decision and we want to make sure you have everything you need to make an informed decision. If you have more questions or just want to speak with us before proceeding, please reach out:
Here are some more links that may be helpful to you in making your decision:
Job Search Essentials
Job Search Professional
Job Search Professional Plus
Your Satisfaction Guaranteed!
If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the documents that are produced for you, just let us know before the 15-day proofing period ends. If we are unable to alleviate your concerns with the prepared document, we will assign a new writer and rewrite for free. If you have not secured an interview within 3 months of using the documents we have created, we will provide a FREE 30-minute consultation to review and evaluate your search strategies and recommend alternative approaches. To take advantage of this free consultation, you must contact us between 90 and 120 days from the delivery of your final documents to schedule an appointment.