New Year, New Career Winners!

Our New Year, New Career Grand Prize Winner is (drum roll, please)

Kelly Grant!

Second-Prize Winners:

Andres Filipe Medina
Cynthia M.

Lynzell Vaughan
CB Long
Robert Welsh
JJ Davis
Cindy Haupt
Des Williams

Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who participated and set the stage for a fantastic 2011. This is your year!!!
– Charlotte, Robyn, and Kim

Are you committed to living your best career life in 2011? Charlotte, Robyn, Kim, and their valued colleagues are ready to help by sharing some amazing resources and helping one job seeker with an all-inclusive first-place job search package worth $2899.95 (see breakdown at the end of this post). Ten second-prize winners will also receive some spectacular job-search swag.

To enter, please post a comment sharing a bit about your “Oprah.” What career dream have you put on the back burner because it seems out of reach? What is the one thing you could do in 2011 to put that dream on the front burner?

This is not an essay contest, just an opportunity to share and encourage. The winners will be chosen in a random drawing on January 1, 2011.

If you have questions, feel free to post those as well.

Rest assured your information will not be sold or used in any marketing list. We will only contact you if you are a winner.

Best wishes to all of our readers for career success in 2011!

Robyn, Charlotte, and Kim

The grand prize will include:

Targeted Resume and Cover Letter by Kim Mohiuddin, Value: $997

Kim is a very well-respected, highly skilled, award-winning resume writer who has helped literally hundreds of people take the next step in their careers. She is a Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW), published author, the former Certification Chair for The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA), and a former hiring manager. More importantly, though, she is someone who knows how to write resumes that consistently get her clients interviews. That’s why most of her business is from referrals.

Four Hours of Job Search Strategy, Targeted List, and Networking Coaching by Charlotte Weeks, Value: $800

Charlotte will provide personal one-on-coaching to help you learn how to:

* Launch a cohesive and actionable job search campaign.
* Identify and target good-fit companies.
* More quickly and easily grow and tap your network to help you land a position more quickly and easily.

Charlotte is an industry leader who holds multiple career credentials. In addition to serving as the current president of The National Resume Writers’ Association, she is Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).

Along with being among a small number of dual-certified executive resume writers, she leverages her previous career experience to help her clients succeed. Prior to beginning Weeks Career Services, Inc., she worked in human resources, seeing the hiring process “from the other side.”

She has helped hundreds of people located throughout the world. Even in this tight economy, it is not unusual for her clients to receive interviews and even multiple job offers.

As a frequent media contributor, Charlotte has been quoted numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal. She has also appeared on NBC-TV Chicago and numerous radio stations, and her work has been published several leading career books.

Four Hours of Twitter and Interview Preparation Coaching by Robyn Feldberg, Value: $800

Robyn will provide personal one-on-coaching to help you learn how to:

* Leverage Twitter (where 1 million new jobs are posted each month) to land a new job.
* Find out about jobs first by using Twitter and having job postings delivered right to your mobile phone or e-mail in-box.
* Find and connect with previously inaccessible company insiders, recruiters, and other influential networking contacts.
* Be more prepared for and perform better in employment interviews.

Robyn has equipped hundreds of job seekers with the tools, techniques, and motivation to unleash careers that are personally, professionally, and financially fulfilling.

Robyn–like Charlotte and Kim–is also a recognized leader in the careers industry. She is the President Emeritus of the National Resume Writers’ Association and holds credentials as a Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW), Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), and Twitter Certified Career Strategist (TCCS).

In addition to 12 published contributions to best-selling career books, Robyn is a sought-after keynote speaker and has been featured numerous times on the award-winning ABC television talk show Good Morning Texas and has been quoted in numerous national publications, including The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report.

101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, from Michelle A. Riklan, Value: $14.95

With a combined 20 years of in-house corporate and targeted consulting experience, Michelle services large corporations as well as small businesses and individuals in all aspects of Human Resources and Career Management. As a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC), Michelle has written hundreds of resumes and coached clients through all phases of the job search.  Her resumes get results!

