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On this page you’ll find the details of our services, with prices. We’ve been pretty thorough—we think you’ll appreciate having the information up front. But it’s not practical to cover all the possible variations and combinations. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail or give us a call.

 

CONTENTS

 


 

Choosing your services

Our services are normally available only as part of, or in combination with, our Resumé Consulting Service or our Executive Consulting Service. Read the descriptions of these, and decide which fits your needs.

After that, look through the extras and pick any you want. We’ve covered just about everything you might need, including some that few other resumé consultants offer.

If you don’t already have a resumé we can use for your basic information, or if you have a paper resumé but not one you can e-mail us in Word, RTF, or plain-text format, see Don’t have a resumé?, below.

Normal delivery is electronic documents sent by e-mail. That’s all you’ll ever need, but we can still do paper printouts and delivery on CD for an extra charge.

If you’d like more information about the categories used in our pricing system, see our Tips & FAQ page.

 

Standard service packages

 
Whichever service package you choose, your resumé will come in all the standard document formats that might be required for your job search. For useful information about the standard document formats, see the Tips & FAQ page.

 

Regular Consulting Resume Service

We start by reviewing your existing resumé. On the basis of that, we develop interview questions designed to explore your background and get a complete picture of your skills, strengths, and experience—including, virtually always, a lot of things you didn’t think to put on your resumé. People tend to take for granted a lot of what they do on the job. Most people are also not fully aware of the sort of detail employers are looking for. Our customers almost invariably say they learned a lot from the interview. Sometimes they say things like “Wow! I never knew I did so much.” And later on, they tell us that this approach gets very good feedback from employers and HR people. (See the comments on our Testimonials page.)

After the interview, we sort out all the information, decide how best to use it, and write your resumé. Then we format it for the most effective visual presentation and technical construction in each resumé document format. And then we do a careful review and QC on it—because that’s how good factual writing is done.

Key skill sets sought by employers change over time, and fashions in recruiting and recruiting vocabulary can also change over fairly short time scales. In addition to helping to make the most of your skills, and to position you to stand out from the competition, our experience and current knowledge helps to ensure that your resumé reflects the latest developments and recruiting language in your field.

For levels 4 and 5 (corporate middle and upper management, and senior technology and professional people), the package includes a one-page networking resumé and a LinkedIn profile with a specially written summary and other material derived from the full-length resumé. (The LinkedIn profile doesn’t include information categories not part of the resumé.)

A networking resumé is a one-page condensation of your resumé. It’s typically used in non-hiring situations, when you want to give someone an outline of your experience and capabilities, without making them sort through detail that is relevant only to hiring situations. (NOTE: A headhunter who doesn’t want to see your full resumé is not a serious headhunter.)

Many employers screen resumés for keywords appropriate to each position. As part of our Resumé Consulting Service, we write your resumé (and cover letters, if you order them) to include the richest possible range of keywords and keyword-recognizable skills derivable from the information you give us in interviews, and from our research.

The Resumé Consulting Service includes a free References Sheet template, which you can use to create a professional-looking list of your references for use by potential employers. The template includes valuable tips on putting together an effective references sheet.

Your resumé will be delivered electronically, by e-mail, in all the standard document formats that might be required for your job search. The LinkedIn profile will be delivered in plain-text format that you can paste directly into their online form. For useful information about the standard document formats, see the Tips & FAQ page.

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

INCLUDES LINKEDIN PROFILE AND NETWORKING RESUME

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

INCLUDES LINKEDIN PROFILE AND NETWORKING RESUME

5

Resumé (U.S.)
$450
$550
$750
$1100
$1600
International CV
$500
$650
$850
$1200
$1700
U.S. CV
$500
$625
$900
$1400
$1900
International Academic CV
$600
$725
$1000
$1400
$2000

If you need both a CV (of either type) and a resumé, the resumé will not be charged at full price; it will be charged as an Additional Target Resumé (prices below).

