Resume Writing Service - Toronto | Certified | Resu-Card (TM)
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ESTABLISHED 1989
Toronto Ontario Canada
Howard E. Halpern MA CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer
CONTACT INFO
Call landline first:
1-416-398-TALK = 1-416-398-8255
Cell number:
1-647-548-TALK = 1-647-548-8255

Both numbers: 24/7/365

Email: halpern [at] bellnet.ca
NOTE: Please substitute "@" for "[at]" when emailing. The "@" symbol is omitted here to prevent spam.
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Revised April 14, 2020

Resume Writing in Toronto

An Overview
BY HOWARD E. HALPERN MA CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer
NOTE: The following was condensed from the original. Click HERE to read full article.
Resume writing has changed a great deal over the years. When I started writing my own resumes in Toronto in 1971, such documents typically listed jobs applicants had held, without giving any indication of how well they had performed. The employer had no way of knowing whether the applicant was a good risk. There were no good books on resume writing. There were no Certified Professional Resume Writers. In fact, there was no resume writing association.
 
By 1989, when I founded Résu-Card™, the situation had improved somewhat. Torontonians had begun to realize that if they wanted to get hired, they needed to give employers a reason to hire them. People had to start selling themselves by distinguishing themselves favourably from other candidates. In 1990, the Professional Association of Resume Writers was established. The industry evolved from an amorphous collection of amateurs to a body of professionals with standards and a commitment to serve with integrity.
When I started this business, the field of resume writing was not well-known. Most job seekers in Toronto did not even consider engaging the services of a professional. But as the job market tightened, the resume industry grew. More and more writers started advertising under "Resume Service" in the Yellow Pages ®, and Toronto bookstores began to devote entire sections to literature on how to score every imaginable kind of job. Resume writers in Toronto started to offer interview coaching, and their offices became a one-stop shop for job acquisition.
 
Then, in the mid-90s, something happened that was more revolutionary than anything I have described so far. Computer geeks who had been posting messages to each other remotely on what were called "bulletin boards" realized it was possible to develop a common language whereby computers could communicate with each other. And the Internet was born.
This changed the entire resume industry.
 more >>
[ Copyright © Résu-Card™ 2006 ]

Credentials, Qualifications,
and Quality Assurance


Testimonials

FROM A SATISFIED CLIENT
"I engaged Howard Halpern of Résu-Card to write my resume. I was interviewed by all 10 companies to which I applied. And I was subsequently hired."
Faisal Khan, MSc PMgr PEng
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Read detailed testimonial. Read the winning resume.
 
FROM AN EXPERIENCED RECRUITER
"I have instructed hundreds of professional LinkedIn profile writers on the FAVAR™ Method of LinkedIn profile creation. Of all those writers, Howard Halpern is the one who displayed the greatest thirst for understanding of how LinkedIn profiles interact with LinkedIn search. Howard has proven that he can attain high search rankings for his clients."
Dan Stiffler, recruiter
25 years' experience
 
FROM RENOWNED AUTHOR
john robert colombo
"Your site ... looks to me to be a site that is well worth reading, perusing, and pondering. These few screens are worth dozens of chapters in writers' manuals and volumes on the subject of language appreciation."
NOTE: Colombo is a widely published Canadian author, editor, poet, cultural commentator and communications consultant, best known for his Colombo's Canadian Quotations
(see www.colombo.ca).
 

The "Economy" Resume Package

A Resume That Gets
Candidates Screened In

Summary in Plain English

The Economy resume package was created in 2009 because many who wanted to use our resume service could not afford it. I had to find a way of lowering the price while still helping candidates get job interviews. I did this by asking my clients to do some of the work.
The procedure is as follows: I ask my client to send me an existing resume. I edit it, ensuring it is compatible with the software HR departments use to screen people out. I typically find typographical, spelling, grammatical, and and other errors. I clean them up. Also, typically, the original contains selling points, but either they are buried or not presented in a way that puts the candidate in the best possible light. I make sure the selling points are noticed by the reader and that their power is maximized.
 
