Resume Award Winners (TORI & WBRW)

Award-Winning Resume Writers and Their Winning Resumes

TORIToast of the Resume Industry Awards

Each year, CDI hosts the resume writing industry’s most prestigious Toast of the Resume Industry™ (TORI) resume writing competition. This is an international competition in which contestants submit their best work in a category.

Winners are selected by a blind panel of global industry experts. Nominees are selected followed by first, second, and third place winners in each category.

WBRWWorld’s Best Resume Awards

CDI embarked on a unique competition in 2008 to find the World’s Best Resume Writers!

The competition was opened to any English-writing individual in the world who wanted to try their hand at professional resume writing. The competition was standardized by providing all candidates the same note files. Two separate competitions were hosted with industry professional judges and the general public.

2014 TORI Award Nominees and Winners

Please keep in mind that our nominees and winners span the globe and may not always reflect a US format, wording, or content selection. Winning resumes and letters may have been formatted in international A4 size, so they may appear differently when you view them.

Additionally, please scroll to the bottom of the page for a note on ATS resumes and the TORI awards. 

Best International Resume

Victoria McLean, City CV Ltd.
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering
Ashleyanne Spencer-Smith, Consilium Careers
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 2nd Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 3rd Place – Victoria McLean

Best New Graduate Resume

Tamara Dowling, SeekingSuccess.com
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Adrienne Tom, Career Impressions
Sharon Williams, JobRockit
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering

Winners:
– 1st Place – Rosa Vargas
– 2nd Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 3rd Place – Adrienne Tom

Best Creative Resume

Ashleyanne Spencer-Smith, Consilium Careers
Laura Gonzalez, Masterwork Resumes
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering
Cheryl L. Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Marlene Cole, Pilbara Resumes

Winners:
– 1st Place – Marlene Cole
– 2nd Place – Cheryl L. Simpson
– 3rd Place – Rosa Vargas

Best Accounting & Finance Resume

Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Freddie Rohner, iHire, LLC
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Michelle Dumas, Distinctive Career Services, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 3rd Place – Kimberly Robb Baker

Best Information Technology (IT) Resume

Michelle Dumas, Distinctive Career Services, LLC
Adrienne Tom, Career Impressions
Ken Docherty, Docherty Career Management
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense

Winners:
– 1st Place – Michelle Dumas
– 2nd Place – Donald Burns
– 3rd Place – Adrienne Tom

Best Executive Resume

Ken Docherty, Docherty Career Management
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering
Michelle Dumas, Distinctive Career Services, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 2nd Place – Ken Docherty
– 3rd Place – Michelle Dumas

Best Healthcare/Medical Resume

Kristin Johnson, Profession Direction
Sharon Williams, JobRockit
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering
Michelle Dumas, Distinctive Career Services, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kimberly Robb Baker
– 2nd Place – Kristin S. Johnson
– 3rd Place – Michelle Dumas

Best Sales Resume

Karen D’Anna, Write On Resume Services
Cheryl L. Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering
Leeza Byers, Byers Workforce Solutions
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense

Winners:
– 1st Place – Cheryl L. Simpson
– 2nd Place – Donald Burns
– 3rd Place – Rosa Vargas

Best Cover Letter

Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Sharon Williams, JobRockit
Leeza Byers, Byers Workforce Solutions
Laura Gonzalez, Masterwork Resumes
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Gonzalez
– 2nd Place – Sharon Williams
– 3rd Place – Rosa Vargas

Special Thanks to 2014 Judges:

Director of Awards – Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes®
Annemarie Cross – Advanced Employment Concepts
Laurie Berenson – Sterling Career Concepts, LLC
Erin Kennedy – Professional Resume Services
Jeri Hird Dutcher – Workwrite
Audrey Prenzel – Resume Resources
Grant Cooper – CareerPro of New Orleans / Strategic Resumes
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging, LLC
Laura Labovich – The Career Strategy Group
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes
Michael Kranes – Resume Slayer
Melissa Cooper – RezBiz, LLC
Jill Kelly – Outplacement Australia / Career Edge

