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Seeking professional resume writer
I'm seeking recommendations for a professional resume writer
who can help me update my resume and make it really sparkle!
Preferably someone who has solid experience with corporate
New job seeker
I recently had the pleasure of working with Maggie Ballard.
After tinkering around with my resume for several months I
decided I needed some professional fresh eyes on it, and
Maggie surpassed my expectations. She interviewed me in
depth over the phone, extracting real work experience from
me that I had not previously considered. She was very
affordable and gave me choices about how much homework I
wanted to take on in order to keep costs down. She was
upfront about her current workload, and assured me about
when my work would be completed. I am positively thrilled
with the final product and felt that Maggie was personally
invested in the outcome. I know that I can pick up the
phone at any time if I need to consult with her. She will
be a tremendous advocate for you, and work to present you in
the most compelling way. I highly recommend Maggie. She
can be reached at 408-637-3205 or email@example.com.
I worked with Maggie Ballard and she was really fantastic.
She asked great questions, incorporated and expanded upon my
answers and helped me see my experience and skills in new
light. I loved that she was supportive and realistic - she
wasn't just a cheerleader and I left our meetings feeling
focused and motivated.
She can be reached at:
408-637-3205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A friend of mine is a professional writer, and has done
resumes as well as corporate bios. He also has a law degree
and an MBA, and has experience as a journalist. He lives in
Los Altos, but he comes up to Berkeley once a week or so for
other jobs. His name is Ross Blaufarb, and you can reach him
at email@example.com. Janet
I had an excellent experience working with Maggie Ballard.
She can be reached at 408-637-3205 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a complicated professional
history in a very specialized field. The resume I had
previously put together myself was probably doing more harm
than good. Maggie had a thoughtful and efficient process
for exploring my professional experience and produced a
resume for me that does an excellent job of clearly and
powerfully presenting my skills and experience. I
recommended Maggie to a professional colleague and he had a
similar experience with her. Overall, I found Maggie very
easy to work with, her fees were very reasonable and I got
good value from the time and money I spent working with her.
I worked with Maggie Ballard late last year and I highly
recommend her services. She was quick to respond, provided
excellent feedback and was extremely reasonable with her
fees. I wanted to change my resume to a more functional
format based on my interest in a career change. Maggie
completely understood what I wanted to achieve and provided
an excellent updated resume for me. She was very thorough
and definitely knows what she is doing. Below is her e-mail
Finding someone to help with my husband's resume
My husband needs help with his resume. He is in commercial
real estate. For various reasons he has moved around jobs.
For instance buildings sold, etc. He is having trouble
finding a good way to say this on paper and doesn't want to
get weeded out. Does anyone have any recomendations for
someone who can help with this process. How much should we
expect to pay for the service and how long does it typically
I have used Pam Condie as an office organizer and I know she
is a Certified Professional Resume Writer. She has a gift
for drawing her clients out so that she can present them in
the best possible (and truthful) light. Her telephone is
510- 653-7744. stu
Need help writing my resume
I need help rewriting my resume. I would like to find
someone who knows how to ask questions, highlight pertinent
areas and skills set (personal and professional), and put
that on paper (virtual and otherwise) as something that is
hopefully compelling enough to pique interest in future
I'm currently employed so it's not at a critical stage, but
ideally would like to be moving onward and upward within a
year. Thanks! Sandra
Carrie McKiernan helped me with my resume when I was
returning to work - it was easy, and she was great to work
with. What I wound up with was MUCH better than what I
started with - her website is www.carriemckiernan.com. Have
A New Job
I recently worked with Lisa Rothman on my resume. Lisa was
professional, supportive, and knowledgable. She came to our
meeting prepared and was very efficient. When Lisa left I
was able to rewrite my resume with confidence and an
understanding of what makes an effective resume. I showed it
to a close friend who reads resumes and she thought it was a
great resume. Lisa is fantastic! Contact her at
email@example.com Good luck! D.