The Economy resume package is a foundation that can be built upon. Features can be added. But this makes the package more expensive. So, if you have a limited budget, the best approach is to start with the Economy package. In most cases, it will do the trick.

Details

A resume is a well-organized, logically constructed body of information that is a reflection of the candidate's organizational skill. In the writing process, the candidate is asked to submit information in a Microsoft Word document. If the information is not reasonably organized, the writer spends extra time reorganizing it, and the price goes up.
An example of a poorly organized resume is one in which the reader has to look in multiple places to get information about a single thing. In a well-organized resume the reader gets comprehensive information about a particular job in a single area of the document. Hiring authorities tend to value such resumes and reward the subjects of these resumes with job interviews.
 
The Economy package is a basic package to which other features can be added. If you would like a comprehensive list of these "add-ons" or a description of our LinkedIn® optimization services, please specify the kind of information you would like and ask me to send it to you.
Capitalizing on my extensive experience with search engine optimization (since 1996), I cracked the code of the software HR uses to screen resumes. The software is called Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software. It scores each resume. A strong score is achieved by:
  1. Using content the software can understand. This refers to the wording, or verbal structures, contained within the resume.
  2. Using a format the software can understand. This refers to the layout of the resume.
ATS requires a resume that is relatively plain-looking. The ATS resume is not a work of art. It is not particularly attractive; it is not eye-catching. If the appearance of your resume is high priority for you, please call me at 416 398-TALK (8255), and I will suggest a solution for you. However, please keep in mind that if your resume is eye-catching, it is highly likely that the ATS machine will not be able to read it and, as a result, very few human beings will ever see it.
 

The Resume Writing Process

First, you email me the current version of your resume (if you don't have one, I will send you instructions, so that you can create one).
SPECIFICATIONS: For the quoted fee (see below), the information you provide must be text-based, not an image. It must be contained in a single document, maximum two pages using normal font size, for example, Times New Roman 12pt or Arial 10pt. Top and bottom margins no less than 0.75 inch, left and right margins no less than 1.00 inch.
Use of artificial methods to reduce document length, e.g., stringing bulleted information together in a single paragraph, is not acceptable. Otherwise, an extra charge will apply. If possible, avoid PDFs. Otherwise, a surcharge, minimum C$10 per document, will be levied.
Next, I craft an ATS resume using the above information provided by you in writing, not in a live conversation. The purpose is to produce a resume that is (a) compatible with ATS software and (b) considerably stronger than the original. Typically, I make substantive changes to the original content. However, if your original resume contains content that is perfectly acceptable as is, I do not change it merely for the sake of changing it: that would would make the resume worse.
 
Most clients submit resumes with bullet points. In most cases, some of these bulleted items will be changed, and some will be left as they are. If you would like your resume to be totally revamped, you need a different kind of package, in which case, we need to talk live.
DISCLAIMER: The Economy resume does not include (a) discussion about strategy, (b) condensing the resume, (c) a guarantee that the final will be a particular length, or (d) technical support including advice regarding the use of Microsoft® Word. For these services, my hourly rate applies.

FEES for Economy Resume Package, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn® Profile Optimization

In Canadian Dollars
IMPORTANT: Please note that for each resume-package fee listed below, I produce a resume based on info you provide in accordance with the specifications listed in #2 above, not in a live conversation. If you do not adhere to the specs mentioned above, or if you require a live conversation, the fee will be higher.
After creating the first draft, I do one set of revisions. You are entitled to an unlimited number of minor revisions at no extra charge, provided that you submit them to me within 30 days of the date on which I send you the first draft. If you require an additional set of revisions, or if you submit revisions to me more than 30 days after completion of the first draft, they will be billed at my hourly rate.
 