2013 TORI Award Nominees and Winners

Best International Resume

Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense
Gulnar Mewawala, The Emphatic Resume
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Cheryl L. Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kimberly Robb Baker
– 2nd Place – Brenda Bernstein
– 3rd Place – Cheryl L. Simpson

Best New Graduate Resume

Victoria McLean, City CV Ltd.
Freddie Cheek, Cheek & Associates, LLC
Michelle Riklan, Riklan Resources
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
LaTonya Williams, CareerForce Dynamics, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Victoria McLean
– 2nd Place – Michelle Riklan
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Creative Resume

Miriam Cha, Metro Resumes
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Michelle Lopez, One2One Resumes
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Rosa Vargas, Career Steering

Winners:
– 1st Place – Michelle Lopez
– 2nd Place – Rosa Vargas
– 3rd Place – Miriam Cha

Best Re-entry Resume

Amy L. Adler, Five Strengths Career Transition Experts
Kelly Donovan, Kelly Donovan & Associates
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Christine Robinson, Professional Designs Writing Service

Winners:
– 1st Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 2nd Place – Gayle Howard
– 3rd Place – Christine Robinson

Best Information Technology (IT) Resume

Diane Murphy Goldstein, MG Resume & Coaching Services
Ginger Korljan, Take Charge Coaching
Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros 4 Less
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Maureen McCann, ProMotion Career Solutions

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 2nd Place – Maureen McCann
– 3rd Place – Diane Murphy Goldstein

Best Executive Resume

Amy L. Adler, Five Strengths Career Transition Experts
Tom Albano, All Star Career Services
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Cheryl L. Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue

Winners:
– 1st Place – Cheryl L. Simpson
– 2nd Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 3rd Place – Amy L. Adler

Best Healthcare/Medical Resume

Ann Baehr, Best Resumes of New York
Laura Gonzalez, Masterwork Resumes
Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kimberly Robb Baker
– 2nd Place – Ann Baehr
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Sales Resume

Tom Albano, All Star Career Services
Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 2nd Place – Kimberly Robb Baker
– 3rd Place – Tom Albano

Best Cover Letter

Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Michelle Lopez, One2One Resumes
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Sharon Williams, JobRockit

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 3rd Place – Michelle Lopez

Special Thanks to 2013 Judges:

Director of Awards – Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes®
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Résumé Solutions
Jennifer Hay – IT Resume Service
Jeri Hird Dutcher – Workwrite
Audrey Prenzel – Resume Resources
Grant Cooper – CareerPro of New Orleans / Strategic Resumes
Kimberley Bethke – Surcorp Resume Solutions
Norine Dagliano – ekm Inspirations
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging, LLC
Laura Labovich – The Career Strategy Group
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes

2012 TORI Award Nominees and Winners

Best International Resume

Victoria McLean, City CV Ltd.
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Kimberley Bethke, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Amanda Andrews, Professional Resume Services
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kimberley Bethke
– 2nd Place – Barbara Safani
– 3rd Place – Gayle Howard

Best New Graduate Resume

Adrienne Tom, Career Impressions
Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC
Kornelia Telesz, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Victoria McLean, City CV Ltd.
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kornelia Telesz
– 2nd Place – Adrienne Tom
– 3rd Place – Brenda Bernstein

Best Creative Resume

Tina Nicolai, Resume Writers’ Ink, LLC®
Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Kristin Johnson, Profession Direction
Patricia Duckers, Prism Writing Services, LLC/CareerPro Global, Inc.
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Cheryl Simpson
– 2nd Place – Kristin Johnson
– 3rd Place – Barbara Safani

Best Re-entry Resume

Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC
Kimberley Bethke, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Wayne Pagani, W.P. Consulting & Associates
Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Amanda Andrews, Professional Resume Services

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kimberley Bethke
– 2nd Place – Amanda Andrews
– 3rd Place – Wayne Pagani

