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About Resume to Interviews

ResumetoInterviews is more thorough than any other resume writing service with a unique career services writing process that is not found anywhere else. This resume writing process is extremely thorough. The idea is that by collaborating together in the writing process we combine an industry expert (you) and a career services writing expert (us) to create a highly detailed and accurate document that focuses on your most relevant information and accomplishments. It is this reason that we require your participation in the process. No one understands your background and accomplishments better than you, so there will be details that you will need to fill in and incorporate. This will assist us in identifying your most important skills and expertise. If you only want us to create a document without the back and forth collaborative editing process this is not the right service for you. Below are the key principles we believe in at ResumetoInterviews.

  • Inside Perspective: A good resume writer knows what today’s recruiters and hiring managers want—and don’t want—to see in a resume.
  • Resume Strategy: A meticulous resume writer will make sure your career objective and unique value are explicitly stated and seek to shape your work experience so it is written and formatted to underscore these criteria.
  • Data Generation: An experienced resume writer can help you prepare for the interview process while building resume content by asking insightful questions to uncover and reframe your accomplishments and job duties.
  • Compelling Content: An astute writer is aware of industry-specific keywords that are searched for by scanning software as well as HR screeners.
  • Language Expertise: A skilled writer has in-depth knowledge of grammar, structure, and style so you don’t have to worry about typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors.

We’re accessible. Do you have a question? Call us at (484) 416-0009. E-mail us at Support@ResumetoInterviews.com. We’ll answer.

Yes, we offer resume updates. Another benefit of our Microsoft Word delivery format is that you have full control over adding and editing information on your resume and/or cover letter. We’ve taken care of all the difficult formatting work, so updating either is usually just a matter of typing in your new information. However, if you get stuck along with way – or prefer to have your new information professionally worded by our staff – simply utilize our resume update services starting at only $39 for existing customers.

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Yes, you may purchase a resume service gift certificate directly at https://resumetointerviews.com/gift-certificates/purchase/.

We get asked all the time “Is hiring a resume service tax deductible?” The answer: yes, in some cases. Please see below from the IRS website.

Job Search Expenses Can be Tax Deductible
IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2012-06, July 18, 2012
Summertime is the season that often leads to major life decisions, such as buying a home, moving or a job change. If you are looking for a new job that is in the same line of work, you may be able to deduct some of your job hunting expenses on your federal income tax return.
Here are seven things the IRS wants you to know about deducting costs related to your job search:

  1. To qualify for a deduction, your expenses must be spent on a job search in your current occupation. You may not deduct expenses you incur while looking for a job in a new occupation.
  2. You can deduct employment and outplacement agency fees you pay while looking for a job in your present occupation. If your employer pays you back in a later year for employment agency fees, you must include the amount you received in your gross income, up to the amount of your tax benefit in the earlier year.
  3. You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of your résumé to prospective employers as long as you are looking for a new job in your present occupation.
  4. If you travel to look for a new job in your present occupation, you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area to which you travelled. You can only deduct the travel expenses if the trip is primarily to look for a new job. The amount of time you spend on personal activity unrelated to your job search compared to the amount of time you spend looking for work is important in determining whether the trip is primarily personal or is primarily to look for a new job.
  5. You cannot deduct your job search expenses if there was a substantial break between the end of your last job and the time you begin looking for a new one.
  6. You cannot deduct job search expenses if you are looking for a job for the first time.
  7. In order to be deductible, the amount that you spend for job search expenses, combined with other miscellaneous expenses, must exceed a certain threshold. To determine your deduction, use Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Job search expenses are claimed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. The amount of your miscellaneous deduction that exceeds two percent of your adjusted gross income is deductible.

For more information about job search expenses, see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. This publication is available on IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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Resume Theory 101

Resume scanning is a process used by larger companies to speed up their resume review process by converting hardcopy resumes into electric resumes. Instead of reviewing each resume individually, resumes are dumped into a company database and scanned for various key terms and industry buzzwords. The resume scanning process filters out any resumes that do not contain certain keywords, and provides the company with a list of resumes that contain the keywords/skills they are looking for in an employee. We utilize a specialized system to concentrate as many key phrases as possible into a single area of your resume. This ensures that any Resume Scanning systems will rank your application as high as possible.

To find out how ResumeToInterviews can help you beat resume scanners, contact us here!

Resume length is a trick subject, often with conflicting advice. Basically, a resume needs to be as tight as possible, with as much relevant information as possible and as little irrelevant information as possible. Usually, when done well, this will result in a resume that is one or two pages long. The “one page rule” is a handy guideline for some situations (like for most recent college graduates) but it is actually pretty antiquated as a hard and fast rule.