Price List

NOTE: If your resume contains technical information, you will require a "Technical" package, regardless of the kind of position you are targeting.
Professional, Supervisory, and Lower/Middle Management resume packages: $268.
Senior Management and Executive resume packages: $298.
All other nontechnical resume packages, including those for Tradespersons, Labourers, and Students: $268.
Technical packages for Financial and Business Analysts: $338 to $368.
Technical packages with detailed info on SAP: $338 to $398.
Other Technical resume packages range from $298 to $368, depending on amount of technical detail contained in your original. "Technical" refers to terminology most lay persons cannot understand.
Cover Letters: All resume packages include a template for an E-note—a concise cover letter that is easy to customize for any job. Detailed letter starts at $125 for first page, $50 for each subsequent half page or part thereof. Detailed letter is satisfaction-guaranteed, for satisfied resume clients.
Hourly rate for above services: $65 (minimum = $65).
 

LinkedIn®

Optimization of LinkedIn® profile: $268 (provided that the Summary, Experience, and Skills sections have already been fleshed out).
Comprehensive training over the phone: $80 (flat rate). This package typically provides everything you need to know in order to optimize your LinkedIn (LI) profile yourself. Comes with an instruction sheet that helps you properly manage your profile post-optimization. The live session typically takes 20-30 min.
Hourly rate for other LinkedIn-related services: $80 (minimum = $80)
I am affiliated with LinkedIn only as a Premium member. I have written an article explaining the difference between a resume and a LinkedIn® profile.
Prices fluctuate with the market and are subject to change at any time without notice.
NOTE: If and when tax is applicable, it is included in the fee.
PACKAGE FEE: Your category and fee are determined by the nature of the information that will be contained within your resume. This is governed by the kind of work you are willing to do (not what you are doing, did, or prefer to do).
 
LONG DISTANCE: If you have a Canadian or US telephone number, I am happy to pay for the call, by dialing direct. If you are not in Canada or the US, but have a telephone and Internet connection that is consistently good, I suggest that I use WhatsApp, which is free.
If you are not in Canada or the US, your telephone service is not consistently good and, notwithstanding this fact, you would like to have a telephone conversation, it will be charged at the hourly rate, including downtime, payable in advance. If you are in a country where both telephone and Internet services are intermittent, there may be times when communication between us is impossible.
I typically work with clients via telephone and email. Phone numbers are operational 24/7/365.
Skype: live:halpern_3. I am on Skype only at a pre-arranged time; I do not keep Skype open.
I look forward to hearing from you. Click here for my 24/7 contact information.
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Resume Website

If you like, we can create a resume website for you, based on your word-processed or paper resume. This can be done regardless of whether you engage our services to write a resume for you.
Take a look at our original, attractive web design. This sample shows how we sell the services of a graduating student to an employer. You will find a resume of a Landscape Technician who attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto.
She forwarded our resume and letter to the City of Toronto, which responded favourably, and she was hired in her chosen field. This sample illustrates the power of a professionally crafted resume and cover letter.
Experts recommend that job-seekers acquire business cards with name, address, and phone number, for networking. Now, you can add your own, unique web address. Employers instantly see you capitalize on Internet technology, and you have an edge over the competition.
Keep your resume up-to-date on the web, and prospective employers always have access to the latest version. When you're on the phone with people who can refer, recommend, or hire you, they are able to access your resume website within seconds. The benefits of such a site are limited only by your imagination. In addition, you can order a hard copy of your resume that matches your site.
 
    

The Business Card Resume

Everything you always wanted
in a resume — and less
TM

In 1989, Résu-Card™ introduced the Business Card Resume for networking. Our founder had invented the card the year before and used it in his own job search. The device proved so powerful he decided to make it available to general public. Additional details will be added to this site as time permits. Meanwhile, feel free to call us for further information, anytime.
Our philosophy is minimalist:
  • Sell yourself as quickly and concisely as possible.
    • Employers do not spend more time than necessary reviewing applicants' information.
    • If you waste employers' time during the hiring process, they'll expect you to do it later. Needless to say, there won't be a "later."
    • If you can't sell yourself within the first half page, you can't sell yourself.
    • Give employers information they need, but don't have.
    • Distinguish yourself favourably from your competition.
    • Don't emphasize tasks typically performed by the people employers hire. They already have that information — they hire them.
    

