At Great Impressions Resume & Career Services, our goal is to help you secure interviews and job offers by convincingly presenting your skills and experiences. Our services include the following:
Free initial consultation. In the course of providing a service quote, we start off by getting to know you and your job/career objectives and interests, as well as reviewing your current resume, if applicable. We also offer free resume reviews for individuals who are simply seeking resume feedback and are not necessarily interested at the moment in a service quote.
Resumes. In today's rapid-paced, extremely competitive job market, you have mere seconds to make a strong first impression with a potential employer in showing what you have to offer. We can assist you with creating a high-impact, value-projecting resume designed to capture the attention of potential employers to help you better compete for the job you want. And in the course of doing this, we will ensure that keywords are strategically placed in your resume to optimize or increase your document's suitability for today's applicant tracking systems.
While all of the resumes that we create are written and designed to help clients compete to the best of their ability, we also create "breakout resumes" to help clients break out of or to make transitions from their present career to opportunities in new fields or employment sectors. In addition to embracing our normal standards in uncovering and fully articulating client value, we create these resumes by identifying and spotlighting key skills and areas of experience that are especially critical to pursuing opportunities in a new career field.
I just wanted to let you know that I have accepted an offer as a Director of Finance. Your resume generated more hits and interview opportunities than my old resume. I am very, very impressed."
S.N., Hutchinson, Minnesota
Cover letters. An effective cover letter is an important part of any job search. We can create a cover letter that is strategic and selective with its content and that as a result complements your resume to generate interest in you as a candidate.
LinkedIn profiles. With millions of users worldwide across all employment sectors, LinkedIn has become a critical tool for both job seekers and employers. We can assist you with creating a compelling, keyword-rich LinkedIn profile to help you increase your ability to be found by hiring managers and recruiters and to grow your network.
Personal statements and bios. We assist clients with creating personal statements for graduate school applications and bios for competitive bid proposals, websites and marketing collateral, and other purposes.
Special situations. We assist clients with a wide range of needs which include making significant career changes, such as pursuing opportunities in a different industry or employment sector or exploring new directions at or near retirement. We are also experienced at assisting clients with strategies for handling employment gaps, terminations and other challenges.
Interviewing assistance. We assist clients with mock interviews to help increase their confidence when interviewing and their ability to attract job offers. During these personalized, one-on-one sessions, we use a blended approach that combines guided practice on standard and behavioral interviewing questions with informal discussion on strategies, insights and tips for increased interviewing effectiveness.
Interview follow-up letters. Submitting a letter following an interview is a highly recommended tactic. By doing so, a job seeker can thank an employer for the opportunity to interview as well as present other information in further creating a strong impression as a candidate. We can help you create a follow-up letter to emphasize points that you did not get a chance to make during your interview or to revisit points that you would like to reinforce or clarify to help strengthen your overall presentation.
Career support. For clients who are interested in improving their confidence and effectiveness as job candidates, we offer assistance using our Belief-Value-Direction-Intention model. This practical and supportive approach enables us to work with clients "where they are at" in helping them in one-on-one sessions with insights and strategies for better articulating their value, defining their career direction or directions, and/or reinforcing their self-belief so they can realize greater personal and career fulfillment.
Seminars, workshops and instructional programs. We prepare and deliver seminars, workshops and instructional programs for educational institutions and other organizations on topics that include resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development as well as interviewing preparation.
Hidden job market strategies and techniques. Pursuing unadvertised job opportunities requires a different approach than pursuing advertised jobs. We can recommend strategies and techniques, tailored to your situation, that are designed to help you develop a network of contacts and connections as well as secure interviews with targeted organizations.
Portfolios. For executives, professionals and others who want to go beyond a resume presentation to further differentiate themselves, portfolios can be an excellent tool. We can assist you with creating portfolios that include such items as accomplishment summaries, project descriptions, technology skills lists, industry insight summaries and published article/book synopses.
Employer services. We provide resume writing and related services to assist employers and their employees going through transitions as a result of reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, company/department closings or relocations, and other events. Services include resume and cover letter writing and one-on-one critiques, as well as workshops on preparing resumes, cover letters and other documents. In short, we can provide your employees with the assistance they need to help them compete effectively for jobs in the next phase of their careers.
Please contact us for pricing or for more information.