What is your favorite quote and what does it mean to you?
Gayle: “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t”. I love this quote because to me it signifies the sheer hard work it takes being an entrepreneur, but despite that the rewards are there if you just stick at it.
Name a couple of organizations that you belong to
Gayle: Career Directors International — the premier site for resume writers and career coaches. Career Management Alliance. Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Reach Branding Club.
In high school, what was your favorite subject and why?
Gayle: English was always my favorite subject. In my last year of high school, no matter what I did, how long I procrastinated, or even if I wrote the essay on the back seat of the school bus on the way to school, I received an “A”. I love writing with a passion and always have. Words sometimes touch my soul with their beauty and power.
What was your very first job experience and how did it affect you?
Gayle: My very first job was as a data entry operator. I was placed in a seat with a cardboard box over my hands so I wouldn’t peek at the keys and had to sit there endlessly typing 0, 123, 456, 789….over and over and over again for days on end. Every day the supervisor would come and check to see if I’d managed to get the hang of it and whether I was building up speed. I knew straight away that this is something I never wanted to do ever for a career!
Name two aspects of your career that you are most passionate about
Gayle: I love the thrill of hearing a client say “WOW, I could have never said that about myself, yet it is all true!”. In almost two decades I still get a thrill when people see for themselves what true value they have. So many people take their talents for granted. The other aspect I love is the emerging field of personal branding. It’s fun, it’s smart, and it is wonderful to communicate a person’s unique promise of value.
When did you first realize what you wanted to do for a career?
Gayle: Initially I started my business as a secretarial service. Very quickly I realized the thing I loved the best was not typing, but creating the words. English has always been my first love. The first resume I wrote, I can still see the look of joy on that man’s face. That’s the moment I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my career.
What was the most important decision you have ever made in regards to your career?
Gayle: Joining a professional association. Every single thing I had implemented in my business until that time had been hard won, hard fought battles based on trial and error. Joining an association of small business professionals, finding out that people had already experienced those issues and found solutions, was one of the most exciting “finds” of my business life. Thank goodness for the internet and professional associations!