  • Conserve your own time, money, and resources.
    • Don't depend more than necessary on any professional service, including this one. Use us for what you need us for, not for tasks you can more cost-effectively perform yourself. Invest the time and money you need to invest, not more. If you're satisfied with your progress, great.
    • If not, invest in a Business Card Resume.  It's usually hard to get employers to read full-length resumes, because the supply exceeds the demand. But they read the cards, because they're novel and concise.
    • Shop around sufficiently to make the best decision. Stop. Then make that decision.

How We Sell Your Services To Employers

We offer a service called "Selling Points" as an add-on to our Economy Resume Package. In providing this service, we put ourselves in the employer's shoes and ask ourselves, if we were going to pay you money to work for us, what would we want in return? Not, what qualities do you have? Not, what are your skills? Not, what did you do in past jobs? But what benefit do we derive from having you on staff?
 
In providing this service we:
  • Demonstrate your ability to deliver benefit by showing how you were useful to current or previous employers.
  • Guarantee that we will distinguish you favourably from your competition.
It's our job to identify your strongest achievements and attributes by asking the right questions. Most people possess favourably distinguishing qualities. But very few know what they are. People are not accustomed to thinking in this way. Consequently, when it comes time to tout themselves, sell themselves, they feel uncomfortable and can't do it.
Our job is to sell you when you can't sell yourself — and help you discover valuable things about yourself that will aid you immensely at an interview.

Archive

Because this website has been in operation for more than two decades, some of our pages are obsolete. Instead of deleting them, we created an archive that gives one a sense of how the resume industry has evolved in recent years. Here are two of our archived pages:

Our Clients

We have served male and female persons ranging in age from the mid-teens to the mid-sixties, able-bodied and disabled, from diverse occupations — many of which are listed alphabetically on our portfolio site — at all levels.
Our clients come to us from Toronto (including Downtown, North York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke), Halton (including Oakville), Peel (including Mississauga and Brampton), York Region (including Thornhill, Concord, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Woodbridge, Markham, Stouffville, Newmarket, and Keswick), Durham (including Oshawa and Ajax); Burlington and Milton, Ontario; and beyond.
    
We have prepared resumes, cover letters, and related documents remotely, via phone and email, for persons near and far — including a firefighter from Saskatchewan; a governmental manager and medical residents from Atlantic Canada; a physician who used our resume to get her dream job serving people with AIDS at a hospice in Atlanta, Georgia; an international sales manager from South Carolina; and an IT project manager from California.
In addition, we have written resumes for many professionals, technicians, and skilled labourers seeking to immigrate to Canada or the United States, from such diverse regions as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, and Mauritius.
Wherever you are, we welcome the privilege of helping you build material security, further your noblest aspirations, and attain personal fulfillment.
We love seeing the smile on your face.
 

About Résu-Card

Résu-Card™ was established in 1989 to promote and develop its invention, the Business Card Resume. We offer a full range of resume and related services.
MAILING ADDRESS: 877 Kennedy Road, Suite #308, Scarborough, Ontario  M1K 2E9, Canada. "Scarborough" is a community within the city of Toronto — the fourth largest in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles.
Resume services are typically provided via telephone and email.

About This Site

This website was written, designed, and scripted in raw HTML by Howard E. Halpern, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and president of Résu-Card™. Originally designed in 1998 when mobile phones were not nearly as popular as they are now, this site was initially optimized for desktop browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.
However, in recent years use of the mobile phone has overtaken that of desktop computers. The number of people using mobile phones to find this site exceeds the number using desktop computers, laptops, or notebooks.
 
For this reason, I have begun the process of making this site mobile friendly. To do this, I consulted several technical websites. I would like to acknowledge, in particular, Mr. Christopher Heng, creator of The Site Wizard, for his valuable contribution.

