About Us2021-09-07T22:28:49+00:00

Resume Writing

We build Resumes and LinkedIn profiles with an emphasis on both substance and presentation. Your new documents are developed to complement your job search goals on a visually appealing and ATS-compliant format.

Career Coaching

Whether you’re making a career change, exploring new paths, or prepping for a job interview – we can help. Bolster your career efforts with our mock interview prep and making a career change programs involving a dedicated Career Coach.

History

JobStars™ USA opened for business in 2013. Today, we’re one of the country’s top, individually owned and operated career services practices. JobStars USA LLC is an Illinois-based business with a Chicago, IL principal address.

About JobStars’ Owner

Doug Levin is the Owner and Operator of JobStars USA LLC. He is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Career Coach with more than a decade in career services. With 10+ years and 10,000 hours of experience as a practicing Resume Writer, Doug Levin has continuously shaped, mastered, and refined his approach to building interview-winning documents. To this day, Doug plays a central role in the delivery of top-notch career services for every valued JobStars USA client.

“My daily commitment is ensuring the delivery of top-notch services for every valued JobStars USA client.” – Doug Levin, Founder, Owner, and Operator
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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Making a Career Change Work?2021-04-24T18:51:48+00:00

This program offers a combination of emotional support, practical guidance, and a greater sense of accountability in making a successful transition. We do not use rigid road-maps, this is a 1-on-1 program designed to offer practical advice specifically for you.

Intake Process

The client intake process begins with an online introductory assessment to provide more information regarding your career transition. After that, a 20-min intake session is scheduled to connect with your Career Coach prior to beginning your program.

Assessments

Upon completion of the client intake process, you will be asked to complete both the DISCstyles™ Self Report and Keirsey™ Career Temperament Report.

Coaching Sessions

Making a Career Change includes three 50-min coaching sessions. This program is designed to help you understand your individual strengths, weaknesses, values, and motivations as it pertains to identifying rewarding and uplifting career paths. This program is also designed to set you on a path towards executing on making a successful change.

Logistics and Timing

This program is hosted within our dedicated client portal. Phone sessions are conducted on a recorded, confidential phone line. We also use Zoom video conferencing as needed. Generally recommended is a one-week interval between each session. This may go faster or slower, based on your needs and availability.

What if I Need More Sessions?2021-04-24T18:50:52+00:00

It’s quite common to desire additional time with your Career Coach. For more time, you may add 1, 2, or 3 A La Carte Sessions after your program ends to keep working together.

What is Included in My Order?2021-04-24T17:59:57+00:00

We offer a matching Cover LetterThank You Letter, and References List in the same layout as your new Resume to ensure you’re fully equipped for the job search.

Additionally, the following worksheets, exercises, and guides are free for download within the JobStars USA client portal.

Job Search Guides

  • Guide to Applicant Tracking Systems
  • Guide to Behavioral Interviewing
  • Guide to Cover Letters
  • Guide to Facing Unemployment
  • Guide to LinkedIn Settings
  • Guide to Networking
  • Guide to Professional References
  • Guide to Quitting Your Job
  • Guide to Salary Negotiation
  • Guide to Working With Recruiters

Career Discovery Worksheets & Exercises

  • Career Discovery Pondering Questions
  • Career Values Identification Workbook
  • Researching Occupations Exercise

Goal Setting Worksheets & Exercises

  • 3 Month Vision Worksheet
  • Annual Goal Setting Worksheet
  • Rocking Chair Life Visioning Exercise
  • SMART Goal Setting Exercise
  • Understanding The Why of Your Goals
  • Wacky Wild Goal Brainstorming

Interviewing Worksheets & Exercises

  • Elevator Pitch
  • Interview Cheat Sheet
  • Interview Recap Worksheet
  • Interview Script

Job Search Worksheets & Exercises

  • Company Target List Worksheet
  • Job Search Fundamentals Checklist
  • Job Search Tracker (excel)
  • Monthly Goals Worksheet
  • Requesting an Informational Interview

