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Jan 1998Present

President and Principal Consultant

Graham Management Group

Graham Management Group is the leading Canadian firm for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals. We are known for excellence and innovation in resume, interview, and career strategy. Leverage Canada's top career strategists. We are:

  • Ranked #1 nationally for six-figure professionals
  • Multiple award winners for excellence in resume writing
  • Experts in creating a $100K to $1M+ brand for our clients

 You will get unparalleled excellence:

  • Strategize with top Canadian consultants
  • Ensure strategic marketability with a top certified writer
  • Get your message across to key decision-makers

You will leverage industry innovators:

  • We are nationally recognized media experts and advisors
  • We are the founders of the foremost Canadian association
  • We hold multiple industry-related academic credentials

Top professionals leverage the very best. Raise your image, value, and worth. A great new job is waiting for you!

2004Present

Founder and Executive Director

Career Professionals of Canada

Career Professionals of Canada is the leading Canadian professional development and social networking organization for career practitioners.

We are working together for career success!

Our mandate is to enable Canadian Career Professionals to achieve their career and business development goals.

  • We promote quality, ethics, and expertise within the industry.
  • We provide an on-line forum where members develop meaningful business relationships.
  • We connect our network of members to individuals and organizations seeking their services.
  • We offer credentialing, professional development, and awards to raise our members’ profiles.
  • We help members achieve success as they take their career and business to new horizons.
  • We believe in giving back to our community.
  • We are working together for career success!

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Portfolio

Superb Testimonials

"Sharon's catalytic involvement with the Career Professional's of Canada is proving to be a revoutionary force in the Canadian career services industry. Driven by her devotion to excellence in the field, Sharon has shown extraordinary leadership."

Anthony Kaul, Founder & CEO Higher Bracket 

"Wow! I must say, my new CV has been a hit. I have applied for 3 positions and have been called on for all three positions!"

R. Oakey, Vice President Sales and Marketing

 “Just wanted to say thanks for all your help. Your knowledge and advice have been invaluable. Today I was officially offered, and I accepted, my dream job. The offer met my best expectations."

S. M., Insurance Brokerage Manager

“Sharon Graham works with a high degree of professionalism and quickly develops a thorough understanding of the project’s objective. Sharon is driven and uses creative ideas, sound advice and a logical approach to get the job done.”

M. Ott, North American Director, Xerox Corporation

“Sharon Graham was dedicated to the project and with her help, we were able to make our dreams a successful reality. She gained our respect very quickly.”

S. Rubicini, Executive Director, Canadian Electronic & Appliance Service Association

“Sharon Graham is a problem solver. She has accomplished various progressive changes for Sharp and its employees.”

F. Davis, National Manager, Sharp Electronics

"Sharon, I want to thank you and your team so much. The very first time I put my new resume that you created out, I landed my dream job. I acquired the position with only one application to one company!"

K. Cross, Customer Relations Manager

"For Sharon, success is not measured by dollar figures. Her drive is to identify and address issues that are meaningful to Canadians in the labour market. A genuine philanthropist, she created Career Professionals of Canada - not as a typical non-profit entity, but as an expression of "giving back" to the industry." Nomination Team, Stu Conger Award

Publications (shortlist)

Over 100 articles published in the career, internet, and general media including:

Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Sun Media, Contact Point Newsletter, Resume Writers’ DigestCOSTI/JSW Newsletter, Career Options Magazine, Career Bound Magazine, Adventa Job PostBurlington Post, Oakville Beaver, Canadian Champion, Career Masters AllianceGoing Global, Company of Women, HAPPEN, Higher Bracket

Excellence and Innovation

Sharon Graham is Canada's Career Strategist.

  • President and principal of the top Canadian career transition firm for $100k+ professionals.
  • Founder and executive director of an association offering leadership to Canadian career practitioners.
  • Top-selling author of the Best Canadian Resumes series.
  • Advocate for ethics and integrity in the Canadian labour market.

Well-respected and trustworthy leader sought by the media as a subject matter expert in the areas of résumé, interview, and career transition strategy. Conceived and established two thriving businesses – Career Professionals of Canada and Graham Management Group – both of which addressed gaps in the Canadian career development industry. Acknowledged for embedding the following professional cornerstones into Canada’s career development industry:

Vision - Excellence - Innovation - Ethics - Integrity

Professional Biography

Sharon Graham is Canada's Career Strategist. A recognized Canadian expert in resume, interview, and career strategy, Sharon has elevated industry procedures and practices across the nation. She holds simultaneous roles as president and principal consultant at Graham Management Group, and executive director of Career Professionals of Canada.With a superior reputation in the industry, Sharon is a consultant and advisor to a wide variety of practitioners and organizations and an outspoken advocate for ethics and integrity in the Canadian labour market.

