Growing up as the daughter of an Air Force officer, my family moved frequently, giving me real-time practical experience at an early age of what it means to “adapt” to new cultures.
My personal history has been sprinkled with Forrest Gump-type experiences – Martin Luther King’s march in Montgomery, hospital assistance in the Philippines during the Vietnam conflict, friendships that landed me in the homes of General William Westmoreland, Governor George Wallace, and record-setting pilot, Chuck Yaeger and more.
Little did I know at the time how the exposure to different cultures and communication styles would enrich the services I offer my clients today.
With 15 years of dance studies, my early career aspiration was to be a professional tap dancer. Although I do tap dance today (not professionally), my work life took a different turn. The ironic turn came from my career advisors in college, who told me that with an English major, my best bet was to teach. Marrying my first-hand knowledge of living through relocations and all that accompanies “transitions”, plus questioning what “career path” to take, benefits the clientele I serve today. They don’t just get exceptional resumes or even job search strategies – they get a career guide and personal transformation.
In addition to a degree in English and Communications, I’ve now had 30+ years experience in career consulting. I’ve performed Human Resources practices at every level in multiple industries and have been honored with top industry awards in resume writing. I hold multiple resume writing certifications including Certified Master Resume Writer and Certified Executive Resume Writer. To round out my full-spectrum career search menu of services, my expertise includes credentials as Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Certified Job Strategist (CJSS), Certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach (CLTMC) and former Professional in Human Resources® (PHR). My job-topic writing has appeared in over 15 career publications, syndicated columns and Resumes for Dummies and Job Search Letters for Dummies (both John Wiley and Sons).
What I offer nationally and globally (written in English language) now is a full spectrum of career services to a vast array of career advancers that are at some form of “crossroads”. They understand that without the help of a top expert, they are never going to stand out in the current job market. They know there is no magic wand and when we join in partnership and consultation, they have work to do.
I’m privileged to have the majority of my resume writing and career guidance originating from referrals. Both clients and hiring authorities share the results, ROI and value they gleaned from my work, my frequent career-based content and my reputation. In addition to being highly responsive, I teach what I learned at a very young age – the importance of adapting, networking and developing key relationships. Being visible, genuine and engaging will create experiences (and possibly evidencing history-in-the-making) that would never happen otherwise. Your job search is no different.
My full life would not be as rich without my amazing family. I live in suburban Minneapolis, MN (USA), with my husband, Don, and our English Cocker Spaniel, Ted. We both enjoy globetrotting. My married sons and grandchildren live close by and we share time at our adjoining cabins on a northern Minnesota lake year-round. I augment my full weeks with clients with yoga and Zumba classes, sipping wine with a long-time friend, movies that make me cry, or curling up with a good book.