Becoming a Resume Writer - My Story
I'm a writer. I’ve been a writer since I first learned to spell and hold a pencil. I wrote short stories for fun, got giddy-excited for English class creative writing assignments, and got my first paying gig for a community newspaper when I was in high school.
When people ask me what I do, I say, “I’m a writer”.
I relish the nuances of the English language and marvel at the subtle connotation differences between words, like “languid” and “lazy”. I believe in the power of words and the ideas that words build. I read every, single day of my life and I am constantly studying the talents of my favourite authors (in hopes of deconstructing, reproducing, and experiencing that gift for myself).
While I’d like to confirm the old cliché that “writing chose me”, it’s not the case. I wake-up every morning, choosing to write. It feels like a privilege to me – that I GET TO choose writing. And even better – I choose to help people with my writing.
Throughout my writing career, I’ve learned how to wield language to help people.
As a journalist and TV reporter, I exposed stories that educated and united communities. As a web content writer and blogger, I helped small and medium-sized businesses establish a foot-hold in the online world.
And then, about 5 years ago, I discovered a new, high-impact use for my talents: resume writing.
To be completely honest, I had no idea that professional resume writers existed when I was first approached about a resume writing opportunity.
But it didn’t take long for me to discover that it was a great match for me. Writing resumes set my heart on fire!
I was combining my storytelling, marketing, research, and wordsmith skills to make a profound difference in the lives of my clients.
I helped clients who were currently undervalued in their current role, recently (or about to be) laid off from their job, immigrants looking for opportunity in their new country, and stay-at-home parents desperately seeking a way back into the workforce.
Needless to say, I was hooked. I quickly gained traction - earning more and more jobs, getting client referrals left, right, and center (thank you!), and being contacted by major resume writing businesses for contract work.
By no means, was my path to becoming a resume writer and career coach a straight line. There's been plenty of peaks and valleys, tons of industry research to comb through, and numerous courses to stay at the top of the game.
But I arrived here, in a place where I can make a difference, and that's all that matters.
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