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May 2004Present

Executive Director & President

Career Directors International

Career Directors International (CDI) is a professional association committed to delivering industry innovation and unlimited potential for career professionals, and places top priority on introducing new member opportunities in education, connection and empowerment. Our global membership spans all career disciplines and includes resume writers, career coaches and counselors, job developers, recruiters, outplacement specialists, HR practitioners and other specialists from private practice, civil service, academia and military.

Aug 1995Present

Principal

A Competitive Edge Career Service, LLC
A Competitive Edge Career Service, LLC is a turn-key career management, resume writing and career coaching organization dedicated to providing global excellence to its clientele. More information can be learned regarding the award-winning career services of ACECS, LLC at www.acompetitiveedge.com

Education

19871992

BA, Creative & Technical Writing

University of Central Florida
  • Credits toward MA, Human Resource Development & Training - Webster University, Melbourne, FL
  • Credits toward MS, Counseling - University of Central, FL, Orlando, FL

Certifications:

  • Master Career Director (MCD)
  • Certified Expert Resume Writer (CERW), Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW) and former Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) expired due to membership non-renewal
  • Credentialed Career Manager (CCM)
  • Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC)
  • Certified Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC)
  • Certified Electronic Career Coach (CECC)
  • Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
  • Certified Internet Job Search Expert (CIJSE)
  • Certified Web Portfolio Practitioner (CWPP)
  • Reach 360 Branding Assessment Certified

Career Directors International

Articles

From The Florida Today Newspaper

Teamwork: The Secret to Job Search SuccessWhat Employers Really Want                                 Telephone Interviewing: Act Like an EntrepreneurInterview Questions: Tell Me About Yourself

Networking for Shy People

Summary

Career Directors International (CDI) is a professional association committed to delivering industry innovation and unlimited potential for career professionals, and places top priority on introducing new member opportunities in education, connection and empowerment. Our global membership spans all career disciplines and includes resume writers, career coaches and counselors, job developers, recruiters, outplacement specialists, HR practitioners and other specialists from private practice, civil service, academia and military. Laura DeCarlo offers 17 years of expertise in resume writing, career coaching and career management as Executive Director of A Competitive Edge Career Service, LLC and President of Career Directors International, an innovative association of career professionals. She holds eleven industry certifications from Certified Expert Resume Writer to Master Career Director along with a dual BA in Creative / Technical Writing and extensive HR, Training and Counseling graduate studies. She is resume writing expert for 41 professional associations, author of the Interviewing: The Gold Standard program and has been published in 15+ resume compendiums. She has won seven prestigious resume writing and job placement awards, and has pioneered industry education, outreach and recognition programs. Other accomplishments include nationwide transition programs for the US Treasury; national conference speaking engagements; TV, print and radio press; 2-year employment guest columnist for The Florida Today newspaper; and college placement director.

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Awards and Honors

  • Master Resume Writer Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Master Career Professional Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Resume Expert for 54 national and international professional associations such as PMI, ASAE, AMA, ASCE, AVMA, and ASQ.
  • Elected President of the Professional Resume Writing and Research Association now Career Directors International.
  • Master Resume Writer Lifetime Achievement Award, CDI.
  • Master Career Professional Lifetime Achievement Award, CDI.
  • Elected Vice President of Awards & Presentations for the Professional Resume Writing and Research Association (PRWRA) to spearhead the development of resume standards and to direct the international Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) competition.
  • "Most Visually Distinctive Resume," 1st Place National Conference Award Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW)
  • "Best Resume Format," 1st Place Annual Award, PRWRA
  • "Most Creative Resume," 1st Place Annual Award, PRWRA
  • "Best Resume Content," 2nd Place Annual Award, PRWRA
  • "Best Functional Resume," 2nd Place Annual Award, PRWRA
  • "Employment Recognition Awards for Job Placement Levels,"Herzing Colleges - Annually
  • "Graduate Employment Awards for Job Placement Levels," Business Training Institute
  • Published in 15+ resume and cover letter compendiums from JIST, Kennedy, Impact, and CareerPress.