A job seekers story…

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Andrea Drew – Professional Resume Writer Reviews

Let me turn your dry lifeless resume into a powerful marketing tool.

That’s what you need right? A resume that sells you so that recruiters immediately notice it and are favorably impressed.

You want recruiters to say: Hmmmmm. I have to meet with this candidate.

 How can that happen?

Well for starters you need to realise your “shopping list resume” will simply not do the job.  A shopping list resume is a hastily put together list of the bare essentials and lists only duties and what anyone in that job can do.  It doesn’t list the benefits and features of the job candidate and is what in my 13 years experience, most resumes look like.

How can we turn your shopping list resume into a dynamic resume?  Well firstly you order and pay on the services and pricing page.  Then I email you my questionnaire to learn all about you, your goals, what skills you’d like to highlight but ideally stories of problems you’ve faced, how you solved them, and the results.  From there around 2-3 days after receipt  I email through a first draft of the documents you’ve ordered for your input.  Usually after 2 drafts we’re done.  You have the documents as both word and pdf documents to submit to your hearts content!  Bound copies and electronic copies on a USB stick can be provided for an additional charge.

Once you get your job I ask you to leave your rave feedback on my independent review site here.   And of course I keep you updated every step of the week with an indication of when you can expect to receive my next response.  The faster you respond and the more information I get in the questionnaire, the better the resume I can write for you.

Well yes you think, but that’s easy for YOU to say. Well I guess so, but the last eleven years, 5000 resumes and numerous courses haven’t always been that easy. But they have been very satisfying, knowing that I have made such a HUGE impact on hundred’s of clients ability to open doors, gain interviews and the ‘job of my dreams – I just have to get this job!’

I say this because I have lost count of the number of people just like you I hear from frustrated in their efforts to turn their resume from a dry lifeless descriptive document into a powerful marketing tool. They don’t know where to start and are time poor. Which is why they write the dreaded


What is a shopping list resume? Well, what is a shopping list? It’s that hurried, scrawled list of stuff you need that you write so you remember what to buy at the supermarket. Only problem is, a resume is not a quick description of what you do day in and day out, or a hurried shopping list, it’s a sales pitch. Yes, I’ve used the dreaded word, sales. I know, you aren’t comfortable with selling yourself most people aren’t . Which is where I come in. No, the reader won’t think you are bragging or that you are arrogant. If there is ONE time in your life when you need to sell yourself it’s now. But how to turn those dry lifeless shopping list resumes into a powerful marketing tool?

Consultation with a real life person not a resume ‘wizard’ where’s the magic in that?

You know, one of those Internet tools where it asks you a pre-formulated question and you pop in the answer. The problem with that is a wizard can’t “hear” a nuanced answer. When I speak to you on the phone or correspond by email, I can pick up on details that can make your credentials stand out.  A computer wizard can’t do that and neither can a one size fits all resume wizard.  I can also ease your mind, give you tips and advise on your job search and interview coaching as well.  I like dealing with real people with real lives, and I’m guessing you do too.

After eleven years writing resumes and government job applications, I understand the pitfalls and challenges you face when trying to describe yourself. I can be objective. It’s really hard when you are ‘in it’ to strike the right balance between accurately providing a snapshot of your career, leaving out the useless stuff, and focusing on what works. Your story. Your challenges on a day-to-day basis. What you do consistently to sort out these challenges. Hopefully also, those amazing results you get because of your persistence and consistency!

I can help you remember your story and then tell it.

What are some of the issues I solve for clients on a daily basis?

Acting as a port of call for stressed, anxious job seekers just like you who are keen as mustard to get their application right but have no idea how. “I feel so much better after talking to you” I hear over and over from clients.

Guiding you to those situations, challenges and specific incidences which are relevant to your resume (and assessing the not so relevant)

Rephrasing questions in different ways so that you fully duplicate what it is that I need – then weaving this vital information into resume gold

Taking the jumble of letters, words, stories, actions and information and moving it into a coherent, organised and effective format, and writing your new marketing documents from there.

Here are some other job seeker stories, maybe you can relate to them?


Julie was working for a government department, and wanted to go back to the department the year before. However, she had gained additional responsibilities in project management, and wanted to really prove herself to her former colleagues. Her challenge? Produce a two page document addressing five “key competencies” while  also providing examples of situations she had been in which demonstrated each key competency could be performed.

Her challenges were time, anxiety, deadlines, the fact that she “really, really wanted this job” but also her document in her words was a bit of a ‘brain dump’ with no real form to the document, not following sequence of actions and process, and use of complicated words which cut across her ability to communicate. Speaking to her after normal business hours  (which was what clinched the deal for her) I was able to clarify the situations she had been in and put them more into context to get a better overall picture of her unique situation.  I was able to draw out from her some amazing achievements she had previously overlooked and forgotten about. I took the time to untangle the complicated words, eliminating these and drawing upon my experience and training in writing resumes selection criteria and positions in the public service to simply the document and also improving her marketability with a well set out, professional marketing documents (resume and cover letter/selection criteria).

The result was a resume that demonstrated Julie’s achievements. More importantly, the resume actually documented her achievements with quotes, statistics, and awards.

Says Julie “I love it , I was so concerned because I am in Brisbane and you are in Melbourne and I was wondering ‘How are we going to do this?’ But I am REALLY happy with it done at very short notice I might add also (24 hours).

As we both agreed “thank goodness for email and internet!”


Nerida was working for a large, country wide large fabric retail chain. For such a young graduate she had some really impressive achievements. The trick? Gleaning the pertinent details from her completed questionnaire and getting a real sense of the differences she made, and the fantastic feedback gained from senior management. This was done effectively in two drafts . When Nerida’s designer partner called me several months later to also have me expertly write his resume, he casually told me that Nerida had gained her pick of three jobs, which she declined until she got the right ‘fit’ with a large prestigious company, closer to home and paying a higher salary.

So what do you need to do now?  Either order RIGHT AWAY look at some samples of my work and find out how the process works, buy my ebook or call/email me now before you forget! You can even ask for a free resume critique/review here.

P.S.  If you’re feeling a tad guilty about hiring a resume writer, don’t. You’re tired after a day’s work or a day looking for work. It takes high energy and hard won know how carefully applied to write resumes cover letters and selection criteria professionally.  I’ve done it for 14 years.  You will be an important part of the collaborative effort it takes to build a great resume. By hiring me you are working “smarter” not harder.

Here’s to your career success!




Andrea Drew