- University of Central MissouriB.M.E. Education
- University of Central MissouriB.M. Vocal Performance
Karen's desire for continuing education, and active status in resume and career industry organizations are well represented by her multiple certifications, memberships, and variety of professional credits.
"When making their choice for a career coach or resume writer, I believe people will gravitate towards those who continue to excel within their profession. If I expect clients to trust my advice, then I need to continually educate myself in all facets of this business, and maintain presence in the forefront of my industry."
Karen believes that the greatest reward she receives from her work is "helping clients that are frustrated and disheartened in today’s highly technical job search or in the throes of career transition to realize their professional goals and dreams," and that "developing the client relationship, is all-important to garner the necessary information for a successful resume or coaching experience."
Karen originally pursued a career path in opera performance, vocal education, and choral directing but experienced her own career transition into Human Resources, eventually finding true vocational fulfillment in resume development and career coaching. Presently, though she first envisioned performing on the world stage, Karen now serves as director, and facilitates her clients’ next career act!
Certified Master Resume Specialist – Association of Online Resume & Career Professionals
Certified Advanced Resume Writer – Career Directors International (formerly PRWRA)
Certified Career Management Coach – Career Coach Academy
Certified Electronic Career Coach – Career Directors International (formerly PRWRA)
Certified Employment Interview Professional – Professional Association of Resume Writers
Certified Career Transition and Assessments Coach – CareerIntel
Certified CareerIntel Affiliate – CareerIntel
360º Reach Personal Brand Assessment Certification
Certified Print Coach – Hertz-Reeder Print Strategies, LLC/The Paul Hertz Group, Inc.
CHARTER & FOUNDING MEMBERSHIPS
Founding Member of Association of Online Career & Resume Professionals
Founding Member of International Association of Coaches
Charter Member of Career Director’s International / Professional Resume Writing and Research Association
Charter Member of Career Management Alliance / Career Masters Institute
Member of Association of Career Professionals International
Member of National Resume Writers' Association
Member of Career Director’s International
Member of 24-7Coaching.com
Member of Association of Coaching and Consulting Professionals on the Web
Member of National Association for Female Executives
Member of CoachVille Institute
Member of CoachVille University Network
Member of Kansas City Resume Writers' Alliance
Member of LifeVille Network
Non-Member Consultant for Independent Consultants Association
16+ Years Experience in Resume Development and Career Coaching
President and Executive Board Member, Association of Online Resume & Career Professionals
International Coach for “Get Hired Now” Program
Author – Breakthrough Cover Letter Creator, 2006
Author – Breakthrough Cover Letter Generator, 2006
CDI-PRWRA Region 7 Representative, 2002 – 2005
CDI-PRWRA Mentorship Support-Program Mentor, 2003 – Present
2003 Membership Chairperson, Kansas City Chapter - ACPI
Career Masters Institute Member Advisory Committee
NRWA Resume Writers' Toolbox Contributor
Speaker for local Corporations, Libraries, Organizations, and Charities
Winner of 2002/2003 TORI Award
Nominated for 2003/2004 TORI Award
Nominated for 3-2002/2003 TORI Awards
2000 PRWRA Best Cover Letter Award, International Competition, 3rd Place
Licensee and Instructor for “Get Clients Now” Program
Published in Online and In-Print Professional Journals
Published in multiple “Knock ‘em Dead” Resume and Cover Letter books
Published in "America's Top Resumes for America's Top Jobs"
Published in "Best College Resumes-Jump Start Your Career"
- A+ Career & Resume, LLCResume Writer, Career Coach, and Personal Branding Expert, 1999 - present