How to Use This Site

Introduction

If you are reading this, either (a) you are using a mobile phone or (b) you are not, but you are in "mobile mode". By this, I mean that you are using a large-screen device but have reduced the size of your window. Our site uses a responsive technology that changes the structure of the site, depending on window size.
You will see different content, depending on which mode you are in. In March 2020, it became evident that it was necessary to make this site mobile friendly because most people seeking resume-related information are using mobile phones. The most efficient way to do this was to retain the content that already existed in my desktop site and create a mobile version from scratch.
 
Some of the information is duplicated. The most important information is in the mobile version. You will find here, most likely, everything you need to know in order to decide whether to consider using our services.
The only drawback is that in order to view some of the linked information, you will need to use a device with a larger screen than most mobile phones have. For example, if you would like to see our resume or cover letter samples, you will probably want to use a large-screen device, because these documents are very difficult to view on a mobile phone.
If there is a demand to make mobile friendly some of the information that is presently mobile unfriendly, I will endeavour to do it. But the most important thing was to create a mobile friendly site that gave people basic information about our services, and I have done that.

Suggestions

Because there is probably way more information on this page than you will need, the best thing to do is simply look at the red-coloured internal and external links at the
top of the page and tap on what interests you. If you want to know what else is on this site, tap on More >>.
 
The site is huge, and if you try to scroll through it, you will go crazy unless you have plenty of time on your hands. (Given the vicissitudes of COVID-19, the consequent self-isolation, and consequent quarantining, a significant number of people may have plenty of time on their hands, in which case, scroll away.)
As mentioned above, for some of the linked content, it is advisable to use a device with a moderately-sized or large window. Desktop is ideal, but laptop is probably adequate, and notebook may be adequate. Let me know what works and doesn't work. I will try to accommodate you.
I have received a great deal of feedback on my websites over the last two decades, and it has been extremely helpful. The most important thing I learned is that what people appreciate most is the accessibility of information, clarity of information, and ease of navigation, not special effects that show off technical ability but have nothing to do with the reason why people went to the site in the first place.
 

How to Engage Our Services

The fastest way to get information on how to engage our services is to email "halpern [at] bellnet.ca" substituting "@" for "[at]". Feel free to copy the following and paste it into your message:
Please send me information regarding your career-related services. You have permission to communicate with me electronically.
This lets me email you information in compliance with the Canadian anti-spam legislation. If you feel comfortable including your first and last name, that would make it easier for me to file and locate messages.
Including your phone number or numbers is also helpful. If you provide a mobile number, please indicate whether it is okay to send text messages. More often than not, job seekers have deadlines and need to get resumes written quickly. Providing complete information helps to facilitate communication and speed up delivery of services.

Biography of Howard E. Halpern

Click here for an introduction to Résu-Card's founder, president and Certified Professional Resume Writer. In this fascinating, biographical account you will learn of the unique circumstances and sequence of events that drew him toward the resume writing industry.
 

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resume writing industry in Toronto
What employers seek in a resume
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CAUTION !! 
Some resume providers who claim to hold the
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) designation do not have it.
Verify our certification by (a) visiting the website of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches and typing "Halpern" into the CPRW search box or (b) calling PARW/CC at +1 727 350-2218.
The association is based in Florida, US, and the above number is a Florida number.
HOW TO ENGAGE OUR RESUME SERVICES
Fastest way to get info on how to engage our services is to email "halpern [at] bellnet.ca" substituting "@" for "[at]". Feel free to copy the following and paste it into your message: "Please send me info on your career-related services. You have permission to communicate with me electronically."
This lets me email you information in compliance with the Canadian anti-spam legislation. Including your first name, last name, and phone number is also helpful. If your number is mobile, please indicate whether it's okay to send text messages. Job seekers often have deadlines. Providing complete information helps speed things up.
TESTIMONIAL
"I engaged Howard Halpern of Résu-Card to write my resume. I was interviewed by all 10 companies to which I applied. And I was subsequently hired."
— Faisal Khan, MSc PMgr PEng Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Read detailed testimonial. Read the winning resume.
I have instructed hundreds of professional LinkedIn profile writers on the FAVAR Method of LinkedIn profile creation. Of all those writers, Howard Halpern is the one who displayed the greatest thirst for understanding of how LinkedIn profiles interact with LinkedIn search. Howard has proven that he can attain high search rankings for his clients. — Dan Stiffler, recruiter with 25 years' experience
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ESTABLISHED 1989   TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

