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Stephanie Gelinas B.Ed. CDP
Resume & Professional Branding Specialist
Hi, I’m Stephanie and I am a Career Development Practitioner with more than five years of experience writing and revising resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. I work with clients to develop documents that are not only accomplishment-based, but are also authentic to their career journey and speak to the value that they can bring to an employer.
I began my career as a teacher and worked in education for 4 years before transitioning to career development. I then worked primarily as a job coach, using my developed communication skills to provide one-on-one support and lead workshops on job search techniques such as resume writing and interviewing. I also designed workshops focused on helping jobseekers succeed in the digital landscape; these included applying online, creating an online brand, and digital networking. I have helped hundreds of clients gain meaningful employment by crafting targeted, personalized resumes and cover letters and coaching them through the job search process.
From there I moved into a job developer role, where I partnered with employers to support their hiring process. I helped craft job descriptions, used job search sites like Indeed and Zip Recruiter to filter candidates, participated in the interviewing process, and matched qualified candidates to open positions based on skill and experience. This insight into full cycle recruitment allowed me to better prepare my clients for success by using an employer’s lens to revise their self-marketing tools.
As your Resume Writer and Branding Specialist, I will work with you to understand your job search goals and identify your strengths and achievements. I will then put together polished, professional documents that will help to set you apart. I can’t wait to help showcase your skills!
How My Experience Can Help You
- I am a Career Development Practitioner who has written and revised hundreds of resumes and cover letters for clients in all stages of their career journey.
- I have a degree in Linguistics which helped me develop an eye for detail and a thorough understanding of grammar and semantics. This allows me to proofread your documents for those tricky errors that others may miss.
- My experience as a job developer has given me firsthand knowledge of what employers are looking for, and how they utilize job search engines and ATS systems to find their ideal candidates.
- I will use my knowledge of different resume styles, coupled with your job target and level of experience, to determine the format that shows your achievements and skills in the best light.
- I have highly developed communication and interviewing skills and will engage you in a storytelling process; from there I will be able to pull out the most relevant details, values and achievements to craft personalized, effective documents.
Background & Experience
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Brock University, a Bachelor of Education from Ontario Tech University, and a Career Development Practitioner diploma from Conestoga College. She is also a member in good standing of the Career Professionals of Canada.
Stephanie has worked in employment services for more than 6 years, during which time she has supported clients both one-on-one and in group facilitation settings. She has extensive knowledge of the labour market and has helped clients from diverse backgrounds find employment; this has included newcomers, internationally trained workers, youth, new graduates, persons with disabilities, and experienced professionals in a multitude of occupations.
Her passion for providing a personalized experience and ability to cultivate positive relationships has resulted in satisfied clients who have the confidence and tools needed to succeed.
What My Clients Say
Communications & Content Creator
"Stephanie went above and beyond in helping me put together an application package that I can be proud of. Her writing and storytelling skills are stellar, and she captured both my voice and personality. She tailored my documents to the job postings with ease and expertise. She was mindful and responsive and I have learned so much from her skills and professionalism. I would recommend her services to anyone wishing to polish their personal brand and hone their career-planning strategy."
"Stephanie was able to review my resume earlier this year, and her contributions provided a professional and polished tone to my resume, while still ensuring that it sounded like me! With her proposed changes, she brought forth what I had intended to say – highlighting and emphasizing my skills and experience, so even I was impressed. Stephanie is efficient, decisive and highly qualified in grammatical proof-reading, cross referencing job postings for keyword placement, and offering appropriate language for many types of professions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Stephanie to anyone looking to improve their resume, and apply with confidence to their dream job."
Social Service Worker
"I had been using the same resume for over 10 years, obviously edited slightly depending on what I was applying for, and although I felt attached to it, I knew it was time for change. My dream job had been posted and I knew I needed an edge to be able to land the interview so I sought out Stephanie’s help to bring my outdated resume into the future. I can tell you, she did not disappoint. What I liked best about working with Stephanie was her ability to ask all the right questions in order to pull out the details that my resume and cover letter had really been lacking. She helped me to see what it is that I had been missing on those pages that really highlighted my skills and expertise in relation to the job I so badly wanted. She taught me how to be more clear and concise while still getting my point across. Another thing that really stands out about Stephanie’s approach to helping me with my resume and cover letter, was that she checked in with me as edits were made. She made sure to ask if I was comfortable with the edits she was making and suggesting, and this really put me at ease with letting go of this resume I had become so attached to. It’s clear that Stephanie is an expert in the field of employment supports. She turned my resume and cover letter into something I can really be proud of - AND I’m proud to announce that it landed me the interview! I would recommend Stephanie to anyone. Her calm, soothing demeanor really put me at ease with the process and she really delivered a quality experience and product. Thanks Stephanie!"
Senior Product Manager
"Having recently made the move into management from an individual contributor, I felt my resume, cover letter and linked in profile were not reflecting my skills adequately. After a few weeks of working with Stephanie, I can confidently state that my resume and online presence reflect my true capabilities, setting me up for the next level. Stephanie actively listened to me while asking many questions about my work experience, passions, hobbies, etc. A couple of days after our 1 hour call, she came back to me with an incredible set of documents that had showed how everything in I had been invovled in the last 10 years set me up for the job that I was applying for. All that was left after that was to sort out some of the details! Stephanie is thorough, professional, and produces great results. I would definitely recommend her to my friends, family and individuals in my professional network that are looking to take their profiles to the next level."