“A two page resume is fine,” as long as all the content is relevant and the two page version delivers value that a one page resume couldn’t, meaning that a one page resume would force you to get rid of accomplishments that would help you secure an interview. If we are cutting relevant material that adds value just to get to a page, then we are diminishing the value of the resume by forcing it to be a page long.

That being said, academics and people with many years of job experience can justify three, or in some cases, four page resumes or CVs. There are also different formatting issues and preferred lengths for different countries. As you can see, resume length rules vary by country, context, industry, and much more.

We have handled many resumes and CVs with large employment gaps in them for various reasons, and while there’s really no way to hide it, there are tricks we can use to minimize the emphasis that’s placed on it.

Common methods of hiding employment gaps include focusing attention on any kinds of committees or clubs, such as school boards, PTA, any kind of group like that, or sometimes listing hobbies as “Independent Projects” to fill in the gaps. However, the truth is that employment gaps are a bit more forgivable today than they were ten years ago. People are often unemployed for several years for varying reasons, and, depending on the industry, employers are forced to be a bit more understanding.

The BEST way to protect against that gap is to make sure the job content that you do have is as concise and thorough and detailed as possible, so that we can make employers interested before they even have time to check the dates.

We get this question all the time, and the answer is really quite simple: Because resume templates do nothing visually or verbally to make your resume stand out from everyone else’s. While the resume templates built into your word processing program (or the 10,000 “bargain buys” you can find online) can generally be a good place to start in planning out the type of content your resume should contain, employers have seen them all – trust us – and will likely end up trashing your resume without ever glancing past your name. Everyone has different strengths (i.e. you’re probably not a Graphic Designer, Wordsmith, and/or HR Pro), so let us use our expertise to better highlight yours.

This is a really good question, to which we have another really good answer.

While it may be very true that a growing number of job boards and company websites are requesting that you upload them a copy of a text-only resume, you are still always going to need a nicely executed traditional resume.

Why? Well, if a potential employer does locate your resume online (which – by the way – is much more likely to happen with our keyword-enhanced Upload-able Resume option), two things could happen.

1. They will contact you and ask you to email them a traditional resume along with some more information about yourself (e.g. portfolio examples) that they simply can’t view on the job boards or company website. Employers use this test all the time because it quickly weeds out the millions of lightweights out there who brag about themselves on their job board profile but have nothing to back it up with. Additionally, this presents the perfect opportunity for you to impress them with a beautiful PDF version of your resume that we automatically complete as part of every product package we sell.

2. A potential employer will find you through an online search and contact you to come in for an interview. At this point, are you really going to attend an interview without leaving behind the best possible advertisement of yourself – a beautifully done, traditional resume – when you leave? Or maybe you’re going to walk in with a text-only printout of the same thing you typed into the job board and expect to get hired on the spot for being so impressive? With either of these two situations, we wish you luck in getting hired (because – unless you look like Brad Pitt or have the personality of Robin Williams – you’re going to need it).

No, incorporating an objective statement dates the resume, and really doesn’t tell your employer anything they don’t already know. Everyone’s objective is pretty much the same: get a new job. The current strategy is to incorporate the generic title of the position and add a personal branding or summary of qualifications statement in place of the objective.

We do not typically include resume hobbies and interest sections, unless your hobbies or interests pertain directly to the targeted position. A resume is purely a business document, and there is no need to include a resume hobbies and interest section.

Working with Us

This is a perfectly valid question that we get asked all the time. There are actually many reasons why we are able to write you an industry resume having never worked in your industry. In fact, we believe not having worked in your industry makes us BETTER at writing industry resumes or CVs for your industry than someone who has worked in it. Here are some things to think about in response to this important question.

1. If you’re sticking to the industry standard, you aren’t going to stand out.

What happens in many industries is that a few people start deciding what the industry resume or CV should look like? These requirements get passed on as resume or CV advice, not because it’s particularly good advice, but because most hiring people see the same kinds of resumes all the time, so they decide what the best half look like and start insisting that everyone’s resume look like that. That’s fine, and we certainly want to mirror what hiring people are looking for.

The fact of the matter is, however, if you are seeking advice from industry managers or hiring people about writing your industry resume, you aren’t going to get advice on how to make a resume or CV that is BETTER than everybody else’s. You’re just going to get advice on how to make a resume or CV that fits the industry standard. Basically, you are going to get told how to make a resume or CV that the hiring people are used to seeing. You are going to get told how to make an industry resume or CV that will look like everybody else’s.

How does that help you get a job?