Self Improvement Worksheets & Exercises

  • Boost Your Strengths Exercise
  • Weakness Zapper

Self Reflection Worksheets & Exercises

  • 360 Feedback Exercise
  • Find Your Hidden Treasure
  • Get Perspective Worksheet
  • Job Focus Grid
  • Personal SWOT Exercise
  • Sample Values List
  • Top 10 Cognitive Distortions
How Does Rush Work?2021-04-24T17:59:05+00:00

First drafts are normally delivered within five business days. Adding rush service to your order means first drafts are delivered within two business days.

This cuts your wait time by 60%!

Please bear in mind, these timelines require your participation in completing the client intake process (online introductory questionnaire and telephone consultation).

**Rush timeline applies to your Resume and Cover Letter only. We currently do not do Rush for LinkedIn Optimization.

Why Do Rates Vary?2021-04-24T18:00:23+00:00

Rates vary based on seniority level. This is a fairly good indicator for how time consuming and complex a project typically is. Please select the level that most appropriately describes your experience and career profile.

What is LinkedIn™ Optimization?2021-04-24T20:24:02+00:00

LinkedIn Optimization is a top-to-bottom service for building the strongest possible profile using all the components of your LinkedIn profile. This includes developing an opening summary, individual job descriptions, long-form projects, and more.

LinkedIn is a widely used platform among hiring managers and recruiters. You’ll want a strong LinkedIn profile that works in tandem with your Resume and accurately communicates your level of seniority and industry specialization.

We create bespoke content for your LinkedIn™ profile (DIY) on a MS Word document. Unlimited revisions are included for 30-days to ensure your complete satisfaction with your LinkedIn profile content before it goes live.

For an additional charge, we offer a service for performing the work of optimizing your LinkedIn™ profile (PRO) on your behalf. Please read the following FAQ for a closer look at the differences between DIY & PRO for LinkedIn.

What is 30 Days Post Program Correspondence?2021-04-24T18:49:55+00:00

This allows you to keep the conversation going with your Career Coach for 30-days after your final session concludes. Write out your thoughts, comments, and questions in a private message to your Career Coach. Please allow 1 business day turnaround time for replies.

What is Resume Distribution?2021-04-24T18:02:40+00:00

We send your Resume and an accompanying Recruiter Letter to 500+ retained and contingency recruiters at major third-party search firms including Korn Ferry, Boyden, Heidrick & Struggles, Egon Zehnder, and Christian Timbers.

Savvy recruiters are always looking for high quality candidates to place. This service is incredibly convenient for getting your Resume into the email inbox of hundreds of Recruiters with numerous job openings to fill.

How it Works

After gathering information on your job title, industry, and seniority level we develop a Recruiter Letter that accompanies your Resume during send-off. Along with your Resume, this letter is emailed to 500 – 2,000 recruiters at staffing and search firms.

Recipients are chosen based on relevancy as it pertains to your desired industry, occupation, and geographic location. After sendoff, you receive an MS Excel spreadsheet with a list of all the recipients and their contact information.

Resume Distribution is a one-time sendoff. Sending your Resume and Recruiter Letter to 500+ nationwide recruiters is a fast, convenient, and pain-free way to jump-start your job search. Results vary from person to person depending on many factors.

What Makes JobStars USA Different?2021-04-24T16:49:47+00:00

Unlike many Resume Writing Services that employ a large team of writers, JobStars USA is a single-member practice that is anchored by Doug Levin, an expert Resume Writer with 10+ years of experience mastering his craft.

What is the DISCstyles™ Self Report?2021-04-24T18:53:57+00:00

DISCstyles™ Self Report ($95 value) is a self assessment for understanding your personal style. It identifies ways you can apply your personal strengths. JobStars USA is an Authorized DISC Administrator™.

Here is a sample Completed DISCstyles Self Report.