Resume Writing in Toronto: An Overview

BY HOWARD E. HALPERN MA CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer
NOTE: The following was condensed from the original. Click  HERE to read full article.
Resume writing has changed a great deal over the years. When I started writing my own resumes in Toronto in 1971, such documents typically listed jobs applicants had held, without giving any indication of how well they had performed. The employer had no way of knowing whether the applicant was a good risk. There were no good books on resume writing. There were no Certified Professional Resume Writers. In fact, there was no resume writing association.
By 1989, when I founded Résu-Card™, the situation had improved somewhat. Torontonians had begun to realize that if they wanted to get hired, they needed to give employers a reason to hire them. People had to start selling themselves by distinguishing themselves favourably from other candidates. In 1990, the Professional Association of Resume Writers was established. The industry evolved from an amorphous collection of amateurs to a body of professionals with standards and a commitment to serve with integrity.
When I started this business, the field of resume writing was not well-known. Most job seekers in Toronto did not even consider engaging the services of a professional. But as the job market tightened, the resume industry grew. More and more writers started advertising under "Resume Service" in the Yellow Pages ®, and Toronto bookstores began to devote entire sections to literature on how to score every imaginable kind of job. Resume writers in Toronto started to offer interview coaching, and their offices became a one-stop shop for job acquisition.
Then, in the mid-90s, something happened that was more revolutionary than anything I have described so far. Computer geeks who had been posting messages to each other remotely on what were called "bulletin boards" realized it was possible to develop a common language whereby computers could communicate with each other. And the Internet was born.
This changed the entire resume industry. more >>
[ Copyright © Résu-Card™, 2006 ]

Credentials, Qualifications, & Quality Assurance

  • Our president HOWARD E. HALPERN, MA, has been a CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) since 1998 and is a founding member of Career Professionals of Canada. Halpern has published in a wide variety of media.
    • His work appears in Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 2004, by best-selling publisher JIST Works. This book contains 310 letters. Of these, only 8 are described as "persuasive." Halpern's is one of them.
    • A second cover letter appears in Best Canadian Resumes, 2007, by Sentor Media Inc. (leading Canadian publisher of career-related books).
    • Halpern is based in Scarborough, a community of over 600,000 within Toronto. He is Scarborough's 1st certified writer. For his detailed biography, click here.
    • Prospective clients sometimes ask, "What is your success rate?" They want statistics because they see them advertised by other resume writers.
      • First, statistics are usually misleading because no time frame is attached thereto. Anybody can get a job without a resume, through networking, given an inordinate amount of time. The function of a good resume is to speed up the process by increasing the likelihood each application will result in an interview.
      • Second, although one often sees statistics, one never sees audited statistics. Anybody can say he or she has a 99% success rate. If you don't need the audit, then you trust the writer. If you already trust the writer, the statistics are redundant.
      • We use a different approach. We consult hiring authorities regularly to determine what they prefer to see in a resume. As evidence, we have uploaded an article identifying and quoting Toronto recruiters.
      • About half of the people who hire us to write their resumes are, themselves, hiring authorities. For example, we wrote a resume for a certified human resources professional experienced in all phases of recruitment at all levels, including senior management. The above-linked document is not merely a sample, but the resume of an actual, named individual.
         