Michelle is also a co-founder of Self Improvement Online, Inc.

New Job, New You!, a Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career by Alexandra Levit, Value: $15

A bestselling author, nationally syndicated columnist, and renowned international speaker on workplace issues, recently advised the Obama administration on career challenges facing young professionals and is the host of the new online course addressing these, Her career advice is featured bi-monthly in the nationally syndicated Metro US, and she was recently named Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.

Rock Your Network for Job Seekers by Wendy Terwelp, Value $20

Wendy Terwelp,, has helped thousands of clients get hired faster and be rock stars at work since 1989. Dubbed “LinkedIn Guru” by The Washington Post, Wendy is a recognized expert on networking, both online and off. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fast Company, The Business Journal,,, ABC, NBC, and more as well as numerous radio shows. She has published hundreds of articles on the web and in print and wrote “Rock Your Network®” – the ultimate networking book. To get her “Social Networking: Get Personal, Get Hired!™” report FREE, email Wendy at: with 6Degrees2Oprah REPORT in the subject line.

JibberJobber Career CRM Six-Month Premium Account from Jason Alba, Value $55

Jason is the founder and CEO of, a website that replaces the job search spreadsheet. As author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? Jason speaks to thousands of professionals each year and helps tens of thousands manage their careers.  Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonAlba.

Career Success Telesummit CD by Tanya Smith, Value: $197

Marketing yourself is often one of the toughest parts of managing your career.  A common statement made by job seekers is “I don’t know what to say” or “it’s too hard to talk about myself.”  That’s why it’s important to work with someone who has been there and can speak from experience as a tried and true introvert on how to gain more confidence and speak powerfully about what you do.

If you are looking for a proven professional who can guide you to address things that get in the way of your success – limited promotional opportunities, inability to communicate your outstanding value, and lack-luster business relationships, Tanya can help you.


25 Responses to New Year, New Career Winners!

  1. Amanda Ridout says:

    My name is Amanda Ridout and since I was a child I always dreamt of being a performer. Growing up in Mexico, I did not have the opportunity to get an education in this field. Since moving back to the U.S. in 2007, I have enrolled myself in college and am working toward a music and theater degree. Currently, I sing and participate in local musicals and church events, but I do not get paid for what I do.
    This coming 2011 I have set my heart on getting my foot into one of the most difficult job industries here in the U.S., radio & TV Voices Overs. I am going to seek out a studio that will produce a demo for me and then look for an agent. I am 100% bilingual in English and Spanish so hope the Texas area will have plenty of work for me.
    I’ve been told by many that it’s almost impossible to excel in this area due to the amount of people who peruse it, but I am confident that with the guidance of God and the skills he has given me, I can do this.
    I would love to be the winner of this contest and benefit from the expertise you have to offer! I am also in bad need of a good resume.
    Thank you!
    Amanda Ridout

    • Thanks for getting us started, Amanda, by sharing your beautiful dream! It sounds like you’re already on the right track and listening to that “still, small voice” that so often gets drowned out by what we perceive as “urgent.” Good luck to you in the contest and in your performing career!

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  3. Melissa Blanca says:


