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)

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Selected LinkedIn Recommendations

“I had four head hunters find me on LinkedIn”

Working with Kelly was a very valuable experience. She demonstrated a considerable amount of insight, expertise, and skill in updating and revamping my resume and LinkedIn profile. She asked key questions to better understand my position and field. 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., greater Los Angeles area

“The Resume Was Spot On”

Kelly’s work on my resume and LinkedIn was amazing, and her expertise on job search issues was great to have. The resume was spot on — everything I wanted to say but could never find the right words. When we first spoke, she said most clients only make a few small tweaks to their resume, and I must admit I was skeptical — only because I felt my career was too broad to really compose in one shot. I stand corrected. She nailed it. She’s fantastic at what she does. I was very excited to move into a new position earlier this year that’s a great fit for me. Thanks again, Kelly!
– Stephanie M., Orlando, Florida

“A Member of the Admissions Board Called me to Compliment me on the Professionalism and Layout of the Resume.” (edited for brevity – see full testimonial on LinkedIn)

I chose Kelly to re-write my resume for two very important tasks, the first was to add into my application for admissions into an MBA program and the second was to pursue opportunities in a managerial role …
[Kelly] spent a great amount of time with me directly either by phone or email making sure that everything she was doing for me was exactly the way I needed it to be. The end result was an excellently formatted resume that was very personal to me, my personality and my background.

Not only was I accepted into the MBA program using the resume she created for me, but a member of the admissions board called me to compliment the professionalism and layout of the resume. She even asked me for Kelly’s information! I also landed a senior management role with the same resume just a few short weeks after sending it out.
[Kelly] is a true professional and has a gift for transforming thoughts and conversations into excellently formatted words.
– Peter G., greater New York City area

“Gave Me a Better Perspective on my Career History”

“The value of working with Kelly and her team goes well beyond updating a linked in profile or resume. While they offer exceptional value in these endeavors, I found that working through [the] process gave me a better perspective on my career history as well as the surprising gem of better perspective on what I really love about my career and the aspects of it that I find most important to protect and grow. Just like working with a personal trainer – you’ll get out of it what you put into it – but choosing the right trainer can make all the difference in the speed and accuracy of your progress. I highly recommend Kelly and her team.”
– Cali T., San Luis Obispo, Calif.

“I Consider Her Services A Solid Investment”

I highly recommend Kelly’s writing services to anyone searching for a new position. Kelly is easy to work with and thorough in her preparation. I used her services for my resume and my cover letters and was very happy with the results, landing a new job within six months of hiring Kelly. I consider her services a solid investment.
– Peggy F., greater Los Angeles area

Got Two Great Jobs

I hired Kelly to revamp my resume in 2008, and shortly afterwards got a great job in a new city. Then, in 2010, when I was ready to move back to the Phoenix area, her services and products helped me again. I was thrilled to land my current job. I know Kelly’s help has contributed to my job search success!
– Ellen D., Phoenix, Arizona area

“I Would Highly Recommend Her Services to Friends and Colleagues Alike”

Kelly provided fantastic support for me when building my resume this year. I am a somewhat modest professional, so finding ways to not downplay my role in professional successes is a challenge for me. Kelly paid exceptional attention to detail, listened to my story carefully, and then compiled everything into one, succinctly worded and accurate description of my work history over the last ten years. I am grateful for her help, and I would highly recommend her services to friends and colleagues alike.
– David H., Seattle, Washington

“Best Resume Writer I Have Worked With”

Going through the resume writing process with Kelly was incredibly valuable. I walked away from it better equipped to articulate my capabilities, and it was a great confidence boost. I achieved my goal of landing a new position within the same bank. I’m now an entertainment account manager, and I couldn’t be happier. The fantastic resume made a difference in getting the job, because it presented my accomplishments and strengths so well. Kelly is the best resume writer I have worked with, and I’ve encouraged friends to invest in her services.
– Michael M., greater Los Angeles area

Got Hired for Marketing Job

I hired Kelly on short notice to help me revamp my resume and turn it around quickly. The result was the best resume I’ve ever had and getting a new marketing position the next week. Thank you Kelly!
– Stephen E., greater Los Angeles area

“Personable, Very Thorough and Professional”

I am fortunate to have met Kelly through a mutual friend. She is a pleasure to work with – personable, very thorough and professional. Kelly helped me recognize and label my personal brand and how best to market it through LinkedIn and resume writing. Working with Kelly is an investment in your future!
– Angela B., Miami, Florida

“The Experience of Working With Her Was Invaluable”

I appreciated Kelly’s approach to the process of creating my personal brand. She is inquisitive and thoughtful and a pleasure to interact with. I would recommend Kelly to anyone who is considering a job search- the experience of working with her was invaluable and yielded the results I was looking for.
– Julie E., Baltimore, Maryland area

(The above recommendations can be viewed on my LinkedIn profile, but you must be logged into your LinkedIn account to view them.)


More Testimonials

Got a New Job in Under Six Weeks

I managed to land a great job in less than six weeks, and I know the work Kelly did on my resume contributed to my success. I had great qualifications, and I was aggressive in my job search, but even the best candidates can be easily overlooked if their resume doesn’t properly communicate their qualifications.
– Michael J., Chino, CA

“I am excited to be in the workforce again.”

