Our Résumé Value Proposition
It is important your résumé is modernized for Applicant Tracking Software (ATS), which acts like a robot (also known as a Bot), scoring your résumé using artificial intelligence. Noteworthy is that 90% of companies today use ATS to screen applicants against job descriptions.
You’ll receive from us a résumé and/or LinkedIn that is 1) written with precision and is grammatically correct, 2) uses valid keywords in context, 3) highlights your considerable accomplishments, and 4) is accurately formatted, all of which improves your ATS score.
Your résumé will also be written in a way that grabs the attention of the recruiter, who spends just 3–5 seconds glancing at your work history. And because we highlight your accomplishments, you’ll make an impression with the hiring manager, standing out against your competition.
Additionally, after we’ve rewritten your résumé, we run it through software that generates an optimization score, which we share with you. We don’t ignore the Bots. We use them.
With recognized writing credentials and 30 years’ experience crafting résumés (and LinkedIn), we combine technology with exceptional writing.
One of the primary benefits of the Silver package is that we will train you how to optimize your résumé for future job submissions. One of the partners or job search coaches will host a one hour video conference call with you. During that call, we will finalize your draft résumé as well as show you what happens to résumés when they go through an ATS system. We’ll then teach you how to find important keywords in the job description as well as how to weave those keywords into your résumé so that you can optimize without continuing to pay a service provider to do so.
Remember, the roBot is scoring how well your résumé matches the job description to which you just applied. Optimization is no longer optional; it is mandatory. Additionally, you’ll receive an optimization report from us providing empirical evidence that we improved your match rate significantly.
Our Gold package includes everything in the Silver package, plus one additional baseline résumé, a thank you letter written following your first job interview, five optimization reports that can be used for future job submissions, and a one-time forensic analysis for a position to which you applied but did not receive a call back.
If you do not like writing and optimizing your résumé for different job types, then the Platinum package is for you. This package includes everything from the Silver, plus three baseline résumés, two forensic analyses for positions to which you applied but did not receive a call back, and 10 optimization reports that you can use to help spot keywords on future job submissions.
If you are pursuing C-level positions, then you will want to upgrade to this package. We have several writers on our team who have held C-Level roles, and as a result, are uniquely equipped to write the more advanced résumé required for executives. We ensure that only one of our C-Level writers will be assigned to you.
We want to help recent graduates get a head start in life. As a result, we offer a significant discount from our Bronze package for students who have less than one year of professional experience and who have recently graduated from high school or college.
Global (International) CV: $395
We are adept in writing international CVs, especially for the European market. This package includes all elements from the Silver package, plus a CV that is tailored to an international audience. We also incorporate headshot and other images that North American résumés restrict. Note that all CVs are written in English only (we do not provide translation services).
Ongoing Editing: $50–$150
Need to optimize an existing baseline résumé for the same job family? We can help. Send us the job description and we’ll scan it against your XPM2 original baseline résumé, providing you with a quote for us to make the necessary modifications to improve your match score.
Before we begin writing, we want to get to know you. We have a proven client intake form we send you to fill out. This form is dual-purpose: it not only is a tool used to gather quantifiable accomplishments from you (which we use in your résumé), but also helps to prepare you for some questions you are likely to be asked during an interview. We ask you to email the client intake form back to us, along with a targeted job description and your old résumé. Then we start writing!
We will target your résumé to a job description you provide us, highlighting the skills and accomplishments relevant to that job description and downplaying any background or history that would discount you from being considered a viable candidate.
Furthermore, our résumé format is ATS-compliant, ensuring you will not be held back by the roBot due to poor formatting design. You’ll receive from us a résumé and/or LinkedIn that 1) is written with precision and is grammatically correct, 2) uses keywords in context, 3) highlights your accomplishments, and 4) is accurately formatted, all of which improves your ATS score. In addition, our résumés also look great in printed format.
Thank You Letters/Cover Letters
We provide professionally written letters that can be sent either in email or via post. Thank you letters incorporate details from your interview (which you provide to us), while cover letters highlight how you specifically fulfill the job requirements.
While we highlight your significant accomplishments in the cover letter, we also provide you information on how you can personalize the cover letter to a human being. Note that "Dear Sir or Madam," or "To Whom it May Concern" salutations are no longer used and are considered old school. Additionally, employers want to know you did a little homework on them (thus the reason we encourage you to incorporate the company's mission statement).
Tip #1: If the ATS system offers you the opportunity to submit a cover letter, always comply. Not doing so signifies to the recruiter that you are either disinterested or too lazy to take the time to write a cover letter.
Tip #2: Always send an individualized (not group) thank you email within 24 hours of your interview.
Job Search Tips
Today’s job market is highly competitive, with anywhere from 100 to 250 applicants vying for the same position. Typically, only 2-3% will receive a call back. So what is a candidate to do? Read our Job Search Tips, which provides a multi-layered strategy for job hunting.