    I’m Melissa and I have been in and out of companies since i started my first job with a positive attitude that i’ll get better than the last jobs I had. But then again, it was all in contrast to what I wanted to become. To what I dreamt of. I graduated with the degree of AB Mass Communications dreaming I could work in the field of media, something like Broadcasting someday. I can’t say I failed on that media part because as I go along the way, I got the job which handles Media. But not what I was dreaming of. The competition is too high and it’s ain’t no easy at all. I once read a quote that goes like this “You can’t change the wind, you can however adjust your sails”. And I can say, it works for me. I analyzed my strengths, my weakness and took down notes . I never gave up that media dream, but i was looking for reasons, too, on why i have to hold on to that dream.
    And then, came opportunity to work online, a prestigious PR Company from Canada. What so nice in here is that, i’m working from home. And I can still work my other freelance job as Event’s Marketer. This opportunity had opened my eyes to realize my real “want”.Writing. I overlooked that skill of mine. I never used it or too lazy to write cause i was blinded by my supposed-to- be dream. It’s still the media thing, only writing. And that’s what i’m holding back through all those years.
    Though i know i need to sharpen more of that skill.And that’s what I’m going to do for the coming 2011. More blogging activities. Read more tips.Learn from the experts. and be more positive. And just like my boss and my coach, I hope to find contentment and be able to help people through my writings.
    Who said giving up your dreams if you can’t have it? You just have to adjust a little and reflect more. Guts and skills, won’t hurt, too.

  4. Angeline M. Cunningham says:

    Who would want to hire me? That is a question I have asked myself often for years. I have been an at home mother with half of an Undergraduate degree in Business for 14 years. However, for over a year, I have been working on completing my degree at night and on the weekends. One year from now I will have my degree (B.B. A with a minor in Org Mgmt). As I chop away at the obstacles in my way to get closer to my dream job, I have begun to seek out internships. Still no luck. I can’t change the fact that I am in my late 40’s with elementary children. When most everyone I know is looking at becoming a grandparent, I feel I still have 20 good years of work ahead of me. I want to work outside of my home, I would then have something for me other than taking care of my husband and children, however, I still plan on doing that too.
    Another difficult obstacle I also face is that most people say, WHY do you want to work, what are you crazy?! Stay home, raise your family and take it easy. Ugh… with this type of mentality surrounding me, I am on the fast track to nowhere. Therein lies yet another obstacle, being an at home mother has lent itself to contributing to my lack of current formal work experience. I feel the only experience that I have acquired with my at home status is the stereotyping attitude that I am a party planner, babysitter, and housekeeper, etc. Yet, I see myself as so much more, how do I convey that to others, my husband, children, family and most importantly a company?
    I am not a late bloomer as you might think, everything I have achieved has been on my own without anyone’s help, and that goes as far back as I can remember. I am determined, forthright and I am strong in my quest. I know there are many people who could benefit from your collective expertise and even if you don’t pick me, I am glad that there are people like you who have come together to offer assistance to people like me.
    Kind regards,
    Angie C.

  5. Des Williams says:


    I’m Des 18 months ago I was laid off from I.T. Sales industry within that time frame I went back to school to receive my Bachelor in Art degree. I’m not interested in getting back into Sales. My last 6 years of my work experience has been Sales before that I was a Computer Operator I enjoyed that but it got to boring for me and I decided to get into the Sales industry where I can work more with people; I do enjoy working with people and dealing with conflict and resolving problems. I’m not sure what I want to do today but I know I’m burned out from commission sales jobs with cold calling. I need your help in advising me on what careers is best for me with my work experiences, education and my personality trait. I can tell you I like managing & advising people and I enjoy analyzing and resolving issues. I’ve been finding it to be diffcult to change careers. Each time I post my resume; I get recruiters calling me about Sales jobs. How do I get away from Sales job? I want a career change. I now have a management degree and a couple of years experience in supervising people.

  6. Robert Welsh says:

    I am VERY committed to living my best career life in 2011 !!!!!
    People of all ages, all educational levels and both men and women are really struggling to get and keep not only a job, but a real career path that pays well and offers security and growth. I am one of these people. I have worked in a variety of fields, but have been unemployed for 1 1/2 years.
    I know there is an employer out there who can use my enthusiasm and people skills to our mutual advantage.
    I sincerely hope to be chosen, and will do the best with this opportunity.
    Thank you. — Bob

  7. Holly Waters says:

    For the last 20 years I have worked at a government agency doing work that is enjoyable. About a year ago everything changed as the organization began to go through turmoil. It gave me time to reassess my life and values. I have always wanted to give back to society, particularly working to protect the environment. However, after sending out countless resumes and cover letters I have become frustrated. I think I need a new resume and game plan for 2011.