Best Technical Resume

Roland Coombes, Itouch Professional Resume Writing
Sandra Ingemansen, Emprove Performance Group, LLC
Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros 4 Less
Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 2nd Place – Surranna Sandy
– 3rd Place – Barbara Safani

Best Executive Resume

Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Group/Resume Solutions
Amy L. Adler, Five Strengths Career Transition Experts
Sandra Ingemansen, Emprove Performance Group, LLC
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense

Winners:
– 1st Place – Amy L. Adler
– 2nd Place – Surranna Sandy
– 3rd Place – Donald Burns

Best Sales and Marketing Resume

Laurie Berenson, Sterling Career Concepts, LLC
Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Sharon Williams, JobRockit
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Sharon Williams
– 3rd Place – Barbara Safani

Best Military Conversion Resume

Amanda Andrews, Professional Resume Services
Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros 4 Less
Fran Sheridan, CareerPro Global/21st Century Resumes
Sandra Ingemansen, Resume Strategies
Diana Dryden Smith, Federal Resume Resources

Winners:
– 1st Place – Sandra Ingemansen
– 2nd Place – Fran Sheridan
– 3rd Place – Amanda Andrews

Best Cover Letter

Kimberly Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Wayne Pagani, W.P. Consulting & Associates
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Kevin R. Morris, CareerMobile
Donald Burns, Donald Burns’ Career Defense
Sandra Ingemansen, Emprove Performance Group, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Kevin R. Morris
– 3rd Place – Sandra Ingemansen

Special Thanks to 2012 Judges:

Director of Awards – Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes®
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging, LLC
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Résumé Solutions
Laura Labovich – The Career Strategy Group
Annemarie Cross – Advanced Employment Concepts
Jill Kelly – Career Edge
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Michael Kranes – Resume Slayer
Audrey Prenzel – Resume Resources

2011 TORI Award Nominees and Winners

Best International Resume

Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Donald Burns, DonaldBurns.com
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies
Maureen McCann, ProMotion Career Solutions

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 3rd Place – Sandra Ingemansen

Best New Graduate Resume

Ginger Korljan, Take Charge Coaching
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas, Career Steering
Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Kevin R. Morris, CareerMobile
Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Resume Solutions, Resume Solutions

Winners:
– 1st Place – Cheryl Simpson
– 2nd Place – Surranna Sandy
– 3rd Place – Rosa E. Vargas

Best Creative Resume

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas, Career Steering
Michelle Riklan, Riklan Resources
Tina Nicolai, Resume Writers’ Ink, LLC®
Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Cheryl Simpson
– 2nd Place – Michelle Riklan
– 3rd Place – Rosa E. Vargas

Best LinkedIn Profile

Karen Siwak, Resume Confidential
Donald Burns, DonaldBurns.com
Maureen McCann, ProMotion Career Solutions
Melanie Lenci, Résumé Relief
Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue

Winners:
– 1st Place – Donald Burns
– 2nd Place – Melanie Lenci
– 3rd Place – Cheryl Simpson

Best Technical Resume

Leeza Byers, Byers Workforce Solutions
Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros for Less
Kevin R. Morris, CareerMobile
Jennifer Hay, IT Resume Service
Donald Burns, DonaldBurns.com

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kevin R. Morris
– 2nd Place – Jennifer Hay
– 3rd Place – Donald Burns

Best Executive Resume

Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Holly S. Reslink, EmpowerLink, LLC
Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue
Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Resume Solutions, Resume Solutions
Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 2nd Place – Surranna Sandy
– 3rd Place – Cheryl Simpson

Best Sales and Marketing Resume

Surranna Sandy, Surcorp Resume Solutions, Resume Solutions
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas, Career Steering
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Sharon Williams, JobRockit
Victoria McLean, City CV Ltd.
Sandra Ingemansen, Résumé Strategies

Winners:
– 1st Place – Surranna Sandy
– 2nd Place – Rosa E. Vargas
– 3rd Place – Gayle Howard

Best Military Conversion Resume

Lee Kelley, CareerPro Global, Inc.
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Nancy Segal, Solutions for the Workplace, LLC
Joseph L. Tatner, CareerPro Global, Inc.
Fran Sheridan, CareerPro Global, Inc.

