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What Does a Professional Résumé Writer Really Do?

May 7, 2021 |
Résumé process, résumé development

In my career practice, I have learned the importance of clearly establishing my mandate with each of my clients before we launch into the résumé writing process. My goal is to be a catalyst for their professional aspirations. It’s vital to the success of our relationship that my clients understand I cannot guarantee they’ll land the job they desire. I take the time, up front, to make it clear what a professional résumé writer can do for them. My Approach to the Résumé Writing Process Strategic résumé writing has allowed…

Confidence: What Every Career Professional Needs to Succeed

April 16, 2021 |
Confidence level meter

As a business owner, I had periods of time where I experienced “impostor syndrome.” That is when you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing and you worry someone will figure it out! And apparently, it’s more common amongst women. It really epitomizes, for me, what lack of self-confidence feels like. Over the years, I came to internalize the belief that confidence is what every career professional needs to succeed. If you genuinely don’t know what you’re doing, obviously training is the answer, but if you actually do know…

Nonprofits on the Front Lines of COVID-19

December 8, 2020 |
Nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19

The following post published on March 11th, 2020, on the website of The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and is being republished here with permission from ONN. It provides many excellent tips and resources for nonprofits operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources provided may be highly useful for those working in other settings, as well. Nonprofits are on the front lines of our communities — in good times, challenging times, and times of community crisis. Dealing with a fast-moving virus-like COVID-19 is not and will not be an isolated incident. It…

The Pursuit of Work-Life Balance: Step Back to the Shore

October 26, 2020 |

It’s been over 10 years since I became a mom and a business owner, back-to-back. I tried my best to prepare, but each role involved a lot of “learn as you go.” One of my biggest personal challenges was finding a way to simultaneously meet the needs of both of these high-demand roles. When things got tough — and trust me, they often did — I told myself I needed to find a better way to achieve balance. I wanted to be a loving, caring mother while also performing as…

The Post-Pandemic World of Careers Work: Let’s Prepare Now

September 4, 2020 |
Handwritten note: Be Prepared

I’ve been thinking a lot about the post-pandemic world of careers work. What will it look like? How can we — the community of career development professionals — prepare now for what’s to come? I was reminded of the best piece of advice I got early on in my career. It came at a time when I was confident I could help every jobseeker. My friend (and boss at the time) Betty Woodman told me earnestly, “Maureen, you can’t want it more than them.” I knew my clients were full of…

Creating and Selling Online Courses: What You Need to Know

September 1, 2020 |
online courses

It’s been quite a year so far, hasn’t it? In all likelihood, you’ve had to make changes to the way you normally do business. Perhaps you’ve developed new ways of generating income, such as virtual services or digital products. Another good option to consider is creating and selling online courses. As well as providing you with an additional income stream, online courses can be a valuable resource for clients who can’t afford or don’t require one-on-one support. Online courses are more work to develop and set up than e-books or standalone…