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  10. Cynthia M says:

    As with other mothers, I have put my dreams on the back burner in order to keep a steady flow of income. I have worked to support our family all while the children have been obtaining an education. At present, they are a junior in High School and an 8th grader. As I mature, I realize that future generations need development. During my employment, I have seen many people retire and take their skills and expertise with them. I want to develop future generations. My passion is training and development and Small Business. I would like to be a Professor as well as a Consultant that shares business knowledge, skills and experiences to develop future generations. Please assist me with my dream so that I may help others. Thank you.

  11. MJ says:

    I believe that I have taken my career almost as far as I can in my current position and have spent the past few years smashed to the glass (ceiling) working on my career skills (new credential, advanced degree, etc.). I’m ready to make a move and will be focused on transition in 2011!

  12. Michelle K. says:

    I am a single mom that had an absolutely fantastic international career but decided when my son was 6 that I wanted to slow down and stop traveling, because I was missing out on his life. That was 10 years ago and while I dont regret my decision, I now find myself in my late 40’s having just been layed from a mediocre job in the oil industry and wanting to reinvent myself and my career and wondering if it is too late. I believe that with another 20 years of work in me, and all my experience to offer I can find the perfect career and balance.

  13. Kelly Grant says:

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about your resumes. I’d like to make 2011 a more productive/profitable year and believe your services may be the key achieving that goal.

  14. Andres Felipe Medina says:

    I will be graduating with a B.S. in Finance in May 2011 and need to find a decent job upon graduation. Unfortunately, I had to quit my last position in December 2009 due to my employer making it impossible for me to finish my degree, and I have not been able to find a job (even part-time) ever since. My wife has been the sole provider for the past year, and we had to move in with my mother to make ends meet. This current living situation is difficult for both my wife and myself, which is why I am really hoping to find a good job as soon as I graduate, so we can focus on our marriage again and start a family soon. I am sure a top-notch resume would significantly increase my chances of finding a decent position in the current economic situation.

    Thank you so much in advance for this wonderful opportunity! Happy New Year!

  15. J. Rieber says:

    After 10 years with the same company I have accomplished a lot and have reached all of the goals that I have set for myself. Through the years the passion and tenacity has faded and I have lost the drive that I once had. I know that I am destined to achieve more than my current situation. In 2011 I seeking guidance to the next step in my career.

  16. Lynzell Vaughan says:

    I am interested in the administration side of the medical field and have been putting off entering the PH.D program in Health Care Administration, partly, because I do not have any knowledge or experience in this profession. The medical field is a far cry from human resources which is my current profession. With the economy being down, suffering several lay-offs, and bouncing from temp job to temp job just to make ends meet, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and will begin a Medical Coding and Billing program on January 4, 2011. A precise professional resume is imperative these days and I definitely need help with a career transition resume. Winning this contest would definitely be a blessing.

    Thank you for this opportunity and have a Happy New Year!

  17. Want to help people understand the connections between having a fit body, career and spirit. I’ve been putting off my dream to start writing a book, accepting more speaking engagements and finding a team of people to encourage me. My dream is that in 2011 I will accomplish these or get started on these things. Want to identify what I am afraid of…it’s time to soar!

  18. Hello,
    Cool Contest!
    Yes, Yes, and YES, I am in need of professional help to put me back on track in 2011. The last few years I have experienced an interesting and very frustrating juncture in my career path.
    My Background
    I have always had great entrepreneurial success in business- over the last 20 years, I have started and sold a very well reputed health club and developed and orchestrated a chain of cutting edge fashion boutiques.
    After losing my leases in three of my four boutiques – I sold the forth and for the second time in my professional life went to work for a company -as the Retail Director. Although it was a good position, I was not challenged and left to start another company called le Market- an event platform where boutiques could have an avenue to sell their overstock and garner exposure at the same time.
    I developed the concept and personally sold sixty local boutiques on the concept. Unfortunately, not enough people showed up to shop the event – I had sold too many boutiques and not PR’d and advertised the event enough.
    It interesting how synchronistic business ideas can be – concurrently, this similar concept was percolating around the county in the form of designer sale e- commerce sites such as HauteLook, Guilt, Ideeli . HauteLook recently got a venture capital investment of 30 million after just two years in biz!
    I took my le Market experience ( I call it an expensive internship) and segued it into acquiring the position of Head Buyer for a start up LA based designer sale site and most recently as the Director of Business Development for a designer sale event company .
    The company I am working for is not stable – hence I am starting to look – again – ugg-
    My current resume is not dissected and updated to reflect all that I can currently bring to the table – and I feel my entrepreneurial nature is often looked as a negative quality.
    And …..
    I know I have what it takes – proven professional experience – uncanny positive attitude- and endless energy to achieve – I need to find the position!
    – Sally Ray

  19. JJ Davis says:

    54 years old and?
    My life hasn’t turned out the way I thought. I know, everyone probably says that. BUT I’m not everyone. Atleast I thought I wasn’t. Wanted to be a big time Network Sportscaster. Wanted to host the Olympics. Jim Thorpe is my hero, Jim McKay my idol. A funny thing happened on the way to the broadcast booth. It DIDN’T happen.
    32 years. 7 stations. 1 Network. That’s my road map. It has NEVER led me to the RIGHT destination. I have taken jobs because they were they ONLY ones I could get. They were not necessarily the jobs I wanted. BUT my PASSION has seen me thru. I have soldiered on for love of the game. My former station “outsourced” our newscast recently. I have been out of a job for 4 months.
    Same deal with theatre. All along the road I have made some pit stops at local theaters around the country. From Baltimore to Spokane t0 Los Angeles to Scranton to Omaha – I have performed on various stages in various plays. My energy, my presence was special I thought. Well, that and a nickel will get you a cup of coffee. Again I have done it because I LOVE it. It is my PASSION.
    So here I am. With all my ups and downs, with all my inspiration and desperation along the way, with all my goals and dreams shattered with every rejection letter, with every phone call that has gone to the answering machine, with all my emails having gone unanswered – I sit here reliving it all once again to win a contest.
    TRUE STORY. I worked in the same newsroom as Oprah way back when in Baltimore. I used to see her. Didn’t know her, never had a conversation with her. But there we were – 2 people just beginning their respective journeys. We all know what happened to her. And me?
    Like I said.
    I’m 54.

  20. Cindy Haupt says:

    2011 is the year my dreams come true! I believe that with all my heart. I’m just not sure how to start! I am 56 years old, with a bad back, just lost the job I had, recently divorced, with a 19 year old daughter that I am trying to set an example for, and I’m looking at this time as the time to start anew…fresh… My dream is to share with others my belief that joy and happiness and love are ALL that matter. (And I need to earn money and get health benefits while I share these beliefs.) Letting go of the past, learning from it, and helping others is my DREAM…and it’s starting NOW…with gratitude to all that life has given me so far, including Kim’s help!

  21. MJ says:

    Thanks for running this contest and for encouraging us to stop and focus on our career goals! How do we claim our prizes?

    • Hi to MJ and all of our contest winners! Kim will be in touch this week with details on how to claim your prizes. You can also email her at Kim @ Congratulations to everyone who posted for your commitment to living your best career life in 2011!

  22. CB Long says:

    Thank you very much – U have made my day a Sunhine Day with annoucing my win.

  23. Congratulations to all those vying to win the awesome contest package. Congrats to those who’ve won my book, “Rock Your Network for Job Seekers.” This book walks you through the networking process step-by-step to help you rebuild your network – online and off – using just 5 minutes a day.

    Best wishes to everyone in 2011 – new starts for all!

    – Wendy Terwelp,

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