FAQs

 For your convenience, the most common client questions are answered right here.

General Questions

I am based in Bellingham, WA and I work with clients internationally by email, phone, and video chat. All business is conducted virtually.
Great question! The reality is I'm not sure that you should work with me over another resume writing service.  I could spout off multiple reasons why my services are the best and that I hold multiple resume writing certifications and active memberships in leading industry organizations, but it's likely that you're expecting that. Until I learn more about your career situation and key challenges, I don't know that I'm the right fit for you and I'm not one to rush to judgment. I'm more interested in hearing about your job search challenges and goals. From there, I'll have a better idea if and how I can help you. If I can't, I will put you in touch with someone who can. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation 30-minute discovery call today.
Yes. I am a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Resume Specialist in Engineering and Science (CRS+ES) and Information Technology (CRS+IT). Additionally, I am a REACH Certified Social Brand Analyst and Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC). I am also an active member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC), the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), and Career Directors International (CDI), where I receive ongoing education in the latest and greatest resume writing trends and job search technologies.
I am trained and have written hundreds of resumes for clients in all industries at all career-levels. My specialty lies in crafting resumes and other career marketing documents for people looking to pursue or advance a career in a science, technology (including IT), engineering, and healthcare or medical industry. This includes both technical and non-technical professionals. Many of my clients include R&D chemists and scientists, researchers (academic and private industry), engineers (multiple disciplines), IT professionals, data scientists, R&D directors, environmental scientists, chiropractors and other healthcare specialists, high-degree professionals including Masters, MBA, JD, and Ph.D. candidates, and executive and c-suite leaders.
There are a multitude of extrinsic and intrinsic benefits that motivate job seekers to hire a professional resume writer. Here are some of the advantages that our clients have realized in their own job search:
  • Increase your salary. Many of our clients choose us because they are looking to advance to a higher level. To get the raise you deserve, you need a branded, targeted, and evidence-based resume that illustrates your ability to get results. The raise on its own was enough to recoup the small initial investment in the resume writing process.
  • Save money. How much money are you losing on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis from a prolonged job search? Job searching is really expensive, especially if you’re unemployed. On top of the income you lose on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, you must also contend with the extra costs of dry cleaning (and possibly purchasing) interview clothe, putting gas in your car, and attending to the inevitable wear and tear on your car. A branded resume package will help you get into your next job faster while putting you miles ahead of your competition from a financial standpoint.
  • Save time. How many days, weeks, and months have you spent fine-tuning your resume? We all face our own set of challenges in our daily lives. Your resume does not have to be one of them. Leave it to a professional who can craft the best product in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Excellent interview training. The in-depth consultation component in the resume writing process compels many job seekers to refresh their memories on the exact impact that their contributions and initiatives had on the organization, its clients, and its employees.
  • Decreased stress (and insanity). Many people struggle with knowing where to start. What relevant skills and experience do you include? How far back should your employment history go? How do you tackle an employment gap or a career transition?
  • Elevated confidence & personal enlightenment. The resume writing process helps many people uncover and articulate what they already know about themselves, resulting in a more rejuvenated sense of excitement in the job search process. Plus, you’ll feel awesome receiving calls from employers inviting you for an interview!
  • Determine your core brand messages. Knowing and articulating your key brand attributes will help you understand what your network and key hiring decision-makers need to know to see you as the perfect fit for the role they are trying to fill.
 
