A Taste of My Own Medicine
So, I was thinking about all the questions I ask my clients and all the trust they place in by telling me their most intimate career and life stories. With the thought that turnabout is fair play, here is what I might tell them if the roles were reversed.
TRUSTWORTHY, EFFECTIVE & STORY-BASED: I’ve won accolades for my resumes. Eighteen of them to be exact (listed below). I’m Certification Chair emeritus at the National Resume Writers’ Association, hold three advanced certifications in resume writing and job search, and get mentioned in the media once in a while. Most importantly, my clients use the documents we create to get interviews and support negotiations, both in their dream roles and in pragmatic interim assignments. They’re so happy that 80% of my business comes from referrals and repeat clients. I often write for entire families.
Clients have transitioned into companies like Apple, Toshiba, IBM, Walmart, Yankee Candle, Harley Davidson, Brown Forman, BP, KPMG, Microsoft, Pfizer, Sanofi, and many more.
I love writing, and it is a pleasure to get to know my clients and become their ghost writer. I’m an active member of GetStoried, an online continuing education and peer-to-peer platform for business storytellers (my peers and mentors tell stories for Google, Zappos, Deloitte, Bloomberg, SAP, and others).
SMART POLYMATH: That might sound redundant, but it’s not. Briefly a member of MENSA, I quit because I didn’t feel like IQ was a strong criteria for making friends. It is, however, one of a few good qualities in someone who needs to follow your train of thought and grasp the nuances of your market. Many of my clients are ahead of their time and, as such, are challenged with bridging the communications gap between the world that is and the world they know is possible. I help them do that.
A true Renaissance woman (polymath), I have a background in sales and marketing as well as creative writing. I’ve been a financial advisor, public speaker, massage therapist, bike courier, sales manager, and long distance truck driver and excelled at every one of those things. I spend time with interesting people, and I live vicariously through my clients, getting to inhabit the careers of Fortune 500 CEOs, entrepreneurs returning to corporate, executives changing careers, rising stars in multiple functions, and, of course, fellow Renaissance personalities.
WELL TRAVELED, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE: In addition to living in a bicultural family (my husband is from India, and we home school our three children), I’ve journeyed through Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and North America. Many of my awards have been in the international resume category. Perhaps that’s because I know personally and professionally that it’s possible to move beyond a spiritless “common ground” to a place where the interplay of languages and outlooks takes business and human interactions to a whole new level.
PRAGMATICALLY WOO-WOO: One of my clients likened me to the Suze Orman of careers because she left each of our interactions both inspired by an energy of possibility and armed with the best strategies for communicating her value. The work I do with my clients is equal parts tactical and intuitive. If we decide to collaborate, you can bet I’ll be holding a space for the best possible outcome in your transition because I only accept clients I can believe in. It’s an aspect of my approach for which there are no certifications or awards, but it’s something many of my clients take note of.
ALWAYS LEARNING: Coming into a project with a preconceived notion of what’s needed is a disservice to you. Knowing I have all of the latest industry best practices sitting in my toolkit, some of which I invented (or remixed from other industries), is confidence inspiring. But I wouldn’t presume to take those tools out and get to work until I understand your situation. As Einstein said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” This beginner’s mind approach ensures that your resume will in no way resemble a template.
AESTHETE: Because I am a person who recognizes and values good design, you can be sure your resume will look fantastic. Beyond appearance, there is a beauty to words—writing with precision, varying sentence length, opting for the simpler, pithier phrases—that I insist on applying. Whether your brand is minimalist, ornate, or traditional, you can count on having documents that are pleasant to view and compelling to read.
TORI (TOAST OF THE RESUME INDUSTRY) AWARDS FROM CAREER DIRECTORS INTERNATIONAL
2015 (Most Nominated and Winningest Writer)
1st Place Best Accounting and Finance Resume
1st Place Best Sales Resume
1st Place Best Cover Letter
3rd Place Best International Resume
Nominated, Best Healthcare Resume
Nominated, Best Executive Resume
1st Place Best Healthcare Resume
3rd Place Best Accounting & Finance Resume
Nominated Best Information Technology (IT) Resume
Nominated Best Executive Resume
1st Place Best International Resume
1st Place Best Healthcare/Medical Resume
2nd Place Best Sales Resume
Nominated, Best Creative Resume
Nominated, Best Executive Resume
Nominated, Best Sales and Marketing Resume
Nominated, Best Cover Letter
Nominated, Best International Resume