         

         

            
         

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      • As far as we know, we are the only writing organization that publicly displays, by written permission, resumes of actual persons who engaged our services. To view more than 80 such documents, please click here. Compare them with the criteria set forth in the above-linked article, to verify that we consistently meet or exceed employers' expectations.
      • In other words, don't rely solely on opinions of people you don't know. Evaluate our resumes yourself — applying your own intellect and intuition — and draw your own conclusion. Behavioural science is not exact. Ultimately, all hiring decisions are intuitive. Each employer establishes its own policies and procedures. There is no universally accepted slate of criteria governing recruitment.
  • Our career counsellor ALAN MAYER, BA, holds the highly coveted Career and Work Counsellor Diploma from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, which has earned its reputation as the "Harvard" of career counselling.
    • Alan is qualified to administer a broad range of career-related assessments and tests, including Strong Interest Inventory ®, Self Directed Search ®, Differential Aptitude Tests ®, Career Occupational Preference System, and Career Orientation Placement & Evaluation Survey. He is also a certified leader of the popular True Colors ® workshop.
      • Our counsellor's name is Alan Mayer. We at Résu-Card™ call him "Mr. Ethics." He earns his living, in part, by providing assessments to his clients. But some of these tests are available FREE of charge elsewhere. If you engage his services, instead of trying to get you to pay him for such tests, he will tell you where you can get them free.
      • This is what sets Alan apart from his competition. He puts his clients' welfare ahead of his own personal gain.
    • He is a former Toronto radio talk-show host who won an ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) National Radio Award, or Nellie, for Best Program Produced by Private Radio. Called "Radio Heartbeat," Alan's internationally syndicated show featured interviews with ordinary people who shared extraordinary secrets about the things they cherished most deeply.
    • Alan is located on the Beach (aka the Beaches), in Toronto. He joined Résu-Card™ in 2003, but has been an esteemed member of our professional network since 2000. Feel free to phone Alan directly at 1-416-691-4629 for a free consultation. Alternatively, you may email him via <alanjamesmayer [at] hotmail.com>, substituting "@" for "[at]". In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is noteworthy that Alan offers telephone and Skype sessions.
    
 

Fees

To view our detailed "Price List", displaying many options, reduce the width of your window until you see a one-column webpage. This is the mobile version of our site. You will see red-coloured links near the top. Click on "Fees".

Resume & LinkedIn ® Packages

The resume package we recommend for most of our clients is the "Economy" package, which is available for a broad range of occupations. For a description and explanation of how it works, reduce the width of your window until you see a one-column webpage. This is the mobile version of our site. Scroll to the top of the page. You will see blue-coloured links. Click on "The 'Economy' resume package".
We can also customize a package for you. For information about our LinkedIn® optimization services, please send us an email requesting information about LinkedIn or give us a call.
 
 

 

A Resume Website

If you like, we can create a resume website for you, based on your word-processed or paper resume. This can be done regardless of whether you engage our services to write a resume for you.
Take a look at our original, attractive web design. This sample shows how we sell the services of a graduating student to an employer. You will find a resume of a Landscape Technician who attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto.
She forwarded our resume and letter to the City of Toronto, which responded favourably, and she was hired in her chosen field. This sample illustrates the power of a professionally crafted resume and cover letter.
Experts recommend that job-seekers acquire business cards with name, address, and phone number, for networking. Now, you can add your own, unique web address. Employers instantly see you capitalize on Internet technology, and you have an edge over the competition.
Keep your resume up-to-date on the web, and prospective employers always have access to the latest version. When you're on the phone with people who can refer, recommend, or hire you, they are able to access your resume website within seconds. The benefits of such a site are limited only by your imagination. In addition, you can order a hard copy of your resume that matches your site.
 
    


The Business Card Resume

Everything you always wanted in a resume — and less TM

In 1989, Résu-Card™ introduced the Business Card Resume for networking. Our founder had invented the card the year before and used it in his own job search. The device proved so powerful he decided to make it available to general public. Additional details will be added to this site as time permits. Meanwhile, feel free to call us for further information, anytime.

 
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Our philosophy is minimalist:
  • Sell yourself as quickly and concisely as possible.
    • Employers do not spend more time than necessary reviewing applicants' information.
    • If you waste employers' time during the hiring process, they'll expect you to do it later. Needless to say, there won't be a "later."
    • If you can't sell yourself within the first half page, you can't sell yourself.
    • Give employers information they need, but don't have.
    • Distinguish yourself favourably from your competition.
    • Don't list tasks typically performed by the people
      employers hire. They already have that information — they hire them.

