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About Jan Melnik

Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRWPerhaps you've heard Jan on the radio (she speaks regularly as a career expert on syndicated programs around the United States). Perhaps you've been linked to this website through one of her professional affiliations. Perhaps another client has referred you (in which case that client will be thanked and will receive a courtesy credit toward future services). Perhaps you've read her book, "Executive's Pocket Guide to ROI Resumes and Job Search," and are interested in how these cutting-edge solutions can work to advance your candidacy.

Perhaps you've found her name at the back of a number of professional resume/cover letter books to which she has contributed her award-winning work. Perhaps you've picked up a copy of one of her books or read about her in the LA Times, Entrepreneur magazine, or Woman's Day.

Jan has been featured on Fox-61 News at Ten and NBC television, Crown Financial Ministries, Money Watch, and Money Matters radio programs, Defining Women radio program, and in USA Today newspaper, the Hartford Courant, Middletown Press, New Haven Register, Country Living magazine, and in books by Paul and Sarah Edwards, Martin Yate, Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan, Deb Dib, Seth Godin and Jay Levinson ("Guerilla" series), Louise Kursmark, Wendy Enelow, Joyce Lain Kennedy, Jay Block, and Kimberly Stansell; her work is also published in "America's Top Resumes for America's Top Jobs," "101 Best Cover Letters," "101 More Best Resumes," "Career Planning and Adult Development Journal," "Gallery of Best Resumes," "Expert Resumes for Teachers and Educators," "Expert Resumes for Manufacturing Careers," "Expert Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs," "Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads," "Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work," "College Grad Resumes to Land $75,000+ Jobs," "Expert Resumes for Health Care Careers," "Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives," "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes for Dummies," "Cover Letters for Dummies," and "Sales and Marketing Resumes for $100,000 Careers,” among many other titles.

A Credentialed Career Manager and a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Jan was the second professional worldwide to earn her Master Resume Writer credential in 2003 (successfully renewed every two years). She has been in practice assisting thousands of clients around the country since 1983. Her company, Absolute Advantage, was founded with the objective of providing clients with highly personalized, professional career-search services designed to "make them look good."

This business philosophy typifies the customized and client-centered approach to working with each individual throughout their professional career. Relationship-building is an essential element … and Jan takes great pride in the relationships she has established with clients throughout the United States and the vital referral network that has resulted.

Jan Melnik is active in a number of professional organizations and is a member of National Resume Writers Association (NRWA) and the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) and is a former PARW Certification Board member and member of the Career Masters' $100,000 Roundtable.

She is the Career Management Expert with Career Thought Leaders (, is an Advisory Board member of CTL, and is the CMO coach specializing with sales and marketing C-level executives with C-Suite Career Catalysts (

Jan keynotes and presents frequently at industry conferences nationwide and has facilitated training for the Small Business Administration, the University of Hartford, the University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin, Bay Path University, Hear Here Hartford, and the University of Connecticut as well as many libraries and civic organizations.

An adjunct professor, course developer, and educator coach at Bay Path, Jan creates curricula and teaches Business Communications, Integrated Marketing, Strategies for Career and Personal Growth, Financial Wellness, and Leadership Communications.

She holds two undergraduate degrees in business, is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, and graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan University with a Master of Arts degree.

Jan Melnik: Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Presenter

Jan is a dynamic, approachable, high-energy, and engaging workshop developer/presenter, keynote speaker, educator, and facilitator. She regularly speaks at national conferences, universities/colleges, and high schools/boards of education as well as to corporate and community audiences and in library programs.

If you are interested in having Jan develop and present a workshop (resume and career collaterals, LinkedIn, job search, interviewing, or all-encompassing, three-part Job Search Boot Camp), please email .

Speaking Testimonials

“Jan, you have singlehandedly raised the bar way above the level of all the Job Group Speakers who have preceded you. Your presentation was outstanding! Everything that [chairman] told me about you was right on the mark. I was honored by your presence. I know you are probably used to the recognition, admiration and accolades you have received when speaking. To gauge the response of the Job Group members who attended today, you are the only speaker who has ever received applause after her presentation. I am thoroughly impressed by your wealth of knowledge, information, work products and expertise that you impart to job seekers and future ‘high rollers.’ I am sincere in my belief that you should consider developing DVDs that allow people who need your insights and expertise, but don't have the luxury of seeing and listening to you.”

Select written feedback from speaking engagements:

  • It was refreshing to learn how to update my resume.
  • I was pleased to learn how to maneuver dates and to learn about the CAR strategy.
  • Jan's presentation targeted information I need and can use. She provided approaches I wasn't aware of.
  • Jan covered a lot in the time given to her. She had some new ideas that have not been addressed by previous speakers.
  • Jan is a great speaker! She is very positive and had many good insights.
  • Her presentation provided new material for me regarding current resume trends. She is a very dynamic speaker.
  • I appreciated Jan's suggestions regarding modification and improvement of my business cards.
  • Her presentation was very positive, motivating, and informative.
  • Jan was very detailed and informative. I liked her excellent ability to interact and respond to each person.

“We keep inviting Jan back to speak and with good reason! Her workshops are information-rich, value-laden, and always well-attended. She brings an ideal combination of affability and expertise to her presentations. We've already got her on the books for another event!”

“Jan is one of the most popular presenters for the Job and Career Program and her reputation for excellence is well-deserved. Last week, Jan completed the final segment of a very successful, intensive, three-part Job Seeker Boot Camp program. Her presentations were clear, concise, and well organized, informative yet personalized. What makes Jan really stand out from the crowd is her attention to detail and her wealth of knowledge, especially in the specific examples she can draw upon and the years of experience she brings to the table.”

“I had stumbled across Jan’s LinkedIn profile and thought she looked like a great match to speak to our networking group. After reaching out, Jan agreed to present at one of our recent meetings. Attendees were highly engaged and responsive to her presentation on “Job Strategies that Work.” Jan was able to provide our members with her insight and expertise on potential ways to improve their job search. This included creating targeted profiles and resumes as well as utilizing LinkedIn efficiently and effectively to generate leads. Jan welcomed questions from members and provided her contact information for them to reach out to her after with any questions. Jan’s presentation was highly informative to our members and we hope to have her back to speak again in the near future!”

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