Feather Communications Owner Included in Recruiter.com E-Book

Feather Communications owner and Certified Professional Resume Writer, Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, has been included in the latest e-book by Recruiter.com, titled, Get Hired: 130+ Tips for Job Seekers from the Experts.

According to Recruiter.com, the average job search takes approximately six weeks. Few, if any job seekers, have time for lengthy job searches. The new e-book offering covers topics from cover letters and resumes to interview tips and job fair techniques. “I’m excited to be included among these top career experts and continually focus on providing tips that are easily-implemented and actionable,” Rothbauer-Wanish said.

Rothbauer-Wanish’s tip for the e-book is based on following-up after a job fair. “Job seekers need to take it upon themselves to follow up with potential connections from job fairs and networking. Many people overlook this important step and it can be the difference between being called in for an interview versus completely forgotten after the event,” she explained.

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, owner of Feather Communications, has been working with job seekers since 2008 to develop forward-thinking, eye-catching, and dynamic resumes for today’s marketplace. Her tips have been featured on MSN, Monster, Recruiter, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Management Resource Association websites. “I absolutely love what I do and I am passionate about helping people market themselves to land their dream jobs,” she concluded.

Feather Communications Owner Chosen as Speaker for Polka Dot Powerhouse Annual Celebration

Feather Communications owner and Certified Professional Resume Writer, Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, has been chosen as a breakout speaker for the 2016 Polka Dot Powerhouse Annual Celebration in St. Charles, IL.

Polka Dot Powerhouse is a connection company that focuses on bringing together the world’s most positive, action-forward, and amazing business women. The organization primarily focuses on building relationships, rather than just business transactions among its members. The Annual Celebration is a two-day event that allows members from all of its chapters to come together for speakers, sponsors, and workshops. During the event, held in October 2016, Rothbauer-Wanish will present a session about overcoming obstacles and setting goals—in both your personal and professional life.

“I’m excited to provide this session and look forward to sharing the knowledge I have gained through business and personal challenges,” Rothbauer-Wanish said. “It’s important to share both the positive and negative experiences with owning a business. I’m hoping this presentation will share some of my own history, along with techniques and ideas for moving past those issues and finding ways to still be greatly successful,” she continued.

Rothbauer-Wanish has attended each of the Polka Dot Powerhouse Annual Celebration events. “I attended the conference for the first-time in 2013 and was extremely impressed with the collaborations and professionalism of the attendees. I’m looking forward to participating again this year,” she concluded.

Feather Communications Voted as one of the Top Career Websites for 2015

Feather Communications’ website, www.feather-communications.com, has been voted as one of the Top Career Websites for 2015 by Career Igniter.

The top 45 websites were chosen, with representation mainly from the United States and additional sites from Denmark and the United Kingdom. Selection factors included level of usable information, how the site assists job seekers, and overall value related to resumes, career coaching, and employment advice. Various sources were used to compile a Career Igniter score for each website on the list. Sources included Alexa, Page Authority (PA), Domain Authority (DA), Klout Score, and the number of Twitter Followers.

“I’m honored to be a part of this listing and hope the information that we provide is helpful to job seekers while propelling them further ahead in their job search,” Rothbauer-Wanish said. “Those seeking new employment opportunities have many options when it comes to developing their resumes and I’m always excited to help clients polish their information to position themselves for today’s marketplace. The recognition from Career Igniter will help Feather Communications reach even more of those job seekers,” she concluded.

For more information on resume writing, please contact Feather Communications at 715-559-6378 or email heather@feather-communications.com.

Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish Chosen as Speaker for 2015 NRWA Conference

Feather Communications owner, Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, has been chosen as a breakout speaker for the 2015 National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NRWA Conference is designed to provide advanced training and education about the latest trends, issues, and technologies impacting the career industry. The conference, held annually, caters to professional resume writers, career coaches, and educational institution placement professionals. During the conference, held in September 2015, Rothbauer-Wanish will present a session titled, “Top 10 Methods for Marketing Your Resume Business on a Budget.”

“I’m excited to provide this session and look forward to sharing the knowledge I have gained during my seven-year entrepreneurial journey,” Rothbauer-Wanish said. “Job seekers have many options when writing their resumes and I’ve been able to cultivate a resume client base through networking, consistent branding, and word-of-mouth referrals—I’ll be sharing some of these techniques during my presentation,” she continued.

Rothbauer-Wanish also provided a session during the 2014 NRWA Conference in Denver, Colorado. “I attended the conference for the first-time in 2014 and was extremely impressed with the collaborations and professionalism of the attendees. I’m looking forward to participating again this year,” she concluded.

For more information on resume writing, please contact Feather Communications at 715-559-6378 or email heather@feather-communications.com.

Feather Communications Owner Earns Ph.D. in Organization and Management

Feather Communications owner, Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, has earned her Ph.D. in Organization and Management with an Emphasis in Leadership from Capella University.

While obtaining her Ph.D. and throughout the dissertation process, Rothbauer-Wanish remained focused on leadership and how it helps organizations to propel forward within the marketplace. Her dissertation, ‘Leadership in Economic Development: An Ex-Post Facto Study,’ analyzed how various styles of leadership of Certified Economic Developers affected job growth within specific geographical areas. “It was extremely interesting to discover the role that leadership plays in the success or the failure of strategic goals,” she said.

As part of her business, Rothbauer-Wanish has delivered numerous presentations to local chambers of commerce, organizations, and networking groups. She is hoping to expand the workshop and teaching portion of her business to include seminars on leadership and management within the workplace. “I have always enjoyed teaching and now I am ready to utilize my education and personal experiences to help others achieve their leadership goals,” she said.

For more information on workshop opportunities, please contact Feather Communications at 715-559-6378 or email heather@feather-communications.com.

How to Create a Resume for a Stay-at-Home Mom

Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from a stay-at-home mom. She was considering entering the workforce, after staying home for 18 years to care for her son. Fortunately, she was able to provide for him during that time, take him to practices, attend school functions, and volunteer whenever possible. Now, comes the difficult part.
Jenny called me because she wanted to know how she should represent those 18 years of her life on her resume. Should she just start with her last paid position? Should she list stay-at-home mom, but not include many details? Or, should she turn to a functional resume and simply highlight her skills? As I talked to her, I realized that she was very concerned about how this would appear to a potential employer.

I assured her that I could work her to find the best solution to her challenge. We went through several steps and I encouraged her throughout the process. It turns out that she was worried her skills weren’t transferable to today’s workplace. As a stay-at-home mom and a single parent, she had plenty of skills that are desired by many employers. During her period as a full-time parent that was not in the paid workforce, she balanced many priorities, scheduled events, organized household finances, communicated with school personnel and other parents, and managed the interior and exterior of her home.

First, we organized her skills and provided a title for her position. Instead of listing her as a “domestic engineer” or some other fancy term, we said it like it was: Stay-at-Home Mom. Next, we listed what she had accomplished during that time frame. Remember—she had been in this position for 18 years; this was not going to be a one-line description. And, also remember that these skills need to be transferable. Using words like organize, budget, communication, oversee, manage, lead, and establish ensure we are using career-oriented verbiage. Finally, we included volunteerism. While Jenny was a stay-at-home mom, she had the opportunity to volunteer in several events through school and the community. This was pertinent information and was included on the document.

So, if you or someone you know is trying to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home parent, please remember to list this information. This is no longer a big secret or something that needs to be hidden. Consider your skills, accomplishments, and tasks during this time period and ensure they are represented on your resume. Don’t sell yourself short – staying home with children IS a job and should be represented on your resume. If you have additional questions, please contact me.