With a vision for excellence and innovation, Sharon has been recognized by her peers on numerous occasions.

Sharon is a recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development in Canada. The Stu Conger Award - one of the most esteemed awards recognizing individuals who display outstanding vision and leadership in promoting and advancing career development and career and employment counselling in Canada. This prestigious title is Canada's premier honour presented annually by the Canadian Career Development Foundation. Leadership represents that rare combination of vision, dedication, commitment, ability to mobilize others, and willingness to work hard. The Stu Conger Award is given to individuals who exemplify those characteristics. Sharon's professional contributions, ongoing leadership, and body of work in the field are a testament to these qualities.

In 2006, Sharon was awarded the Leadership Recognition Award by her peers in recognition for her work in instituting leading-edge resources, a supportive communication vehicle, and exceptional mentoring and support to Canadian career practitioners.

Author of the highly regarded Best Canadian Resume Series, Sharon has established herself as a recognized expert in resume, interview, and career strategy. She has been featured across the Canadian media including Report on Business Television, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. An industry pioneer, she authored the first fully Canadian content book on resume writing - Best Canadian Resumes. This is a volume rich with her writing and more than 100 samples submitted by Sharon and her esteemed colleagues. Best Canadian Resumes has become a one-of-a-kind resume sample book used as a textbook and resource for practitioners across Canada.

In keeping with that pioneering spirit, Sharon founded Career Professionals of Canada in 2004, setting the cornerstones for quality service, highest ethical standards, and provision of expert advice. As CPC’s executive director, she ensures that the mandate of this national organization - enabling Canadian practitioners to achieve their career, business, and organizational development goals- is upheld with integrity.

A firm believer in advancing the field, through CPC, Sharon has delivered cutting-edge innovations and strategies to career practitioners in the government, academic, not-for-profit, and private sectors. She has personally trained, mentored, and developed hundreds of resume writers, employment consultants, outplacement consultants, and other practitioners.

Sharon has championed the creation of a professional certification program to validate the expertise of career professionals across the nation. She is also the force behind CPC’s Awards of Excellence program, ensuring that peers in the Canadian careers industry recognize those who demonstrate the levels to which she aspires.

As owner and operator of Graham Management Group, Canada’s leading resume writing and career transition firm for six-figure professionals, she is frequently sought for her expertise in positioning her clients to meet the future head on. Sharon handpicked a consulting team of professionals also known for excelling in their craft. All possess current industry certifications and have been featured in foremost Canadian media as experts in their fields. Sharon matches these specialists very carefully to the needs of her customers.

Devoted to helping her clients achieve their goals by offering highly personalized solutions, Sharon provides comprehensive, hands-on assistance tailored to each individual’s needs. Through GMG, she produces strategic targeted documents, which also display her creative custom design savvy. Nothing stays static, as

Sharon is constantly developing and expanding service offerings. Her clients know that the packages she delivers feature the most current strategies and positioning to leverage their strengths, accomplishments, and unique selling points.

Sharon is an active member of:

  • Career Professionals of Canada (CPC)
  • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
  • Career Masters Institute (CMI)
  • Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC)

The designations that Sharon possesses further reinforce her credibility and expansive knowledge base:

  • Master Certified Resume Strategist (MCRS)
  • Master Certified Interview Strategist (MCIS)
  • Master Certified Career Strategist (MCCS)
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)

In her earlier career, Sharon contributed her services as a senior executive and consultant to a wide variety of individuals and organizations. She is a talented business writer who has successfully taken on a wide variety of corporate assignments. Her projects span website content development, policy and procedure manuals, job descriptions, feature articles, and other business correspondence.

The passion that Sharon feels for the successes of her clients and colleagues extends to her personal life. A devoted volunteer and advocate of human and animal rights, she seeks to make a positive difference in every life she touches.

The leadership excellence and counsel that Sharon provides instil utmost confidence. She has acquired a reputation in Canada, and beyond, that is reflective of her knowledge, integrity, dedication to client requirements, superior service, and outstanding product delivery. It is no surprise that her business is largely a referral-based network of delighted clientele.