There’s a very big difference between the type of resume someone likes to see and the type of resume that is better than what they’ve seen before.

You can’t give advice on how to create something you haven’t seen before.

We have done enough industry resumes from every conceivable industry to know what people are requiring. We also know that the best resumes aren’t what people are looking for and used to seeing, they’re BETTER than that.

By being outside of your industry, we can look at your resume with a clear set of eyes. We can create something better than what people are used to seeing. We can make you stand out while still displaying everything hiring managers are seeking.

2. HR people are the first to read resumes, not the people in your field.

Often, people think the information on their resume or CV is perfectly clear, and it might be, if the reader is an expert in your field. But experts in your field aren’t the one’s screening your resume. HR people are the first to read your resume. Even if those HR people are in your industry, they aren’t going to be able to understand stuff you take for granted if you don’t make it comprehensible to lay people. Because we aren’t experts in the field, we can be sure that we are asking the right questions to make your experience as clear as possible to the HR people who will be reading the resume first, while still including the technical skills and accomplishments that industry experts want to see.

3. Our industry is resume and CV’s.

You are creating an industry resume or CV. So you want to hire someone who is in expert in that field. You know your work history; you don’t need someone else to tell you what you did. Our service combines our resume and CV writing expertise with your knowledge of your work history. We know how to gather knowledge from you, and we don’t assume anything about your career based on preconceived notions or industry biases.

4. Technical people are often really bad at communicating.

Sorry, but this is a fact that we see reinforced daily. People who do technical things are often really bad at explaining them to non-technical people. You don’t want to have an engineer write you a resume any more than you would want us to try and build a bridge. We could explain really well how a bridge is supposed to look, but we couldn’t build one. And an engineer might know what a resume or CV is supposed to look like, but he or she probably can’t build as effective one as we can. These are different skill sets.

We ask that you proofread the final draft of your resume to correct any misspellings of technical skills, certifications, buzzwords, or acronyms. Obviously, this begs the question “why am I paying you to work on my resume if I’m the one editing and reviewing the final draft?”

Don’t worry, we are editing, proofreading, and double checking everything on your document. We include this request because we have had clients that include scientists mapping the genome and researchers working at the Hadron Collider. Some of the terminology on these documents can get incredibly esoteric and technical, and we just ask that our clients make sure we are representing these terms in the best way possible in accordance with their industry expertise.

Resume proofreading is crucial. We strive to do this ourselves, but as a matter of due diligence we ask our clients review the document through the lens of their own technical knowledge and industry expertise to double check that everything is as clear, accurate, and effective as possible.

The basis of the entire service relies on the union of our resume and CV expertise and your industry expertise to ensure the best resume proofreading. No one knows your history better than you. That’s why we’ve created a process that is a collaboration, because if your resume or CV doesn’t represent your experience, and instead represents a general understanding of your job type, then your resume is not going to get you a job.

No one hires a generalization. Employers hire individuals who stand out and have resumes and CVs that are uniquely their own.

Resume to Interviews is based in the U.S., but that does not mean we can’t produce effective CVs for clients all over the world. When we first launched the service in 2007, we had to research national differences and learn what local job markets and potential employers required and preferred. But after writing hundreds of international CVs, we are well aware of those differences.

Each country has unique formatting, preferred length, and presentation requirements. We are also well aware that much of the English speaking world differs from American English in the spelling of words like “colour” and “specialising.” We also know how to navigate differences in schooling and education systems. For instance, in the United Kingdom students complete GCSEs and A-Levels which need to be documented on an international CV, whereas an American high school student will typically just graduate with a “High School Diploma,” which isn’t worth mentioning if the student has then gone onto pursue higher education.

We have worked with hundreds of clients from the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as countries like Mexico, Switzerland, Finland, etc. where English is not the native tongue. As long as you can provide answers to our questions in English, we can create an excellent CV in English.

Good communication is good communication, and while we are aware of national differences, the general principles of effectively presenting work history and accomplishments are universal.

You may be wondering why we use email correspondence. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that it’s really hard to ask good questions and provide good answers without writing them down. We need thorough, in-depth answers with specific numbers. This means you might need to do some research and really think about and remember the specifics of your previous position. We also need to really analyze your content, think about it, and mess with the wording to come up with questions used to gather more details. Neither our questions nor your responses are going to be as good if we are forced to improvise them. Think of the difference between being asked to give an impromptu toast and having one written down. The one you think about and write down is going to be significantly better.

The second reason is time. It takes longer to go back and forth over the phone and even though it takes longer less information is conveyed. The part of this service that really separates RTI from other resume writers is our thoroughness, and the way we can keep covering the same territory until we find something really useful that you might not have even realized had value on a resume. The multiple drafts via email correspondence are what make this happen. It’s much easier to do this than to set up multiple times to talk on the phone.

