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Sample Other Job Search Documents

Portfolio of Job Search and Career Marketing Documents Written by Certified Resume Writers

The “traditional” resume and cover letter still play a primary role in the job search and we do not expect that to change in the near future. But, in recent years there has been a real evolution in thought and creativity regarding content, length, and formats of resumes. Accelerated by an increasingly competitive job market, a variety of new job search and career marketing documents have emerged and are gaining in use and popularity.

The example job search and career marketing documents presented in this portfolio are examples of some of the creative documents that we, at Distinctive Documents, have prepared for our clients. These are just examples of our work, meant to illustrate the quality, effectiveness, and creativity of the documents we develop. Please note that these examples are protected by copyright law and that copying is prohibited.

Networking Resume

short-resume-networking-2A shorter, more concise, one-page version of your complete resume that is useful in networking situations when you don’t want to hand out your full resume. Your networking resume is created to succinctly convey the key facts, major highlights, and your value proposition in an attractive format. You may want to hand several of these to your contacts, for them to use when reaching out on your behalf to their own networking contacts.

See example networking resumes

Specialty Profiles

tech-addendum-smUsually a one-page document submitted as an addendum to your resume. A specialty profile can be used to showcase your specific area of expertise. Leadership Profiles, Consulting Engagement Profiles, and Technology Profiles are particularly common, but specialty profiles or capability summaries can be created for individuals with expertise in any area. Profiles might include such items as lists of training or presentations, case studies, lists of clients or projects, technology summaries, or even brief case studies.

See example resume addendum

See example capabilities summary

Biographical Sketches

sample-biography-1Typically, a one-page narrative summary marketing your key qualifications and career achievements. Biographical sketches are often included in business plan submissions or when seeking Board appointments or speaking engagements. You may be asked for a biography by a hiring company, to use in their marketing materials or on their website.

See example executive biographies

References Sheets

references-smGoing beyond a simple listing of references, your references sheet becomes a key “selling” piece in your overall career marketing strategy. Again, it is usually a one-page document that includes a summary of your relationship with each reference and your traits and qualifications that the individual reference will speak about.

See example references sheet

Expanded Achievement Summaries

achievement-summary-sample_Page_1A great way to include more in-depth information about key accomplishments than is practical in the resume. Expanded achievement summaries are rarely longer than two pages and should include a few expanded achievement stories written in the Challenge-Actions-Results format.

See an example expanded achievements summary

Other Job Search Documents

No matter what your career goal, at Distinctive Documents we can help you attain it with creative career marketing documents customized to your specific needs.

To review our example cover letters, click here.

For resume examples, please click here.

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My background is a particularly difficult one to handle in a resume both due to my having multi-functional and multi-industry experience, and my having had 9 positions in 25 years, none of which could be eliminated due to my having started my career at the mid-management level after graduate school. She can certainly do anyone's resume professionally and expertly, since she was able to write mine. Her questionnaire took a great deal of time but was critical in enabling her to do her work well. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay her is that before I hired her, I had just had my resume rewritten by another writer who has written a book on executive resumes, and that resume was not nearly the quality of her work, with an executive recruiter I know letting me know that her version was "MUCH better". My only reluctance in providing this testimonial is that it will encourage others to utilize her services, decreasing my "edge" over other candidates by having a resume prepared by Ms. Dumas.

M.M., New York

I have spent hours on the final draft that you sent, I also showed it to a dear friend and mentor who has seen 100X more resumes than I and hired and fired more high level execs than I will ever know, she was quite impressed!

...Although we have never met you and I are the team that will insure that my family is taken care of. All of this to say that I am extremely pleased with the final product! I have been too close to see how truly efficient and functional the document is. You fit a tremendous amount of "stuff" in a pretty concise package. The biggest problem with writing your own resume is objectivity, when to include something and when to leave it out, it should be easy (if I'm as good as the resume makes me sound), but it is very difficult. I learned a long time ago that all business is basically the same, but as humans we think that just because we are unique, our situations are unique and no one else can understand what we do, have done and/or need in business. You delivered a product that proves that you too have that understanding but more importantly know how to make us feel and look as unique as we are. The resume is outstanding, type style, layout, conciseness and its packed with good quality writing. I am very pleased. Our exchanges have been lively, thought provoking and insightful, I'm glad you are my side! Again thanks for everything, you will get referrals, and if its okay I will keep you posted on my success.

C.O., Nevada

Just wanted to thank you and Marie! Old resume wasn't getting results. The new resume you folks made has been getting hits like crazy! And just accepted a new position locally, thanks.

R.C., Florida

Very positive experience on all levels. First draft was nearly perfect. Revision requests returned as requested. Keep up the good work.I already have made recommendations.

R.M., Florida

Your work is incredible. I thought I had a pretty good resume to start. But after reading these, I want to hire me because I know this guy can change the world. But based on his qualifications and achievements, I probably can't afford him!

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