Sharon knows that the success of her clients and colleagues is her success!

Affiliations (shortlist)

Career Masters Institute (CMI), Current Member

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC), Current Member

Member of The Career Masters Institute (CMI), Current Member

Higher Bracket, Current Resume Expert

Saint Paul’s Volunteer Project (over 300 volunteer members)

Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

Halton and Peel Professional Executive Network (HAPPEN)

Executive Advancement Resource Network (EARN)

National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA)

Canadian Electronics Appliances Service Association’s EDI Committee

Pearson Central Community Association, Previous Board Member and Treasurer

Media Features

The Globe and Mail, January 2008Career Horizon Bright for 2008 

The Globe and Mail, January 2007Outlook'07 -- It's the Year to Roll the Dice

The Globe and Mail, January 2006Outlook: Opportunities & Warning Signs for 2006 

ROBTV, January 2006Workopolis TV Career Check-Up

The Globe and Mail, July 2005Summertime and the workin’ ain’t easy

Globe and Mail, September 2005Curveball Job Questions: How Not to Strike Out

Sun Media, August 2005Career Consultants: Helping Achieve Career Success

National Post, September 2005Professionally Written CV Can be a Career Investment

The Globe and Mail, December 2004Put Holiday Cheer in Your Career

The Globe and Mail, August 2004How the Executive Job Interview has Changed

Speaking Engagements (shortlist)

Opportunities 2008 Conference – Advanced Résumé Strategy for Professionals Presentation, April 2008

Microskills Canada - CRS Certification Program, April 2008

HALTON Region - Contemporary Resume Design Workshop, December 2007

YES Montreal Conference - Branding Your Client (Value Proposition Theory), November 2007

COSTI/JSW Professional Development Retreat - Advanced Resume Strategy Workshop, November 2007

Opportunities 2007 Conference - Branding Your Client Presentation, April 2007

Seneca College - CRS Certification Program, April 2007

Microskills Canada - Real World Résumé Strategy TeleProgram, March 2007

Peel Region - Advanced Résumé Strategy Workshop, October 2006

HALTON Region - Advanced Résumé Strategy Workshop, June 2006

Creating a Profitable Résumé Business Teleclass, Annually since 2004

Strategic Résumé Writing Teleclass Series, Annually since 2004

Featured Accomplishments

Conceived and established two leading Career organizations – Career Professionals of Canada and Graham Management Group – both of which addressed gaps in the Canadian career development industry.

Authored Best Canadian Resumes, the first-ever, all-Canadian résumé book; this top-seller has become a guide, resource, and tool for practitioners while also helping them gain visibility across Canada.

Handpicked and fully trained ten industry-leading resume writers and career consultants, producing an unparalleled team supporting hundreds of six-figure leaders across Canada and the globe.

Delivered $100k+ career transition and career development strategies: strategic résumé writing, personal branding, interview role-play, career transition, and outplacement services in virtually all Canadian sectors.

Supported six-figure job seekers through a wide range of support systems; provided hundreds of articles and resources, and over 2500 complimentary resume assessments in two years alone. 

Launched Career Innovations, an e-newsletter supporting a registered subscriber base of over 5000 executives, managers, and $100k+ professionals.

Designed and rolled out Career Inspirations, a monthly on-line podcast radio show, supporting six-figure job seekers.

Developed an Awards of Excellence Program that showcases and promotes national talent by recognizing the leadership, creativity, and initiative of top Canadian career practitioners.

Instituted the first Canadian resume certification program which validates practitioners’ expertise; the CRS has become the industry standard, leading to a broader  program with five more certifications.

Established an on-line Career Club forum where independent practitioners connect, learn, and grow in a private, confidential, and sharing peer community. 

Created and delivered training and professional development presentations, workshops, teleclasses, and other programs to thousands of practitioners across the nation.

Connected job seekers to practitioners through presentations and assessments at various career venues; including the National Job Fair and Training Expo with over 10,000 in annual attendance.

Increased practitioners’ visibility and stature by linking them as Canadian experts to top media contacts including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Report on Business Television, and the National Post.

Implemented Career Connections, a career development e-newsletter, which has expanded to reach over 2700 registered subscribers.

Instituted comprehensive salary compensation strategies and established various legislated programs, including Pay Equity, reflecting federal and provincial standards.