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!

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