Resume help, nonprofit sector
I need help revamping my resume and developing my 30 second
speech on what I do. I'm looking for someone creative and
thoughtful, and experience in the nonprofit sector would be
especially helpful. I don't need long-term career coaching,
but immediate, short-term help to package/present my skills
and experience, etc. Thanks Resume challenged
When I saw that you asked for someone creative and
thoughtful, I thought right away about my career counselor,
Toni Littlestone. I've worked with her on and off over many
years and through several job changes. People think of
career counselors as just helping with finding a career
path, but Toni is also fantastic with immediate, short-term
help on the things you mentioned. I am in the nonprofit
field, and she's given me invaluable feedback on my resume
each time I've been in a job search, and has assisted me in
transforming my style in presenting myself. Coaching people
on how to talk about themselves is one of her specialties,
and it's made such a difference to me that now I coach my
friends with some of the techniques she's taught me. You can
reach her at 510-528-2221 or tonilittlestone.com. best
wishes on your search
Hi--I'd enthusiastically recommend Toni Littlestone, the
career counselor in Albany. She's often recommended here in
connection with finding a job and dealing with gnarly work
situations, but I've also found her really helpful with
smaller, targeted things like refreshing my resume and
putting together an 'elevator speech' about myself.
(Sometimes I've seen her in person, sometimes I've sent her
my resume/cover letter by email and gone over them by phone
I'm a non-profit person, and I've always felt like she
totally gets the nuances of that whole world. I think she's
the best around, and lots of my friends have liked her,
too--528-2221 or tonilittlestone.com.
Resume & Cover Letter Writing
I'm just recently getting back into the job market and have
found it frustrating to apply for posted jobs through
company web pages. I rarely get a response. I'm not sure if
its my resume, its preparation, the writing or if there's
just too many applicants for the job posting. As a result, I
would like some help with my resume & cover letters just to
be sure my language is clear and I'm covering my bases. Can
anyone recommend or does anyone have experience using a
person or service which can provide help with a CV & cover
letters at a reasonable cost? Many thanks
Hi! You should definitely contact Lisa Rothman (
http://www.lisarothman.com/ ) She helped me out with some
tough work-related questions I had. I'm a photographer
specializing in family/children portraits and she helped me
with editing all of my new website's text (you can see it
here: www.primaginephotography.com). She was patience,
listened to all my concerns and gave me some great and very
valuable inputs. The most amazing thing is I won 3 hours of
consultation services with her on a raffle from my son's
school and when I contacted her she still treated me with a
red carpet! Contact Lisa and you'll for sure be in great
I'd love to recommend Lisa Rothman. As a stay-at-home mom
who hasn't worked in 8 years, I was very intimidated about
trying to re-enter the job market. With one conversation,
Lisa completely restructured my resume for the job I was
applying for and gave me great advice with specific examples
for writing a fantastic cover letter. She is an exceptional
combination of really smart, efficient, funny and
thoughtful. It was really the best money I could imagine
spending on this process.
Here's the email I sent her the morning after our talk: Dear
Thank you so much for our conversation yesterday. I feel so
inspired and renewed by talking with you, and I so
appreciate all of your advice and suggestions. Thank you!
You make me feel like it will be possible eventually for me
to go back to work--something which I haven't felt in a
while. I will be one of those Berkeley Parents Network
ravers and will definitely recommend you to my friends here.
And here's her website:
I have worked with at least 3 resume writers in the past.
Some of them did that for living. Among them, Lisa was the
most caring and personable resume writer. You can feel that
she actually cares. She will take her time to understand
your needs, weakness, and strenght so she can write a resume
and a cover letter that represent you. She is also very open
to feedback and more than willing to rewrite if you have any
issues with it. It is hard to get an interview!!!
on the same boat
Need a 'makeover' for social justice related positions
Can anyone recommend a person with professional experience reviewing and
helping to rewrite resumes for a mom with a long history of professional
experience in a range of social justice related positions? I have a draft and am
looking for a 'makeover'.
I highly recommend Lisa Rothman. I was hired 4 months ago
for my dream job and I can say with absolute confidence that
I would not have gotten this position without Lisa's help.