Hiring a professional resume writer is not for everyone, although the majority of people can significantly benefit from using one. While our clients come from all walks of life, practically every one of them has expressed that it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to write objectively about yourself. Over the years, we've observed that the people who choose NOT to invest in themselves (and their career) wind up doing at least 1 or a combination of the following 3 things:
  • Choosing a budget resume service (aka resume mills). Budget resume services typically offer very low prices ranging anywhere from $150 or less, insanely fast 24-48 hour turnaround times, and unrealistic guarantees (i.e. secure a job in 30 days or we rewrite your resume for free). These services take a ‘quantity over quality’ approach and tend to be staffed by non-credentialed resume writers who are not well-versed in the nuances of the modern job market. These firms view their clients as a commodity. Your writer won’t take the time to get to know you, understand your career goals, and will apply a one-size-fits-all approach that promotes the use of generic, non-ATS friendly online templates that HR and recruitment professionals can spot from miles away. Unless you believe you are like everyone else, avoid these companies altogether.
  • Download a resume template on the Internet. These templates tend to use formatting that prevents ATS programs from extracting keywords and keyword phrases from your resume. ATS programs are essentially the digital gatekeeper that determines whether or not your resume is even viewed by a human in the first place. If ATS cannot read your resume, a human reader won’t even see it and you will be nowhere closer in moving towards your career goal(s).
  • Pay twice. The timeless industry saying, ‘You get what you pay for’ definitely applies to resume writing. The lowest price is rarely a bargain in the long run and the costs of looking for a new job with a cheap, poorly written resume are high. Many of our previous clients confessed to pursuing the budget resume route only to find themselves frustrated by the lack of results in their job search. Not only will you lose money every day, week, and month that you spend trying to land that next job with a cheap resume, you will make a poor impression and interviews will slip through the cracks. Remember, you don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression.
Applicant tracking systems are software applications that are programmed to scan resumes for keywords and other key selection criteria to streamline the hiring process. These systems are used by over 97% of large companies and over 80% of small- and medium-sized organizations. When applying for a job online, chances are high that your resume will be scanned by an ATS. The ATS will be looking for specific keywords and keyword phrases and other selection criteria relevant to the advertised position. If your resume is not optimized with the right keywords, it will not even be seen by a human reader. This technology is what hurts job seekers the most since many qualified candidates end up getting screened out and lost in the resume black hole. Not only are keywords important, but the formatting and design techniques used on your resume also play a key factor in whether or not your resume can be read by the ATS.
Yes. Scientech Resumes has a national and international presence. Our clients are located all over the US and worldwide including Australia, the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Pakistan, India, and Thailand. All projects are quoted in US dollars regardless of your location and we perform the necessary research regarding resume standards for your specific country.
Prior to any client hiring us, we do request that you schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation, where we will discuss your career situation and direction and review your current resume (if you have one) to see where your greatest challenges lie. If you are in between career levels (i.e. mid-career looking to advance to an executive position), we do reserve the right to place you in higher or lower career levels depending on your career direction and the complexity of the work involved. We will provide you with a custom quote for the different solutions that we recommend for your particular situation, although this session does not obligate you to pursue a project with us.
Our clients are the lifeblood of our business. You can view our client testimonials on a variety of platforms including Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, and on our website testimonials page.
Of course! We will never share your personal, contact, or credit card information with anyone under any circumstances. Additionally, anything that you share with us throughout the project is kept completely confidential.
Ah yes. We, too, have seen those companies that charge $150 and lower for resume services. That price range is accurate if you are looking for a low budget resume service. The reality is that these companies, aka "resume mills," are volume-based and not quality-driven. Many of these firms are staffed by non-certified resume writers, who won't invest the necessary time required to get to know you or understand your career goals and apply a one-size-fits-all approach that promotes the use of sub-standard, generic templates that a recruiter can spot from miles away. The worst part? These templates use formatting that cannot be read by applicant tracking systems, or the programs that screen resumes for keywords, which means that your resume won't even be seen by a human reader. You are essentially paying for an expensive template. If that's the route you'd like to go, you are better off writing your own resume and saving that $150 to take yourself out to dinner. When money is tight, it's important to spend it wisely but do you really want to leave your career, the key driver that furthers both your quality of life as well as your family's to chance?

Payment

Yes. This is a common industry standard in order to prevent any theft or pirating of work. Scientech Resumes offers 2 payment options:
  • In full, up front. All major debit/credit cards, including American Express, are accepted and processed through PayPal. You are not required to have a PayPal account to access this option.
  • Pay over time with PayPal Credit. Many of our clients love this option because it provides you with the ease and flexibility to spread payments out for up to 6 months with zero interest. This option does require you to create a FREE PayPal account (if you don’t already have one) and is currently only available to US-based clients.
   