Winners:
– 1st Place – Lee Kelley
– 2nd Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Cover Letter

Kevin R. Morris, CareerMobile
Maureen McCann, ProMotion Career Solutions
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas, Career Steering

Winners:
– 1st Place – Kevin R. Morris
– 2nd Place – Gayle Howard
– 3rd Place – Maureen McCann

Special Thanks to 2011 Judges:

Director of Awards – Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes®
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging, LLC
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Résumé Solutions
Laura Labovich – Aspire! Empower! Career Strategy Group
Annemarie Cross – Advanced Employment Concepts
Jill Kelly – Career Edge
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
August Cohen – Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC

2010 TORI Award Nominees and Winners

Best International Resume

Beverley Neil, d’Scriptive Words
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Kim Robb Baker, Movin’ On Up Resumes
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC
Peter Hill, P.H.I. Consulting

Winners:
– 1st Place – Debra Mills
– 2nd Place – Peter Hill
– 3rd Place – August Cohen

Best New Graduate Resume

Ginger Korljan, Take Charge Coaching
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC
Barb Poole, Hire Imaging, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 2nd Place – August Cohen
– 3rd Place – Jennifer Rushton

Best Creative Resume

Rosa Vargas, Creating Prints
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC
Jeri Hird Dutcher, Workwrite
Kris Plantrich, ResumeWonders Writing and Career Coaching Services
Michelle Riklan, Riklan Resources

Winners:
– 1st Place – Jeri Hird Dutcher
– 2nd Place – August Cohen
– 3rd Place – Michelle Riklan

Best Career Change Resume

Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Mary DeLuca, Preferred Résumé® Group, LLC
Maureen McCann, ProMotion Career Solutions
Wayne Pagani, W.P. Consulting & Associates
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Maureen McCann
– 2nd Place – August Cohen
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Technical Resume

Cheryl Milmoe, Career Management Solutions
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC
Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros 4 Less

Winners:
– 1st Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 2nd Place – August Cohen
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Executive Resume

Alexander Kofman, Resume Pros 4 Less
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Rosa Vargas, Creating Prints
August Cohen, Get Hired Stay Hired, LLC
Erin Kennedy, Professional Resume Services
Holly Reslink, EmpowerLink, LLC
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Winners:
– 1st Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 2nd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 3rd Place – Erin Kennedy

Best Sales and Marketing Resume

Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Surranna Sandy, Resume Solutions
Karen D’Anna, Write On Resume Services
Holly Reslink, EmpowerLink, LLC
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Winners:
– 1st Place – Holly Reslink
– 2nd Place – Surranna Sandy
– 3rd Place – Jennifer Rushton

Best Military Conversion Resume

Mark Holmes, CareerPro Global, Inc.
Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer
Terrie Osborn, Resumes Etc.
Camille Roberts, CC Career Services
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Fran Sheridan, CareerPro Global, Inc.

Winners:
– 1st Place – Terrie Osborn
– 2nd Place – Camille Roberts
– 3rd Place – Mark Holmes

Best Cover Letter

Holly Reslink, EmpowerLink, LLC
Karen Bartell, Best-in-Class Resumes
Patricia Duckers, CareerPro Global Inc.
Surranna Sandy, Resume Solutions
Camille Roberts, CC Career Services
Doug Morrison, Career Power

Winners:
– 1st Place – Patricia Duckers
– 2nd Place – Camille Roberts
– 3rd Place – Surranna Sandy

Special Thanks to 2010 Judges:

Director of Awards – Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Cheryl Lynch Simpson – Executive Resume Rescue
Robin Schlinger – Robin’s Resumes®
Tamara Dowling – SeekingSuccess.com
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Tony Deblauwe – HR4Change
Susan Joyce – Job-Hunt.org
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes
Sharon Williams – JobRockit

