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I'm Phil Hurd, and I specialize in creating compelling résumés and LinkedIn profiles for technology industry executives and senior technologists. I can help you get your story across because of my unique combined background:

  • 30+ year leading tech recruiter

  • Engineering career background and education (BS/MS Electrical Engineering)


    Certified Expertise (CPRW - Certified Professional Résumé Writer & NCOPE - Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert


CPRW (Certified Professional Résumé Writer)

NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert)

Leading Technology Recruiter

Engineering Background, BS/MS EE

Résumés & Cover Letters

Your résumé needs to tell a story. YOUR story of accomplishments and achievements. It has to be able to be highly-ranked by Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software, capture the attention of Recruiting Coordinators, and make it clear to Decision Makers why YOU are the ONE candidate they should consider first. I CAN HELP.

LinkedIn Profiles

Today, having a good LinkedIn profile isn't an option. It's a career requirement. Not only will people automatically check it out when they interact with you, but it can and should be a gateway for the right career opportunities to FIND YOU. LinkedIn has many algorithms to rank profiles in search applicability and matching. Make sure yours is optimized. I CAN HELP.


About Me

I'm Phil Hurd, and besides being a professional résumé writer, I've been a leading recruiter for over 30 years. In that time, I've read, edited, and written thousands of resumes, and I've experienced first-hand which resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. I'm a member of the National Résumé Writers' Association (NRWA), the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC), and Career Directors International (CDI). I am certified as NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert) and as a CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer.)


Helping people draw out their unique strengths and accomplishments, and organizing and presenting this story in a compelling way has always been a part of recruiting I've particularly enjoyed.


Professional technology recruiter for 30+ years, specialize in creating effective résumés, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and executive bios. Focused on executives, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Architects, CTOs, Principal Engineers and other senior individual contributors. Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE), originally come from an engineering background, with BS/MSEE. Specialist for backgrounds such as: software development, computers, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain/logistics, life sciences, consulting, enterprise software, startups, mechanical, alternative energy, environmental, product management.

My approach is open and consultative, and my goal is to help you draw out your accomplishments and abilities, organize everything, and make you standout to prospective employers.

Why should you choose me to assist you with your personal branding and marketing documents, and why am I worth what I charge? I feel that I can offer a unique background and combination of skills that differentiates me, particularly on behalf of clients in the technology sector:


  • I have been a professional recruiter for over three decades. The majority of my livelihood comes from recruiting and placing candidates into technology industry search assignments. I have a lot of practical experience helping candidates craft résumés and profiles gained from the necessity of getting attention and interviews.

  • My own background is technical. I have a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and worked as a computer engineer before becoming a recruiter and résumé writer. I am likely to be able to understand your skills and accomplishments in context.

  • I've made the time and financial investment to undertake continuing education to become certified in my field, both as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (www.parw.com), and as a Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) from the National Résumé Writers' Association (www.thenrwa.com). I am up to date on the best practices for résumés and profiles, particularly as they relate to applicant tracking systems (ATS's) and AI and Machine Learning - driven search algorithms.

  • At the heart of all good personal marketing is effectively and engagingly telling YOUR story. Since my earliest days as a reporter on my high school and college newspapers, I've enjoyed getting at the heart of a great story and telling everyone about it in an engaging way.


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"I just wanted to let you know that I recently landed a job! Thanks again for your help with beefing up my résumé and LinkedIn, as I feel it really made a difference!"

K.S. Customer Success Manager

"Great result on both resume and LinkedIn profile. This was a highly collaborative process and Phil understood my goals and how to approach building both.  Would definitely recommend."

A.P., VP/General Manager, Major Multinational

"I had a great experience working with Phil on creating my resume and updating my LinkedIn profile. I highly recommend his services. He is very responsive and sets and meets expectations on timelines and deliverables. I really like his approach of having an exploration call to learn more about me, giving me some things to think about, and then working collaboratively to put my resume together. I am very happy with the final result of my resume and profile."

M.F., Vice President, Product Management

"Phil is great to work with. He's responsive, knowledgeable, and flexible. He clearly cares about delivering for his clients, and he'll work closely with you to craft something that's truly your own. Highly recommended."

B.S., Director of Software