She re-crafted my resume to really highlight how my
experience fit into the skills needed for the job. She's a
great listener and collaborator! She also gave me fantastic
interview advice and coaching. In my job search, I was
called to interview for EVERY position I applied for--
unheard of in this tight economy. I can't say enough great
things about her. http://www.lisarothman.com/
I would like to suggest Lisa Rothman. She helped to update
and greatly improve my resume and also gave me a wonderful
strategy for drafting cover letters. She was great. She is
very good at what she does and she managed our time together
very well, which was important since I was on a very tight
budget. She listened well and synthesized a lot of
information quickly and was very proactive in helping me to
get where I wanted to go. On top of all that she is really
nice and pleasant to work with! Good luck with everything!
Reframing resumes for career-changers
I'm seeking recommendations for E.Bay-based resume writing
professionals. I would like to be paired with someone who has an
expertise in re-framing/re-tooling resumes for career-changers. If
at all possible, I would like to hear about any results guarantees
or success stories that they've had with previous clients (i.e.,
new resume led to xx number of interviews; calls from HR folks).
Regarding payment, I am hoping to spend less than $150 for their
Resume Needs Revamping
Robin Davis is a long time hi-tech recruiter who also coaches
people in transition, resume rewriting, and interview skills.
She is not a straight career coach per se, I would call her more
of a transition coach, bordering on life coach. I am probably
not describing what she does totally accurately, but know that
she definitely can help with resume transformations. Try her:
Robin Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing my resume up to date
I am looking for someone to help me bring my resume up to date. I am
looking for someone in the Berkeley or Albany area.
I highly recommend Cliff Flamer from Brightside Resumes.
I am looking for an excellent resume writer to write my resume.
I would like to make a request for other people's experiences
with good resume writers, please.
My teenage son has seen the career consultant, Louise Goeckel,
twice and I can highly recommend her services for resume writing.
My son met with her the first time two years ago when he needed
help with his resume as a senior in High School. His experiences
with Louise were so positive that not only did he get the first
job he applied for but he was highly motivated to go for the
interview, because of the outstanding meeting with Louise!. This
year they met again to update his resume because now he wants to
explore new territories in his native country for the summer.
When he came home after their meeting and I read the cover letter
and the resume, I saw the depth of a person that Louise can bring
out with the words and the ideas expressed. As a mother of a
teenager, I could not find a better support! And for me, I use
her services as a business coach and there is not another like
her!!! I have not met anyone with more warmth and heartfelt
attention and skill anywhere. Louise helps me go forward in the
direction I want to go! You can contact her: Louise Goeckel, MA,
Enjoy, Claudia R.
I would like help writing a resume that is tailored for a
teaching job at a community college.
Margaret Lucke is excellent: 510-799-1764, email@example.com.
I'm trying to find someone who might be able to put together a
resume for my husband, who is an IT Director of a small company.
I am especially interested in someone who specializes in IT
(Information Technology). Thanks for your help!
We used Bob Burg M.A. for my husband's tech resume. He just
started applying for jobs so can't tell you if it's paid off, but
the resume looks good. $290 for a resume and cover letter.It took
about six hours in two appointments to finish. He has you sit
with him while he's doing it.
I need to find a resume writer and recruiter for my husband,
preferable in the east bay area. He is currently in the technical
field (telecommunications, database, unix) and would like to
advance his career and pay, and I need to find someone that can
create a poping resume and also a recruiter that would be willing
to work to find him job. Can I get some recommendations for those
services from people out there?
needs a better job
I recommend Tyrone Tan as a resume writer. Accel Employment Services is in
Oakland. Phone is 893-3000 Ext. 206 . His website is www.accelemployment.com.
He is a very effective communicator, funny, and full of good ideas.
I am looking for a person who can write a strong cover letter
and resume for me. As English is my second language, I need
someone who can help me with writing a strong resume. I am in
social worker profession. Fee is negotiable. Does anybody have
recommendation for a great writer?
I would like to recommend my friend Sande Smith as a resume
writer. She has helped me with things I needed written, and has
written a few books. I know she has written resumes and cover
letters for others, as well as papers, reports and
Because she has studied other languages, she really enjoys
working with people who have English as a second language. I
know she has received compliments from interviewers about her
own cover letters.
So I can highly recommend her! Her phone number is 925-937-2446
and her email is
sequoya AT ix.netcom.com
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