Susan Whitcomb

You were designed to live a life of significance, security, and success! The vehicle to make that happen is coaching — the unique art of increasing your capacity for awareness, optimism, and action.

As founder and CEO of The Academies, I’ve devoted my life to helping people see the possibilities for pursuing their purpose, without sacrificing their paychecks! The Academies is a suite of organizations that trains and certifies career coaches, job search strategists, and leadership coaches globally. Under the banner of Career Coach Academy, hundreds have earned their credentials as a Certified Career Management Coach. Job Search Academy, led by Director Beverly Harvey, offers the designation of Certified Job Search Strategist; while Leadership Coach Academy, led by Director Nancy Branton, offers the designation of Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach and Certified EQ Career Strategist.

My own career has followed a multichannel strategy, with roles as motivational speaker, author, executive coach, corporate trainer, mentor coach, career management expert, and resume writer. In every role, I am an advocate for blending the “mindset” (your perspectives, resiliency, optimism) and “mechanics” (the strategy, tools, trends, and resources for networking, promotion, job search, resumes, and so on) that are necessary to truly thrive in one’s career.

Colleagues have called their coach training experiences with me “transformational,” a term I am humbled by. I’ve also been labeled “prolific,” based on several voluminous books I’ve authored.

My professional certifications include:

  • Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation)
  • Certified Career Management Coach (Career Coach Academy)
  • Certified Job Search Strategist (Job Search Academy)
  • Master Resume Writer (Career Management Alliance)
  • Nationally Certified Resume Writer (National Resume Writers’ Association)
  • Certified Professional Christian Coach (Christian Coaches Network)
  • Certified Life Coach (Institute for Life Coach Training)

Publications and professional distinctions:

  • Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (now in its 4th Edition) (JIST)
  • Interview Magic: Job Interview Secrets from America’s Career and Life Coach (2nd Edition) (JIST)
  • Job Search Magic: Insider Secrets from America’s Career and Life Coach (JIST)
  • eResumes: Everything You Need to Know (McGraw-Hill)
  • 30-Day Job Promotion: Build a Powerful Promotion Plan in a Month (JIST)
  • The Christian’s Career Journey: Finding the Job God Designed for You (JIST)
  • Frequently called on by the media as an expert in all-things career, I have been quoted in Fortune, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, major career portals, and an abundance of blogs and career sites.

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