Executive Resume Writer, LinkedIn Profile Writer, and Job Search Coach

Kelly Donovan, CPRW, CHJMC, NCOPE – Principal of Kelly Donovan & Associates

Kelly Donovan

My Story

I started my business in 2007 after helping friends and family members with their resumes and realizing that I was good at helping them, and also enjoyed doing it. After gaining some momentum, I left my day job to be self-employed full time in 2008, and I never looked back!

Since then, I’ve gained substantial training in career development topics, and I’ve continued to improve the value I offer my clients. My business has evolved as the job market has evolved, and staying on the leading edge has always been a major differentiator from my competitors.

I joined LinkedIn in 2006, prior to starting my business, and began recommending it to my clients at a time when few of them had heard of it. I started learning as much as I could about LinkedIn and soon began to include LinkedIn profile writing and training as a complement to my resume writing services.

After observing how many of my clients struggled with using new and existing relationships to get their foot in the door at target companies, I earned my certification as a Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC) through the Career Thought Leaders Consortium. This program added more tools to my toolkit for helping job seekers.

My prior career history has also been helpful for working with clients. After earning my B.A. in communications, I worked as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter, which helped me develop strong interviewing and writing abilities that now come in handy for interviewing clients and writing compelling content for them.

After three years in journalism, I made a slight career change and went to work at a small marketing and PR firm, where I became its manager. This gave me a taste of both sides of the hiring process, helping me understand the challenges and perspectives of both job seekers and employers.

Media Coverage

My business has been featured on Face the Truth, a CBS talk show televised throughout the U.S., and I’ve been quoted in articles appearing in/on Forbes, Fast Company, Money Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur, New York Post, Detroit Free Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many others. See my most media coverage and contributions here.

Book Contributions

My work has been featured in popular career books available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other booksellers:

  • Resumes for Dummies, 8th Ed. (Wiley, 2019) and 7th ed. (Wiley, 2015) by Laura DeCarlo
  • Modernize Your Job Search Letters: Get Noticed … Get Hired (Emerald Career Publishing, 2016) by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark
  • Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 4th ed. (JIST, 2012) by David F. Noble
  • 101 Great Ways to Compete in Today’s Job Market (Self Improvement Online Inc., 2013) by Michelle A. Riklan and David Riklan


  • Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE).  This is a certification in LinkedIn strategy and profile writing through the National Resume Writers’ Association. I completed an extensive training program and received 100% on my final exam.
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).  I received this credential from the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) after passing an exam that tests knowledge of employment topics and resume writing ability. (To verify my credential, visit this page on PARW/CC’s website and search for me by my last name.)
  • Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC).  I earned this credential through the Career Thought Leaders Consortium after completing an extensive course covering job search strategies, coaching approaches, and structuring of services to help candidates land faster.

Industry Recognition

My work was nominated for an international resume writing award in 2013. A resume I wrote garnered a nomination in the “Re-Entry” category of the prestigious Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) competition sponsored by Career Directors International. The competition draws entries from the top resume writers worldwide and is judged by distinguished industry veterans and past winners.


To verify my membership in these organizations, you can search for me on each site by my name or location.

Education and Training

  • B.A. in print journalism with a minor in English from the University of North Florida.
  • Ongoing professional development:
    National conferences, webinars, tele-seminars, conference calls, and virtual round-tables from the National Resume Writers’ Association, Career Directors International, Career Thought Leaders Consortium, and Resume Writing Academy.
    > Extensive reading, including relevant blogs and news, as well as 60+ books related to LinkedIn, resumes, and job search.
  • I have spent $8,500+ and 180+ hours on relevant training (LinkedIn, resumes, job search, etc.) so you don’t have to.

LinkedIn Profile

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Community & Professional Involvement

  • Past president, Soroptimist International of Redlands (Redlands, CA)
  • Past board member, American Marketing Association – Inland Empire (Riverside, CA)
  • Past board member, Public Relations Society of America – CA Inland Empire Chapter (Riverside, CA)
  • Past board member, National Association of Women Business Owners – Inland Empire (Corona, CA)

Global Experience

A world traveler, I’ve lived in the Philippines, Switzerland, Greece, Botswana, Kuwait, and Bahrain. I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area, went to college in Florida, and am now based in Southern California. My past global experience helps me relate to executives from around the world and clients of all cultures and nationalities.

Next Steps

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Next Steps

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