resume writer, i need you!

okay, so here's the situation -

i need to start applying for jobs in spain. i need to convert my resume into a cv, and beyond that, into the cv fomat they use in spain (and more specifically, one used for education jobs).


i'm feeling sort of lost, so i'm thinking of hiring a resume writing service.


i have a few samples, but they are in catalan (which i don't speak fluently). i'm waiting on a few more, but they will be in spanish of course. i don't really want to have to translate them into english for the resume writer, because will later be having to translate my own resume into spanish and catalan, and that's just too much translating. they normally do consultations by phone, and then you send them your old resumes, etc. it would be easier just to sit down with them and explain what the different sections say, rather than translate word for word. do you think they'd work with me, and do you think it's worth it?

i have a few more snags with regard to inquiring about work visa assistance, what address to put down (current or future, etc.), how to attach a photo if i'm applying via email, etc. ... and so i might need help with a cover letter too ... i'm afraid the cost will be exhorbitant. they want $150 for just a basic mid-level career resume, but i don't know how much they'd add for all the rest ...

can you provide any wisdom?

thanks in advance!

m
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Hi Mayim:

How fun to see my name in the topic list! LOL. Let’s see . . . I will try to cover all of your questions.

My first thought—have you looked into a bilingual resume writer? This could reduce the need for excessive translations.

If you do use a traditional resume writer, though, you would probably be able to explain the sections instead of having to actually translate them. I would provide him/her a written outline of what the sections entail, so s/he has something to reference (this is very helpful).

As to whether I think it’s worth hiring a resume writer . . . . Yes, I do. Of course, I am very biased! A resume writer can help you to uncover your skills and frame and phrase your experience to match industry expectations. Granted, some people can do this on their own—and quite well. However, if you’re not confident in your ability to do this, I believe a resume is a sound investment.

I would make sure to discuss all the fees up front.

Did the program request a picture?

As for your address, you could write “current”--then your current address—and “as of X date”—and your future address.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can provide more specifics.

Good luck, and please keep me posted.
thanks!

well, i spoke with her, and it sounds like she can help. we agreed that it would be best to sit down in person, considering the language issue, etc. she said that she does have some spanish, and has lots of esperience in writing european cv's, so i think it shouldn't be a problem.

she'll do a cover letter, and help me with the other things. she gave me a price of $199 which includes a cd and hard copies, cover letter, an ascii formatted version, reference and salary lists, and an ebook on current interviewing issues. i think it's a very fair price.

i went ahead and made an appointment to sit down for a consultation with her on thursday.

i think i could probably work it out on my own, but this way will be much less stressful for me, and probably will increas my chances of getting an intereview. i also have to move fairly quickly, as i hope to be able to get some interviews in place for when i visit in march.

translating it won't be a problem, as i've done a lot of translating work myself, and my bf will help me translate into catalan.

thanks for your help! (:

eta: it is standard practice in europe (at least in spain) to send a photo along with a cv.

m
coarse, thick 3a
modified cg







Good choice! I think the writer's price is reasonable for everything that is included. It'll be worth it! It's good that she's familiar with European CVs.

Let me know how it comes out; I'll be interested to hear.
Good choice! I think the writer's price is reasonable for everything that is included. It'll be worth it! It's good that she's familiar with European CVs.

Let me know how it comes out; I'll be interested to hear.
Originally Posted by Resume Writer
Hello, Resume Writer. Might I ask how you went about becoming a resume writer? It has writer in the job title which usually means it's my friend.
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Hi wild_sasparilla:

I became a resume writer because it allowed me to combine my experience with my passion. I have a background in both HR management and professional writing / editing. My educational background also combines these two fields. Knowing this, people would often approach me to write their resumes. Fortunately, they had good results with them, and my business continued to grow from referrals and ultimately went from a part-time hobby to a full-time job.

I had to learn the resume writing business, but I was able to draw from my experience. Now, I have a resume writing and general writing / editing business. I have to continually stay abreast of the hiring / business world and the latest resume writing trends. I also network with others in the field. I love what I do, and the end product helps people (that’s the goal, anyway)--which is the most rewarding part.

Well, there’s my brief bio. Are you a writer?
Hi wild_sasparilla:

I became a resume writer because it allowed me to combine my experience with my passion. I have a background in both HR management and professional writing / editing. My educational background also combines these two fields. Knowing this, people would often approach me to write their resumes. Fortunately, they had good results with them, and my business continued to grow from referrals and ultimately went from a part-time hobby to a full-time job.

I had to learn the resume writing business, but I was able to draw from my experience. Now, I have a resume writing and general writing / editing business. I have to continually stay abreast of the hiring / business world and the latest resume writing trends. I also network with others in the field. I love what I do, and the end product helps people (that’s the goal, anyway)--which is the most rewarding part.

Well, there’s my brief bio. Are you a writer?
Originally Posted by Resume Writer
Nice brief bio. Yep, I'm a writer! I'm still in high school, but I've sold a couple copies of a book I wrote (and self-published) to my school library and donated it to a girl scout center. It was a self-help book for surviving the real world (sooo much research and interviewing but it paid off), my first serious consideration of a writing life outside of fiction, and I liked it! There's something of my writing past.
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Wow--good for you! That's very impressive that you've been published at your age. This accomplishment will help you--academically and professionally. So, are you interested in pursuing a writing career? There are many avenues you can take with writing, and there are many things you can combine it with (as I did with the job search world).
Thanks! I dunno if it reeeaaallly counts, though, since I self-published.

And writing is definitely my career path! There are so many things to combine it with, it's hard to know where to start. Your avatar seemed like a good place, though!
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There are so many things to combine it with, it's hard to know where to start.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
True. I recommend combining it with something you enjoy and find interesting--it helps to prevent boredom from setting in. I also think it enhances the quality of writing.

You're smart to be exploring your options now.
There are so many things to combine it with, it's hard to know where to start.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
True. I recommend combining it with something you enjoy and find interesting--it helps to prevent boredom from setting in. I also think it enhances the quality of writing.

You're smart to be exploring your options now.
Originally Posted by Resume Writer
Thanks - you're awesome to have given me such great advice!

Let my searches begin....
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