Career Directors International Launches TORI Master Mentor Hot Seat Coaching Sessions to Help Resume Writers Dramatically Increase Their Expertise

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Career Directors International has recognized the gap in training for professional resume writers by creating the TORI Master Mentor Hot Seat Coaching session. Not a one-size-fits-all training, this first-ever targeted coaching service allows resume writers to work 1-1 with an award-winning Certified Master Resume Writer to rapidly pinpoint the areas where they need to make improvement.

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Until just seven years ago when CDI launched their Expert Resume Writer course there were vague industry standards. Resume writers were forced to learn through trial and error, and by reading DIY books meant for job seekers.

Unlike some professions that require specialized training, degrees, or licensure to get started, the history of resume writing has made for a completely different animal. The industry leaders at the professional association of resume writers and career coaches, Career Directors International, have learned that in this profession, how someone gets started and the background they bring to the profession can vary widely.

CDI President, Laura DeCarlo states, “Resume writing is at its heart a form of marketing, branding, creative and technical writing, and desktop publishing. Many individuals in this profession had their start by writing resumes for friends, working in HR or journalism, or having earned an English degree. In fact, until just seven years ago when CDI launched their Expert Resume Writer course there were vague industry standards. Resume writers were forced to learn through trial and error, and by reading DIY books meant for job seekers. Combine this with the rapid speed in which the employment market and methods of job application are changing, and you have a scenario that is crying out for some individualized, laser-focused resume writing instruction.”

While CDI has spent the last 12 years setting industry standards in resume writing with the highly-recognized Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) annual international resume writing competition and their resume certification programs, they have seen how many professionals struggle in a variety of areas that tend to be unique to each of them.

DeCarlo states, “These professionals don’t need basic training in resume writing. Instead, they need someone who can look at their writing and their processes, and hone in on the places where they alone need to improve. Some resume writers are whizzes at dynamic page layout but struggle to truly extract the unique brand of the job seeker, or tell a vivid and engaging story in the work history. Or, they write beautifully, but have an unfriendly visual presentation. The heart of the issue is that they need help to identify their weaknesses and guide them with strategies to powerfully move forward.”

The TORI Master Mentor Hot Seat Coaching session and its parent, the TORI Master Mentor Program, effectively fill the gap in resume writing training by providing resume writers with the one-to-one assistance they need to improve.

The Program provides registrants with three personalized sessions to evaluate and analyze their best and/or most challenging resumes. Participants use assignments to escalate their skill from session-to-session by applying the guidance they receive.

The Hot Seat Coaching Session takes a different approach with one 90-minute session shared by four resume writers, each receiving 20 minutes on the hot seat to receive feedback and strategies on their submitted resume. The value of this approach is magnified since participants get to experience feedback for three other colleagues during the session and thus gain strategies that might not have been reflected in their projects.

According to CDI, the results of the Mentor program for participating resume writers has been exceeding positive, with 90% receiving TORI nominations or awards. CDI expects similar results for the new hot seat coaching session. DeCarlo says, “Once a resume writer can see what needs to change in their resume writing, and then is given the tools to do so, there is no stopping their upward growth and enthusiasm!”

About Career Directors International (CDI):
CDI is a global professional association that is committed to ensuring that career and resume professionals can grow and thrive in a rich, vibrant, exciting, and nurturing environment. CDI champions the industry cause for credibility and visibility; fostering exceptional success in every generation of career and resume professionals; and cultivating the career superhero that exists within each one of us.

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