 

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

We write and format academic, professional, and scientific curricula vitae (CVs) as well as resumés. CVs are longer and more complex than resumés, but the other service details are the same as for our standard service packages, above. You’ll find separate prices for CVs in the price tables for those packages (above), and in the price tables for all other resumé formats and services that might apply to CVs.

We have professional editorial experience in scholarly and technical publishing and in academia, so we understand the special editorial requirements of CVs. They will be thoroughly professional in language and presentation, and will follow the bibliographic and other styles appropriate for your discipline.

For general information about CVs, see the entry for Curriculum Vitae in our Resumé Glossary. If your job search has an international scope, it’s important to note that “curriculum vitae” (or “CV”) has one meaning in the U.S., and another in the rest of the world.

 

Resume Updates

Resumé updates are available only to previous customers whose earlier resumé was written by us and has not been significantly modified by others.

For resumé updates, we will spend time as needed to interview you to gather complete information about your new job history. These interviews are usually done on the phone, and typically take 45 minutes to an hour and a half. The interviews can be scheduled afternoons or evenings, on weekdays or (subject to availability) on weekends. We will then prepare an updated resumé for your approval, as we did for your previous resumé.

If your existing resumé was not written and formatted by us, we will need to start from scratch with one of our regular consulting services (above), in order to produce an effective resumé. We make no exceptions to this policy. It’s much easier to do the job properly from scratch than it is to fix up a basket case, and the results are incomparably better. Every outside resumé that’s ever been sent to us is a basket case in at least one important aspect. Virtually all have serious technical problems with the way the documents are formatted. Nearly all have serious problems with content and writing. None of them do as complete and effective a job as we can in regards to communicating your experience and skills.

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

NOTE: resumé update service is available only to previous customers
resumé update; up to one new position
$100
$125
$150
$175
$225
each additional position
$60
$75
$75
$100
$125
cover letter update / additional position
$50/—
$75/—
$100/$25
$125/$25
$150/$25

 

Don't have a resume (or an electronic resume)?

It takes a certain amount of time to assemble, organize, and type out your basic information. And if it’s being done for the first time, additional time also has to be spent to make sure everything’s correct. Our base prices don’t cover that, since we usually start from a client’s existing resumé in plain-text, Word, or RTF.

If you have only a paper resumé (or scanned PDF), we can use that, but the typing surcharge (below) will apply, to cover the extra typing.

Don’t have a resumé at all, or any written summary giving all the basic details of your professional history? Remember, it doesn’t have to be pretty: all we need is the information, in Word or plain text. We don’t need a visually formatted resumé. But if you’ve got nothing at all, you have two options:

1) We’ll send you our questionnaire, a Microsoft Word document, set up with fields that are easy to fill in. (The questionnaire is free, and there’s no obligation.) Or you can put down the information yourself.

Just make sure you send us full information, especially if you’re ordering our Resumé Makeover service, which is based entirely on the information you send us. The more time we have to spend later filling out your basic information, the less time we can spend refining your resumé. And above all, make sure it’s accurate. We’ll work with whatever you send us, but incomplete information, or information that doesn’t check out, will make it a lot harder for you to find a job. Also, don’t hold back information because you think it doesn’t belong on your resumé. You’ll be much better off if you give us the whole story and let us decide how to present it, and what to leave out.

Here’s the information you’ll need to provide:

• Your contact information.

• Objective: type of job you’re looking for, with typical job titles (if there are any).

• Information on all your past jobs (dates, job titles, firm name, city & state of location, summary of primary responsibilities. IMPORTANT: Give separate information for each position you held at each firm.

• Basic information on your training (dates, institutions, course or degree titles).

• Technical skills (software or specialized technologies).

• Other professional information such as: certifications, licenses, affiliations, etc., with dates, and, where applicable, license numbers and state in which the license is valid.

Yes, it’s a bit of work if you’ve never put it all down before. It could take a day or so. But no-one else can do it for you, because no-one else has the information. And no stranger will ever hire you without enough information to build a clear and verifiable picture of your professional history. The sooner you get it all down on paper, the more successful you will be.