Scientech Resumes processes all payments through PayPal and accepts all major debit and credit cards, including American Express. We also take personal checks, although we ask that you contact us if you plan to use this option. This method is only recommended if you are not in a hurry to receive your new documents. All payment must be collected and cleared up front before any work can begin. If you have any questions about payment options, you can contact us directly at  971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com.
First of all, we thank you for your honesty. Many of our clients initially felt this way until PayPal Credit introduced a flexible finance option that allows you to spread your payments out in smaller increments (6 months at zero interest) if paying the full amount up front is too daunting. I have personally used this method, as have many of my previous clients, who felt more liberated from that catch-22 situation that so many job seekers, especially those who are unemployed, fall into. When money is tight, it's important to spend it wisely. However, a professional, well-written resume is an investment in yourself that pays dividends and results in a quick ROI within less than 1 work week's pay in your new position. If you're truly not ready to invest in one of our resume packages, you are welcome to get started with one of our low-entry services or pick up any one of our e-guides on resume writing, interview preparation, LinkedIn, networking, and career management strategies.
This is a very common practice among reputable resume writers. Due to the fact that our project schedule is normally booked out a week in advance, taking on a last minute project requires significant adjustments to our marketing, writing, consulting, and personal schedule, which is why an additional but reasonable fee is added to all rush projects. Sometimes, depending on our schedule and workload, we cannot accept rush projects. If you require a rush service, please call 971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com to confirm whether or not we can accommodate your timeline. Scientech Resumes currently offers 3- and 6-day rush services. We do not accept projects that require a 24-48 hour turnaround time.