Résumé Modification Guide
Determining what keywords to represent in a résumé is as much art as it is science. Read this guide to learn how to spot keywords from job descriptions and how to weave those high-valued keywords into your résumé.
LinkedIn Optimization Guide
Over the past two years, we have researched LinkedIn best practices, resulting in a 28-page document that takes the guess work out of how you need to build your LinkedIn for optimal results. We even include screen shots and step-by-step instructions, making it easy for you to bring your LinkedIn profile to an All Star status. Once you are an All Star, your chances increase for recruiters to find you.
One Hour Consultation
We review your newly drafted résumé in a video conference session, meeting with you face-to-face. During this consultation, we explain how we uncovered key words and optimized your résumé for the job description. In other words, we teach you how to optimize your résumé for every job description thereafter. We also finalize the résumé based on additional information we gather from you during this session.
By the end of the consultation, you will have a sufficient understanding of how to optimize your baseline résumé for future job submissions, mitigating the need to keep paying editing fees.
Gold and Platinum clients are offered a forensic analysis on a job position for which they applied but received no response or were declined. Note that you must retain a copy of the optimized résumé that was submitted as well as a copy of the job description.
After we’ve rewritten your résumé, we run it through software that generates an optimization score, which we share with you. We don't resist the roBots. We use them.
Gold and Platinum clients receive additional optimization reports that can be used to help them spot valuable keywords for future job submissions.
Our Career Coaching Value Proposition
Your resume is the beginning of your job search journey. A great resume will get you through the Applicant Tracking Software (ATS), but what next? While the job search process must include a professional resume, it also must address those critical next steps after you get the initial call from a recruiter.
Career coaching and strategy positions you to respond favorably to recruiter queries, as well as to set you up for success during the actual job interview. Career coaching will also help you gain clarity on what you want to do next, and what you must do to achieve your goals.
At XPM2 Résumé Services, we have professional career coaches with years of experience helping candidates just like you. Our coaches will give you the tools to move forward no matter the current challenges or concerns you face. Perhaps you are currently employed but bored with your position and are ready for a change. Or you are a parent coming back into the workforce after an extended absence. Maybe you just graduated from college and are worried about lack of previous professional experience, or you are Baby Boomer trying to figure out how to position yourself to compete with Generation X and Millennials. And if you’ve been laid off, you may be dealing with the added feeling of despair and depression.
Life is all about transitions, and a career coach can help you understand how to navigate the changes you are facing. We’ll work with you to create a plan that enables you to prepare for this next, important step in your career with confidence and hope.
NOTE: A 20% discount will be applied to all résumé packages if purchased with a Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum career coaching package.
The Subscription package enables you to receive unlimited email and online chats with one of our career coaches. This service provides you access with the experts who can help answer questions that will aid you in securing your next position. Note that you are not locked into a contract and can cancel your monthly subscription at the end of each 30-day period.
With the Basic package, you are purchasing one-hour sessions that cover one module. Individualized sessions can also be tailored to your specific needs. Examples include: mock interviews, facing ageism, millennial challenges, career guidance, transitions, identifying your value, and executive coaching. See our section on Coaching Modules for additional examples.
Need additional coaching hours and modules? Upgrade to our Bronze package which also provides one month of unlimited email and chat exchanges.
Like the Bronze package, Silver offers additional coaching hours but with double the number of coaching modules. The Silver package also includes a needs assessment and/or personality assessment, along with two months of unlimited email and chat exchanges.
Our Gold service will upgrade you to five hours of coaching covering five unique modules, along with a needs assessment and four months of unlimited email and chat exchanges.
With Platinum, you are entitled to a full six months of services that include six-hour sessions and six modules. Assuming you’ve found that ideal job during this timeframe, you may want to elect to spend time with our career coaches on improving your leadership and/or team interface skills. Or you may want to gift outstanding hours to a friend or family member.
While there are many pre-defined modules from which to choose, remember that these coaching sessions can be tailored to your specific needs.
Face-to-Face Video Consultation
One of our career coaches will meet with you face-to-face, using our video business conference system. In meeting face-to-face, your career coach will get to know you better, and as such, will likely having a higher success in creating a real connection with you. Additionally, video conferencing will provide your career coach with clues as to how you relate and express yourself when speaking with others.
Career Coaching Modules
We offer pre-defined coaching modules as noted below. Remember, however, that you may also elect to customize your coaching session, including seeking leadership coaching, team building coaching, or other business level coaching topics.
(1) Finding Your Path.
- Create Your Big Picture
- Stay or Leave
- Work/Life Balance
- Visualization Board
- Career Testing
- Self Assessment/Analysis
- Stuck In A Rut
- Re-Focus Direction
- Making Career Decisions
- Going Back To School
- Understand Yourself And How You Relate To Others
(2) Job Search.
