What I do
If you want services
Fee & How to Pay
Like a coach,
I know what we need to do to help you win:
1. compelling cover
letter that grabs the employer
got 87 seconds to convince an employer they should hire you.
They pile through mounds of applications.
How do you stand out?
Don't miss the point of the cover letter & thus the job.
Ann McLaughlin MSW, who brings 25
years of experience, preaches:
"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."
that struts your skills & experience
how to not get swallowed when submitting to databases.
both encouraging & honest about what leads to victory.
job search can be challenging. I am here to help.
"Ann's consultation was affordable & worth every penny. She really knows her
I teach you to:
-- whittle your message to the bare
-- think from
the employer's point of view.
-- how to package & present
-- inject life!
You've got 87 seconds to sway them
to think: "We want this person on our team!"
"I call these "cover letter and resume
--because usually we de-construct then
people require a root canal rather than a filling.
Have incapacitating job interview jitters?
-- Some of the things that I used to teach for test anxiety, work
well for interviews.
-- I not only have some interview tips and practice interview
we will practice & polish. I will act like a theater director. "Cut! Take if
from the top!"
Like a coach,
I hone in and
comment on how you can do something better.
Whether it is with cover letter, resume or
I build & beef up your skills.
Rather than write for you or give you a boiler
I help you
build skills that you will use all your life.
Do I write
it for you?
Only in a pinch...like guy who had 3 days before deadline and was getting on
a plane in 4 hours..
It is much more cost effective to edit
your attempts and coach:
so you get both product
Many people tell me how much they learned. We bat the draft back & forth,
polishing it further.
|work. sweat. polish it more.
inspiration. perspiration. work until midnight, work more. get it?
then...got it! sweet victory.
"Ann: Your extraordinary guidance
allowed me to stretch and reach for what I wanted rather than settling
After 2 shorts weeks of active job searching
I have an interview for a choice position. Thank you!"
Got the Job: AIDS in Africa
"I am now working for
one of the 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 me.
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 acquire.
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
convince employers what I had to offer."
"I was in dire need of help to write the right
cover letter and resume for the perfect job for me. And on top of that
it needed to get done in a tight time frame. Ann responded immediately
and listened patiently and attentively to what I thought I had to offer.
She helped me turn around my cover letter from a SUPER DRY, BORING read,
to one where the right experience and skills were highlighted in a
figurative and lively way. Aprendes mucho acerca de como debes resaltar
tu experiencia! La recomiendo 100%.
Ecuador & Toronto, Canada
Got the Job: Monitoring & Evaluation
"After seven 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
"Ann, I wanted to let you know
that I got a job at a nonprofit evaluation consulting firm in DC. Thanks
so much for your help!"
San Jose, USA
Rights/ Women's Rights
"Ann 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. She
really knows her stuff!"
Confidential--so employer doesn't know they are thinking of leaving
Experienced Aid Worker
"I've worked with a number of people on this and you are the best. I
have friends who give it a quick look-over and vague comments but you
really do your job well."
Yes! Got the Interview
don't have to pay you each time your predictions come true, do I? [I
predicted that the cover letter & resume that we labored over would
yield an invitation to interview.] I have a phone interview on Monday.
Thank you again."
If you want these services,
Questionnaire & embed with resume in email to
Put you name, phone and what you are requesting in subject line.
Services are a la carte.
I will phone you & we will decide which
or combination of services will be most helpful to you.
3. This 10-15 minute intake is free of charge.
Later, when we have determined what services will be most helpful to
I will ask you to send job announcement, cover letter & resume sent
so I can scribble all over them.
Done by email and phone or Skype.
important to have internet & phone or Skype access.
fees are a fraction of other services.
intentionally more affordable and frugal.
I have seen services that cost $375-$500 for
your resume alone!
2. Most Cover Letter + Resume Overhauls (put
take 2-5 hours, most often 3 hours.
Payments are made via Paypal buttons on Apply page.
1. You pre-pay
for 1st hour before I begin editing or instructing.
2. Then I start overhauling your document(s).
I record how much time it took me (beyond that first payment
for instructions & discussion).
You pay for that additional time
then I email revised documents back to you for you to do more
I accept payment via the Paypal
buttons on Apply page.
You can pay by most credit cards or by Paypal account.
(Avoid paying by eCheck because it takes 5-7 days to clear.)
Paypal has proven to be an easy way to transact business all
over the world.
4. For the rare occasions when Paypal is not viable,
Western Union or wire transfers to my Business Account can be
5. When you have clicked through Paypal steps correctly,
you will get a receipt and so will I.
You must click on the final step to complete payment.
Not doing so, is the most frequent reason that I don't get
and neither of us get receipt.
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 $75/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 &