Resume Writing Services

Your resume package and any additional services that you invest in are personally written by Kate, who will work directly with you throughout the entire process. We do not use subcontractors or outsource any work.
In one word, priceless. The average job search can last anywhere between 3-6 months, depending on your industry and career target(s). That's a significant loss of income when you take into account what you're losing on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. A professional, well-written resume and cover letter can save you both time and money by helping you secure more of the right interviews and getting you into your next job faster with greater results. With people living and working longer and competition fiercer than ever, employers are overwhelmed with resumes, spending as little as 4-6 seconds viewing each application. Therefore, you need a targeted, branded, and evidence-based resume and cover letter that instantly captures the reader's attention and moves him or her to action ... calling you for an interview!
Once you have decided to hire us and selected the desired resume package, you will receive instructions on scheduling the one-to-one consultation and an outline that will summarize how the consultation will work, as well as specific areas to reflect on in advance. After the consultation, Kate will begin writing your new documents. All documents are delivered between 7-10 business days, including the consultation review, writing, and proofreading of the new documents. After you have received your new resume and other documents, you will have 21 days to request revisions and work with Kate to fine-tune these new versions so that you feel confident about using them in your job search. Learn more about our writing process here.
There's a lot of debate around whether or not the cover letter is dead. It's not and we're not just saying that because we make a terrific living writing resumes and cover letters. We've witnessed how the power of a well-written cover letter has catapulted our clients' applications to the top of the stack. While there are some recruiters and hiring managers who say they don't read cover letters, the fact of the matter is ... almost every job application requires you to send both a resume and a cover letter. You have no way of knowing if the person on the other end viewing your application is one of those people who reads or doesn't read cover letters. Even if they are non-cover letter readers, the application instructions still ask you to send one, which is essentially the first test in determining whether or not you can follow directions. Like your resume, your cover letter should be customized to each opportunity. When written well, they build a bridge between you and the hiring manager, bringing to the forefront what matters most in each precise situation.
Then you have definitely come to the right place. We have worked with plenty of clients who did not have an existing resume before hiring us. In those cases, we will provide you with a comprehensive client information questionnaire, which is designed to facilitate the resume development process and help you to reflect on your current career goal(s), key strengths, and professional achievements. Once you complete and return the questionnaire, Kate will review it and schedule a follow-up call to clarify and expand on the information that you have provided. The more details you can provide, the stronger a resume (and other documents) that we can produce. Failure to submit the necessary information will result in the delay of the project. 
The consultation lasts between 60 to 90 minutes and can be conducted over the phone or through Skype or Zoom video conferencing. We do not require you to fill out any worksheets or questionnaires prior to the consultation unless you do not have an existing resume. During this call, we will take a deep dive into your professional history to uncover and reinforce your unique strengths and extract the most relevant and noteworthy success stories, achievements, and other contributions. We believe in teamwork and the reason that many of our clients get great results is because we ask our clients to work with us as a collaborative partner. The resume that we produce will only be as strong as the information that you provide.
Yes. All projects include an unlimited number of revisions (subject to Terms of Service) within a 21-day revision window. The revision timeframe starts the day after you have received the new versions of your resume and other documents. During the revision period, you are welcome to review your new documents, share them with trusted friends and acquaintances, and request revisions and ask questions. We work together to fine-tune your documents until you feel confident to use them in your job search. All edits are turned around within 48 hours. All projects are finalized by the end of the 21-day revision window or earlier unless separate arrangements have been made. If a circumstantial event should surface during the 21-day revision period that delays your ability to review your documents, please let us know. We understand that life happens and we will work with you to make special arrangements to accommodate your personal situation. Some examples of extenuating circumstances include a sudden illness (you or a family member), natural disaster, death in the family, long periods of travel, etc.
Of course! Kate prides herself on being accessible to her clients throughout the entire writing process. We can communicate through email, phone, or Skype/video conference to answer any questions or follow-up. For the fastest response, email is the best option. See the Contact tab for more information.
Certainly! You are welcome to view samples of resumes that we've written for previous clients at all career-levels including new graduates, young professionals, ITmid-career, non-executive managers, senior executives, c-suite leaders, and curriculum vitae. The names and personal information have been fictionalized to protect client confidentiality.
