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Laurie J. Smith, CPRW


Laurie J. Smith, CPRW

Creative Keystrokes Executive Resume Service


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Laurie J. Smith, CPRW, (Certified Professional Resume Writer), JCTC (Job and Career Transition Coach), CSMCS (Certified Social Media Career Strategist) has over three decades of successful experience providing career transition services to a client base of start-up to Fortune 500 executives including Directors, VPs, SVPs, EVPs, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and CMOs. A veteran of the resume writing profession from the early days, Laurie's was one of the first resume services to successfully make the transition to remote and online service over two decades ago.

Laurie has worked with executives from some of the largest companies in the world, including Oracle, Ford Motor Company, Google, Deloitte, Apple, Microsoft, and many others. She also has extensive experience assisting military and government executives in making the transition from public service to the commercial sector, including a former head of the U.S. Coast Guard, a multiple-term former Congressman, and Directors of Federal agencies.

Laurie's industry contributions have included serving two terms as a member of PARW's (Professional Association of Resume Writers) Certification Board and as a judge for its international resume writing competitions, and selection for participation on a special task force reviewing ethics standards for the NRWA's (National Resume Writers Association) Ethics and By-Laws Committee. Her work has been published in a variety of career books. She maintains a widely read Executive Resumes Blog on her website, and also publishes articles regularly on LinkedIn.


As a certified executive resume writer and LinkedIn profile writer, I truly specialize in executive resumes--my clientele is 98% executive-level. I thoroughly enjoy crafting career documentation with the sizzle that gets Director to C-Level Executive candidates noticed. Proven results have garnered a loyal following who return for additional assistance as their careers advance, and these results have also consistently prompted referrals for service from retained recruiters.

Leveraging a discerning eye for attractive, organized, and effective presentations, I strive to produce self-marketing materials with the SIZZLE that gets results! I continually research the latest executive resume and LinkedIn profile writing techniques as well as job market, hiring, and executive recruiting trends, to give YOU the competitive edge.

My clients frequently comment that my service is refreshing and confidence-instilling, in that they are treated as a unique, valued customer in a collaborative relationship -– not #527478 in a resume mill. Together we’ll customize your executive resume, LinkedIn profile, executive bio, or other career documents to reflect your proven skills and capabilities, demonstrated accomplishments, and potential contributions, crafting the presentation to ensure maximum impact.

To learn more about my services and view interview-winning executive resume samples, visit my website or contact me via the form on this page.


Career Articles



  • LinkedIn Guide for Executives: Leveraging LinkedIn Effectively in Executive Job Search and Career Management, Author
  • Cover Letter Magic, Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, JistWorks, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, Contributor
  • 101 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Career, Wendy Enelow, McGraw-Hill, Contributor
  • Executive Job Search for $100,000 to $1 Million+ Jobs, Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, Impact Publications, Contributor
  • Career Planning and Adult Development Network Journal - Annual Book Review Edition, Review Writer
  • The $100,000 Resume, Craig Rice, McGraw-Hill, Contributor (supplied all resume examples)
  • "The Scoop on Resume Length: How Many Pages Should Your Resume Be?" Katherine Hansen, LiveCareer.com, Interviewed as Resume Expert
  • "How to Look Good on Paper," Washingtonian Magazine, Washington, DC, Interviewed as Resume Expert
  • Trying to Game the System with Keywords in Your Resume? Not a Good Idea, LinkedIn Article
  • Your Executive Resume and Modern ATS Systems, LinkedIn Article
  • How to Identify and Connect with Hiring Managers, LinkedIn Article
  • Cultivating Good References -- And What You Can Do About a Bad One, LinkedIn Article
  • How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions, LinkedIn Article
  • What to Leave Out of Your Executive Resume, LinkedIn Article
  • SEO Your Executive Resume with Keywords, LinkedIn Article
  • Top 25 Mistakes I See on Executive Resumes, LinkedIn Article
  • Why You Should Always Have an Up-to-Date Executive Resume, LinkedIn Article

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