Creative Keystrokes Executive Resume Service is truly your “one-stop resource” for career transition services. From document preparation to Web distribution to targeting mailings—we do it all.
Marketing Document Design and Development
Executive Resume Service
The purposes of your resume are threefold: to get you the interview, to serve as an interview guide for the potential employer, and to justify the hiring decision to higher management. I’ll create a carefully crafted document that informs a potential employer about your skills and qualifications. It will powerfully describe what you can do, what you have done, and what contributions you will make. Service includes consultation, writing, and design, and you receive an electronic copy of your document in MS Word (complimentary PDF if desired).
LinkedIn® Profile Optimization Service & E-Guide
With LinkedIn® now acknowledged as the #1 candidate sourcing tool used by recruiters, it is a place where you want to be highly visible. This service will optimize your profile to be found in keyword searches and impress your visitors when it is found. The service also includes a detailed guide on how to best leverage LinkedIn® in your executive job search and ongoing career management.
A high-impact career biography is a valuable tool in executive employment search, especially useful for C-level executives and those seeking board positions.
Also sometimes called a “mini bio,” this compact, powerful statement of what you bring to the table is useful for upload to executive job, networking, or professional sites, and may also be used on handouts at public speaking engagements, etc.
Cover Letter Development
A critical companion piece to your resume. Many employers and recruiters will simply toss your resume if there is no cover letter or it doesn’t immediately pique their interest! We will prepare a “template” letter that can be easily modified for use in direct mail campaigns to recruiters, companies, venture capital firms, or your personal network. Also available are custom letters drafted to target a specific opportunity or company. Electronic copy provided in MS Word.
E-Resume (Text Resume)
While increasing numbers of job sites will now accept Word (.doc) uploads, in today’s electronic job search environment you will likely also need a simply formatted text version. Your resume is optimized for sending via E-mail, posting on executive job boards, applying for positions on corporate sites, and OCR scanning (for those few who still use this method).
Web Resume/Portfolio Site
A Web Resume takes your resume to a new level with the beauty of a professionally designed HTML resume. With well over 90% of recruiters and companies “Googling” candidates, you can “publish” your web resume to search engines to help build a positive web presence that reinforces your candidacy. (Likewise, if you prefer to keep your resume private, you can do so.) The Web resume is great for use as a link in your e-mail when you contact a party who does not know you personally, as it does not pose the security risks of opening an attachment. (Many corporate systems nowadays have firewalls, spam filters, and anti-virus programs that may screen out your attachment.) With a Creative Keystrokes Web Resume, you’ll have your own mini-Website that is confidential, affordable, and projects the image of a tech-savvy, 21st Century job seeker who offers the Web-driven interactivity and access that hiring agents have come to expect.
Your reference list should contain three to five professional references from whom you have obtained permission and to whom you have provided a copy of your resume. And it is not a bad idea to have a third party call them to make sure you do not join the ranks of candidates who were rejected at the last minute due to an unfavorable reference (see the service mentioned below).
A key card to be held in the poker game of hiring for as long as you can. When the appropriate time comes to discuss compensation, you will be armed with a compensation summary which takes into account not only your base pay but bonuses, expected raises, perks, etc.
Electronic Copies of Your Files
Electronic copy(ies) of any/all documents we prepare for you are provided, so you may print or edit your documents at will.
An absolute must! Though timeliness is important, it is far better to send this late than (Heaven forbid!) not at all. The thank-you letter does just as it says—it thanks the interviewer(s) for their time and consideration. It serves the additional important functions of: reminding them who you are, reiterating why you are such a good match for the position, and bolstering your candidacy with any important information missed in the interview.
Serves many of the same functions as the Thank-You letter. The hiring process, particularly for executive level positions, can take many weeks or even months, during which even the highest caliber candidate can get lost in the shuffle. The Follow-Up letter expresses your continuing interest and moves your file from the bottom of the in box back to the middle of the desk.
Resume Distribution and Self-Marketing Strategies
Gone are the days when you could peruse a few ads, get a few interviews, and land a great new position. Today’s job market requires a multi-faceted, organized, and persistent search effort. To support your search, you may want to consider one or more of the following strategies and services.
Custom Recruiter Distribution
Maximum visibility for minimum time and expense. We will target your list based on various criteria such as industry specialty, position specialty, salary level, retained versus contingent firm, etc. You will receive complete contact information for follow-up with each recipient.
Executive Job Board Posting/Job Agent Activation
Posts your resume to the top 25 executive job sites and sets up job agents for you where available, saving you up to 40 hours of work.
Executive Recruiting Firm Site Upload
Exclusive service developed by Creative Keystrokes uploads your resume to the databases of top echelon recruiting firms via the website or email channels they specify. Makes your resume available to all members nationwide or worldwide of these premier firms.
Tools and Services to Ensure You are Fully Prepared for Your Search
100K+ Executive Networking Guide
A step-by-step approach to job search success using “consultative networking.” Networking yields by far the most job leads that result in hires, so make sure you do not neglect this important search strategy.
Definitive Guide to Salary Negotiation
A “quick read” that shows you how to negotiate your salary and compensation package effectively, and avoid common pitfalls that can sabotage your job search. You really do not want to go to send out your resume, go to that interview, or negotiate a job offer before you read this invaluable book!
Provides you with winning techniques for interviewing in the $100,000+ job category. Examines situations specific to the executive candidate interview. Also a “quick read” that provides invaluable advice and specific responses to tough interview questions.
Reference Checking Service
Are you confident that the references that you give will indeed give you an excellent recommendation? An indifferent reference can be just as damaging as an overtly unfavorable one. Be certain that your references will provide a good recommendation with this service. Check them out here: Allison & Taylor, Inc.
LinkedIn® Guide for Executives: Leveraging LinkedIn® Effectively in Career Management and Job Search
Fully illustrated e-book on strategies to utilize LinkedIn® effectively, whether you are in active job search, or simply want to grow and maintain a robust professional network.