In the end we are creating a document, so we should be working on the document. This is what has worked for thousands of clients. Remember, we aren’t trying to create a resume that’s as good as everyone else’s. We are creating a resume or CV that is BETTER than everybody else. That’s how you get job. It’s a bit more effort, but creating a superior resume or CV takes that extra effort.

  • Make a purchase by visiting http://www.resumetointerviews.com and completing the resume ordering checkout process. If you are unsure about which category you qualify for, just send us an email and ask.
  • After completing the purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with our resume questionnaire. While completing the questionnaire is not required, we highly encourage customers to fill it out as it generally provides more in depth information than your current resume/CV.
  • Once you send us back the questionnaire, you will have your first draft within 5 business days (unless you pay extra for a shorter turnaround time) in Microsoft Word format. It is essential that you edit the document with Microsoft Word because we always leave comments using track changes. Microsoft word 97-2003 and Adobe PDF documents is the standard that employers expect to receive.
  • Address the questions and comments left for you directly in the document and send it back for further review. We will then have each subsequent draft returned to you with additional questions and comments within 3 business days, unless you paid for a shorter turnaround time. You can upgrade to an expedited service at any time during the process.
  • This process will be repeated as many times as needed until you are 100% satisfied with your resume/CV.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: We require your participation in this process. No one understands your background and accomplishments better than you, so there will be details that you will need to fill in and incorporate. This will assist us in identifying your most important skills and expertise. For a more detailed explanation about the process you can visit http://resumetointerviews.com/index.php/the-process/.

Turnaround Time (Day is defined as submissions before 6PM EST)

  • Standard Service – 5 business days for your 1st draft, 3 business days for each additional draft
  • 2 Day Resume Turnaround Time – 2 business days for your 1st draft, 2 business days for each additional draft
  • Rush Service – 1 business day for your 1st draft, 1 business day for each additional draft

We send you a Microsoft Word compatible resume after the process is complete. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, don’t worry. We also send you an electronic copy of your résumé in Adobe PDF file format via the same email that contains the MS Word version. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file, but it is free for download at their website. After the process is complete you’ll receive your new resume in doc and PDF formats.

Absolutely! Don’t misunderstand. We do not write your resume for you, but rather you collaborate with our resume writer to craft a document that truly reflects you and makes you feel confident. This collaboration is vital as the success of your final resume draft depends a lot on the details that you provide directly to the writer and your responses on the questionnaire.

Our resume writers are trained to write resumes for any level, any industry. From students, entry level professionals to high level executives. We are also very proud of our work with Military professionals. Our company employs and works with a vast array of professional resume writers that have experience working in hundreds of industries. Ultimately, our goal is your complete satisfaction, and our resume writers will work with you until you are fully satisfied.

There is no concrete answer to this question. Our goal is to include all resume relevant experience, and in general, the decision to include or exclude previous positions is based upon their relevancy to your current career goals and if the absence of positions creates an employment gap.

Yes, we pay close attention to our resume formats. For instance, we have carefully chosen a particular font that is common as to be easily read by OCR/scanning technology and the human eye. We avoid using a font that might contain curves on each character and are too close together to be accurately interpreted.

ResumetoInterviews.com require your participation in this resume review process. No one understands your background and accomplishments better than you, so there will be details that you will need to fill in and incorporate. This will assist us in identifying your most important skills and expertise. Both of us will continue working on revisions throughout the resume review process to come up with the best document possible.

If you only want ResumetoInterviews.com to create a document without the back and forth editing process this is not the right service for you.

ResumetoInterviews.com is confident that the final version will be able to secure many interviews if used properly. That means applying to many jobs rather than a select few job openings. However, ResumetoInterviews.com do not guarantee that desired interviews nor jobs will be secured as a result of a resume or CV alone; there are far too many determinant factors involved throughout the job search process that are beyond ResumetoInterviews.com’s control as a writer, and ResumetoInterviews.com will not be held accountable for neither a customer’s lack of qualifications nor ineffective job search efforts. This could include issues such as sending the resume as a .docx rather than a .doc, saving the document in OpenOffice which could corrupt the formatting, applying to very few jobs, not meeting minimum qualifications, etc.

If you are starting your resume from scratch, you need to download the resume/CV questionnaire. Use this form to provide ResumetoInterviews.com with any applicable information that will be used to create the initial draft of your document. If you have only sent me a resume/CV, you may want to browse my resume/CV questionnaire with any other applicable information so I can add it to your new document.