Depending on who you talk to or the context of the situation, the terms resume and CV (curriculum vitae) often mean the same thing. Employers will ask you to send them your resume or CV. Diving into the technical definitions and intent of each there are some differences, whether those employers recognize them or not. Resumes are marketing documents – intended to sway an opinion or judgment about you. CVs tend to be more informational in purpose. In academic circles (and overseas), you will see the term CV more often. In North America, however, resumes are more commonly referred to. I understand the difference between the two both in how they are designed and written, and where one is used more than the other. Pricing for them varies depending on the length – a one-page resume/CV will obviously require more time than a two page. I can provide a price based on what your stated objectives are and also reviewing an older copy of your resume/CV. If you don’t have one, just an understanding of your work and education history will often suffice.
I write two different kinds of cover letters, one that is a template ($19.99) and another that is customized for a specific job you are seeking (usually $39.99). The template does have information that is unique to you and I give it some design flare so that it essentially looks like a letter on professional letterhead that complements your resume. The writing is about 75% ready to go but gives you a really good framework for creating something unique for jobs you apply for. The customized cover letter takes it a step further where I write it entirely (word-for-word), for a specific job you are seeking. I review the job listing details and your information then write it with keywords and concepts unique to the job.
Letters of Introduction
Letters of introduction are presented to employers (with your resume) who don’t necessarily have a job opening right now. Whereas a cover letter aligns you with what they are specifically seeking, a letter of introduction is more about who you are, your background, and why are would be a great fit with their company. It’s a proactive job-seeking technique. These are $39.99 and completely customized to you.
Another proactive job-seeking technique are postcards. Postcards are great for obtaining temporary assignments, that lead to permanent jobs. But they are also an effective tool for job seekers to create stronger connections with corporate and non-clinical positions. They are sort of like a mini-billboard about YOU and a great way to grab attention and stick in someone’s mind – they are impressive. I charge $39.99 for the design part of a postcard. Once the design is complete, I most often upload it to a vistaprint.com account that my client creates, then they can order as many or as often as they like. There are also potential costs for postage and a mailing list. Postage on a 6 x 4 postcard runs about $0.35 each. Mail distribution lists can be researched on your own or you can contact a third-party contractor through a service like fiverr.com or upwork.com to do it for you – that price can range between $20-40, depending on who you go with. I have yet to hear from a client that didn’t have fantastic results. In fact, many are employed today because of postcards.
LinkedIn Profile Creation or Update
With LinkedIn updates, I will either create an account for you or update your existing one with your current resume information. If it’s a resume that I do, the cost is $39.99, if it’s from a resume you have done on your own, the cost is $69.99. Included in the update is keyword optimization that assists recruiters in locating job candidates; a customized address for your LinkedIn account so people can find you more easily (ie LinkedIn.com/in/FirstLastname); and I also design a cover image for the header area that creates a polished look for your brand.
Testimonial sheets are an additional document (branded with a similar look as your cover letter and/or resume) that lists 3-5 short testimonials from co-workers, customers/patients, and employers (past and present). A short testimonial would be 1-3 sentences on what type of person you are to work with. They are helpful because they provide third-party validation that you are awesome! It’s one thing for YOU to say how great you are, but even more valuable to hear it from others. They can also include a list of live reference contact information – so people the potential employer could contact to talk about you with (a reference). These are $19.99.
Resignation or Employment Acceptance Letters
Having a good clean break or entrance with an employer is really important. You need to be on the same page to avoid misunderstandings and confusion that can impact your career for years to come. Letters of resignation give you the chance to briefly state your intent to resign, the final day, and your interest in professionally helping with the transition. Employment acceptance letters allow you to state your appreciation, reiterate what that offer was, and clearly proclaim your acceptance. I have templates for these documents that can be purchased for $14.99 and also offer customized services for this if you would rather let me create and customize them for you at $29.99 each.
Biographies, Statements of Purpose, Business Cards, One Sheets/Speaker Packets, and More!
Some clients need additional things that require great writing and/or designs. I do all kinds of simple and complex writing for job seekers and entrepreneurs seeking to branch out on their own. So if you need anything extra at all, just ask. Chances are good I have done it before and am happy to help you also. As you can imagine, pricing will depend on a variety of factors so it would be important to discuss what you need in more detail – we can do this over the phone or by way of an email.