I’m honored to be named as the “NRWA Champion of the Month” by the National Resume Writers’ Association for my contributions to the organization and the resume industry. Below is my recent Q&A with Paul Bennett, NRWA Conference Committee and Marketing Committee Member.
Wendi Weiner, an attorney-turned-entrepreneur, has recently done significant legal work on our industry’s behalf and is a valuable member of our Facebook group.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your business, and the type of clients you typically work with.
After twelve years practicing law (both in firms and as in-house counsel) and seven years teaching college writing courses, I focused on resume writing full-time. Today, I’m passionate about writing and helping others craft powerful personal brands that tell their career stories.
I serve attorneys and top-tier (e.g., C-suite) finance, business, marketing, IT, and sales executives–typically earning between $300K and upwards of $3M–who seek new leadership roles or want to boost and leverage their online presence and thought leadership. I also write content and consult on web/social media content strategy for publications like Inc. Magazine, law firms, and other businesses. One of my coolest projects last year was writing LinkedIn profiles for Microsoft employees.
With six writing and coaching credentials (including NCOPE and NCRW), I’m committed to expanding my knowledge and expertise. Moreover, I’ve been featured in roughly 75 media outlets and have received more than 10 industry honors and awards as a writer, content strategist, and personal branding expert.
How did you first learn about the NRWA? In other words, what brought you to the organization?
I learned about the NRWA through a local resume writer and was surprised (probably like many other writers) to discover an entire industry that trains writers, certifies them, and promotes their skills. During the first few years of my business, the NRWA provided me with an enormous amount of training and mentoring.
You’ve been very active on the NRWA Board in the past. What prompted you to serve on the Board?
I thrive on giving back to the industry that has given so much to me, and I believe we need regulation that will elevate our industry’s profile. People are often shocked to learn that you can get certified in resume writing, and I want to promote the importance of our training and certifications.
What do you wish others knew about the benefits of getting involved with the NRWA?
Your benefit from an organization is what you make of it. You can join just for the label, but the real value comes from participating (e.g., attending webinars, trainings, and the annual conference, plus getting certified). Having proudly attended every conference since 2014, I strongly encourage getting active with the NRWA! My involvement has greatly enhanced my business and strengthened my industry presence, and it has fostered an incredible sense of community and collaboration.
What might someone be surprised to know about you, or what do you do when you aren’t working or volunteering?
Running two marathons (NYC and Chicago) fortified my resolve to leave my law practice, and I’m obsessed with my Peloton bike and my shih tzu, Riley, who’s almost 15 years old.
Thank you to the NRWA for the incredible honor as the “NRWA Champion of the Month.”
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The NCOPE certification represents the Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert and the NCRW certification represents the Nationally Certified Resume Writer. You can learn more about the NCOPE and NCRW certifications in the above provided links.