Cover Letters & Resumes
teach you "how to get your foot in the door".
You've got 87 seconds to tell an employer why they should hire you.
Employers pile through mountains of applications. How do you stand out?
Don't miss the point of the cover letter & thus the job.
We, admittedly (& proudly), have a unique
approach to cover letters & resumes.
We teach the importance and purpose of a cover letter & resume:
address what the employer needs & wants to know.
Ann McLaughlin MSW, who brings 25 years of counseling experience,
"The cover letter is critical; it is the first
thing the employer reads.
If you send a crummy cover letter, they won't read your resume."
Whether you are sweating an international or a domestic job search,
we are both encouraging & honest about the ingredients that lead to
In a Cover Letter or Resume Consult:
We teach you to:
-- whittle your message
to the bare bones.
-- think from the
employer's point of view.
-- inject life!
Do you drone on? Will you put the employer to sleep?
You've got 87 seconds to sway them to think: "We want this person on our
"I call these cover letter and resume overhauls"
because usually we
de-construct then reconstruct."
I do the equivalent of a
root canal rather than a filling.
I am both encouraging &
supportive; and very honest." (See the Testimonials below.)
The job search is challenging. We are here to help.
revisions are done by email & phone or Skype.
If you want these services, please state in email & send Questionnaire
& resume to
info @ NGOabroad. com
Later, we will ask
for job announcement of position that you really, really want; cover letter
& resume for that job.
"Ann's consultation was affordable & worth every penny. She really knows her
|work. sweat. pause. polish it more.
inspiration. perspiration. work til midnight, work more. get it?
then sweet victory. got it. laugh!
Comments on the Service
MBA: International Business: Small & Medium Enterprises
"Ann has been a Godsend to me: a
life coach, a career counselor, a mentor. In trying to make a career change
into international development, she understands my situational constraints and
is helping me work around them. She offers concrete,
clear (and often amusing!) guidance, supportive encouragement, and laser-like
insight. She's exceedingly responsive and a pleasure to work with. With
her help, I'm sure I'll be able to get unstuck and pursue my life's passion."
Yes! Got the Job: AIDS in Africa
"I am now working with the Medical Research Council-UK in
MRC is one of the international organizations
I had always dreamed of working with; one of the places I
sent the cover letter that we worked on & they looked forward to hearing from
They expect a lot from me.
I am currently carrying out
two studies: Cost Effectiveness study of facility based care compared to home
based care for the HIV/AIDS infected people; and Livelihood Trajectories study
for HIV/AIDS infected/affected households.
It’s the right job for my masters in international healthcare management. There
is nothing as nice as making use of the skills one has invested resources to
The cover letter was an opportunity to market my skills to potential employers. I was in a dilemma: I had little experience in the
healthcare field but an excellent Master's education with expensive loans to pay
off. The cover letter was my saving grace; the only way to market myself
because, at that time, I had only experience in micro-finance."
Ann: Your extraordinary guidance
allowed me to stretch and reach for what I wanted rather than settling
After two shorts weeks of active job searching I have an interview for a
choice position. Thank you!
|Yes! Got the Job: Monitoring & Evaluation
"After 7 weeks of frustration with
re-writing cover letters and resumes with no results, I contacted Ann.
She not only helped me to revamp a weak resume and cover letter into
ones with strong, illustrative examples of my skills and experience, but
also assisted in streamlining my career goals. Ann is clear and concise
with her comments and critiques, and injects fun and wit into the entire
Later: "Ann, I wanted to let you know that I found a job
at a nonprofit evaluation consulting firm in DC. Thanks so much for your
San Jose, USA
Human Rights/ Women's Rights
me ayudó bastante a mejorar el estilo de mi CV y el de mi carta de
presentación o interés. Gracias a sus observaciones mi CV se ve mucho mas
organizado y fácil de leer. La carta de interés que ella escribió
basándose en mi original fue una sorpresa: directa y al punto. Lo que mas
me gustó de sus servicios es su disposición inmediata. De seguro, después
de que le escribas, ella te contestará o te llamará en poco tiempo, a
veces en pocos minutos. Ella también te hace sentir que eres una persona
que tiene algo que ofrecer, y eso es gratificante."
"Ann's fees are very low compared to others so were
affordable on our two-small-kids family budget. Her consultation
was worth every penny. I learned so much from her in just two hours.
I am so grateful for what she was able to teach me about getting my foot
in the door of paid positions in the international humanitarian
community. She really knows her stuff!"
Name? Confidential--so employer doesn't know they are thinking of leaving
Career Services: Combo or a la Carte
A Career Consult is designed to complement
the Cover Letter/Resume Consult
but they can be done separately...whatever fits
These Consults are for people seeking domestic or
international work from all walks of life.
The Roadmap to International Resources is for people entering or advancing
in international work, our specialty.
If you select all of the services, they are best done in the following
1) Career Consult $50/hour
Together we identify
your strengths & what motivates you to build your launching pad;
clarify your goals and see how they jibe with the world of international
design strategies and plot the practical steps to your
"A Consult is a bridge from where you
are now to where you want to be."
2) Personalized Roadmap to International Resources
A Roadmap gives you the (international) resources to
realize your goal; it shows you the road.
Most people entering
international work do not know how it is organized,
what the opportunities are or how to go about their search.
This is a treasure trove of opportunities from beginning to
and custom fit to your skills
3) Cover Letter & Resume