Jen is amazing!!! I’ve been unemployed since May of last year over 100 applications countless interviews. She redid my resume a little over 2 months ago and I just received an offer last night at Emory. I had already applied there countless times with interviews. This particular department sent me an email
“Jen has been extremely helpful throughout my job search process after graduate school. I came to her with numerous cover letters for different jobs, from higher education institutions to non-profit organizations. Jen provided useful and constructive feedback in a short time span. In addition, she provided insight and offered to connect me with people who could further assist in my job search process. I can honestly say that Jen played a huge role in the numerous job interviews and job offers I have received thus far. Jen Fry goes above and beyond what is asked of her and I am forever grateful.” — Chisom N. —
As SA pros, I believe that one thing we often advise students to do is to take action. We do this in many ways and subject matters.
A while back another member shared some advice and offered to be a resource in the job search process especially in terms of the resume.
I took action and made the decision to work with Jen Fry! I am a career advisor,and look at resumes all day long. I’ve been seeking growth and just haven’t been able to give my own work my all. Jen came in like a wrecking ball of positivity and restored my confidence in my myself and my work. She is able to provide fast turnaround, affordable services, and a beyond exceptional experience.
For those of you experiencing struggle, I recommend Jen to the fullest extent! — Cody Fuerst —
What Jen has shown me is how to look at myself from a different perspective. She redefined my resume and cover letter without losing my unique voice. Her work has truly helped me to be a more viable candidate for positions in my field. — Trent Hilburn —
“I needed Jen’s help with my resume and cover letter and she did a wonderful job with them. She restructured my documents completely, highlighted my strengths and achievements, and helped me understand the need
Jen helped me rework my cover letter and resume. Not only were her insights on the process helpful she was also amazingly supportive. Job searches in Higher Ed & Student Affairs can be draining and impersonal so it was a true gift to work with someone so responsive. It has only been a few weeks but I am starting to get some promising feedback. My only regret is not reaching out to her sooner! — Natasha Z. Stanislas —
I had been updating and using the same resume with the same format since I graduated college. After racking up 10+ years of experience, and my resume looking a little cluttered, I decided it needed to be freshened up and took it to someone who specialized in that area. They changed up the words a little and switched a few things around and gave it back to me within a couple of days. I put out tons of applications but got minimal hits. I’m not going to lie, not getting any calls started to mess with my confidence a little. I then asked Jen to take a look at it to see if there was anything else I could do to make it better. Within a couple of days, Jen had an enormous amount of feedback and questions for me that helped me figure out what was needed to make my resume exactly what employers were looking for. Long story short, after getting everything fixed, I put my resume back out there and instantly started getting hits. I even resent my resume to a few positions I had already applied for and got calls from them also! Having Jen to look over my resume was one of the best decisions I could have made and I am confident in moving forward with this resume and the tips she gave me. She is awesome! — Stewart W. Johnson —
I came to Jen as a stranger needing help in cleaning up my Resume. She helped me out willingly and quickly. My resume returned to me in a timely fashion, organized, and more efficient. With me applying to new jobs as I look to relocate, my resume will be paramount in that process. With my updated resume I am confident that I will receive multiple callbacks for potential interviews. Many thanks to Jen Fry! — Will Giles —
In the spring/summer of 2016, I can honestly say I was becoming very frustrated with the student affairs job search. I believe I had submitted over 20 different applications for various postings at various institutions. I didn’t get a single response back. That’s when I took to Facebook and posted in a student affairs group asking for someone to review my resume and offer suggestions to improve it. Enter Jen.
I didn’t know Jen previously, but she posted that she was willing to help out and provided her e-mail address. I sent off my resume to Jen and by the next day she didn’t e-mail back any suggestions, instead, she called me. For the next 45 minutes, we spoke at length on the different areas where I could improve, and she shared her experience about being in a similar situation, but she found success!
The first suggestion that was made was to change the format of my resume. I was using the standard business resume format. Jen explained in the world of academia and student affairs, that wasn’t the template. Instead of listing the standard three facts per experience, she advised me that I need relayto a prospective employer every task I performed in a role. No task was too small because it may be the deciding factor.
The second suggestion was strengthening was deleting my single personal statement and make that count as well. Instead of providing a single statement I should be providing a summary of three key things that I bring to the table. I chose workingwith diverse student populations, communication, and motivation.
The best part of working with Jen was that we were working together on improving my resume. After each change (there were many!) she would reply back with additional thoughts, suggestions, and comments. Each time it felt like a friend was helping me and not someone who made demands. I felt comfortable working with her at each stage, and I am personally grateful.
So when the time finally came to send my resume 2.0 out to prospective employers. I will admit I was nervous because I had never sent out a resume like this. My resume was now multiple pages instead of a single page. Well, I appliedthree different schools for various positions. School A was for a Vice-President of Student Affairs, and I wasn’t sure if I was exactly qualified but you never know unless you try. School B was for a Residence Hall Director at a small college. Again I had no Res Life experience. School C was a graduate assistant in Financial Aid. Same thing, no experience in Financial Aid, but at the time I was at School C working on my masters.
After about two weeks, I got my results using the format Jen suggested. School A contacted me and stated they were still reviewing materials and wanted me to reply back stating whether or not I was still interested. School B contacted me and we arranged an interview, followed by a second interview at the conclusion. School C arranged an interview and after the conclusion of the interview offered me the position on the spot!!!
Needless to saysince I am working on my masters I chose School C. While it isn’t in my favored field, it is where I am working towards my degree. I contacted the other two schools and withdrew from consideration.
This past spring, as part of my degree program I am required to complete an additional internship or practicum outside of where I am currently working. I specifically targeted positions in an area of student affairs and sent my resume out to six schools. Again using Jen’s suggested format I landed four interviews, and from thatI secured an internship.
So if you are in doubt about asking Jen for resume help, I hope this puts your mind at ease and you will reach out to her. She can help you take your resume to the next level and help you stand out. I can’t say enough great things about the help she provided and the person she is. She will hold a special place in my heart always, and one of these days I hope to meet her in person at a conference so I may give her hug and treat her to lunch because she is such an amazing person. You don’t have anything to lose by trying her suggestions except maybe your dream position! Highly recommend to those just beginning their first job search!! — David Guest —
I was recommended to Jen Fry to help me revise my resume for an upcoming job search. My situation was difficult as I had changed industries about 8 years ago and wanted to return to the original industry, which is very competitive. Jen worked with me tirelessly to not only update my resume but also rewrite my responsibilities for positions so they better aligned me with my chosen industry.
I’m proud to say that after working with her for about a month, I applied for my dream job AND I GOT IT! HUGE thanks to Jen for all her hard work, honesty, vision and feedback throughout the process. I wouldn’t have been able to get this job without her.
AND even better, she sent me a congrats card that was waiting for me at my office on my first day. Thanks so much Jen! I’d definitely recommend you to anyone needing to update, rewrite or refocus their resume.
— Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, Fresno City College Athletic Director—
I have been in the job search process since April and its presented both ups and downs. As a matter of fact, I am preparing for an interview happening today at
Jen is honest, encouraging, and Helpful. After having an opportunity to talk with Jen Fry, I found out how amazing her personality was and how she was able to help me by listening to my situation and then offering advice to help me move forward in my job search. We talked about my education and my career goals. She was then able to help me create a new cover letter, and resume suited to fit the exact job that I wanted to apply for. Not long after that, I landed two interviews and my first full-time position in my field of Student Affairs. I am so excited now! I wish I met Jen Fry 6 years ago.
— Damaris Sargent —