Frequently Asked Questions
+ Do you write resumes for every industry?
We have written resumes for hundreds of people in over two dozen industries. We write for everyone from C-Suite executives to college graduates, and from career changers to those who have employment gaps. We will work with you to confirm that all products and services meet the standards of your particular industry.
+ How do I get started?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, attach your resume, and let us know which services and products you would like to buy. A member of the team will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your needs and help you choose the right products and services.
Please also provide any prior resumes or cover letters that can help us gain a better sense of your career progression and accomplishments. Prior performance evaluations also provide great insight into the work that you have done and the commendations which you may have received. Specific job postings are also extremely helpful in determining how to position you in the best way for specific jobs.
If you don't have these documents, don't worry! We will send you a Client Questionnaire and ask the relevant questions during our initial phone consultation.
+ How do I communicate with my Certified Professional Resume Writer?
Once your order is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail from your coach, who will introduce themselves and start the process!
We will then send you a client questionnaire and schedule a one-hour telephone consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to interview you further and gather the necessary information to create your documents and get to know you better. We will then be able to create documents that reflect you and your accomplishments properly. If you have any supporting documentation about your career journey, please send that, too.
Your resume writer/Coach will be in direct communication with you via phone or e-mail throughout the entire process, including your phone consultation and all rounds of edits.
+ How long will it take to receive my documents?
The turnaround time for first drafts is 5-7 business days. You will have 7 days to review your documents once they arrive in your inbox. We will work with you on up to 2 rounds of edits, during which time you can make as many changes or suggestions that you want. You will receive your résumé as both a Microsoft Word and PDF document. Rush services are available for an additional fee, but we reserve the right to refer you to another resume writing company if your deadlines are too short.
Note that revision requests include changes to core content, additions to sections, etc. Once you receive your final documents, you can easily edit the Microsoft Word file(s) to make minor changes, reposition skills, or make other modifications and tailor your resume for other positions.
+ Why do you charge these prices for your services?
We set our prices based on the amount of effort and skill that it takes to create an unforgettable resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile. While there are many resume writers in the market, our founder, Sona Joshi, is not only a certified resunme writer, but also a Professional Certified Coach with years of experience as both a hiring manager and a career services professional.
Please do your due diligence and choose the best person for your needs and your budget. However, you will find that investing in your career documents may be necessary to land the job (and the higher salary) you want.
+ Can you guarantee that I will get interviews?
All clients receive two rounds of edits for their career documents or LinkedIn profiles. However, I will work with you until you are 100% satisfied, and please know that we treat your documents as if they were our own. Distinctive Resume relies on referrals and we want to make sure that you are fully satisfied.
We cannot make any guarantees regarding interviews, though. While our career documents and LinkedIn profiles are designed to attract attention, there are too many other determining factors beyond our control that can affect whether you are called for an interview or not. However, if you have not received interviews after six months, please contact us for a free review of your resume and your situation.
Please beware of anyone who promises you interviews, especially if they are not a certified resume writer. Job markets can fluctuate from month to month and year to year, and national trends may not accurately reflect what is going on in your local area. Please review the terms and conditions before purchasing any product or service.
+ Do I need a different resume for each job applicstion?
Your resume is designed to reflect the industry or field which is most important to you. As long as you apply for jobs within the same industry or field, you will only need to make minor modifications to include the relevant skills and keywords in the job posting. Your resume will not allow you to apply for jobs across industries in most cases, unless the job title/function is the same (i.e. Administrative Assistant or Corporate Trainer). Career changers or those who are looking to enter a new field may need multiple resumes depending on which positions they target.
+ What if I need to update my resume in the future?
Once both rounds of revisions are complete and you receive your final documents, additional changes will require an extra fee. If you are a returning client who is changing careers, please contact us for a generous discount.
+ Can you send me a sample?
I am not able to share samples of my work unless we meet in person. Please know that the process to earn Certified Professional Resume Writer designation is rigorous, and there are specific standards of excellence that all certified resume writers must meet in order to pass. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority, though, and we will work with you every step of the way to create documents that are mutually satisfying.