2) There’s also our Telephone Resumé Builder service (below). If, for some reason, it’s impossible for you to set down the information yourself and send it to us, we can go through the questions with you over the phone. But that takes time (especially if it’s done right), and time costs money.

 

TYPING SURCHARGE

If you don’t have an existing history that you can e-mail to us in plain-text, Word, or RTF format, this charge applies to cover the time needed for typing and proofreading your information. (Note: This charge also applies if you send us scanned PDFs.)

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

resumé
$70
$100
$120
$150
$150
CV
$90
$140
$240
$360
$200
additional documents, PER PAGE*
$50
$50
$50
$60
$60

* We will inspect the documents to determine the charges based on actual typing required.

 

Extras

 

Letters

Nearly every job application requires a cover letter. Your cover letter is the first thing seen by whoever starts the process of screening you for a job. And it’s your chance to make points that can’t be made in a resumé, and to highlight those of your strengths that are of particular interest to each employer.

Thank-you letters are also vital to your job search. They establish a civil personal relationship with the person who has interviewed you. They give you a chance to express your continued interest in the job (which is very important), and to make or re-emphasize points you overlooked or under-emphasized in the interview.

For important general information about job letters, see Cover Letters & Thank-You Letters in our Resumé Glossary.

Effective cover letters and thank-you letters absolutely must be individualized for each job you apply for. Our cover and thank-you letters are not the generic form letters sold (or thrown in free) by most resumé services. They are written using the tone and language appropriate for you and your market, worded to match the positions you’re seeking and your own skills and experience.

The templates come with variations and alternate paragraphs for use as needed to target different groups of employers and types of position. You can pick and chose from these to tailor your presentation to a particular employer. Our letters also include alternate paragraphs for different job-hunting situations (such as responding to a job posting or making a cold inquiry, and stating salary requirements).

The templates will require some work on your part, and they may seem complicated at first glance. But they are designed to make it as simple as possible to create a really effective letter, by following the instructions step by step. When you set aside the time and just go through the process step by step, it will be a lot simpler, because the steps are mostly choosing from a few alternate sentences or paragraphs, deleting the choices that don’t apply, and filling in some basic information. The templates come with detailed, individualized instructions and tips, as well as sample letters created from your own templates. These will show you how to handle each part of the letter. If you like, you can work from those samples instead of the templates, but be sure you review all the instructions and the choices in the templates.

Once you have become familiar with the templates, and created a few letters from them, the process will become even simpler. And you will have created and mastered a flexible tool that will serve you throughout your career.

A good cover letter can only be written on the basis of an in-depth knowledge of your background and objectives. For this reason, we only write letters for clients who have also used our Resumé Consulting Service or our Executive Consulting Service.

As with resumés, employers may screen cover letters for keywords. So we make your cover letters as keyword-rich as possible.

You’ll get your cover letters and thank-you letters in the all the fully-customizable standard formats needed for letters in any job search: Word, plain text, and RTF. (For letters, the same plain-text version can be used for both e-mailing and Web forms.)

Cover- and thank-you letters are available only together, as a package—if you need one, you need the other.

Special-target letters: Our cover letter and thank-you letter templates are always built to cover alternate targets. But sometimes a specially-written letter is also needed—often to target a particular position at a particular firm.

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

at time of original resumé project
$150
$225
$300
$400
$500
after original project
$200
$275
$375
$475
$575
special-target letters (along with standard letters package)
$90
$135
$175
$250
$300
special-target letters (without standard letters package)
$125
$175
$225
$300
$350

 

Additional target resume

Sometimes a job-seeker is pursuing two or more distinct types of position, or looking in two or more distinct markets. Whether or not you need multiple versions of your resumé for this will depend on your individual situation. We can discuss this possibility with you once we know something about your experience and objectives.

We find that we can usually write a single resumé to cover all of each client’s objectives, without any sacrifice of targeting effectiveness. Special targeting, if needed, can be left for the cover letter. Ideally, a single version is the best way to go. We know from our own experience that creating and coordinating multiple resumé versions is usually not worthwhile. It can be messy, time-consuming, and distracting, and can lead to mistakes that outweigh any benefits.

In some cases, to cover different objectives, all that is needed is an alternate Objective statement and/or an alternate Profile summary. In such cases, we will provide the alternates in a separate document, so you can paste them into the resumé as needed. This is a part of our normal service, and there’s no extra charge as long as it’s at our initiative. (We recommend the paste-in procedure to avoid the necessity of maintaining multiple complete versions.)

But there are some cases when only multiple versions, targeted to a distinct position or market, will do—because each objective requires a different treatment throughout the resume. For instance, one market or position might require extensive detail on one facet of your background, while another market or position might require extensive detail on another area—and putting both on one resumé would make the resumé too long and, worse, make prospective employers in both fields think that a lot of your experience is irrelevant to their specialty.

Those are the situations that require our Additional-Target Resumé option. Whether we do a single version or multiple versions, we always ask questions, gather information, and write the resumé to make sure you get the best presentation for each market.

PRICING

(Additional-target resumés)

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

addit’l-target resumé with Consulting

$180
$200
$260
$400
$500
addit’l-target CV with Consulting
$230
$250
$320
$450
$550

 

Professional Biographies

From a paragraph displaying a bit of your personal side for your Web site, to an executive biography written with the media in mind—we’ll interview you to gather the necessary information about you and your objectives, and then write to the point. We can also do case histories or any other kind of writing you need.

Biography prices typically range from $250 to $500, when ordered in combination with resumé projects. Call us to discuss the details of your project. We’ll advise you on possible approaches, if you like, and then provide an estimate.

 

References

When you order our Resumé Consulting Service, we will include a free References Sheet template, which you can use to create a professional-looking list of your references for use by potential employers. When a prospective employer is checking your references, your references sheet is the gatekeeper, and it’s worth a little effort to get it right. The template we will send you includes valuable tips on putting together an effective references sheet. We will provide your references sheet template in the following standard formats, which you can edit as needed for each job application: Word, plain text, and RTF.

For most people the free references template is all they will need. Employers who are checking references will not tolerate being led, and a references sheet is no place for sales talk. But, especially for more experienced people, people in technical fields, and people with complex job histories, a list of references can be made more effective by including selected (but very brief!) additional information, and by careful presentation and writing. A well-written references sheet will make sure that employers know everything you need them to know to get a fair picture of your background, and make it easier for them to find out what they need to know—which they will appreciate.

Our custom-written references sheets are available only in combination with one of our standard service packages. PRICE INFORMATION ON REQUEST.

For custom-written references sheets, we’ll ask questions during the interview process to collect the needed information.

Additional-target versions for references sheets are likely to be needed only by some executives, and by some highly-qualified people in the professions, sciences, or technology, who may be able to work in multiple specialties that are sharply distinct from each other.

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

references sheet template FREE with resumé consulting service
FREE
FREE
FREE
FREE
FREE

 

Salary history

Some job-seekers find it useful to have salary histories prepared in advance for employers who request them. Salary information should never be included in a resumé.

Custom-written salary histories are available only in combination with one of our standard service packages. PRICE INFORMATION ON REQUEST.

Even for a short and apparently simple piece like a salary history, careful writing and presentation can make a difference, especially for people with long experience in senior positions, and especially where compensation isn’t a cut-and-dried matter. For these job-seekers, their salary history is likely to be the first step in their salary negotiations, and it can be important to present clear and balanced information.

We will provide your salary history in the following standard formats, which you can edit as needed for each job application: Word, plain text, and RTF.

Additional-target versions for salary histories are likely to be needed only by some executives, and by some highly-qualified people in the professions, sciences, or technology, who may be able to work in multiple specialties that are sharply distinct from each other.

HTML resumes

A Universal HTML resumé or a Web-page resumé, made available on the Web to prospective employers, is a standout presentation tool for executive resumés, IT resumés, media resumés, and for senior people in science and technology—highly-specialized fields, where candidates are scrutinized by a number of people over a long period of time. It’s also a favorite tool for freelancers and consultants. There’s no handier way to make your resumé available to decision-makers in those markets than as a clickable link to a bookmarkable Web page. Put that link in your e-mail signature, too. Whenever you e-mail a job prospect, they’ll have a link to your resumé right there, and if they forward your e-mail to others in their firm, the link will go with it.

