Jan Melnik, Thought Leadership Advisory Council

“Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.” That’s my company’s slogan, but it also reflects my attitude about the work I do in the career-management field. Since founding my practice in the early 1980s, it’s been my privilege to support many clients across an incredible range of disciplines as they navigate their own transitions and moves. And I love empowering individuals to actuate their own career goals!

I work with clients coast-to-coast throughout all facets of career management: from development of resumes and other branded career documents to creation of job-search strategies. Interview, job search, and negotiation coaching comprises a significant part of the work I do. While many of these clients are senior-level executives, I also work with those aspiring to reach the top organizational tiers. Likewise, through my C-level work, I have the opportunity to frequently coach trailing spouses as well as the children of these high-achieving clients as they prepare for college and graduate school admission and ultimately their own careers following completion of undergraduate and graduate studies.

Prior to starting my private practice, I worked in HR/staffing, public relations, and field service management for such companies as Digital Equipment Corporation, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Parker-Hannifin Corporation.

My professional designations, distinctions, and degrees include:

  • Master Resume Writer (MRW)
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Credentialed Career Master (CCM)
  • Adjunct Professor, Bay Path College
  • Master of Arts degree (Wesleyan University)
  • Bachelor of Science degree (University of Maryland)
  • Associate of Science degree (Bay Path College)

Highlights of publications and presentations:

  • Author of entrepreneurial, career management, and college books, including Executive’s Pocket Guide to ROI Resumes & Job Search, How to Start a Home-based Resume Business, and One-Hour College Application Essay.
  • Workshop and conference session presenter for meetings and conferences of the Career Thought Leaders, Career Management Alliance, Professional Association of Resume Writers, National Resume Writers Association, Western New England Business Support Services, and others.
  • Convocation and keynote speaker on career management and college admissions at libraries, universities, colleges, and high schools, including the University of Connecticut, University of Wisconsin, University of Hartford, Bay Path College, and libraries throughout Connecticut.
  • Frequently quoted expert in print and online media including USA Today, LA Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and many career sites. Regular guest (careers and college) on NBC and Fox (Connecticut affiliates); career expert on MoneyMatters radio.

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