Story-based Resume

Sure. Here are some before & after examples of story-based resumes and cover letters written for past clients. You can also find examples of our work within the descriptions on our services page.

Story-based resumes are between 1 and 1.25 pages long. In certain cases an extra 1/4th of a page is allocated. Oftentimes, people struggle to identify which stories to include in their resume (and which stories to exclude). A resume writer weighs in on such decisions with an unbiased, outside opinion.

The truth is that nobody is going to take the time to read every line of a 2-page+ resume. Instead they’ll selectively read bits and pieces of it. By giving your reader the option to choose what information they consume, you’ve placed them in the driver’s seat. You’re no longer in control of your storyline. The opposite is true of a carefully curated, 1-page resume.

If you’ve spent time googling ‘resume writer’, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a lot of price point variance from one firm to another. You’re trying to make heads or tails of it all and wondering, ‘Just what is the difference between a $100 resume and a $800+ resume?’.

The short answer is time & talent. No matter the professional service you’re after (be it that of a lawyer, a resume writer or a barber), those are the two variables that dictate price. You’re most likely to receive an exceptional outcome when a talented professional invests a good deal of time in serving you. The opposite is also true. Chances are you’ll receive an unremarkable outcome from a less than stellar professional with little time to dedicate to your case.

The following statement is written in all sincerity. It’s up to you to consider how competitive your resume/cover letter/interviewing skills need be and then to seek out a professional who rises to whatever bar you set. A $800+ resume is not necessary in every case nor is a $100 resume sufficient in every case.

Prior to founding resumeSTORY.builders, Leah Derus helped MBA and Executive MBA applicants gain entrance to top business schools like HBS, Stanford and Wharton. Are you competing for jobs within a cohort of highly educated, overachievers? Will only the most exacting of standards do in your case? Then you’ll be well-served here.

Process

Client work is never outsourced to junior editors or other consultants. ResumeStory.Builders is a boutique consultancy and your consultant will personally deliver all services.

Generally speaking, work is carried out over the phone or via screen sharing sessions/video calls. That’s because working with clients virtually delivers better results. Why? Because the consultant is able to focus exclusively on the client’s words rather than being influenced by other forms of communication such as demeanor, eye contact or body language. That allows the consultant to  really hear what is being said, ask the right follow-up questions and ultimately help their client develop winning stories.

Mock interviews are an exception to the rule. Video calls are often used to provide feedback to clients on their eye contact, expressions and gestures.

Expedited service is available. Depending on the service you’re interested in ‘expedited’ may mean overnight, one-day or two-day delivery. A 50% fee increase is applied to all expedited services. If a service is normally listed as $200 on the services page, that figure is multiplied by 1.5 (in this case: $200*1.5=$300).

To discuss your needs, please email hello@resumestory.builders with the subject line: Urgent

There is a full description of each service on the Services & Pricing page. There you’ll find precise descriptions of services, working methods and turnaround times.
Each service available at resumeSTORY.builders contains several deliverables. The turnaround time for any one deliverable (like new edits to a document based on client feedback) is a maximum of two business days.

  • Example of a service: Cover Letter
  • Example of some deliverables: Email client first draft of their cover letter OR Review client feedback and edit cover letter
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  • Client and consultant finish up a cover letter brainstorming call at 16:00/4pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Monday and a first draft will be sent to the client by Wednesday at midnight EST.
  • Client and consultant finish up a cover letter brainstorming call at 22:00/10pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Tuesday and a first draft will be sent to the client by Thursday at midnight EST.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK

  • Client submits written comments on the first draft of his resume at 16:00/4pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Monday and a newly edited resume will be returned to the client by Wednesday at midnight EST.
  • Client submits written comments on the first draft of his resume at 22:00/10pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Tuesday and a newly edited resume will be returned to the client by Thursday at midnight EST.

Payments

Small discounts are available for clients who opt for payment through Venmo or Direct Bank Transfer. After adding a service to your cart, proceed to the checkout page. There you’ll be able to see the discount associated with Venmo and Direct Bank Transfer.

Rather than negotiating prices with individuals, resumeSTORY.builders offers the same straightforward rates to everyone. The prices you’ll find on the website have been carefully calculated to reflect a) the amount of time and effort involved in delivering a service and b) the caliber of work we deliver. We’re convinced that apples to apples, you won’t find better value anywhere else.

Payment Plans: Unfortunately payment plans aren’t available but we do accept payment from the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club.

U.S. Clients: U.S. clients can pay via Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club),  Venmo (a free service owned and operated by PayPal) or Direct Bank Transfer.

International Clients: Clients outside the U.S. can make payments via Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club) or Direct Bank Transfer.

Payment Plans: Unfortunately payment plans aren’t available.

Discounts are available for clients who opt for payment through Venmo or Direct Bank Transfer. In order to simplify back office procedures, payment must be received before we begin working together. Credit card and Venmo payments are received instantly. Direct Bank Transfers can require 3-6 days to clear. Please take this into consideration when choosing a payment method.

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