Annie’s advice and recommendations in relation to writing my job application were top class and spot on. Without her help I am certain I would not have been successful in securing my public service position. She was extremely generous with her time and very understanding but also frank and no-nonsense in her approach. I could not be more appreciative of her advice or more willing to recommend anyone.
‘A no nonsense resume that showed real world value’. This was the feedback I received from the hiring management team after submitting my resume developed by Annie. I have used Annie’s service three times already securing an interview and ultimately the position on each occasion. This is a 100% success rate! Furthermore these positions were within different industries and at least one step of progression from my previous role. Annie challenged and encouraged my thinking and helped me to understand my value, strengths and skills. Annie is highly astute and direct in providing unbiased feedback by assessing my suitability and readiness for the advertised role. She provokes my mindset into thinking why I would be the most suitable candidate and helps prepare me to handle and navigate through the pressures and challenges of interview situations.
I have commissioned Annie Cerone over the past few years to develop all my documentation and referred many colleagues to her services. As I progressed through the ranks of QLD Government, strangely my confidence started to wane. I came back to Annie as I knew she would help me with my motivation, confidence and help ‘spark’ me up again. This time around I used Annie’s Job Interview Coaching service. What an intense, mind-expanding and richly-rewarding one hour coaching session we had. Annie prepared specifically tailored questions that made me think laterally and very much outside the box, yet maintained logic all the way through. She pinpointed what I thought were weaknesses and demonstrated how these were in fact strengths. She made me realise that the ‘monkey on my back’ holding me back was all self-doubt. Annie grabbed this self-doubt and exorcised it from me. WOW. I went into that interview calm, confident, self-assured, assertive and anxiety-free; I blitzed it and climbed the next rung from SES Band 1 to Band 2. Thank you as always Annie!
I was referred to Annie Cerone by an executive recruitment agency who highly recommended her work. I presented Annie with my existing resume (a long seven-page document) filled with numerous high-end responsibilities across senior level finance roles I had held over the years. I valued Annie’s directness and honesty when she spent a good half hour explaining strategy on how she could market me more effectively on paper and get the important stuff to come across on the first couple of pages. She made me realise the importance of demonstrating quantifiable outcomes/results in a concise manner and how filling your resume with day-to-day responsibility-based tasks does not win anyone over. I was sold in that first half hour and when she emailed me the first draft I was a huge fan. My revamped resume has led to several interviews and I can only thank Annie for this result.
I contacted Annie at Resume by Design to redevelop my resume and other documents. It was a fantastic resume that grabbed the recruiter’s attention. Prior to finding and using Annie’s services it took me months to get a job interview, but once I started sending Annie’s newly formatted and rewritten resume it worked like a magic. It only took me around 10 days to secure a role.
I have been using Annie Cerone’s business services at Resume by Design for a few years now. Her work has always produced results – job interviews and more! I recently used Annie’s services again to completely overhaul my resume to showcase achievements categorised under key skill areas. I submitted my application on the closing date which was a Sunday and was called up on the next day to schedule an interview within 48 hours. I was advised that 32 people applied for the role but they were only interested in interviewing me! Apparently the selection panel said my resume was fantastic and so well set out – they loved it!! I thank Annie because I truly believe it was this document that made the panel sit up and take notice – a clear stand out from the rest of the applicants.
I cannot speak highly enough regarding the interactions I have had with Annie over recent weeks. Annie is efficient, to the point, understanding and has impeccable attention to detail. Her ability to dig deep and extract the substance of a person and then translate this into a professional, attention-grabbing resume is second to none.
I encourage anyone to utilise the services of Annie Cerone at Resumes by Design for any government application irrespective of level. I utilised Annie’s services to assist me with my application for an APS EL2 role which had a short lead time. I have to say I was in awe of her knowledge with regards to the application’s criteria component; specifically, in understating the actual guts of each criterion and matching each one to the role and stipulated capabilities from the examples provided. Overall, Annie’s professionalism and speed of work output and turnaround from initial draft through to final was unbelievable. I have no hesitation in recommending Annie and will certainly utilise her wonderful skills again in the future should it be required.
Annie Cerone has been with me all the way through my progression from senior management level roles to C-suite roles; in particular, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) roles across different industries. Her ability to cut through the fluff and concentrate on outcomes-focused and results-driven content across key skill and capability areas is exceptional. Annie has the remarkable skill of drawing out and focusing on key areas of relevance and discarding that which has no value and would only serve to bore the reader. I continue to use Annie’s services to update and further improve my resume to target C-suite roles; she recognises the importance of transforming day-to-day responsibilities into powerful concisely-written achievement-based statements. The entirety of my resume is always maintained at a succinct three to four page length limit, with a solid two pages devoted to showcasing achievements which are smartly categorised under key skill areas which makes for easy and compelling reading. Annie always delivers a product that generates results for me – interviews!
There are so many resume design sites out there and all of them lacked a real and personal touch. That was the first thing that grabbed me and made me decide to contact Annie Cerone. Thinking it was going to be hard, but it wasn’t, it was easy because Annie obviously has a proven process that works and she sticks to it. The outcome was not what I was expecting, I feel my resume captures where I have been, where I am now and where I can head and it was done is a confidential, easy and workable way. I don’t think I will attempt to ever do my own resume again; working with the right resume writer makes the world of difference. I would recommend Annie for sure, she was easy to work with, honest, quick and prompted me just at the right times.