You will receive the finalized version of your resume in the following formats: Microsoft Word, PDF, and an ATS-optimized version in MS Word for you to use in an online job search. Armed with these 3 formats, you can rest assured that you can present an attractive resume to any employer no matter what application system or scenario you encounter. Please note: Scientech Resumes recently made the change to replace all ASCII plain text resume files with the MS Word (.doc) format. If you require an ASCII plain text version, let us know and we will create one for you at no additional charge.
Yes. Kate is a Certified Resume Specialist in IT (CRS+IT) through Career Directors International and is familiar with the terminology used across the various IT disciplines.
No. We do not write federal resumes. Federal resumes subscribe to a completely different set of rules, guidelines, and procedures that we are not well-versed in. If you require a federal resume, Kate will be happy to put you in touch with a few colleagues who specialize in federal resumes. Please call 971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com for more information.
A resume is a targeted and concise personal marketing document that is designed to position you for your desired career target in a specific industry or sector. Your resume must be tailored for each position that you apply for and showcase your most relevant experience and skills for a specific job target. It does not have to ordered chronologically or cover your entire work history. On the other hand, a CV, or curriculum vitae, provides lots of detail and information on your academic background. Typically, a CV is used for researchers, professors, and Ph.D. holders and can include details, such as your teaching experience, research projects, academic degrees, presentations, publications, awards, professional affiliations, volunteer work, and other relevant accomplishments. CVs typically run longer than resumes, 3-4 pages, and are more static documents that don't change for different positions.
Yes. The resume update service is available for returning clients at a discounted price. This discounted price is only valid if no more than 2 years have passed since we last worked together. If the focus or the branding of your resume has changed or you are looking to transition into a new industry or change careers, please ask us about my resume rebrand service. We will want to speak with you to discuss your new career focus and ensure that we have all the information that we need in order to effectively position you and your expertise for your next career step.
No worries! All of our client files are backed up and stored for a lifetime unless you specifically ask us to delete them. If your computer should break down or you can't access your documents for whatever reason, please call 971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com and we will forward you a copy of your documents at no charge.
Yes. If you are applying for more than one type of position or targeting multiple industries, savings will apply. Please call 971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com for further assistance.
Due to the increasing demand for my services and the fact that we do not outsource any work, our standard turnaround time is between 7-10 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) following the one-on-one consultation. If you need your resume and other documents sooner, we offer both 3- and 6-business day turnaround times for an additional fee.
Resumes are generally priced between $395 to $1,195, in alignment with the industry average. For more details on the specific ranges for your career-level, please click the Career Levels tab on the main menu and select a career-level. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Ah yes. We, too, have seen those companies that charge $150 and lower for resume services. That price range is accurate if you are looking for a low budget resume service. The reality is that these companies, aka "resume mills," are volume-based and not quality-driven. Many of these firms are staffed by non-certified resume writers, who won't invest the necessary time required to get to know you or understand your career goals and apply a one-size-fits-all approach that promotes the use of sub-standard, generic templates that a recruiter can spot from miles away. The worst part? These templates use formatting that cannot be read by applicant tracking systems, or the programs that screen resumes for keywords, which means that your resume won't even be seen by a human reader. You are essentially paying for an expensive template. If that's the route you'd like to go, you are better off writing your own resume and saving that $150 to take yourself out to dinner. When money is tight, it's important to spend it wisely but do you really want to leave your career, the key driver that furthers both your quality of life as well as your family's to chance?
No. We do not offer any interview guarantees. While there are some very reputable resume writers who offer guarantees (usually 60 days, backed up by a strong terms of service agreement), we believe that this is an unrealistic expectation because we cannot control the effort that an individual client makes in the job search process. Additionally, there are too many back-end processes that occur during the interview stage that you simply don't see. In the end, it is up to you to aggressively participate in the job search process, including applying for qualified positions that you meet the requirements for. In lieu of an interview guarantee: Scientech Resumes offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning that we will work with you until you are satisfied with your new documents. A large component of the client journey experience includes built-in job search coaching and education through value-added resources on how the modern job market works, how to customize your resume and cover letter for bypassing applicant tracking systems, and how to leverage the power of personal branding to maximize your opportunities as your career evolves. It's one thing for us to write you a powerful and effective resume. It's another thing for you to know how to use it effectively in your job search. Former clients have expressed that they specifically choose Scientech Resumes because we happen to do both exceptionally well, which has been of far greater value than any 'interview guarantee.'

