Resumes by Joel
(Cover letters, too!)

If hiring managers regard your resume as just another resume, they won't bother to read past the first five lines. They may even fall asleep.  

Don't let that happen to you. Make sure your resume is visually appealing, editorially concise, and personally engaging. Anything less may work against you.

Never underestimate the value of a professionally-written resume, and the personalized cover letter that goes along with it. Hiring managers, HR reps, and department heads receive dozens of resumes every week. Hundreds, sometimes. They're swamped. And because of that ...
  • First they'll look at the job title that's listed at the top.
  • If that matches their needs, they'll visually scan the first page in about five seconds without actually reading anything.
  • If what they see looks inviting, they may actually read the opening paragraph.
  • If they feel they're getting a good snapshot of who you are and what makes you tick, they may allow themselves a relatively quick glance at most of the companies, titles, and accomplishments listed on the resume.
But if it's too wordy, too repetitive, and seemingly too overreaching, they'll say: "Thanks, but no thanks." If there are typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors, they'll drop it without a moment's hesitation. And if it reads like too many other resumes, they'll consider you just another face in the crowd. 


If it's succinct, appealing to the eye, error-free, action-oriented, relevant, confident, and personable, you'll have a much better shot than most at getting it read and passed along to the next person in the hiring chain.

A few years ago, after a 30-year career writing magazine articles, books, press releases, annual reports, and corporate newsletters, I trained with a top career counseling firm to become a professional resume writer. Since then, I've prepared almost two hundred for people of all ages in dozens of industries. Here's what some of my clients have to say. 

"This greatly improves my chances in the job market and getting the initial interview call."
-- Julius B., Technology Architect

"All the documents look great. Thank you for the time you put into them."
-- Karen C., Electronic Data Interchange Specialist

"The resume looks fantastic, and I am very impressed!"
-- Crystal A., Social Media Specialist

"I think you knocked it out of the park. I might even hire myself now!"
-- Brian B., Technology Content Editor

"Man, you sure know how to write a cover letter, and I see you dramatically cleaned up the rest!"
-- Mike H., Enterprise Systems Engineer

"I just had my first interview as a result of my new resume. The interviewer mentioned that he was very impressed with it. Thank you for your help, Joel."
-- Donna B., Family Resource Center Manager
Let me help you, too. Contact me at I'll send you instructions for what to do next to get started. Please note that I handle resumes for any industry, and at any stage of a job-seeker's career. 

Below for your review are SIX resumes I recently prepared for clients, along with their corresponding cover letters.    

   Cover Letter

[cover letter] 

My fee is very competitive. Quite attractive, in fact, considering the importance of these documents to your career. Contact me at Please note that the one-time fee -- which you don't pay until after you receive the first draft -- includes 1) two complete drafts assure that both documents are completely aligned with your career goals, and 2) unlimited consultation and minor edits to help customize them for specific job applications.  
An exceedingly small investment to help build a lucrative and satisfying career.


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