The best-known use for HTML resumés is as Web pages viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. But there are other uses for them. They are requested by some employers (especially large firms) who use them for viewing via a company intranet. They can also be e-mailed. (But don’t e-mail them unless you know HTML e-mail is welcome). And they may be viewed with the non-typical browsers used on handheld devices.

Many features commonly used in Web pages are incompatible with these alternative uses. That means there are two distinct ranges of use for HTML resumés, with different technical requirements. It’s an important distinction that is very often overlooked.

To meet the requirements of these two ranges of use, we offer two kinds of HTML resumés: a “Universal HTML resumé” and a “Web-page resumé.”

Our Universal HTML resumés and Web-page resumés are available only in combination with one of our standard service packages.
PRICE INFORMATION ON REQUEST. I will probably need to discuss the project with you before I can provide an estimate.

Here’s some more detail:

Our Universal HTML resumé is a go-anywhere format meant for non-Web uses as well as for use as a Web page. It’s an economical alternative for job-seekers who need a good-looking resumé on the Web but don’t need maximum visual sophistication. And it can go places that full-dress Web-page resumés can’t. It can be used by resumé posting services that require HTML resumés but don’t allow the use of graphics. It can be sent to employers who want HTML but can’t process full-featured Web-page resumés. And its HTML coding is adapted for the widest possible compatibility in non-Web and non-typical–Web uses of HTML documents (especially e-mailing, and also display on handheld devices).

Our Web-page resumé is a full-dress Web page. Since it’s for Web use only, it uses a range of design features available for Web documents—especially graphics, and also CSS layout and formatting features—which give more options and design control than straight HTML.

HTML resumés are a new thing for many people. A certain amount of basic technical knowledge is sometimes required for using them—especially for e-mailing. There’s a lot of confusion about what they are, and even about basic terminology. (For instance, when some resumé consultants use the term “Web resumé” they’re actually referring to a plain-text resumé.) If you’re shopping for an HTML resumé, or wondering whether you need one, we strongly recommend that you read our “More About HTML Resumés” page. It’s an introductory course on HTML resumés: what they are, who needs them, and how they are used.

To see what our Universal HTML resumés look like, go to the Our Work page. For quick reference on some basic matters, especially terminology, see also the entry for HTML Resumé in our Resumé Glossary. And see the discussion on our Tips & FAQ page about how an HTML resumé will vary in appearance depending on the viewer’s hardware and software setup. (Ours are designed for maximum control over those variations.)

We build HTML with Windows, Mac, and Unix in mind. Our Web-page resumés are designed for all three platforms. (So is this Web site, which we produced using techniques very similar to those we use on our Web-page resumés.) We do Universal HTML resumés a bit differently: For the great majority of job-seekers, we design Universal HTML resumés for Windows/Mac—this saves some possible minor tradeoffs in handheld compatibility. If your market includes employers who view resumés on Unix boxes (and if it does, you’ll know it), we’ll design your Universal HTML resumé for Unix/Windows/Mac (because the front office and the HR department may not use Unix).

We don’t claim to be Unix experts here. We do our production on Mac and PC. But we’re familiar with the important compatibility issues, particularly fonts. So when we do HTML for job-seekers in Unix-oriented markets, we stack things so the resumés will look their best on each platform.

Typeset resume & supplementary pieces

You’ll want a typeset resumé if paper (or PDF) resumés are an important part of your job search—as “leave-behinds” for interviews, or mailed directly to decision-makers—and if you need those resumés to look as distinctive and professional as they possibly can. Typeset resumés are particularly useful for executives, consultants and freelancers, and people in the arts and the media.

A typeset resumé, crafted by an expert typographer using professional typesetting and page-layout software (InDesign or Quark), is the best-looking resumé you can get. Ours are designed from scratch to make full use of all the resources of fine typography and information design. We’ve got the specialized knowledge of resumés and informational design—and we’ve also had plenty of experience in high-end design environments.

