Best Word Forward Resumes

Rochester, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My focus at Best Word Forward is to provide you with the best resume possible. In today's job market, it is critical to show potential employers what you've done in the past and how that experience will relate directly to the job they need to fill. I take time understand both the key skills of my clients AND the type of job they are applying for. This allows me to tailor the resume for that specific type of job and pull out the key points that must be in place for someone to be successful in that role.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing people become more confident in their skills and abilities when they see how those pieces can be positively portrayed in front of a prospective employer. Many people I work with say they know what they do and they do it well, they just have trouble talking about themselves in a way that engages someone reading their resume. Once I tweak some things in their resumes, they begin to see that pinpointing some skills and accomplishments will make them into a highly marketable and desirable candidate for the job they want.

Location

Rochester, NY 14612

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

22

Reviews

13 Reviews
  • John A. Dec 16, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Good service, quality work.
    Nice Job, very available, quick turnaround.
  • Buddy A. Nov 14, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Absolutely the best
    John was absolutely the best from the first phone call to the finished product.No hidden fees and very quick turnaround. First class business
  • Vestal S. Nov 13, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Thank you!!
    Resume service was done very professional and in a timely manner. Jonathan did a very good job. He took suggestions from the first draft and immediately made corrections.
  • Michael S. Nov 8, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Awesome product, even better service
    I could not have asked for better service. Did great work and went the extra mile even after the job was done.
  • Oscar P. Nov 3, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Free-lance Contractor
    Jonathan has been extremely patient with my busy schedule. He has been able to translate work as a free-lance contractor into words I otherwise would not have been able to. He has a great ability to take my jumbled work history and thoughts and put them in a credible, coherent document that represents best my job history.
  • Charles L. Nov 3, 2016
    Creative, efficient and effective resume help
    Jonathan prepared an esthetically pleasing resume, was easy to work with, very responsive and patient with my many minor requested additions. He willingly and quickly prepared multiple versions for me depending on the intended recipient of my resume/references. More impressively, he was creative in summarizing a 35 year career into a single page by suggesting a Career Highlights Section which prioritized my assets and accomplishments in the most relevant recent five year period. I highly recommend his services. He's a pro and clearly knows his craft.
  • Annmarie W. Oct 27, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Very impressed!
    Jonathan helped overhaul my resume- both wording and formatting. He came up with ideas I would have never thought of. The initial phone call was very helpful and the rest of our communication was via email which made it easy. He listened to all of my ideas and incorporated them. I am very glad I hired him. It was definitely worth it! I have already recommended him to friends.
  • Valerie D. Oct 27, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Impressed!
    Jonathan did a great job on resume. He understood what I was looking for and was able to get my resume completed very quickly and professionally.
  • Rachael M. Oct 14, 2016
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Good experience!
    I was really happy with Jonathan's re-vamping of my resume. He gave it a format and layout that I never would have come up with on my own. I gave him my former resume to work with, along with the descriptions of jobs I was looking to apply to, and he gave me a new resume within just a couple of days. In an email, Jonathan gave me his reasoning on why he made the changes he made. He followed up with my feedback in a timely manner as well. Very professional and helpful in giving my resume a fresh, new look.
  • Chad L. Sep 20, 2014
    Fantastic service! Suggestions and changes were clearly outlined, and even provided links to Word tutorials to help with formatting. Really fast turnaround time. Would highly recommend this service!! Thank you!
  • Brian C. Aug 16, 2014
    Fast response and hopefully good advice. Especially appreciated the extended review letter expounding on the edited resume copy. Updating resume now with the suggestions.
  • Dan W. Feb 28, 2014
    Jonathan gave my resume a thorough analysis and provided a number of insightful and informative ways it could be improved, all for $9.95. Use this service! In terms of job searching, Best Word Forward's resume analysis might just be the best ten bucks you can spend!
  • Cory M. Feb 20, 2014
    Jonathan showed meticulous attention to detail in working with my resume, and also turned it around quickly. I had suggestions back on my original work within a couple of days, and immediately employed them; I've been getting more attention already and possess a renewed sense of confidence knowing that my resume has been worked on by a true professional!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When someone contacts me for resume writing, I start off with their existing resume, if they have one. I like to speak with my clients over the phone if possible to discuss what they are looking for and provide them some samples to get an idea of what they like visually. If phone conversations aren't an option, email or Skype can also work. Once I get a good idea of the direction I'm going, I provide a first draft for you to review and make sure I'm capturing your goals appropriately. I usually perform 1-2 additional rounds of revision, but am open to as many as it takes to get you the stellar resume you deserve.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My undergraduate degree is in English and I have worked professionally as a writer and editor.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started off writing resumes when I got laid off from a job I had for almost 10 years. As I worked on my own resume, some colleagues who were let go at the same time asked me to look at their resumes and make suggestions. Things grew from there and now I get to help people from around the world!
What types of customers have you worked with?
One of the best parts about this work is that I have the chance to work with people from all walks of life. My clients include C-Suite executives, recent college graduates, small business owners looking to get back into the corporate world and just about anything else you can think of in between.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that the person you hire has a good knowledge of what it takes to have a great resume. They should have your best interests in mind and strive to make you shine on the page so that the company you are applying to can't wait to get you in for an interview!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
One of the key questions I ask my clients is whether they have a specific job in mind or not. When I'm able to work with a job description (usually available online from the employer) it helps quite a bit in terms of dialing in the language that I use to convey your skills. If you don't have a specific posting in mind yet but do know the general field or type of position you want, that also helps and I can work toward a more general document that can adapt to different specific positions.