Tami Cooper B.A. CRS
Resume & Professional Branding Specialist
Hi, I’m Tami Cooper, and I offer more than 20 rewarding years in career services, empowering clients from around the world to reach their full potential. I take a collaborative and authentic approach to helping my clients to discover, and present, what is best about them.
I am an active member of the Career Professionals of Canada, a Certified Resume Strategist, and an expert writer of strategic, targeted, achievement-based resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles. Each of my products are hand-crafted and intended to showcase the best you have to offer.
I am also a seasoned curriculum developer and have researched, designed and delivered 100's of workshops on both e-learning platforms and face-to-face, including resume-writing, interviewing, personal branding, portfolio development, networking and accessing the hidden job market, targeted cover/thank you letters, local and national labour market information, cultural diversity in the workplace, business communication and other job search strategies to career professionals, and clients from a variety of sectors, ranging from entry level to top level executives and industry leaders. I have planned and executed networking events, job fairs, and guest speaker sessions. I have recruited, supervised and evaluated department staff, volunteers, and practicum students, designing training plans for smooth on-boarding, and to assist in meeting performance objectives. Finally, I offer a proven record of spearheading community outreach plans and marketing services and programs to community partners, both in person and via social media platforms.
I began my career in social work, transitioning to the business world in the mid-90’s where I worked for 3 different private recruitment firms as a headhunter, screening and recruiting candidates for firms across the GTA, including Fortune 500 companies. I have created 1000’s of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles and have coached 100’s of clients on how to ace their job interviews. I have also, through my years in the public sector, provided career and employment support to multi-barriered clients including at-risk youth and persons with disabilities. For this reason, I bring not only industry knowledge and impeccable writing skills, but a heart for teaching and mentoring, and a proven track record of building long-lasting client relationships.
As your Resume Writer and Branding Specialist, I will work in partnership with you to understand your career goals, to identify your unique strengths and expertise, and to extract your finest accomplishments.
My promise to you, in a competitive job market, is to underscore your uniqueness and make you stand out above the rest!
How My Experience Can Help You
- More than 20 years working in lead roles within Employment Services, Career Coaching, Executive Recruitment, and Personal Branding.
- Experience building compelling resumes and career profiles for clients in sectors including: finance and accounting, information technology, engineering, sales and marketing, human resources, law, medical, dental and pharmaceutical, supply chain/logistics, education and academia, civil service, journalism, public relations, construction, urban planning, food & hospitality, and manufacturing operations.
- During our initial consultation, I will ask probing questions to extract from you the most recent, relevant, and powerful skills and accomplishments.
- I will implement techniques for achievement-based resume writing including "STAR", "W5H", "capsule analogy" and "value proposition".
- I am well-versed in various resume styles and formats and will use your individual background and circumstances to determine which will market you most effectively.
- I am an expert at optimizing resumes to bypass Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and get your resume to the top of the pile.
- I have designed and conducted annual training for more than 100 COSTI employment staff on strategic resume writing, implementing recent approaches and taking employers' demands into account.
- I adapt a creative approach to writing engaging and searchable copy for professionals’ LinkedIn profiles.
- I remain current on industry trends to create the most up-to-date resumes and marketing materials for all levels, from entry level to senior leadership.
Background & Experience
Tami offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from McMaster University, and an Honour’s
Diploma from George Brown College, where she received training in social work, and held roles
within the Attorney General’s Office and Women’s College Hospital, counselling and advocating
for women and children experiencing violence.
In the mid-90’s, she shifted her focus to entrepreneurial endeavors, opening two direct service businesses focused on image consulting, exceeding sales targets, and winning multiple awards. Tami has partnered with 3 executive search firms in the role of “head-hunter” successfully sourcing and placing clients in top positions in the GTA.
For the past 17 years, she has served in leadership roles at COSTI Employment Services, an Employment Ontario service provider, planning, executing, and evaluating career and employment programming for individuals from diverse cultural, socio-economic, and occupational backgrounds, with a view to boosting career opportunities and enhancing quality of life. Her fundamental passions are for writing, and for inspiring you to discover your best self.
What My Clients Say
"Being a stay-at-home mom for the past 4 years, I was excited, yet nervous to begin the job search process. Tami immediately made my husband Bill and I feel welcome. She was sincere and so proficient – we instantly felt at ease. Her expertise in the areas of career coaching and employment amazed both of us. The work Tami did for us to target our resumes and cover letters was incredible! Once I had my new documents, and a boost in my confidence, I began searching and applied for a position right away. I received an invitation for an interview a week later and was offered the position! Tami, you are such a valuable asset to your team. You are professional, warm, supportive, and you know your vocation. Thank you!"
Rodolfo Rivas Molina
Senior Relationship Manager | TD Bank
"Tami helped me upon my arrival to Canada as a foreign trained professional. She crafted my resume to reflect my career story in a way that leveraged my transferable skills and quantifiable achievements, resulting in a successful career reintegration in Canada. She was committed, not only to creating top-notch marketing materials, but to coaching me in cross-cultural awareness, business communication, and the importance of networking. In each of my many interactions with Tami, she demonstrated that beyond her expert knowledge and her high standards of excellence, she cares about her clients’ success."
Director of Business Development
"I received extraordinary help and guidance from Tami. She dedicatedly coached me and adapted my résumé into a powerful document that reflected my background, expertise and abilities. As well, she supported me in targeting companies/industries aligned to my work experience until I was successful in landing my dream job. I am truly grateful to Tami, and affirm her professionalism, strong resume writing skills, and coaching abilities; she is personable, accessible, and very effective."
Health, Safety & Environment Manager
"Tami has a very professional and welcoming approach and most of all was compassionate and provided emotional support during my job search. I was feeling so overwhelmed with the whole process but once I had my newly updated resume, everything fell into place. Tami was able to create a resume that presented my professional accomplishments in such a clear, concise and targeted manner. I sent out a number of resumes to prospective positions, heard back from most within a few days, and was hired for the position that was number one on my list. I cannot thank Tami enough for the time and attention she provided to me during my job search process."