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3 Things to Consider Before You Hire a Resume Writer

You loathe updating your resume. You want career fulfillment, but does this task alone slow you down? If so, hire a resume writer.

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I honestly didn't know this was a thing until a few years ago. Maybe you didn't either. Think you would benefit from resume writing services? First:

📍Have a clear career goal. Targeted resumes perform better. A "general resume" will do you no favors so if you are struggling to nail down your focus hire a career coach first!

📍Get in the marketing mindset. Every detail about your life and work history may not be relevant to your career target. These details are important to who you are, but they are not necessarily important for this resume or for this job target. The goal is for your resume to tell a curated story about who you are and what you can do.

📍Do your research. Find a resume writer that is right for you. Ask friends for a referral or use professional association listings within The National Resume Writers Association or the Professional Association of Resume Writers/Career Coaches to start the process. Above all, trust and connect with your writer. The resume writer/client relationship is and should be a collaborative one.

Ready to start the resume writing process? Let’s collaborate!

Don't Hide! Bring your Accomplishments forward with one simple Question.

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Don't make it difficult to spot your qualifications in your resume, draw attention to them! Excite your reader with your career story instead of inviting them to nap between the lines.

YOU create the narrative within the six-second scan so draw the reader in by ➡️ quantifying results, ➡️ highlighting challenges you overcame and ➡️ the action you took to get there.

Replace dense paragraphs describing your professional accomplishments with bulleted, lean achievement-driven statements. How do you get from paragraph to bullet point? Keep asking yourself, "So what?" For example:

I help customers on the phone and increase customer satisfaction.

So what?

I created a procedure for call handling to ensure calls aren't missed.

So what?

I did this so well I was asked to create the customer satisfaction function of our company improving missed customer calls.

And so on. Boil it down to quantifiable, difference-making bullet points:

▶︎ Created the company's customer satisfaction experience function from scratch.

▶︎ Decreased missed inbound calls by 30% in six weeks by developing a new call handling standard operating procedure (SOP).

It takes time and more mental brain power to express yourself succinctly. Resume writing is hard work - so be patient with yourself.

Take time to pack the punch. When you do the work on paper, it is easier to articulate your value in person.

So, keep asking yourself: "So what?"

Need more help unlocking powerful resume statements? Download our free bullet point writing formula.

Give Career Fulfillment This Christmas

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Happy Cyber Monday! As you sift through the deals of the day, consider giving the long-lasting gift of career fulfillment and hope (for under ten bucks)!

Grab our resume branding mini-workbook ($8.99) to guide you or a loved one through our branded statement writing formula, that ensures you can:

➝ Communicate the best blend of your skill set to win interviews.

➝ Infuse professional accomplishments into your resume.

➝ Locate keywords in a job posting to tweak your resume for your application.

➝ Craft a statement that showcases your value and sets you apart from the crowd.

Take charge to hone your professional value and lead a friend to theirs! Career fulfillment belongs to those that do the inner work to get there. Buy your copy here.

The Ordinary Overflow: Thanksgiving

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Let’s reflect on the significant and seemingly ordinary gifts in life today. Cultivating thankfulness for the multitude gifts in every day, as author Ann Voskamp describes the “life in between:”

My short list:

Messy rooms + fingerprints on the windows [kids at play]

Beard hairs in the sink [a loving husband]

An untidy kitchen [sharing a meal with friends and family]

May we overflow with thankfulness for the big events in our life but also for the ordinary in-between.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Coaching Client Landed!

One email made my last Friday night!

I still feel like jumping up and down on behalf of my coaching client! She succeeded in landing a job at one of her target organizations just ONE month after we chatted job search strategies.

Experiencing an unexpected lay off is difficult, but she rallied. Join me in cheering her on as she starts her new gig!

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NEW! Resume Branding Mini-Workbook

You have room for one more treat post-Halloween.🍬

Hinge Resume’s new resume branding mini-workbook is available for download! It’s full of DIY exercises, how-tos, and examples to brand your resume to open doors to your next opportunity.

After working through our branded statement writing formula, you will be able to:

➝ Communicate the best blend of your skillset towards your job target to win interviews.

➝ Infuse professional accomplishments into your resume.

➝ Locate keywords in a job posting to tweak your resume for your application.

➝ Craft a statement that showcases your value and sets you apart from the crowd.

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Fling the Door Wide: What Do You Want Next?

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I get a lot of questions about the Hinge Resume name. How did you come up with it? What stirred within you to create your business brand?

The Hinge Resume Collaborative name is inspired by a saying (or proverb) in the Bible.

Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
— Proverbs 8:34

Your resume is one of many tools in your job search that can open doors of opportunity. I like to say your resume is the hinge that opens the door.

[hinge: noun. (/hinj/) a central point or principle on which everything depends.]

As I dreamt up my business, I envisioned each of us closely hugging a doorframe, leaning in on the threshold, door slightly open, peering out in expectation of what comes next.

Steal away a still, quiet moment this Monday morning. Close your eyes and picture yourself at your doorframe. Feel the October wind hitting your face as you lean forward on your threshold.

What do you want next? What do you need to fling the door wide open?

New Perspective + Current Adventure

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This morning we took crocodile and lizard in the hands of my two-year-old to register Hinge Resume Collaborative as a sole proprietorship downtown Indianapolis.

Our little field trip was filled with unexpected wonder observing the tall buildings, busy traffic and pedestrians through his eyes. I saw the cloudy circle city from his 3-foot point of view.

His wonder and delight inspired child-like hope within me for the Hinge Resume adventure.

What can you see anew today by shifting your perspective?

Hinge Resume Client Success

After a tough couple days with a sick kid and cleaning up said sickness it is a thrill to be able to sit down and write congratulatory cards to clients who landed their "dream job" and another who "landed a substantially better job" in a company ranked in the top 50 on Forbes' America's Best Companies list.

To new adventures!! (...and healthy children!)

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