LinkedIn Profile Services

LinkedIn plays a crucial role in being found for opportunities. Over 94% of recruiters and hiring professionals use LinkedIn daily to find top talent, especially for those hard-to-fill technical roles, and they are looking for you. With more than 450 million subscribers, LinkedIn provides you with an additional platform to showcase your personal brand in a more casual and humanizing way. Nowadays, many hiring professionals search for qualified candidates through LinkedIn before they actually post a position. Therefore, it pays dividends to have an engaging and keyword-rich profile that makes it easy for you to be found by employers and other people who need to know you and what you have to offer.
There's a common misconception among job seekers that LinkedIn is your online resume. While we draw on content from your resume to write your LinkedIn profile, the real difference lies in the target audience. A resume that gets results is branded and targeted towards a specific position. You can (and should) have more than one resume that is customized for each role that you apply for. On the other hand, you only get one LinkedIn profile. With LinkedIn, you can reach a much broader audience.  While resumes are rather cut and dry in their nature, LinkedIn is part of the social media universe. Therefore, it's perfectly fine to write your profile in a more casual and conversational tone, using personal pronouns, as if you were speaking directly to the reader. While LinkedIn is a prime destination for applying for jobs, its true purpose is to build meaningful connections and relationships with others in your industry and become a part of the conversation. Our LinkedIn profile development service is a full service that includes the writing, strategizing, keyword optimization, focused branding, and development and improvement of your current LinkedIn profile. This service is NOT a carbon copy of your current resume or the one that we will create for you. 
The process for LinkedIn works the same as a resume service. If you purchase a LinkedIn profile with a resume, the same information that we collect during the one-to-one consultation will be used to craft your new LinkedIn profile. If LinkedIn is ordered on its own, a one-to-one consultation (60-90 minutes) will need to be scheduled. If you order a LinkedIn profile on its own without a resume, a one-to-one consultation (60-90 minutes) will need to be scheduled.
No. We do not request your LinkedIn username or password as it would violate LinkedIn's terms of service. We write the content for your LinkedIn profile, which is delivered in a Word document. You are responsible for uploading your LinkedIn content when you go to edit your profile. If you require assistance in uploading your content, Kate will be happy to walk you through that process over the phone or through Zoom conference at no additional charge.
LinkedIn profiles range from $295 to $995 and are custom priced according to your career-level and the complexity of work involved. If LinkedIn is purchased with a resume, savings will be incurred.
The LinkedIn analysis will provide you with a thorough evaluation of your current profile and actionable tips and strategies that you can immediately implement to optimize your LinkedIn presence and get noticed by the people that need to know you and what you have to offer. This content features screenshots of your current LinkedIn profile and uses a green, yellow, and red scoring system to indicate the areas that look great, need improvement, and require significant work, respectively. This content is delivered to you in PDF and an audio file.

Other Services

As of right now, Scientech Resumes does not officially offer interview coaching. We are currently putting together a program and will be offering this service just in time before the new year.
Yes. We offer both 3- and 6-business day RUSH delivery options for an extra fee. The standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days. If you need a rush service, please call 971.770.1460 or email kate@scientechresumes.com to ensure that we can accommodate your timeline.
A post-interview thank you letter is a short follow-up letter that you send to your interviewer(s). Its format is similar to a cover letter and provides you with an additional opportunity to reinforce your candidacy, address any potential concerns that may have surfaced during the conversation, and restate your desire for the position. This handy letter is one of the most overlooked tools in a job seeker's arsenal because it has the power to influence hiring decision.
A reference sheet provides a list of people who can speak positively about your professional background and verify your skills, experience, and achievements for a potential employer. This document is typically requested later during the hiring process so it is important to have one handy. Scientech Resumes crafts reference sheets that match your resume for a consistent, cohesive, and professional brand image that will instantly connect your reference sheet with your resume. 
Typically written for senior executives and c-suite leaders, an executive biography is designed to work in tandem with your resume. It is written in a manner that strengthens your professional brand while weaving in the leadership qualifications, values, and core attributes that have resulted in your professional achievements. This document chronicles your career path in a storytelling format and captures attention from CEOs, Board of Directors, and other key decision-makers.
A value proposition letter is a brief and persuasive account of what you accomplished, not what you do. Typically focused for CEOs, Directors, Business Owners, and other top decision-makers, this short, impactful letter has more power to grab and hold a reader’s attention by establishing your achievements through specific metrics and facts to achieve instant credibility.  Additionally, it provides proof that you can tackle and solve challenging problems while communicating in a few short sentences why you are the best candidate for the position.
The resume analysis service provides you with a thorough review of your current resume and specific, insightful feedback with recommended and targeted suggestions for improvement. This service does not include any re-writing or a personal consultation. If, after the review, you decide to pursue a resume project, the amount already paid for the review can be applied as a credit towards the new document.
The social branding analysis is designed to provide you with a clearer picture of what your current online digital footprint looks like and provide you with tools and strategies that you can incorporate into your career management plan to increase your overall online visibility and communicate your personal brand. The content in this service is delivered to you in both PDF and audio format. It is specific to you and includes analysis of your Google results, the 5 measures of the online digital brand (volume, relevance, purity, diversity, and validation), and your social media and online web presence, and recommendations for optimizing your online presence. 

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