Our typographic resumés are available only in combination with one of our standard service packages. PRICE INFORMATION ON REQUEST. I will probably need to discuss the project with you before I can provide an estimate. Typeset versions of supplementary pieces (salary history, list of references, networking resumé) are also available.

Here’s some more detail:

A typeset resumé is not a tarted-up Word resumé. A clean, well-crafted Word resumé is an essential tool for all job-seekers, and, in combination with a plain-text resumé and an RTF version, it’s about all most job-seekers need. But if you need the best-looking resumé you can get, a typeset resumé stands out from even the best Word resumés. If you’d like to see for yourself, we can send some typeset resumés for you to look at. If you’d like to know more about the difference between Word and typeset, see our special discussion, Microsoft Word is Not Typeset.

 

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TYPESET RESUMÉS

We don’t know of any other resumé specialists who offer true typeset resumés. They’re not quite like other resumé products, and you’ll find little or no advice about using them in your job search. And not everyone needs one. So before you order, we suggest that you read More About Typeset Resumés. The “Availability, Formats And Delivery” section will give you full information about what you’ll get. The “Design Options” section will suggest some choices. The “Do I Need A Typeset Resumé?” section will also tell you a bit more about using them. The other sections will tell you more about what makes typeset resumés different from Word resumés, and what makes our typeset resumés different from anyone else’s.

 

Typeset resumés and supplementary pieces are delivered in PDF format only, and are not editable. PDFs can be e-mailed. You can print them out yourself, or output them at any computer workstation with a printer. Paper output on fine business paper is available for an additional charge—see Paper Output for details.

 

Additional formats & options

Personalized stationery

We can design typographic letterheads, second-page letterheads, and envelopes for you. (If you order a typeset resumé, the stationery will use the same typographic theme as the resumé.) It’s a nice touch for executives, professionals, and senior-level people in all fields.

We’ll e-mail you PDFs of the stationery, so you can print them on your own paper, or take them to a stationery printer. (We know some fine letterpress printers, and we’ll be happy to make recommendations.)

Color designs, and design of business cards and other pieces are also available. In these cases, you may want to take the files to a stationery printer.

NOTE: We currently do not ship outside the U.S.

CALL FOR PRICING AND PRODUCT DETAILS.

A4 (international letter) size

If you’re sending your resumé outside the U.S. or Canada—as paper or as an e-mailed Word, RTF, or PDF document—we can provide electronic files formatted in A4 as well as U.S. letter size, so it looks good on A4 paper and prints without problems on printers set up for A4. A4 is the metric equivalent of U.S. letter-size, a bit narrower and a bit taller. It’s the international standard outside the U.S. and Canada. Your foreign contacts will appreciate getting documents in A4 size—it makes the paper or electronic document easier for them to handle, and makes you look internationally savvy.

If your resumé won’t be sent to the U.S. or Canada, and A4 is the only format you need, we’ll just do the resumé in A4 instead of letter. There’s no charge for that. We only charge if we have to set up multiple formats.

For more information on using A4 paper and electronic documents, see the A4 entry in our Resumé Glossary.

 

PRICING

• Entry-level / student

• Basic trades &
non-college

1

• General
Business: Jr.

(2–7 yrs exp. and
1–3 positions)

• Experienced
technical trades

2

• General
Business: Sr.

(8+ yrs exp. or
4+ positions)

• Tech/IT: Jr.

• Professions: Jr.

3

• Corporate Middle
Management &
Mid-level Sales/Accounts

• Small-biz executive

• Professions: Sr.

• Tech/IT: Sr.

4

• Corporate Executive
& Upper Mgmt.
(Director + up)

• Sales/Accts Mgmt.

• Professions: mgmt.

