Michelle Dumas Elected 2017 President of The NRWA

The National Resume Writers’ Association Selects Founder of Distinctive Career Services President-Elect and Ethics Chair for 2016.

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Wakefield, NH, USA — Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, has been elected President of the The National Resume Writer’s Association (NRWA) for 2017. In the interim, she will serve The NWRA as President Elect and Ethics Chair beginning January 1, 2016.

The NRWA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the support of professional resume writers. The Association is responsible for increasing market visibility for resume writers, promoting standards of excellence and best practices, and providing peer marketing, training, and certification. Michelle has been an active member of The NRWA since shortly after its inception in 1997. Michelle has served on the The NRWA Certification Commission, has been a member of the Certification Commission Advisory Board for seven years, and has most recently served two terms on the Board of Directors as Director of Industry, Experienced Business Owners. She has also been a speaker at The NRWA annual conferences.

“Since inception, The NRWA has been an important force for creating standards and best practices for professional resume writers,” said Dumas. “I am honored to have been elected and look forward to continuing to work with my peers to develop a plan of action that will promote the continued growth and success of The NRWA. Working together, we can continue to promote the highest ethical standards for our profession, and continue to cultivate new benefits for our members.”

A large percentage of The NRWA members are self-employed or small business owners. Other members work in state employment offices, college placement offices, and military placement offices. The members are committed to professional development and many have earned professional credentials. The NRWA offers its own certification and education programs, including the Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credential.

Michelle is one of only a handful of professional resume writers to hold both Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials. She also is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS). Michelle also has credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

Michelle created Distinctive Career Services to offer a range of career support services to executives, including resume writing, cover letter writing, Linkedin profile development, job search assistance, personal branding strategies, and more. All the firm’s services are tailored to each job seeker’s needs and are highly customized.

In addition to founding Distinctive Career Services, Michelle is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples” and “Secrets of a Successful Job Search.” She also is a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search. Michelle works personally with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

About Distinctive Career Services

Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and include working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

Distinctive Career Services Adds Federal Resume Writing to Job Search Support Services

Government Career Experts Help Job Seekers Package Their Expertise for Placement in the Federal Job Market.

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Wakefield, New Hampshire, USA (March 25, 2015) — Distinctive Career Services, LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, has added a new resume writing service specifically designed for professionals seeking a career with the federal government. The new federal resume writing services are designed to assist job seekers in highlighting and promoting the unique skills and qualifications required to be considered for work in the federal sector.

There are millions of civilian jobs and the federal government is seeking new talent all the time, but few professionals understand what it takes to navigate the federal job application process, including what hiring managers look for in a resume.

On average, there are 250 resumes submitted for every job opening. That means an applicant has 15 seconds or less to stand out. In addition, government agencies require detailed resumes that include elements not typical in resumes written for the private sector. The resulting three- to five-page federal resume must also be structured in a prescribed format. If a federal job candidate does not follow the application instructions and can’t immediately demonstrate he or she has the right expertise and the right credentials then their resume will never be considered. That’s why Distinctive Career Services has created as specialized practice for government job seekers staffed by experts experienced in federal resume writing.

“Every job market has unique requirements and that’s especially true for federal workers,” said Michelle Dumas, founder and Executive Director of Distinctive Career Services. “It’s essential to highlight specific skills and qualifications, such as veteran status, language skills, and security clearance. Federal job screeners are looking for very specific qualifications, and our team of resume experts know what those criteria are based on years of experience. If you are looking for a job with the government we can help you demonstrate that you have the right qualifications to rise above the crowd.”

In addition to federal resume writing, Dumas and the team of career professionals at Distinctive Career Services offer a wide range of career support services, including cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies. Dumas herself holds both Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials, and is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

For more information about Distinctive Career Services’ federal resume writing program, visit http://www.distinctiveweb.com/resume-services/federal-resume-writing.

About Distinctive Career Services
Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

Michelle Dumas Wins Three “Toast of the Resume” Awards, Including First Place for Best IT Resume

CDI Recognizes Distinctive Career Services Founder With TORI Awards for Information Technology, Executive, and Healthcare/Medical Resumes.

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Somersworth, NH, USA (November 26, 2014) — Career Directors International (CDI) has recognized Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, with three Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) awards for 2014. Dumas was singled out with a First Place award for Best Information Technology Resume, a Third Place Award for Best Executive Resume, and a Third Place Award for Best Healthcare/Medical Resume.

Every year, CDI hosts the TORI resume writing competition to promote excellence in the professional career services industry. The TORI is considered the premier annual writing competition. This year CDI received more than 200 entries from around the globe.

“Career Directors International is working hard to promote new standards of excellence in the career coaching and resume business and the TORI competition has become a global contest that attracts the best in business,” said Dumas. “I am delighted to have been singled out by my peers in three TORI award categories. Acknowledgement from your peers is truly a validation of your capabilities.”