What are the Rates?2021-04-26T17:31:21+00:00

Resume Writing

The most affordably priced option is Resume Refresh which starts at $250 for professionals. Our in-depth Resume Packages range from $500 to $1,500 depending on several factors. Visit the product pages to see exact pricing.

Career Coaching

We offer Career Coaching starting at $150 per A La Carte Session as well as two different Career Coaching Programs at the $495 price point.

What is the Keirsey™ Career Temperament Report?2021-04-24T18:53:14+00:00

The Keirsey™ Career Temperament Report ($95 value) assists career professionals, job seekers, and students with career exploration. Report includes expert advice on career options, tips on communication, and insight on navigating the job market based on personality type. This information is particularly beneficial when aligning career choices with your innate strengths and preferences.

Here is a sample completed Keirsey Career Temperament Report.

How Do Unlimited Revisions Work?2021-04-24T17:57:06+00:00

Unlimited Revisions allow for edits, revisions, and questions for a period of 30-days after receiving your first drafts.

We do our very best to develop flawless documents on the first try! Your input is helpful in building documents that are properly aligned with your goals. Constructive feedback and helpful comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged.

Please allow three business days turnaround time for each set of draft revisions.

Is PRO Worth the Extra Cost?2021-04-24T20:27:28+00:00

Yes, it saves time and ensures top quality.

Optimization requires populating your profile with quality content in the appropriate categories. It means scrupulously ensuring consistency and strong visual appeal. It means adding enough skills and the proper keywords to add depth and substance.

However, you can totally do it yourself too! We provide the content for your LinkedIn profile on a helpful worksheet, along with links and tips for doing it yourself.

Who Does JobStars USA Serve?2021-04-26T17:36:30+00:00

JobStars USA is a B2C practice serving individual job seekers.

This includes entry-level through executive-level professionals across a broad range of industries and occupations.

Our client portal facilitates a process for working together remotely with professionals in the local service area (Chicagoland), nationwide, and globally to those eligible for employment in the United States, US territories, and Canada.

May I Do Only LinkedIn™ Optimization?2021-04-26T12:51:00+00:00

Yes! If you only seek help with LinkedIn that is not a problem. Please visit LinkedIn™ Optimization for complete details on this standalone service.

What is the Process and Timeline2021-04-24T17:55:59+00:00

Building your new Resume requires effective information gathering and collaboration for an end-product that feels genuine and authentic. The client intake process helps to gather information on important variables like your desired job title and industry. The intake process consists of an introductory questionnaire and a telephone call.

After completion of the intake process, your first drafts are prepared and uploaded into the client portal within 5 business days. You may request 30 days of draft revisions to ensure full satisfaction. Final documents are prepared in both MS Word and PDF along with additional information and resources to make the most of your new Resume.

We pledge to deliver on the following timelines:

  • First drafts delivered in 5 business days (after completion of intake process)
  • All draft revisions delivered in 3 business days (per each round)

In general, the Resume Writing process typically lasts from 10 to 30 business days (start to finish). This timeline takes into consideration completion of the introductory questionnaire, telephone intake call, first draft development, draft revisions (up to 30 days), and preparation of final proofed copies.

How Will My New Resume Look?2021-04-24T17:57:36+00:00

We strongly believe in developing visually-appealing and ATS-friendly Resumes.

Your document should capture the attention of the human reader while also satisfying the keyword requirements of applicant tracking systems. It must be both!

JobStars USA maintains a small library of carefully crafted Resume formats that meet this standard. We select a format that best fits your needs while employing variations and customizations to tailor your document as needed.

Is JobStars USA an Employment Agency?2021-04-24T17:36:41+00:00

No. JobStars USA is exclusively a career services practice that provides Resume Writing and Career Coaching for individual job seekers. If an agency is what you seek, checkout our comprehensive List of Employment Agencies.