    

  • Conserve your own time, money, and resources.
    • Don't depend more than necessary on any professional service, including this one. Use us for what you need us for, not for tasks you can more cost-effectively perform yourself.
    • Invest the time and money you need to invest, not more.
    • If you're satisfied with your progress, great.  If not, invest in a Business Card Resume.  It's usually hard to get employers to read full-length resumes, because the supply exceeds the demand. But they read the cards, because they're novel and concise.
    • Shop around sufficiently to make the best decision. Stop. Then make that decision.
   

 

How We Sell Your Services To An Employer

We offer a service called "Selling Points" as an add-on to our Economy Resume Package. In providing this service, we put ourselves in the employer's shoes and ask ourselves, if we were going to pay you money to work for us, what would we want in return? Not, what qualities do you have? Not, what are your skills? Not, what did you do in past jobs? But what benefit do we derive from having you on staff?

In providing this service we:

  • Demonstrate your ability to deliver benefit by showing how you were useful to current or previous employers.
  • Guarantee that we will distinguish you favourably from your competition.
It's our job to identify your strongest achievements and attributes by asking the right questions. Most people possess favourably distinguishing qualities. But very few know what they are. People are not accustomed to thinking in this way. Consequently, when it comes time to tout themselves, sell themselves, they feel uncomfortable and can't do it.
Our job is to sell you when you can't sell yourself — and help you discover valuable things about yourself that will aid you immensely at an interview.

Our Clients

We have served male and female persons ranging in age from the mid-teens to the mid-sixties, able-bodied and disabled, from diverse occupations — many of which are listed alphabetically on our portfolio site — at all levels.
Our clients come to us from Toronto (including Downtown, North York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke), Halton (including Oakville), Peel (including Mississauga and Brampton), York Region (including Thornhill, Concord, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Woodbridge, Markham, Stouffville, Newmarket, and Keswick), Durham (including Oshawa and Ajax); Burlington and Milton, Ontario; and beyond.
    
We have prepared resumes, cover letters, and related documents remotely, via phone and email, for persons near and far — including a firefighter from Saskatchewan; a governmental manager and medical residents from Atlantic Canada; a physician who used our resume to get her dream job serving people with AIDS at a hospice in Atlanta, Georgia; an international sales manager from South Carolina; and an IT project manager from California.
In addition, we have written resumes for many professionals, technicians, and skilled labourers seeking to immigrate to Canada or the United States, from such diverse regions as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, and Mauritius.
Wherever you are, we welcome the privilege of helping you build material security, further your noblest aspirations, and attain personal fulfillment.
We love seeing the smile on your face.

About Résu-Card

Résu-Card™ was established in 1989 to promote and develop its invention, the Business Card Resume. We offer a full range of resume and related services.
MAILING ADDRESS: 877 Kennedy Road, Suite #308, Scarborough, Ontario  M1K 2E9, Canada. "Scarborough" is a community within the city of Toronto — the fourth largest in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles.
Resume services are typically provided via telephone and email.
Call 24 Hrs 7 Days:
416 398-TALK (8255) • Toronto
Email: halpern [at] bellnet.ca
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Biography of Howard E. Halpern

Click here for an introduction to Résu-Card's founder, president and Certified Professional Resume Writer. In this fascinating, biographical account you will learn of the unique circumstances and sequence of events that drew him toward the resume writing industry.
    

Review

JOHN ROBERT COLOMBO

"Your site ... looks to me to be a site that is well worth reading, perusing, and pondering. These few screens are worth dozens of chapters in writers' manuals and volumes on the subject of language appreciation."

NOTE: Colombo is a widely published Canadian author, editor, poet, cultural commentator and communications consultant, best known for his Colombo's Canadian Quotations (see www.colombo.ca).



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