Dumas is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples” and “Secrets of a Successful Job Search,” as well as a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search strategies. Dumas also personally works with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

Dumas and the team of career professionals at Distinctive Career Services offer a wide range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies. Dumas holds both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials, and is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

About Distinctive Career Services
Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

Distinctive Career Services Founder Michelle Dumas Expands Resume Writing Expertise at The NRWA Conference

Training at The National Resume Writers’ Association Annual Career Conference Provides Valuable Insight into New Techniques to Ensure Job Search Success.

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Somersworth, NH, USA (September 28, 2014) — Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, has expanded her resume development skills at The National Resume Writers’ Association Annual Conference held in Denver earlier this month. By joining with experts in resume writing, Dumas has perfected some of the latest techniques that have been proven to be most effective for job seekers in an increasingly competitive job market.

Dumas serves clients nationwide with resume writing and career marketing services. At The NRWA conference she received advanced training in the latest techniques, issues, and technologies affecting the careers industry from recognized industry leaders. The NRWA annual conference is the leading training event for resume writers, career coaches, and educational institution placement professionals.

Training provided during the annual event includes:

• Job seeker branding strategies that distinguish candidates in resume and career documents.
• How to customize resumes for clients at various stages of their career, including career change, executive placement, job market newcomers, and military-transition clients.
• Techniques to optimize resumes for ATS (applicant tracking system) processing.
• The latest social media trends and techniques to help job seekers increase exposure.

“The career services market is not static and there are new tools and techniques being perfected continuously to address the latest changes in the job market,” said Dumas. “Training at The NRWA conference helps professionals stay current with proven resume and job search tactics so we can help shorten the job search for our clients.”

A member of The NRWA Board of Directors and The NRWA Certification Advisory Board, Dumas is one of a handful of professional resume writers who holds both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials. Dumas is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC). Her career consultancy, Distinctive Career Services, offers a range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies.

In addition to founding Distinctive Career Services, Dumas is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples” and “Secrets of a Successful Job Search,” and a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search. Dumas also works personally with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

About Distinctive Career Services

Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

Michelle Dumas Nominated in Four Award Categories for CDI’s “Toast of the Resume” Industry Award

Distinctive Career Services Founder Recognized for Her Resume Writing Prowess for Executives, Technology, Finance, and Healthcare.

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Somersworth, NH, USA (September 28, 2014) — Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, has been nominated as a finalist in four resume writing categories for the Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) competition. Hosted each year by Career Directors International (CDI), the TORI is the premier resume writing competition created to promote excellence in the professional career services industry.

Dumas has been nominated as a finalist in four different resume writing categories:

• Best Accounting and Finance Resume
• Best Information Technology (IT) Resume
• Best Executive Resume
• Best Healthcare/Medical Resume

TORI winners will be announced prior to the CDI 2014 Global Career Empowerment Summit scheduled to be held in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18.

“The career coaching and resume business has become increasingly competitive, and contests like the TORI help maintain a standard of excellence that clients have come to count on,” said Dumas. “Being nominated for any one TORI category is honor enough, but I am thrilled to have been selected for four resume writing categories. There is no reward like recognition from other professionals.”

Dumas and the team of career professionals at Distinctive Career Services offer a range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies. Dumas is one of a handful of professional resume writers who holds both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials. Dumas is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

Dumas also is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples” and “Secrets of a Successful Job Search,” as well as a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search. Dumas works personally with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

About Distinctive Career Services
Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

Michelle Dumas, Founder of Distinctive Career Services, Now Trained as SEO+ Social Networking Strategist

Google+ SEO Training Will Help Job Seekers Build a Stronger Online Presence and Promote Their Personal Brand.

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Somersworth, NH, USA (July 31, 2014) — Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC (http://www.distinctiveweb.com) career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, has completed training as an SEO+ Social Networking Strategist by The Academies, a career coaching certification training group for human resource, employment services, and recruiting professionals.

With the designation as an SEO+ Social Networking Strategist, Dumas has proven competence in the use of the latest Google+ and social media tactics on behalf of her career clients. Google+ grew 58 percent and now has more than 500 million active users by the close of 2013, making it an important tool to be incorporated in an online career management strategy. To earn designation as an SEO+ Social Networking Strategist requires candidates to complete a six-week training course covering the inner workings of Google+ and how to apply the social network to aid job seekers. The course includes tips for developing a compelling Google+ profile, how to organize information for more targeted interaction, and how to build online engagement.

“Social media is becoming increasingly important in job search strategy,” said Dumas. “For some time now we’ve been assisting our clients with promoting their personal brand and building an online identity, with an emphasis on optimizing LinkedIn profiles. Google+ has a huge base of engaged users and is playing a more important role in a comprehensive social media job search strategy. With this new training we will now be able to help our clients incorporate Google+ along with other social media channels as key components in managing their online presence and landing their next job.”

Distinctive Career Services offers a range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, Linkedin profile writing, job search assistance, personal branding strategies, and more. All the firm’s services are tailored to each job seeker’s needs and are highly customized.

In addition to managing Distinctive Career Services, Dumas is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples,” “Secrets of a Successful Job Search,” and a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search. Dumas also works personally with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

Dumas is one of a handful of professional resume writers to hold both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials. Dumas also is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC). She holds a degree from the University of New Hampshire.

About Distinctive Career Services

Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com