2009 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best International Resume

Susan Kelly Easton – Competitive Edge Career Services
Laura Labovich – A & E Consulting, LLC
Kathleen Alexander – Clever Fox
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Tamara Dowling – SeekingSuccess.com

Winners:
– 1st Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 2nd Place – Kathleen Alexander
– 3rd Place – Tamara Dowling

Best New Graduate Resume

Peter Hill – P.H.I. Consulting
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Career Marketing
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging
August Cohen – GetHiredStayHired, LLC

Winners:
– 1st Place – Peter Hill
– 2nd Place – Barb Poole
– 3rd Place – Gayle Howard

Best Creative Resume

Norine Dagliano – ekm Inspirations
Kris Plantrich – Resume Wonders Writing and Career Coaching Services
Cliff Flamer – BrightSide Resumes
Tamara Dowling – SeekingSuccess.com
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Career Marketing
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Tamara Dowling
– 2nd Place – Cliff Flamer
– 3rd Place – Gayle Howard

Best Resume for Career Change

Erin Kennedy – Professional Resume Services
Kris Plantrich – Resume Wonders Writing and Career Coaching Services
Holly Reslink – Leadership Resumes / Career Biography
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Billie Jordan – Advantage Resumes and Career Services

Winners:
– 1st Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 2nd Place – Kris Plantrich
– 3rd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx

Best Technical Resume

Cliff Flamer – BrightSide Resumes
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Career Marketing
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Barbara Safani
– 2nd Place – Cliff Flamer
– 3rd Place – Jennifer Rushton

Best Executive Resume

Peter Hill – P.H.I. Consulting
Gillian Kelly – Career Edge
Barb Poole – Hire Imaging
August Cohen – GetHiredStayHired, LLC
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Career Marketing
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Peter Hill
– 2nd Place – Laura Smith-Proulx
– 3rd Place – Gillian Kelly

Best Sales and Marketing Resume

Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Gillian Kelly – Career Edge
Kathleen Alexander – Clever Fox
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winners:
– 1st Place – Barbara Safani
– 2nd Place – Jennifer Rushton
– 3rd Place – Kathleen Alexander

Best Military Conversion Resume

Lee Kelley – CareerPro Global, Inc.
Fran Sheridan – CareerPro Global, Inc.
Annemarie Cross – Advanced Employment Concepts
Kris Plantrich – Resume Wonders Writing and Career Coaching Services
Gillian Kelly – Career Edge
Michael Kranes – Resume Slayer

Winners:
– 1st Place – Michael Kranes
– 2nd Place – Gillian Kelly
– 3rd Place – Annemarie Cross

Best Cover Letter

August Cohen – GetHiredStayHired, LLC
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers
Debra Mills – Pro-CV Writing Services
Gillian Kelly – Career Edge
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume

Winners:
– 1st Place – August Cohen
– 2nd Place – Debra Mills
– 3rd Place – Barbara Safani

Special Thanks to 2009 Judges:

Director of Awards – John Donovan
Cheryl Lynch Simpson – Executive Resume Rescue
Robin Schlinger – Robin’s Resumes®
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Resume Solutions
Don Skipper – Career Beginnings, Inc.
Laura Drew, Carolina Career Coach
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Tony Deblauwe – HR4Change
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes
Louise Kursmark – Best Impression Career Services, Inc.

