"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to     work a day in your life." - Confucius

Make the best first impression possible

with a resume that represents you well.

Cue in to keywords so applicant scanning systems (ATS / applicant tracking systems) won't eject your resume from the "Yes" pile.

Your resume is not only the most universal tool to landing the job you want – it’s the quickest, most powerful way to succinctly describe yourself. Think of it as a marketing brochure for yourself -- use it to package your skills, laud your accomplishments and describe yourself as the capable, resourceful candidate your dream employer is looking for.


I like to start with a one-hour session in person to ask you about the position you are targeting and then spend time outside our session to craft your resume.


I like to have you consider resumes the “quantitative” approach while cover letters are the “qualitative” approach. HR staff and/or your future boss will scan the resume while they may actually read the cover letter. Take this opportunity to show the more human, flesh-in-blood aspects of yourself and make them want to meet you.


If you are applying for positions with large companies it is likely that your resume and even your cover letter will be scanned for certain keywords and keyword phrases. I can help you craft resumes and cover letters that keep pace with applicant scanning systems and other human resources technology.

Rates $95/hour 

[One hour minimum. Most 2-page resumes take 2 hours.]

Resume Samples

If you would like to know more about my approach and see some of my resume samples, download an excerpt from my book Jump Start: How to redirect a career that has stalled, lost direction or reached a crossroads here.

Brass Tacks Career Coaching Package

Includes 4 one-hour sessions, two formal career assessments (Myers-Briggs, Strong Inventory or Strengthsfinder), and two hours of out-of-session resume or cover letter formatting/writing. Sessions can take place in person or via Zoom and can also cover interview prep, job search, LinkedIn coaching, networking assistance, small business coaching or assistance creating a website to showcase a CV or portfolio or launch a consulting business. $450

If you are still trying to determine your path and need more clarity, check out my career counseling services, which help with career indecision, career re-entry and career flux.


Got questions? I've got answers.


Spark Career Counseling + Business Coaching 

6018 SE Stark Street

Portland, OR 97215

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