Maria’s Story

I don’t believe in giving up.




I became a mom at a very young age. Although difficult at times, those years made me the person I am today. I was only 16 when I had Maria Elana—as a junior in high school who only knew to go to school and work, and who suddenly had to make the best life for her daughter.

I refused to become a teenage-mom statistic, quitting school and relying on the state to take care of us. I was determined to prove to myself and to my parents that I could graduate from high school and college. I took it one step further and earned two degrees—AS and BBA from Davenport University (formerly Davenport College of Business).

Most importantly, I committed to do it because I wanted to provide the best life I could for Little Maria. With God’s grace giving me the strength to move forward, I am forever grateful.


I never really believed in love at first sight…

When Maria Elana was 13 years old, at my best friend’s wedding, I met Joe. I never really believed in love at first sight, but it was for us, and I thank God every day for bringing us together.

Joe and I were engaged within 6 months of meeting and were married in June 1995. Today, Maria Elana is married and has three boys! 🙂  Joe and I keep very busy with our daughters Therese, Victoria, Aevah and pup Dakota who keeps us all entertained!

Maria & Girls

A Great Discovery

At the time, I worked for the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC). A local steel mill had recently closed and many workers were claiming unemployment. It was when I attended a workshop on ways to help people to find employment where I learned for the first time about resume services.

My curiosity about the topic led me to the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC), through which I discovered that I could become certified in resume writing. Many writers had home-based businesses, an idea I had tossed around with Joe after deciding that I would stay home to raise our children.

It seemed a perfect fit!

The Career Experts (formerly | was born in December 2000. I vowed to establish credibility as a resume writing expert before starting my resume writing business by becoming certified through the PARW/CC’s certification program.

At the time, I was pregnant with my daughter Aevah and working for the MESC. A few months after Aevah was born  I became a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and in 2002, I earned my Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC) credential.



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