Lynn Talarico is an Employment Consultant with Missoula Job Service in Missoula, MT, where she has been employed since 2010. Her expertise is in assisting job seekers in creating and editing their résumé and cover letter, and giving presentations to high school students on job searching, résumé writing tools, soft skills, elevator speeches, and interviewing skills. She also teaches a monthly résumé writing class to the Department of Labor and Industry WoRC/FSET (Work Readiness Program/Food Stamp and Employment Training) Job Club attendees.
After the Missoula Job Service contracted Dr. Cheryl Minnick at the University of Montana, Missoula to conduct résumé and cover letter writing classes for staff, Lynn became more familiar with Cheryl, who encouraged her to pursue the NCRWcertification. Lynn then set her sites on obtaining the certification as a career goal and was fully supported by her manager and supervisor.
Lynn will soon be using the skills acquired from the NCRW process to benefit the job seekers she works with, in addition to her co-workers across Montana. Lynn says, “This is a huge gain for my office, as we are now the only job service in Montana with a nationally certified résumé writer!”
Lynn says, “Prior to studying for the certification, I had not created a résumé from the ground up. My experience had been in taking a job seeker’s very generic résumé and turning it/editing it into a professional document or brainstorming with them their accomplishments to create a basic résumé that they would type. The process was difficult for me because I had to learn the ‘industry’ to start the process.”
Lynn also says that, “Cheryl Minnick’s mentorship was invaluable. She provided me expert guidance, support, and constructive criticism. As I worked my way through writing practice samples, she would make suggested edits or ask me pointed questions that caused me to rethink how I had written something or to take a hard look at formatting adjustments. My first sample did not pass, and so I was happy to hear that when I was ready to submit my second sample, a year later, there was the option to speak with the person who graded the sample for feedback. I think it would be helpful to offer more mentorship assistance.”
For those who may be hesitant to pursue the NCRW certification Lynn recommends contacting aNCRW to request a mentorship, allow plenty of time to complete the process, then set goals and a time frame in which to complete each part of the process. -Great Advice, Lynn!