- Tactical Steps
- Online Presence
- Personal Branding
- Elevator Pitch
- Unconventional Approaches
- Job Search Resources
- Making The Right First Impression
- Interview Skills
- Mock Interview (Technical & Behavioral)
- Research (Questions, Company, Team)
- Salary Negotiation
- Reading The Room
- In Person
- Thank You Letters
- Recruiter Follow-up
- Processing Feedback
- Coping With Rejection
- Thriving Skills
- Progressing Career
- Negotiating The Workplace
Needs Assessment and/or Personality Assessment
A Needs Assessment is administered by your career coach to help you identify what you want and/or need in your work life and workplace. If you believe you already have clarity on understanding the career path that is most suited for you, you can opt for a personality assessment. The personality assessment is extremely valuable in helping you explore career options that are in line with your strengths, skills, values, and beliefs, and also serves as a desirable tool in helping you understand how you relate to others. This can be especially beneficial while in an interview process.
Unlimited Email / Unlimited LinkedIn Online Chat
If you purchase a package that includes unlimited email and online chat, you will be provided additional access to your career coach following your coaching session. These forums enable you to reach out to your coach on an as-needed basis. While we cannot guarantee real-time response, we do strive to answer your questions within 24 hours during the business week.
We can create appealing addendums that showcase your professional history outside of the confines of a traditional résumé. Examples of addendums include:
- Case studies
- Key projects/programs
- Business deals
- Dossier highlighting technology and/or scientific projects
Often needed for speaking engagements, articles, web pages, and other events.
Expand beyond your résumé and showcase your significant accomplishments and capabilities. Optional content includes:
- Key accomplishments
- Work history
- Case studies
- Key project overviews
- Business deals
- Technical competencies
- Customer testimonials
- Industry blogs or papers authored by you
- Awards and Recognition
- Volunteer work
- Patent descriptions
- Product descriptions
- Marketing materials designed by you
- Technical designs authored by you
- Special training or certifications
- Personal web pages
- Select from our library of visually appealing templates.
- Or, request a customized template that presents your information in the most impactful and persuasive way.
- Upgraded/customized templates suitable for printed and email copies.
- Designed to be compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Packages and Individual Services
Standard Résumé Packages
Career Coaching Packages
Bonus Value Packages
If you combine a Career Coaching Package with a Résumé Package, the Résumé Package will receive a 20% discount.
LinkedIn Analysis: $195
Over 30 pages of LinkedIn Best Practices with recommendations for improvement (includes rewrite of headliner, summary, and work history). Step-by-step instructions and screen shots provided.
Thank You Letters/Cover Letters: $50 each
Professionally written letters that can be sent either in email or via post. Thank you letters incorporate details from client’s interviews, while cover letters highlight how the client specifically fulfills the job requirements.
Addendums/InfoGraphic Documents: $195–$350
Infographic artifacts (either in Word or PowerPoint presentations) showcasing Case Studies, Key
Projects/Programs, and Business Deals. We can even create an Infographic Résumé.
Personal Résumé Web Page: Starting at $450
Client web page showcasing significant accomplishments and capabilities. Includes standard web page template, design, and content for:
- 1 résumé.
- 1 case study.
- job history.
- skills and accomplishments.
- blogging capability.
- education and certifications.
Specific sections can be included or excluded according to client’s needs. Monthly hosting and maintenance can be contracted at an additional cost.
Additional Résumé Consulting: $100 per hour
Résumé Editing: $50–$150
Edit baseline résumé to target different job descriptions.
Returning clients receive a discount off of the standard pricing for additional baseline résumés and cover letters and/or LinkedIn optimization, resulting in $150 price. We offer additional discounts if 3+ baselines are requested.
If you refer a new client to us, or provide a LinkedIn Recommendation, you are offered a one-time forensic analysis on a job position for which you applied but received no response or were declined. This service is valued at $75 and provided at no charge.
All of our writers are trained in résumé best practices, including those methodologies that are followed by the Resume Writing Academy (RWA) and the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA). Additionally, the XPM2 partners are members of RWA and NRWA and each year, stay abreast of the latest trends by taking résumé, career coaching, and ATS refresher courses. Furthermore, XPM2 brings only degreed writers on staff. As a result, all of our writers possess a Bachelor’s degree in a writing discipline (English, Journalism, or Marketing), and several of our writers hold advanced degrees. With XPM2, you receive top-notch writing from qualified and skilled talent.
Job Search Coaches
The XPM2 Partners as well as our advanced writers are skilled and trained as job search coaches. Note that it is only a Job Search Coach that will meet with you during your face-to-face video conference.
Our career coaches are specifically trained in HR and Talent Management best practices and are experienced HR executives with more than 15 years serving companies on both a national and global scale. In fact, our lead coach possesses an advanced degree in Psychology concentrated in Industrial and Organizational Behavior. These coaches are experts in helping our clients address a broad range of career challenges, from determining next steps in their career to interviewing skills to post-hiring assimilation.
Please visit our Contributors page to meet our writers and coaches.