Work History

Work History
2001 - Present

President / Chief Executive Resume Writer

Professional Resume Services

Launched this local internet résumé writing company to expand existing résumé base to reach clients on a national and international level. Consult with clients on desired job positions, brand, career history, résumé expectations, job search, and any other questions that arise. Perform all business development, marketing/advertising, and communication.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hired a staff of 30+ certified executive resume writers, career coaches, and profile developers to meet the demands of a 500% business increase.
  • Awarded a high-profile, white label partnership with The Wall Street Journal--chosen over a dozen other companies.
  • Landed several other partnerships and contracts, generating increased revenue and cultivating lasting business relationships.
  • Quadrupled sales within 6 months after identifying key resource drains, adding new services, and assembling a world-class business and marketing team.
  • Developed a strong repeat/referral business with a high rate of job search success. Collaborate with clients on branding, job search, interviewing techniques and industry trends. Suggest career assessments when needed.
  • Formulate executive strategy, create format and style, and devise content. Maintain a blog and contribute to several online e-zines.
  • Conduct résumé writing workshops for corporate layoffs.
  • Successfully training and mentored 3 writers to become top-notch certified professional resume writers and career coaches.
  • Developed a strong repeat/referral business with a high success rate of interviews and job attainment.
2003 - 2008

Executive Resume Writer

ResumeWriters.com

Joined this internet résumé writing firm in 2003, taking on 8-10 clients a week. Quickly became a Senior Writer and later served as the on-call resident "writing expert" critiquing other writers work and providing suggestions for various client scenarios. Recognized as the "go to" writer to take on "challenging" or "rewrite" clients.

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • Became the first writer to receive only executive-level clients.
  • Evaluate and critique potential writers and existing on-call subcontractor's projects.
1998 - 2002

Workforce Development Specialist

Goodwill North Oakland Career Center

Began resume writing career at this federally funded job search and assistance center. Case managed and facilitated the “Work First!” (formerly Welfare-to-Work) program in Northeast Oakland county. Provided clients with employability training including role-play, interviewing techniques, résumé writing, networking, application forms, job search, empowerment guidance, and career assessment. Knowledgeable of state and federal employment regulations and funding.

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • Piloted the wildly successful “Dress to Impress” clothing closet for low-income men and women. Networked with local businesses and community leaders to donate appropriate business attire.
  • Coordinated the “Summer Youth” program that put low-income and adjudicated youth in employment for the summer while learning new job skills.

Education

Education
1995 - 1998

Bachelor of Science

Summary

Articulate and creative Executive Résumé Writer with 12 years of training and experience in the strategy, presentation, mechanics, and content of creating powerful résumés and cover letters for all levels of clientele. Strong use of the C.A.R. methodology to highlight strengths,and capture clients’ accomplishments. Expertise in macro vs. micro, narrative and deliverables, strategy, focus, brand, content, and keyword usage. Professional strengths include:

  • Executive & Professional Résumés
  • Consultation & Career Direction
  • Grammar, Punctuation & Syntax
  • Trends & Industry Knowledge
  • Personal Branding & Authentic Value
  • Leader, Mentor & Trainer

Affiliations

Member, National Resume Writers Association (NRWA)

Member, Career Directors International (CDI)

Member, Certification Committee, Career Directors International (CDI)

Member, Professional Association of Résumé Writers (PARW)

Member, Association of Online Career & Résumé Professionals (AORCP)

Member, LinkedIn (Résumé Writing “Expert”) http://www.linkedin.com/in/erinkennedycprw

Member of various LinkedIn groups

Member, Résumé Writers Group (not an official name)

Meet bi-monthly with a group of top résumé writers and career coaches in the Michigan/Ohio/Wisconsin area to share ideas, goals, and challenges.

Recognition & Publications

Won, Best Executive Resume Award, 2010

Nominated for the T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Résumé Industry) Awards yearly (2007/2008/2009)

Categories include: New Graduate, Career Change and Return-to-Work

Samples of work are published in:

The Twitter Job Search Guide- Jist Publishing, 2010

Cover Letters for Dummies, 3rd Edition-John Wiley Publishing, 2009

Expert Résumés for Engineering Professionals-Jist Publishing, 2008

Résumés for the Rest of Us: Secrets from the Pros for Job Seekers with Unconventional

Career Paths-Career Press Publishing, 2008

Directory of Professional Résumé Writers: How to Find and Work with a Pro to Accelerate

Your Search-Jist Publishing, 2008

The Quick Résumé & Cover Letter Book, Fourth Edition-Jist Publishing, 2007

Military-to-Civilian Résumés and Letters-Impact Publications, 2007

No-Nonsense Résumés-Jist Publishing, 2006

No-Nonsense Cover Letters-Jist Publishing, 2006

Contributions

- Radio Guest & Contributing Blogger, “Secrets of the Job Hunt” (podcast available on iTunes)

- Contributing Blogger, Marketing & Sales Job Search Expert, Job-Hunt.org

- Contributing Blogger, Michigan Career Coach Examiner, Examiner.com

- Contributing Blogger, HealthcareIT Now

- Contributing Blogger, Career Collective (#careercollective on Twitter)

- Member, Resume Certification/Credentialing Committee, Career Directors International (CDI)

- Featured writer, Alltop blogs

- Expert Author, EzineArticles.com

Certifications

Certifications
2008 - Present

Certified Expert Resume Writer

Career Directors International
2004 - Present

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Professional Association of Resume Writers / Career Coaches
2008 - Present

Authorized Administrator of DISC Assessments

Profiling Pros