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.
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 CertifiedCareerCoaches.com | CertifiedResumeWriters.com) 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.LEARN MORE ABOUT TCE
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