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Spotlight Series: Meet Career Empowerment Coach Melanie Denny


1. Tell us a bit about yourself

My passion and purpose is to help others to see themselves as more. That has manifested itself in my work and my personal life, but I particularly enjoy coaching brilliant corporate women (“brilliant professionistas” as I like to call them) on how to stop settling and finally land the high-level positions they deserve. I am the President of Resume-Evolution which is a premiere resume writing service that also offers LinkedIn profile optimization and training. I also recently started a mentoring program for new resume writers who are eager to build a thriving resume business. On a more personal note, I was born in Barbados, grew up in Detroit and spent my entire adult life in Florida. I absolutely love the sun (I’m an island girl). I have a 6-year-old son and a set of boy/girl twins that just turned 1.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

I got my first job at 14. I have no idea how I got it, but it was in food services. I quit after 2 days. I knew from that point that I wasn’t meant to work a job for a living. I couldn’t fathom the idea that someone else made the rules for my life. You mean these people decide when I eat, when I can be sick, take a break or go on vacation? I was meant for much, much more. Plus, I have control issues and a problem with authority LOL…I guess I’m somewhat of a rebel. I firmly believe entrepreneurship was my destiny.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

Even after quitting my first job, I still went on ‘job hopping’ trying to find my thing. Needless to say, nothing stuck. I was busy looking for other ways to start a business (typing papers, tutoring, Mary Kay, Melaleuca – you name it!).

Meanwhile, writing was my jam. Even as a child, I would write everything from poems to short stories and everything in between. While I was in college, my best friend needed a resume, so she sent it to me. I re-wrote it for her and it worked well. Then I did my boyfriend’s, and then my own. Hell, I started buying books to learn more about it as I continued doing resumes for everyone I knew – for zero dollars!

It wasn’t until one guy told me I was good enough to charge that I raised a suspicious eyebrow. I told him, “resume writing isn’t a “thing.” Well, I went to Google and low and behold: there was an entire industry of folks charging out the ying yang for resume writing services. Welp, I put up a website, got certified and started charging $35 a pop. LOL.

This gig actually stuck. Almost 10 years later, I’m still helping folks to sell themselves on ‘virtual’ paper. I love it when they get excited about their resume and feel confident about their work history. It’s something people tend to haphazardly do because they have to. There’s not a lot of emphasis on self-marketing. Think about it…who taught us this stuff??

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

I would tell my younger self to enjoy and appreciate the journey. And that everything you’re going through is a life lesson and will serve as armor for the next challenge. And don’t be so hard on yourself. You are amazing in your own right.

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

In 5 years I will be a well-known career empowerment speaker who travels all over the world teaching groups of brilliant women how to articulate their value, own their worth, sell their value!

Stay Connected with Melanie!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/careercoachmelanieldenny/

Facebook: facebook.com/melaniedennycareercoach

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/melanieldenny


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