Awards and Credentials

Master Resume Writer, IT and Executive Resume Credentials

  • Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW) examined by Career Directors International
  • Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Reach Communications
  • Certified G3 Coach: Get Clear, Get Hired, Get Found! The Academies
  • Certified Executive Resume Master, Career Directors International
  • Certified Graphic Resume Architect
  • Certified Tough Transitions Coach, The Academies
  • Certified Job Loss Recovery Coach
  • Certified IT Resume Specialist (CRS+IT) examined by Career Directors International
  • Master Career Director (MCD) examined by Career Directors International
  • Certified Online Networking Professional (Linked in), The Academies
  • Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) 1997-2008 examined by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches
  • Certified Web Portfolio Practitioner (CWPP) examined by Career Directors International
  • Certified Master Resume Specialist (CMRS) examined by the Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals
  • Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), examined by Career Directors International
  • Certified Job Search Strategies training (completed, not certified)
  • Human Resource Concepts Certificate, Brainbench
  • Behavioral Interviewing Certificate, Brainbench
  • 360 Reach Certified Analyst, Reach Communications

Resume Writing Awards

Nominated 56 times between 2000 and 2013. Winner, 20 First Place Awards, 5 Second Place, 5 Third Place. Second and Third Place Awards in the World’s Best Resume Competition.

  • Best Resume 2000, Best Resume Content, Best Resume Format, Best Chronological Resume, Annual Resume Writing Awards 2000, Career Directors International
  • Best New Graduate Resume, Best Re-Entry into the Workforce Resume, Best International Resume 2002 TORI Awards (Toast of the Resume Industry) Career Directors International
  • Best Military Conversion Resume, Best Executive Resume, Best New Graduate Resume and Best International Resume, 2003 TORI Awards
  • Winner, 2003 Australian Achiever Award for “Excellence in Customer Service”
  • Highly Recommended Certificate, 2004 Australian Achiever Awards for “Excellence in Customer Service”.
  • Best Executive Resume, Best Professional Resume, and Best New Graduate Resume, 2004 TORI Awards.
  • Best International Resume, Best New Graduate Resume, 2005 TORI Awards.
  • Nominee 2007 TORI Awards. 6 Nominations from 8 Categories: Best Executive Resume, Best International Resume, Best Professional Resume, Best New Graduate Resume, Best Career Re-entry Resume, Best Creative Resume.
  • Best Career Re-Entry Resume, 2007 TORI Awards.
  • Winner, Master Resume Writer Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by Career Directors International 2007.
  • Best Career Re-Entry Resume (2nd Place), Best Technical Resume (3rd Place), 2008 TORI Awards, Career Directors International
  • Top 3 Placegetter, 2009 World’s Best Resume Competition, Career Directors International. Second place public vote, third place industry vote.
  • Winner, Master Career Director Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by Career Directors International 2008
  • Nominee, 2009 TORI Award in four categories: Best Executive Resume, Best Graduate Resume, Best Technical Resume, Best Creative Resume
  • Third Place Winner, 2009 TORI Awards: Best New Graduate Resume and Best Creative Resume
  • President’s Choice Award for Career Excellence, TORI Awards 2010
  • Second Prize, Best Cover Letter; Third Prize Best Sales and Marketing Resume, 2011 TORI Awards, Career Directors International
  • Nominee, Best Cover Letter and Best International Resume, 2012 TORI Awards, Career Directors International
  • Third Place Winner, Best International Resume, 2012 TORI Awards, Career Directors International
  • Three-time Nominee, TORI Awards 2013, Career Directors International: Best Creative Resume, Best Sales Resume, Best Re-Entry Resume
  • Second Place, Best Re-Entry Resume 2013 TORI Awards, Career Directors International
  • Three-time Nominee, TORI Awards 2015, Career Directors International: Best Graduate Resume, Best Executive Resume and Best Accounting/Finance Resume
  • First Place, Best Graduate Resume 2015 and second place Best Accounting/Finance Resume 2015.
  • President’s Award 2019

Resume Writing Books

  • Author, PS…You Need a Resume!
  • Author, PS…You’re a Resume Expert
  • Author, A Satisfying Career, Starting and Running Your Own Resume Writing Practice (2010)
  • Author, E-Course: PS…You’re a Resume Expert: Resume Mastery for Professional Resume Writers (2007)
  • Author, PJs at 11am (in progress)
  • Featured resume author in 22 major international career books.
  • Contributing Author, Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW) Certification Guide (2007)
  • Contributor, resume samples featured in Resumes for Dummies 7th Edition 2015

Resume Writing Industry

Appointments and Memberships

  • Chairperson of the International Certification Committee, Career Directors International (2008-Present)
  • Judge, TORI awards (2019), Career Directors International
  • Director of TORI Awards, 2010 and 2020, Career Directors International
  • Associate Member, Career Thought Leaders
  • Career Advisor, Going Global
  • International Advisor, Certification Committee, Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals
  • International Resume Expert, and Virtual Business Expert, Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals
  • Charter Member, Career Directors International
  • Associate Member, Career Development Association of Australia
  • Member, Association of Online Career and Resume Professionals

Resume Writing Training and Mentorship

  • September 2014: Trained and mentored professional resume writer to secure two TORI award nominations with just two submissions entered on first attempt
  • 2006 to Present: Trained and mentored more than 100 professional resume writers to enrich professional development. Numerous students progressed to become accomplished writers, Certified Advanced Resume Writers, and TORI nominees.

IT Resumes/Executive Resume Writing Specialties

Executive resumes, Tough Transitions (post-redundancy, entrepreneur-to-employee, consultant-to-permanent senior-level manager, cross-country transitions); IT resumes (CIOs, Group Manager Infrastructure, IT Executives, senior network engineers, business analysts, project managers, program managers), Australian resumes, US Resumes