You had helped me with my resume some weeks ago and I just wanted to extend my gratitude to you once again. Last week I was offered a job here at Loma Linda University Medical Center. I am excited to be in the workforce again. Thank you for your help in making that a reality for me.
-M. Trott, Loma Linda, CA

Scored a Big Promotion

I was applying for a promotion, and I knew I could excel in the position if given the opportunity. However, I lacked two of the “required” qualifications for the position, and I knew my resume wasn’t up to par.

Kelly worked with me to create an amazing new resume and cover letter that clearly demonstrated the relevant knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience I bring to the table, and positioned me as a uniquely qualified candidate. I did use TheHireRoad and listened to the interview CD over and over. It gave me a really good feel for what level my responses to questions should be at. It eased my nerves.

It was a long, grueling process with multiple interviews, but I got the job! I’m now the head of my department. I don’t have the expected background for this level of position, so this was quite a feat that Kelly helped me accomplish.
– Customer in Redlands, CA

Made it Easy

The resume looks really good. And thanks for the great support and partnership. You made this easy.
– R.S., Highland, CA

“You Listen”

I was delighted to know that you took great care in my needs; it appears that you DROP everything that is a distraction and pay attention to the client. In short, you listen.
– G.M.C., Rocklin, California

Great CV

I am very satisfied with the work you have done and there is no comparison to be done with the initial CV I sent you! I thank you very much for making such a great CV for me.
– J. Dhelin, international customer

Resume and Bio Look Great

I am so grateful that my wife thought of you to do my resume. You made me look like a ‘rock star.’ The resume looks great and so does the bio.
– M. Saucedo, Redlands, CA

“Outstanding” Help

Your help with my cover letter and resume was outstanding. I do appreciate you encouraging me not to underestimate my possibilities because of my education.
– Customer in Forsyth, Georgia

Found a Job Quickly

You helped me pinpoint what facts would be helpful to include and figured out the most appealing way to present that information … and the quality of the writing was top-notch. I was able to find a job quickly, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without a strong resume. Thanks for your help!
– Bill W., Highland, Indiana

Extra Effort

Just what I had in mind! Thank you so much for your extra effort… you’re the best!
– Diane, Big Bear Lake, California



More Recommendations

Here are some recommendations people have written about me regarding other work I’ve done in the past (not resume writing):

Regarding my writing and reporting when I was a newspaper reporter…
“It was my pleasure to work with Kelly almost two years. I hired her as a reporter and never regretted it. She was always upbeat even during news crises. She had a dogged determination to get the story and strong moral and ethical fiber to ensure we got the right story. I’m sad she’s not working at a newspaper anymore because she embodies all that is right with the profession, but I’m certain she brings the same determination and principles to her new endeavors.”
– Hans Meyer, Ph.D., a former editor/general manager at Freedom High Desert newspapers, now a journalism professor at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Regarding my past writing, PR, and marketing efforts for a non-profit…
“Her writing and creativity has had a major impact on our internal and external communications. Kelly is detail-oriented and passionate about her work. She has given of her time to provide training to staff on various aspects of event planning and marketing. I would highly recommend utilizing Kelly’s services.”
– Joseph Williams, CEO of the Youth Action Project, San Bernardino, Calif.

Regarding my past writing, PR, and marketing efforts for finance company…
“Kelly is very creative and reliable and has provided our company with great ideas, innovation. She follows through with all assignments and has been a valuable addition to our marketing program.”
– Jeff Sceranka, president, Enterprise Funding Corp., and past president of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Redlands, Calif.

Regarding my academic work as a journalism student

(edited for brevity) “Kelly was one of my best students at the time and since. She was dedicated, focused and always eager for more knowledge, traits missing in most students I teach today. Kelly was at or near the top in writing and editing skills when she graduated. I would give Kelly my highest recommendation, something I don’t hand out to everyone.”
– Robert Bohle, Ph.D., journalism professor, University of North Florida, Department of Communication, Jacksonville, Fla.

“Kelly was a wonderful student who showed a commitment to excellence in all she did.”
– Berrin Beasley, Ph.D., associate journalism professor, University of North Florida, Department of Communication, Jacksonville, Fla.

Regarding my past involvement with the American Marketing Association…
“Kelly is an extraordinary communications professional. As a member of the Board of Directors for the local chapter of the American Marketing Association, I have seen many examples of her talent and have been impressed by her diligence and work ethic.”
F. Steve Fialho, MBA, Good Sense Marketing, Oak Hills, Calif.; marketing professor, the University of La Verne; and board member, American Marketing Association – Inland Empire, Riverside, Calif.

Please note: An endorsement by any of the people above is not intended to imply endorsement by their employers.

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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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My Difference

  • Recruiter Perspective
    I have an active executive recruiter for Fortune 500 companies who will review your resume before we finalize it!
  • Up-to-the-Minute
    I'm up to date on how to get you noticed on LinkedIn, as well as resume trends.
  • Comprehensive
    My team and I can equip you with everything you need!
  • Attentive
    You can call or email me at any point in your job search for advice and encouragement.