5

resumé/CV
& letters
$70
$70
$80
$100
$100
Academic
CV
$90
$90
$120
$150
$150
other pieces (each)
$40
$40
$40
$40
$40

Paper output on A4 paper is also available. See Paper Output for details; prices for paper output are in addition to the charges in the table above. (Prices for A4 output are the same as for U.S. letter-size output. You may order A4 paper output without ordering U.S. letter-size output.) A4 paper output is on plain white 20-pound bond. If you like, we can send you 50 sheets of blank A4 paper for an additional $2 if you are ordering other paper or media as well.

 

OCR-scannable resume

 

 

“SCANNABLE RESUMÉ”: TERMINOLOGICAL CONFUSION ALERT

You don’t need a scannable resumé. We provide all our resumés in plain-text format, in addition to Word and other standard formats. These plain-text versions fill all the functions that were once filled by “scannable resumés.”

The term “scannable resumé” is finally falling out of use. But you’ll probably still see it if you’re shopping for resumés, and will probably be confused by it. It may be used to refer to several very different things. At Crystal Resumés, we use the term “OCR-scannable resumé” to distinguish this obsolete format from the other things that are called “scannable resumés.” But OCR-scannable resumés are commonly referred to as just plain “scannable resumés.”

Unfortunately, the term “scannable resumé” is also used to refer to 1) plain-text resumés (which, among many other uses, can be put into databases and searched for keywords), or 2) any resumé that is written to include keywords (as all resumés should be these days). And you may come across various other hybrid uses as well—even people in the resumé business get mixed up by this. So it can be helpful to know something about “scannable resumés” even if you don’t need an OCR-scannable resumé.

An OCR-scannable resumé is a resumé that is meant to be printed out and then optically scanned—converted, essentially, into a plain-text resumé that is then stored in an employer’s resumé database. An OCR-scannable resumé is specially formatted so that it can be scanned from paper as accurately as possible. A paper resumé properly formatted for OCR scanning is difficult for humans to read, and is totally unsuitable for any purpose other than OCR scanning.

OCR scanning for resumés is now completely obsolete. If there are any employers who still accept OCR-scannable resumés, they will strongly prefer to receive e-mail or on-line applications. OCR scanning will mean extra work for them, and will delay the processing of the resumé (by as much as several weeks); they keep it only as an option for processing applications from people who can’t apply on-line or by e-mail—and these days, such people are commonly not considered desirable applicants. NOTE: They probably haven’t used the equipment in some years, and the rats may have been at the wiring in the meantime.

So if you have e-mail and Web connections, you won’t need an OCR-scannable resumé. If you are traveling back in time to apply for a job, a printout of our plain-text version of your resumé will work fine for OCR scanning. For further information: To see what an old-fashioned OCR-scannable resumé used to look like, go to the Our Work page. For fuller information, see our monograph on the subject, More About Scannable Resumés.

 

paper output

Normal delivery for all our products is electronic, via e-mail. You can print out the e-mailed files, or have them output at a copy shop.

Most people print their files out themselves, or take them to a copy shop or other computer with a printer. That’s really all that most job-seekers need. If your job search would benefit from using finer paper, we can also provide print-quality laser printouts on fine business stationery paper (our choice—the same paper we use for our business). More likely, you’ll want to get your own paper, and use that to print on. Many copy shops will also print on paper supplied by customers.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR: Stick to plain, unornamented paper, in light, conventional colors, preferably some sort of off-white. 24-pound paper is nice—it’s a bit stiffer than regular bond paper.

CALL FOR PRICING AND PRODUCT DETAILS.

NOTE: We do not ship outside the U.S.

Delivery on CD

Normal delivery for all our products is via e-mail. If you like, we can send you all your files on CD, instead of or in addition to e-mail delivery.

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NOTE: We do not ship outside the U.S.

Additional formats & options

If you don’t see what you want, ask for it. Concept, writing, design, technical consulting, production—we’ve worked in all these areas for the most demanding firms in the country—ad agencies, design studios, marketing consultancies, and leading corporations. If you have a special project in mind, give us a call, whether it’s for your job hunt or your business.

