Kelly Donovan
Principal, Kelly Donovan & Associates
  • LinkedIn strategist & profile writer
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC)
  • Outplacement provider
  • Speaker & trainer
  • Globally recognized work (TORI nominee)

I help execs leave jobs that aren't fun anymore and land their dream jobs!

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Recent Media Mentions

I’m frequently quoted as a career expert in articles appearing in/on media and websites such as Forbes, Fast Company, New York Post, Detroit Free Press,, Cincinnati Enquirer, CareerBuilder, Yahoo! Finance, and many more.
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New York Post — Sept. 25, 2017
These Job Recruiters are Judging You by Your Outfits

Moneyish — Sept. 18, 2017
10 Qualities Hiring Managers Say You Must Have to Land that Job — Aug. 11, 2017
4 LinkedIn Tips for Elevating Your Executive Brand

Forbes — May 28, 2017
Why You Should Consider Working for a Small Company

The Balance – Legal Careers — May 15, 2017
How to Write an Effective Resume if You’re Over 40

Daily Worth — Nov. 2, 2015
How to Stop Working Full Time — Nov. 2, 2015
3 Places to Use Keywords in Your Job Search — Sept. 22, 2015
How to Use LinkedIn: When to Accept or Decline an Invitation

Business News Daily — Aug. 17, 2015
Career Confusion? 9 Tips for Choosing Between Job Offers — July 2015
“The 7 Most Important Skills for Retail Managers” — June 30, 2015
“How to Get the Job When You’re Overqualified” — May 19, 2015
“4 Ways Retail Job Seekers Can Increase Their Odds of Getting Hired”

CareerBuilder Canada — April 20, 2015
“Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Career Change” — April 21, 2015
Cover Letter DOs and DON’Ts

Detroit Free Press, et al. — Nov. 30, 2014
Maximize Your Next Networking Event (PDF download)
CareerBuilder article appearing in 24 U.S. newspapers.

“Should You Add an Objective to Your Resume?”    — December 17, 2013
“Do You Need a Mentor to Have a Successful Career?”

YouTern — March 26, 2013
3 Tips to Turn Job Hopping into a Positive”

BrandeBlog — Jan. 14, 2013
This Week’s Most Important HR Tweets

MSN Careers / CareerBuilder — Nov. 20, 2012
“It’s Time to Change Your Job Search Strategy If…”

Reno Gazette-Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, et al. — May 20, 2012
Pack Your Resume for Success  (PDF Download)
CareerBuilder article appearing in 8 U.S. newspapers

MSN Careers / CareerBuilder — May 8, 2012
“What You Can Learn from Not Getting the Job”

Fast Company — April 23, 2012
“10 Ways to Craft Your Resume for Ultra-Short Attention Spans” – slide show
I’m quoted on two of the slides in the slide show.

The News Journal, et al. — March, 2012
Resume Boosters for Job Seekers (PDF download)
CareerBuilder article appearing in 9 U.S. newspapers Legal Careers — Spring 2012
Resume Tips for Older Workers

CareerBliss — January 2012
Master the Over-the-Phone Job Interview

Resume Writers’ Digest / Squidoo
Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search
“Why You Need a ‘Complete’ LinkedIn Profile” — November 2011
Resume Not Getting Results? Here Are a Few Common Mistakes


Past media contributions have included writing articles as a reporter for the Daily Press and Desert Dispatch newspapers, two daily papers in Southern California–with some articles being picked up by the Associated Press wire; and writing for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida.


Blog Articles

Blog Posts on Tim’s Strategy (career blog):

Six Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Career with Burned Bridges
By Kelly Donovan, June 2013

Why You Need a Mentor and How to Get One
By Kelly Donovan, May 2013

Three Steps to Landing Your Public Relations Dream Job
By Kelly Donovan, April 2013

Secrets for Using Industry Groups in Job Search
By Kelly Donovan, March 2013

Three Ways to Get Known in Your Field
By Kelly Donovan, Feb. 2013

Five Ways to Get the Most from LinkedIn in 2013
By Kelly Donovan, Jan. 2013




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"I had four headhunters find me on LinkedIn and contact me, and my resume did a great job of showing what I can bring to a company. I'm very excited to be starting my new job. I highly recommend Kelly's services and will be referring friends to her." -Phil F., Director of Business Development, Los Angeles area (via LinkedIn)

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