Achieving My 2011 Business Goals … & 4 Industry Awards Along the Way

Well, I did it. I achieved 4 of my biggest personal and business goals this year. Only took 10 months, but I did it.

Early in 2011, I decided I wanted to achieve 4 things in my executive resume writing/career coaching business this year:

  1. Complete a top-notch resume writing certification. Although I possess nearly 30 years of experience, before this year I wasn’t industry-certified.
  2. Increase my LinkedIn knowledge. LinkedIn is the job search tool these days; I wanted to build expertise in it so I could write powerful LinkedIn profiles and provide LinkedIn coaching to my clients.
  3. Earn at least 1 TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry) nomination. The TORI awards are the resume writing “Oscars” – a global resume writing contest designed to identify and reward best-in-class resume writers.
  4. Win at least 1 TORI Award. Earning a TORI nomination is fantastic, but winning first, second, or third place in a writing category is exceptional – you wouldn’t believe the talent one has to beat even to win third-place.

So how’d I do? Check this out:

  • Earned my ACRW. The most prestigious resume writing certification in my industry is the ACRW – Academy-Certified Resume Writer, meaning I was trained by resume writing gurus Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark. Even more important, though, is what happened after I completed the course – I was hand-picked by Wendy and Louise to write resumes for their personal clients and for clients of That blew me away.
  • Completed the first LinkedIn-related certification for the resume writing industry. That’s the COPNS, Certified Online Professional Networking Strategist credential, taught by LinkedIn expert Jason Alba through The Academies. This program propelled my LinkedIn knowledge to a whole new level.
  • Honored with 4 TORI nominations. I entered 5 resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles for consideration; 4 were nominated as best-in-class examples of resume writing. How cool is that?
  • Awarded 4 TORI awards. I was hoping for 1 award; I was blessed with 4. How awesome is that?
    • Best Creative Resume: 1st Place
    • Best New Graduate Resume: 1st Place
    • Best Executive Resume: 3rd Place
    • Best LinkedIn Profile: 3rd Place

These awards and certifications are wonderful, no doubt about that. But at the end of the day, what I am most proud of is staying focused on and achieving my goals throughout 2011. That’s the best I’ve ever done at the whole New Year’s resolution thing and I sincerely hope it bodes well for 2012.

Here’s to achieving your goals!