Business service capabilities (what Ken did for over twenty years in New York City, plus several years in the Twin Cities) include: Writing, editing, and re-write of reports, proposals, and all sorts of business communications • Editing, design, and production of all sorts of business and corporate publications • Analysis of research, with reports • Editorial, typographic, and graphic style and standards, with manuals, for corporate identity or publications programs • Production consulting and digital production templates • Typographic consulting • Name and slogan development for products and corporate identity • Design and production of logos, icons, informational graphics, and display type • Technically demanding graphics projects—the kind that even the big ad agencies outsource—whether it’s a multi-layered Photoshop or Illustrator file or a massive table-based publication in InDesign.

Revisions

FREE FACTUAL REVISIONS FOR 30 DAYS

This policy applies only to electronic documents (Word, plain-text, PDF, etc.) delivered by e-mail. At your request, one round of minor revisions to factual content will be made without charge for a period of thirty days from the date the finished work is sent to you. Where revised paper and/or media (CDs) are delivered, revisions will be made for free, but standard charges for paper, media, shipping and handling must be paid in advance.

Eligibility for free revision is subject to our approval. In general, only revisions that do not require copy to re-run from one page to the next are eligible for free revisions. Free revisions will only be made to the copies of the documents (Word, plain text, PDF files, etc.) that we have retained in our files: we do not revise electronic files sent from customers or from any other source. For further details, see our Policies page.

OTHER REVISIONS

For updates to your resumé, when you are adding new work experience or new job history, see Resumé Updates, above.

All other revisions are subject to charges that will be estimated on a case-by-case basis. Revised files will be provided in all formats in our standard packages (Word, plain-text, PDF, RTF). Typical charges for revisions to contact information only (phone number, address, etc., after the 30-day free revisions period) are about $125. Additional charges are made for revisions to Typeset or HTML resumés, or other extras. Additional shipping and handling charges apply if revised paper or media are ordered.

ORDERING REVISIONS

The best way to send revision copy to us is as text in an e-mail message. Or you can send a revised Word document—but if you do, please make sure you mark the changes by highlighting the affected text or making it a different color. (If you just delete something, highlight or color the surrounding text.) Revisions marked in PDFs, or using change tracking in Word files, are discouraged, and may entail extra charges.

Revisions will only be made to the copies of the documents (Word, plain text, HTML files, etc.) that we keep in storage here: we do not revise electronic files sent from customers or from any other source.

 

Miscellaneous

Keyword development

Our Resumé Consulting service includes keyword development—we don’t charge separately for it.

Many employers (especially large firms, and recruiters) use computer programs to search digital resumés or cover letters (Word, plain-text, HTML, etc.) for keywords that are used as indicators of an applicant’s suitability for the job. The documents may be ranked on the basis of the keyword count.

All resumés provided with our Resumé Consulting service include keywords, which we develop for each resumé. Typeset and HTML resumés use the same text, with keywords, as the other resumé versions.

Graphics

For most people looking for jobs in the United States, encumbering their resumés with graphics, images, and especially personal photos, is one of the worst mistakes they can make. There are legal reasons for avoiding personal photos on resumés sent to U.S. employers.

For jobs outside the U.S., however, personal photos are the norm. Within the U.S., in a few cases, typically models, actors, some salespeople, and some creatives, personal photos or other graphics do have a place.

Except in these cases, our policy is to strongly discourage the use of graphics, and we reserve the right to refuse to handle them for any of a variety of reasons.

I have a lot of professional experience with graphics of all kinds. But there are important technical issues you should be aware of in advance.

If you want to know more about what I can do with resumé graphics, what they cost, and what technical issues are involved, see the Graphics page.

Resume storage and retrieval

We keep the original files for your resumé, so they’re always available if you need revisions or a new version.

 

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Variations on a waltz for pianoforte alone for the price of 30 ducats in gold, that is Viennese ducats. … Bagatelles or trifles for pianoforte alone, price upon request. … A song with pianoforte 8 ducats. For an elegy for four voices with accompaniment of 2 violins, viola and violoncello the price is 24 ducats. For a chorus of Dervishes with full orchestra 20 ducats.

—Beethoven, quoting prices to music publisher C.F. Peters (June 5, 1822).

 

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