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Career Service

The SOS Career Service provides all of the essential services our clients need to achieve their professional goals.

Professional Resume and Cover Letter Writing

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We will make a great resume for you.

At SOS Career Service, we have the utmost standards in creating persuasive resumes and cover letters that help our clients obtain jobs. Your resume will be written from scratch by one of our career coaches . Your resume will concentrate on your marketable achievements, not simply your responsibilities at prior jobs. We will help you find a better job faster.

Resume Guidelines

There is a science to resume writing and we are experts. A typical hiring manager spends only 60 seconds reading a resume (no joke). Thus, your resume needs to be concise, skim-able, and easy to read. We have clear rules and guidelines for our resume writers in order to ensure quality.

These guidelines include:

  • Only producing 1 page resumes
  • Utilizing Times New Roman or Calibri font because it has been shown in scientific studies to be the most legible font for most people
  • Using 11 or 12 point font
  • Studies have shown people don’t read paragraphs but they do read bullet points. Hence, our resumes incorporate bullet points instead of paragraphs.
  • The name of the company, your position, and job description is more important than your dates of employment. Consequently, our resumes focus on the former by putting them on the left side of the resume, bolded, in bullets, or italicized for emphasis.
  • We divide our resumes into sections separated by lines to ensure that the hiring manager can easily find important information.
  • All final versions resumes are reviewed by 2 resume writers before being sent out for quality control purposes.
  • We do not include more than 4 jobs or 7 years of work experience on a resume (it makes the client look like he or she jumps from one job to another) unless it is absolutely essential.
  • Do not include high school education on resume unless you are under 20 years old and have not attended college

This is the worst job market in recent memory and our clients expect us to give them a competitive edge with a great resume.

Job Interview Coaching

SOS Career Service Interview Coaching

How Interview Coaching Works

1-on-1 Job Interview Coaching is designed to help you prepare for a job interview. Our career coaches will advise you on how to:

  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Respond to tough questions
  • Wear suitable attire for the interview
  • Show that you have the qualifications and talents required for the specific job
  • Overcome nervousness and social anxiety
  • Turn weaknesses into strengths
  • And Much More!

Our suggestions will be customized for your background and the position you are applying for.

Prior to your job interview preparation meeting, you should:

Send us your resume and the description for the job you are applying for.

Prepare answers to the eight most common interview questions.

  1. Walk me through your resume. [Suggestion: Give a 2–3 minute personal pitch]
  2. Why are you leaving your current or last job?
  3. What is your biggest strength?
  4. What is your biggest weakness?
  5. Why are you interested in our company and this position?
  6. What is your greatest achievement?
  7. How do you address conflict in the workplace?
  8. Do you have questions for me? [Suggestion: Have 5-10 well-researched questions for your interviewer]

You can also bring up any concerns about your resume, background, and the interview process.

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Resume Workshop

Vijay Ingam, the founder of SOS Career Service, gives Resume Workshops to organizations in California. Resume Workshops are designed to ensure that participants are prepared for the difficult job market. Past seminars have been given to UCLA student organizations, Americorps volunteers, and Los Angeles area college internship programs.

A Resume Workshop covers the following subjects:

  • Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Job interviews

Resume Workshops include a PowerPoint presentation and workshop exercises designed to aid participants in developing career skills. The organization, length, and activities in a resume workshop can be changed to meet the needs of your organization.

Resume Workshop participants should expect to bring their resumes, cover letters, and questions about the career process. Audience participation is encouraged and prizes are given to participants who correctly answer questions.

We can give references from past resume workshop participants to show how helpful our past seminars have been.
Resume workshops are billed at hourly rates including transportation time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a resume be?

We recommend that your resume be no longer than 1 page. Research indicates that the typical hiring manager takes about sixty seconds reading a resume before deciding whether or not to interview an applicant. Longer resumes are difficult to skim and are generally less effective at getting your hired.

Should I tell the hiring manager that I hired a resume writer, job interview coach, or career counselor?

Professional interview coaching, resume writing, and career counseling are your secret weapon. You shouldn’t mention in your interview (or to anyone at the company) that you hired a professional. If they specifically ask you, you can mention you “got help,” but don’t say much. You want your future employer to think that you’re just a very articulate and well-prepared person who wrote a great resume for themselves.

Do I really need a cover letter?

Studies have shown that about 35% of companies will discard a resume that does not include a cover letter and 85% of companies prefer resumes with cover letters. Job applicants who send out a cover letter with their resume, generally get a job 2 or 3 weeks faster and have a higher success rate in getting a job. Your cover letter is important for the success of your job search and we strongly suggest you have one.

Do I really need a thank you letter?

It is standard procedure in business to send a thank you not after an interview. Scientific studies have shown that sending a thank you letter improves your chances of getting a job offer by 3%. Hiring managers are busy people who are remarkably forgetful. The day after an interview, they may not remember what you said, but they will remember that you sent a thank you letter expressing interest in the position. The fact that you sent a thank you letter will help your application.

SOS Career serves job applicants in what industries?

The SOS Career Service has helped job applicants in many industries, including:• Information Technology, Computers and Engineering

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Marketing, Sales and Communications
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources and Counseling
  • Administration and Secretarial

We have also helped applicants interviewing for graduate and professional school but that requires extra preparation. Please call us at 1-800-212-2670 to find out more.

What types of clients has SOS Career Service helped in the past?

Interview SOS career coaches have helped applicants with many different backgrounds get jobs. Past clients have included:

  • Experienced professionals seeking new employment opportunities in their field
  • Career changers entering a new field in midlife
  • Recent high school and college graduates seeking a first job
  • Former retirees and housewives reentering the job market
  • Unemployed workers trying to improve their chances of getting a job

We also have some experience helping candidates with special situations such as:

  • Shyness
  • Anxiety
  • English as a Second Language

What happened to Cheryl?

Cheryl is on maternity leave. We don’t want to take her away from her family. Vijay Ingam is filling in for her clients until she returns. Cheryl still does proofreading and editing for resumes and cover letters and has promised to return soon.

 

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