Writing Samples

I have personally written more than 2,000 professional resumes and career-related documents, and have reviewed many thousands more over the last 20 years. This page collects selected sample resumes I have created for clients.

Certifications

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC): Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)

Career Directors International:  Certified Professional – Online Job Search and Reputation Management

My Clients

My Clients page contains a selected list of the types of jobs I have written for many clients over the years. You will be surprised at the variety of industries represented!

My Resume

Irene Marshall: Resume

My resume is written with a clear strategy to make a statement on who I am, the services I provide, areas of expertise, work experience, and credentials. The resume has a structure with different sections.

  • My “headline” is “Career Services Professional.”
  • Four certifications are part of my credentials.
  • Areas of expertise are the general services I provide for people.
  • Corporate roles: These outline my work history, including my current role as a resume writer and coach.
  • Business ownership: This describes several separate family businesses I have co-managed with my husband.
  • Education and Affiliations: More of my credentials.

My Bio

Irene Marshall: Executive Bio

My executive bio has been incorporated into business proposals and listings of participants for multiple writing and coaching programs sponsored by companies and organizations. An abbreviated version has been used to introduce me for speaking engagements.

 

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Story-Based Writing Samples

Fountain Pen Writing on Paper

President / Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

This client moved from a successful sales management role into an executive position as the President of a division of a major financial services company. He was ready to take on the same role for an entire business. He is now CEO at a cloud-based document management services company.

Vice President of Sales (with Addendum)

This client has had an exceptional career in sales, currently a Vice President with oversight of 400 sales managers and representatives. But she also has a leadership role outside of her job, including advocacy for community college education. We set up a separate ADDENDUM to highlight those activities.

Vice President of Marketing, eCommerce

This client had extensive experience as VP of Marketing with special expertise in eCommerce. His original resume did not showcase his significant contributions for each of his employers. His new resume uses blue bands of color to highlight his measurable accomplishments.

Vice President – Director – Linda Bridges

The challenge for Linda’s resume was to organize so many accomplishments and her unique ability to achieve bottom-line results.

Design Director – Jonathan Perez

Jonathan’s career had included very complex work with a lot of stories. We used an effective format for storytelling: C-C-A-R which is “Context – Challenge – Action – Results”

Education Executive

This client had a remarkable career as an education administrator. He provided campus, district and state leadership, and was fully committed to providing the best education possible for public school children. He managed districts as large as 30,000 students who were attending 1,500 schools.

Education – Assistant School Principal

This elementary school teacher worked at a religious school where she was responsible for both religious and secular teaching. She wanted to stay in education, but in a different role. She earned her Masters in Education Administration, and is now the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at another religious school.

Entry-Level Supply Chain Management and Logistics – Clayton Smith

This young man did not really have much relevant work experience. So we built out his final Eagle Scout project as if he had done the work in a corporate job.

Second Career Cover Letter

This 75-year old gentleman contacted me, saying that all of his friends had died or retired, but he was ready to start something new. He was the owner of a residential construction firm for 50 years. After working with me, he moved into a role of Administrator at an assisted living facility after his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he could no longer take care of her at home.

Skills-Based Writing Samples

Laptop Computer with Charts and Numbers

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) / Controller

This client was an extremely qualified CFO / Controller because he had experience in so many aspects of finance and accounting. We set the writing strategy for the resume to be read by a Board of Directors. They needed an “at-a-glance” understanding what he could do.

Manager Project Program Policy – Government – Lauren Jones

This client really liked her job in city government. The programs she developed had a real impact for the local economy.

Consultant

This client was an executive consultant whose experience was very broad. She had worked in the government, business and nonprofit sectors. One of her clients needed to include information on her for a proposal that was being submitted. So we had to update the resume she was using at the time.

CPA – Brad O’Conner

Brad had been at his firm for many years. He was ready to look for a new job but needed a resume that organized his experience for an at-a-glance presentation.

Events Manager

This client was a Flight Attendant with a small, boutique charter airline. The VIP passengers were well-known politicians, entertainers, sports teams, and corporate executives. She had worked on more than 300 flights, so we positioned each flight as an “event.” A global law firm valued her discretion and experience satisfying high-profile, sometimes demanding people, so they hired her as an Events Manager.

Interior Design Project Manager

This client was really versatile in the field of interior design. He was creative and he had many ideas about how to make space beautiful and functional. He was knowledgeable about the technical side of the work. And he knew how to run a business. Many people can do part of this, but he could do it all!

Accounts Payable Manager

A company contacted me because they had to lay off a good employee who had been with the company for 24 years. She was very nervous. They paid for outplacement services with Tools for Transition so we could build her resume from scratch. She gained a lot of confidence by getting a true understanding of the contributions she had made to the company over time.

District Sales Manager

This top-producing District Sales Manager transitioned from an office equipment company to another one that provides technology solutions for the construction industry. He was hired for his strong sales and management experience, even though he had no construction industry experience.

Entry-Level Financial Analyst

This young man had just graduated from college with a degree in Finance. He was ready to start his career. He picked Finance as his major because it was interesting and he did well in class. He also knew that there is a lot of potential for career growth. He is now working as a Credit Analyst at a credit union.

Technical Project Manager Cover Letter

My client had been a Product Manager for many years in the Austin, Texas area. She was laid off from her previous position and took a contract job to carry her over. She was now looking for a permanent position as a full-time employee.

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