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Annette Richmond

Annette Richmond

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm a career storyteller. I partner with my clients to create branded executive resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other career marketing tools that tell their career story in a compelling way. Since launching career intelligence Resume Writing, I've earned 5 certifications, including the CMRW designation held by fewer than 50 resume writers worldwide. Over the last 20 years, I've been a recruiter, communications instructor, vocational counselor, and magazine writer.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

One of the best things about Ellevate is the ability to meet other members at live events. Not long ago, I attended a lunch with several Ellevate members. Getting together in a small group, really gave us the opportunity to have meaningful conversations. It is by far my favorite memory to date.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Of course, resume writers need to be strong writers. They also need to be strategic. Most people don't realize that knowing what to leave off a resume is as important as knowing what to include. Integrity, honesty, confidentiality, flexibility, and solid communication skills are essential. As is, continually striving to improve their abilities to better serve their clients.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Most recently, I earned the Certified Master Resume Writer designation which is held by fewer than 50 resume writers worldwide. That was a big accomplishment for me. I believe it's essential to step out of your comfort zone, to keep challenging yourself.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The emails I get from happy clients who've found a job that is a perfect fit for them. I'm very lucky, I work with interesting, dedicated professionals who are at the top of their fields. Many are making important contributions that impact thousands of people around the world.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

It often feels like my winding career path has brought me to exactly where I am today. Being a professional writer was a lifelong dream. I reached that goal as a magazine writer in the mid-90's. After getting my MA in psych, I landed in the career field where I've been for almost 20 years. First as a vocational counselor with a nonprofit, then launching a career site, teaching communications, and working as a recruiter. My work as a resume writer combines the talents I've developed over the last 2 decades.

What is your morning ritual?

My ideal morning ritual is to read a bit (something interesting or inspiring), meditate, exercise (I love my Peloton), and catch some news while eating a healthy breakfast. Sadly, I fall off the wagon now and then, I can get caught up with the news and miss my mediation. But, I'm getting better. And that's what matters.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My ability to keep going, to overcome obstacles, in order to reach my goal. I don't discourage easily. One of the things I'll always be proud of is putting myself through college while working full time, twice. It took me almost 6 years to get my BA, but I did it. You don't know what you can accomplish until you try.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I don't know any small business owner who doesn't have a problem with work-life balance in today's 24/7 environment. It's doubly difficult when you work from a home office like me. I think of it more as a work-life blend. Yes, I've been on the phone with a client on Saturday evening once or twice. I also have the flexibility to take a day off and go into NYC (work permitting) which I wouldn't have in a corporate job. And I get to take our 2 four-legged kids to work every day.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Get training, join at least one industry association, and ask for help when you need it. Industry organizations offer courses in writing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, etc. They also have forums where members exchange ideas, ask for help and offer advice. Resume writers are a very generous community, the majority are happy to help newbies whenever they can. Most resume writers believe there's enough business for everyone so we're glad to offer encouragement and advice.

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