2008 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best International Resume

Gillian Kelly, Career Edge
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Cheryl Harland, Resumes by Design
Beverley Neil, d’Scriptive Words
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Best New Graduate Resume

Roland Coombes, Itouch Professional Resume Writing
Norine Dagliano, ekm Inspirations
Erin Kennedy, Professional Resume Services
Gillian Kelly, Career Edge
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Best Creative Resume

Tamara Dowling, SeekingSuccess.com
Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Norine Dagliano, ekm Inspirations
Roland Coombes, Itouch Professional Resume Writing

Winners:
First Place: Roland Coombes – Australia
Second Place: Barbara Safani – US
Third Place: Norine Dagliano – US

Best Resume for Career Re-Entry (2nd Career)

Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Freddie Cheek, Cheek & Associates, LLC
Tamara Dowling, SeekingSuccess.com
Norine Dagliano, ekm Inspirations
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Best Technical Resume

Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Best Executive Resume

Sharon Williams, JobRockit.com
Laura Labovich, A & E Consulting, LLC
Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Winners:
First Place: Sharon Williams – US
Second Place: Barbara Safani – US
Third Place: Laura Labovich – US

Best Sales and Marketing Resume

Barb Poole, Hire Imaging
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Illona Vanderwoude, Career Branches
Laura Labovich, A & E Consulting, LLC
Gillian Kelly, Career Edge

Winners:
First Place: Barb Poole – US
Second Place: Gillian Kelly – Australia
Third Place: Debra Mills – Scotland (UK)

Best Military Conversion Resume

Audrey Field Prenzel, Resume Resources
Annemarie Cross, Advanced Employment Concepts
Angela Jones, Resume Rescue of San Diego
Jan Leary, CareerPro Global, Inc.
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing

Winners:
First Place: Annemarie Cross – Australia
Second Place: Angela Jones – US
Third Place: Audrey Prenzel – Canada

Best Cover Letter

Sharon Williams, JobRockit.com
Tamara Dowling, SeekingSuccess.com
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Beverley Neil, d-Scriptive Words

Winners:
First Place: Sharon Williams – US
Second Place: Barbara Safani – US
Third Place: Beverley Neil – Australia

Special Thanks to 2008 Judges:

Director of Awards – John Donovan
Robin Schlinger – Robin’s Resumes®
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Resume Solutions
Don Skipper – Career Beginnings, Inc.
Malloy Lacktman – Sage Resumes
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Tony Deblauwe – HR4Change
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes
Louise Kursmark – Best Impression Career Services, Inc.
Jane Roqueplot – Jane Co’s Sensible Solutions

2008 World’s Best Resume Nominees & Winners

Professional Vote Winners

1st Place, Professional: Sharon Williams, JobRockit.com – Resume Z
2nd Place, Professional: Cliff Flamer, BrightSide Resumes – Resume Y
3rd Place, Professional: Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing – Resume X

Public Vote Winners

1st Place, Public: Cliff Flamer, BrightSide Resumes – Resume Y
2nd Place, Public: Gayle Howard, Top Margin Career Marketing – Resume X
3rd Place, Public: Sharon Williams, JobRockit.com – Resume Z

Special Thanks to 2008 World’s Best Judges:

Brian McComak, MSM, PHR – Director, Human Resources, L’Oreal
Amy Clem – Sr. Recruiter, Volkswagen
Barbara Safani, CMRW, CPRW, MA, BA, NCRW, CCM – Career Solvers / Fast Track Transition Career Research
Vera Morales – Regional HR Director, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Darlene Dassy, CMRW, CARW, BBA – Dynamic Resume Solutions
Joe Sabrin – EVP/Founder – eHire.com
Tina Kashlak, PHR, BA – Regional HR Manager, Pacific Sunwear of California
Laura Labovich, MLRHR, CFRW, CARW – A & E Consulting, LLC
Marta Hayes-Trice – Sr. Manager, Career Services – American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Services, Inc.
Tony Deblauwe, CCRE, MA, MCD, MHROD, CLC, CEC – HR4Change
Robin Schlinger, CARW, CFRW, CECC, BSChE, CFRWC – Robin’s Resumes
Lynn M. Lorenz, SPHR, MBA, MA – HR Goddess, LLC
Delia Troy – VP, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Operations – Beeline
Dave Guerra – CEO, Corpus Optima
Diane Long – Kelly Services
Laura Drew, CEIC – Carolina Career Coach, Inc.

