Ever hear the old saying, "The Cobbler's children have no shoes"? It highlights the very real paradigm of being good at something, but perhaps so close to it that you struggle to apply that skill or talent at home.
Many of us are very adept at generating content; promoting our ideas, products, services, etc. - myself included. But when the time comes to generate content specific to me, say a LinkedIn profile for example, it doesn't get done.
Enter Jan O'Brien. When the time came for me to give the old CV and LinkedIn profile the update they needed, I turned to Jan. And I'm so glad I did!
A staunch professional leveraging an outstanding sense of humor, Jan's creative process is perfect for the swamped professional 'on the go'. Leveraging a series of delightful conversations coupled with just enough to structure and direction, I found my time with Jan to be almost therapeutic.
I give Jan my highest possible recommendation; if you're in need of a new CV or updated LinkedIn profile - or both - I would encourage you to reach out to her straight away.
Bill Smythe - Business Transformation Executive
"You are seriously a genius at this! I want to know who this person is and hire him myself. On second thought, your work is way too powerful to let into my competition' s hands. Not sure I can help you :-).
For those of you who are thinking about tuning up your resume, working with Jan is a must. She exceeded all expectations and is a valued partner in my branding exercise. Our work is a huge success and Jan will help me truly stand out in a competitive market. " Michael K.
Michael K. - Technology Management Consultant
Jan promotes herself as a technical resume writer, but she’s really a career coach, investigative reporter and brilliant writer. The work I do is hard to capture on paper. A job well done means people happily change the way they think and work – and believe it was their idea to do so. As such, there is little "hard evidence" to capture; I was skeptical as to whether this could be put to paper.
Jan embraced the challenge. Not only was the process easy on me, I got great results! I have a story that captures some of the intangible wins in a way that many can comprehend. Jan also provided excellent coaching on next steps and encouragement to be a pioneer. Finally, she’s tough! I told her what I wanted to accomplish. She has held me accountable to my own words.
I highly recommend Jan to anyone looking to create, overhaul or brush up their resume. You will get a product you’re proud to present and learn a bit more about yourself in the process.
Shawn C, Business Transformation Manager
Jan was highly recommended to me by a few of my former colleagues. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. After working for the same company for 14 years, the idea of taking the first step towards change was scary. Jan instantly calmed my fears and made me very feel very excited and optimistic about making a career change. I didn't have an old resume to build off of, so we literally started from the ground up! She took the time to really understand what I do on a daily basis and learn about the industry I work in. At the same time, she wanted to learn about my personality and discover what it is that makes my clock tick. After several meetings, we created a resume that I am very proud of. My Linked In profile was pathetic before I met Jan. Now, it shines! I could have never done this on my own.
Sarah F, Transportation Sales/Account Manager
Jan is a breath of fresh air and no nonsense when she takes on the task of getting you ready to present to the world your best self - touting your background, experience and the real you! She does a masterful job capturing the depth and breadth of your experience and expertise then wraps it around the essence of your values, unique abilities and desired career path. She applies her deep understanding of technical writing and balances it with the finesse of ensuring relevant information is served up in the most favorable light. You can trust Jan to guide you through what can at times be an ominous process of updating your resume and digital profiles. Thank you for launching me on the path to new horizons!”
Kelley Kurtzman, Global Technology Executive
When I decided I needed someone to help me get an outdated resume into top form, a trusted colleague recommended Jan. I was not convinced as I was not seeking a “technical resume writer”, but I knew after a single conversation with Jan that she offers much more! Jan helped me break out of the mold of my predictable, blasé resume to let my own voice come through to articulate my professional value. She offered invaluable insight into how to align my resume with my LinkedIn profile, and how to optimize them both based on how potential employers view them. Additionally, Jan uses a thorough process that not only resulted in a powerful resume, but was great preparation for interviews. On top of it all, Jan was a pleasure to work and I found myself looking forward to our conversations. I won’t hesitate to contact her again should the need arise.
Sally H, Digital Marketing Professional
Jan is amazing!!! I could not be happier with the outcome Jan provided as well as the insight and knowledge she brought to our conversations. I was introduced to her through a peer. Jan is professional, easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable in resume writing and career coaching! She explained the entire process and we moved forward working together. Once we began recreating my resume, she encouraged me to reach out to trusted friends, colleagues and family to confirm the work we had been doing. The purpose was to make sure we were clearly representing who I am as a person and not just resume speak on paper. The feedback I received on my new resume was extremely encouraging and people were impressed with how Jan represented me as a person more than just a resume. I would highly recommend Jan!
Krista, Sr. Marketing Program Manager
"I didn't know where to begin, what to do, it's been many years since I had a resume. Jan came to the rescue, she was a lifesaver. We spent many hours in conversation - and Jan was able to convey what I had wanted in a resume but couldn't do myself. If you are stuck or feel lost with your resume, don't hesitate and reach out to Jan."
Vu D, VP Shared Services
Jan was referred to me by a trusted colleague who spoke highly of her ability to make a resume shine....and he was right on the money! Jan turned a task that most, including myself, completely dread and made it a lively and educational experience. She was able to capture much more than what I do in my resume and on LinkedIn, but also many of the things you bring to the job that go beyond that piece of paper - she gives you an edge. Her extensive background and experience in this area bring additional benefits or tidbits into the conversation to help guide you in how you better present yourself to the job market and prepare for your next interview. She's a resume extraordinaire, professional coach and definitely a positive step towards your next career move!
Chelsea C. Product Marketing Manager
Jan is a great listener and she did a wonderful job of transforming our discussions into the development of my resume. This took several weeks of collaboration to understand my experience, personality, and continual rework to combine the right elements in creating my winning resume. If you have not used a service such as Jan’s, I highly recommend that you do whether you are on the job market or not. She can be the difference in getting more looks at your ever-important career persona and help bolster your confidence in the process.
John R., Director Enterprise Data Management