This post is where I talk a little about what it is like to manage having clients as a small business.
I focus on the client’s needs by identifying them – many of my clients begin the process by “chatting” with me via my website so I can get a feel for who they are and what their next step should be. Other times, it can be a client that just hires me without any prior discussions and then I work at getting to know them and trying to identify their next step. Off the bat, I can take any resume and improve it without knowing what the next step is and that is like my first run through my first draft – cleaning up the formatting, creating a new look and feel (a more professional look and feel) to the document and transforming the words on the paper to actionable traits and skills of said person while highlighting some key accomplishments. A resume must represent who you are and what you can do while focusing not on jargon but on actionable traits that you have brought to your current or previous employer to make that employer better off while showing how those skills and traits are transferable to your potential new employer.
I also do a value add “career plan” for the client – after the first draft of the resume and the answers are received from my proprietary query email, I then know more about the person and I can work my “magic” on advice for how to use the new resume or the new LinkedIn profile to get to potential next steps, which I also identify or suggest. All of that and also collaborative editing and taking my consulting advice on what next steps can be to then tailor the base new resume and cover letter are all little ways I go above and beyond on what I deliver to my clients.
What do you think about my strategy? Does having a personalized career plan from me seem like a great part of my business model? Should I include that information on my product page? It has been a value add I provide and I do not think I do enough promotion for it – what do you think? After you watch the video information below, check out my product page for more information and Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen