Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
I’m Niya Allen-Vatel and I’m a nationally certified résumé writer, career transition coach, author, and owner of the premier résumé writing service, Résumé Newbie, based in New York City. Résumé Newbie provides career branding for professionals and business trailblazers.
In addition, I have helped DIY job-seekers with my books, “Stop The Résumé Madness Training Guide”, “Feel Fierce & Get Hired Interview Prep Guide”, and the latest release “Get the Job: Secrets of a Professional Résumé Writer” created to give them an affordable tool to revamp their own résumés and cover letters without a pricey professional.
I hold 3 distinguished industry-based career certifications, Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC), Credentialed Career Manager (CCM), and is one of approximately 60 Nationally Certified Resume Writers (NCRWs).
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
Starting off as an actress and creative writer, I was repeatedly asked by friends to review and rewrite their résumés and I would apply the same storytelling principals I’d learned as an artist. After some time I saw that professional résumé writing was a “thing” and began the steps to learn the craft of résumé writing and build my business in 2013. Clients come to me because I leverage my artistic training to design unique career stories that weave together life’s puzzle pieces that don’t make sense in a package that WOWs.
3. What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
Regardless of your area of expertise or if you want to further your career or start a business, one needs to leverage what they already know to set themselves apart. For me, it was taking my artistic background to go from telling stage and film stories to career stories.
I speak to many women that feel they don’t have what it takes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You have everything you need to take your career to the next level. Just like a retail store, take inventory of the skills, talents, and achievements as you’ve grown in your career. Take this new information to create a roadmap to where you want to go.
4. Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it.
The biggest professional challenge I’ve faced, like many, is building a business on a shoestring budget, and making a side hustle work while having a 9 to 5. I had the work ethic, but not the tools. I had to learn that I couldn’t do it all and needed help, and give up some control. I sought out resources to take mundane tasks off my plate.
Focus on money making activities. Many side hustlers and emerging business owners use Fiverr, Elance, or UpWork for freelance help when needed. If I started outsourcing tasks from the beginning, I would’ve saved myself hours of time trying to figure things out on my own. Focus on the things that have the most impact.
5. What is next for your brand/business in 2017 – 2018?
Continuing to develop products, workshops, trainings, and industry partnerships to show struggling job seekers how to successfully navigate their job search, and craft their résumé to see results using clarity and strategy.
6. How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
Website – www.resumenewbie.com
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/resumenewbie
Instagram - @resumenewbie
Twitter - /resumenewbie