When I wrote my first resume in 1984, my client asked me how long I had been writing resumes. My answer, at the time, was honest but a little flippant: nine years. It was a true statement. I had been writing and rewriting my own resume countless times. And I had done so successfully. I had gotten jobs in advertising, sales and writing with magazines.
I had discovered something many of you have, too. It's difficult to decide what to include and what to leave out. As a writer I continue to discern what's important, what's necessary and what's expendable in writing all my resumes. And that is important to both me - and you.
In helping you to market yourself, I conduct a Q&A session to identify your strengths, problem-solving skills and accomplishments to show how you meet the needs of your targeted job. To get interviews, you must capture the attention of the hiring manager - as well as the automated tracking systems (ATS). Today's ATS screen for job-appropriate keywords, phrases and concepts that fit their agenda. I can help you understand how these work, and craft a resume to meet the needs of the specific job.
Why use a local resume writer?
you rewrote my resume, the last person who reviewed it -
a headhunter who is a friend of mine - said I'd probably
have better luck if I bought lottery tickets and prayed
for the best. When I showed him the draft you prepared,
he said I'd better cancel my golf outing at the lake next
week because he already had scheduled several interviews
- George L.
Marketing Manager, National Sports Beverage Manufacturer
"Thanks for helping
me identify my skills and determine the best strategy for
my background. Your precision with the language, attractive
formatting and design, and attention to detail have already
paid off for me. I have posted the resume on hotjobs, monster
and several company-sponsored websites. Last week
four companies called to schedule interviews. In addition,
seven headhunters have attempted to get in touch with me.
Once again, thanks for the great job."
- Brooke M.
Vice President, Securities Operations Banking Industry
Writing Experience & Credentials:
■ Co-author, "Charlotte: Nothing Could Be Finer," (Doug Mayes, Nancy Stanfield and Doug Morrison), Towery Publishing
■ Contributing writer to 14 resume texts, including the "Expert Resumes" series, "Cover Letter Magic," "Gallery of Best Resumes" and "Gallery of Best Cover Letters" books.
Free-lance News and Features Writer, "Builder/Architect," "Builder Journal," "Charlotte Business Journal," "The State," (now Our State) and "Charlotte" magazine, among others.
WFAE 90.7 FM, "The Names People Play," and "The Last Christmas: Memories of a Grandmother".
Featured as career expert on NBC's local (Charlotte) affiliate WCNC-TV, and Selected as a Regional Expert for LocalHires.com.
Past Career Advice Columnist
Quoted in articles: "CareerBuilder," Tribune Media Services, "The Charlotte Observer"
"Toast of the Resume Industry" (TORI Award Nominee, Best Cover Letter, TORI Award, Best Cover Letter)
B.A., English, Lynchburg College
A Personal Note:
Doug likes to read Smithsonian Magazine and write poetry and personal essays. He likes music that expresses an idea, creatively - he listens to Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, and Enya.