Can I See Resume Samples?2021-04-24T17:15:47+00:00

JobStars USA maintains a small library of carefully crafted Resume formats that capture the attention of the human reader while also satisfying the keyword requirements of applicant tracking systems. Here are three fictitious samples prepared to provide a visual representation of what we aim for.

What are the Terms and Conditions for Clients?2021-04-24T20:16:55+00:00

Please see our Client Terms and Conditions to understand the terms of service.

Can I Do Sessions After Hours?2021-04-24T18:50:31+00:00

Yes. Nights and weekends are available upon request and availability.

What is the Timeline?2021-04-24T18:49:05+00:00

Generally recommended is a one or two-week interval between each career coaching session. This may go faster or slower, based on your personal preference and availability.

What if I Have Multiple Targets?2021-04-24T17:58:31+00:00

One of the keys to building an interview-winning Resume is establishing a clearly defined target with respect to your desired industry, occupation, and/or seniority level.

Our 2nd Focus Resume is beneficial when you have multiple divergent targets.

Using appropriate keywords and key phrases (pertaining to each unique focus) is the key to building a document that scores well with applicant tracking systems during the online application process.

Can We Do a Phone Call?2021-04-24T17:56:31+00:00

Yes, an in-depth phone consultation with Doug Levin is a standard part of the intake process. This discreet and confidential phone call is beneficial to the Resume Writing process for familiarizing with your background and fleshing out your objectives (occupation, industry, and seniority level).

Upon first draft delivery, document revisions are typically handled through written correspondence, although phone calls are happily arranged upon request.

How Does Mock Interview Prep Work?2021-04-24T18:52:41+00:00

Preparing for an upcoming job interview is one of the most critical elements of job search success. This program is designed to boost your interviewing preparedness and confidence through practice, repetition, and constructive feedback.

Intake Process

The client intake process begins with an online introductory assessment to provide more information regarding your interview strengths, weaknesses, and needs. After that, a 20-min intake session is scheduled to connect with your Career Coach prior to beginning your program.

Coaching Sessions

Mock Interview Prep includes five 30-min coaching sessions. This program is designed to explore the psychology of behavioral interviewing as well as providing a forum to practice roleplaying questions and answers to questions.

Logistics and Timing

This program is hosted within our dedicated client portal. Phone sessions are conducted on a recorded, confidential phone line. We also use Zoom video conferencing. Generally recommended is a one-week interval between each session. This may go faster or slower, based on your needs and availability.

Is JobStars USA a Certified Administrator?2021-04-24T18:47:55+00:00

Yes. JobStars USA is a certified administrator of the DISCstyles™ Self Report as well as the Keirsey™ Career Temperament for aligning your career choices with your innate strengths and preferences.

What is JobStars USA?2021-04-24T16:29:13+00:00

JobStars USA is a Career Services practice in the business of helping job seekers achieve their career goals. More specifically, we broadly engage in the delivery of Resume Writing and Career Coaching services for professionals.

What is the Difference Between DIY and PRO for LinkedIn?2021-04-24T20:23:39+00:00

Do it Yourself (DIY)

DIY means doing the LinkedIn profile updates yourself.

We create the content for your LinkedIn™ profile on a helpful and informative worksheet. Simply copy and paste from this worksheet into your profile in the appropriate categories. Great option if you’re confident in your ability to optimize your LinkedIn profile without professional assistance.

Professional (PRO)

PRO means we do the LinkedIn profile updates for you.

In addition to preparing the content for your profile, we perform the work of optimizing your LinkedIn™ profile. This process requires providing a temporary password and granting access to your profile account. Great option if you’re unfamiliar with the inner-workings of how to properly optimize your LinkedIn profile.

Message From the Owner

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Affiliate Program

The JobStars USA Affiliate Program rewards our valued online and offline partners for their referrals.

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Brand Ambassadorship

Our Brand Ambassadorship Program is a recognition and rewards program for our valued former clients.

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