2007 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best International Resume

Beverley Neil – d’Scriptive Words
Debbie Navara – www.resumesonline.com.au
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen

Best New Graduate Resume

Laura Labovich – A & E Consulting, LLC
Erin Kennedy – Professional Resume Services
Sharon Williams – JobRockit
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online

Best Creative Resume

Beth Stefani – Orison Professional Services, Inc.
Jill Kelly – Career Edge
Debra Mills – Pro-CV Writing Services
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online

Best Resume for Career Re-Entry

Erin Kennedy – Professional Resume Services
Freddie Cheek – Cheek & Associates, LLC
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online

Winner: Gayle Howard

Best Technical Resume

Karen Bartell – Best-In-Class Resumes
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Jill Kelly – Career Edge
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winner: Jill Kelly

Best Executive Resume

Annemarie Cross – Advanced Employment Concepts
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Jill Kelly – Career Edge

Best Professional Resume

Lisa Becker – CareerPro Global, Inc.
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Gayle Howard – Top Margin Resumes Online
Freddie Cheek – Cheek & Associates, LLC
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Best Career Change Resume

Barb Poole – Hire Imaging
Sharon Williams – JobRockit
Freddie Cheek – Cheek & Associates, LLC
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Jill Kelly – Career Edge

Winner: Barb Poole

Best Cover Letter

Arnold Boldt – Arnold Smith Associates
Beverley Neil – d’Scriptive Words
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Laura Smith-Proulx – An Expert Resume
Sharon Williams – JobRockit

Special Thanks to 2007 Judges:

Director of Awards – John Donovan
Robin Schlinger – Robin’s Resumes®
Darlene Dassy – Dynamic Resume Solutions
Don Skipper – Career Beginnings, Inc.
Malloy Lacktman – Sage Resumes
Susan Guarneri – AssessmentGoddess.com
Susan Geary – 1st Rate Resumes
Marty Weitzman – Gilbert Resumes
Louise Kursmark – Best Impression Career Services, Inc.
Jane Roqueplot – Jane Co’s Sensible Solutions
Nona Pratz – Types Write
Nicole Miller – Milroy Consultants

2006 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

* Please keep in mind that our winners span the globe and may not always reflect a US format, wording or content selection.

Best International Resume

Camille Carboneau Roberts, Superior Resumes
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Resumes Online
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best New Graduate Resume

Kaye Blosser, R.L. Stevens & Associates
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Resumes Online
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Sharon Pierce-Williams, The Resume.Doc
Daisy Wright, The Wright Career Solution

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Creative Resume

Arnold Boldt, Arnold-Smith Associates
Jill Kelly, Career Edge
Ellen Mulqueen, The Institute of Living
Nona Pratz, Types Write
Sharon Pierce-Williams, The Resume.Doc

Winner: Sharon Pierce-Williams – United States

Best Resume for Re-Entry

Arnold Boldt, Arnold-Smith Associates
Camille Carboneau Roberts, Superior Resumes
Ellen Mulqueen, The Institute of Living
Barb Poole, Hire Imaging
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen

Winner: Barb Poole – United States

Best Technical Resume

Audrey Field, Resume Resources
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Resumes Online
Laura Smith-Proulx, Evans Resumes / Career Change Resumes
Jennifer Rushton – Keraijen
Barbara Safani – Career Solvers

Winner: Jennifer Rushton – Australia

Best Executive Resume

Deb James, Leading-Edge Resumes & Career Services
Louise Kursmark, Best Impression Career Services, Inc.
Beverley Neil, d’Scriptive Words
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Sharon Pierce-Williams, The Resume.Doc

Winner: Sharon Pierce-Williams – United States

Best Professional Resume

Gayle Howard, Top Margin Resumes Online
Jennifer Rushton, Keraijen
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Sharon Pierce-Williams, The Resume.Doc
Beverley Neil, d’Scriptive Words

Winner: Beverley Neil – Australia

Best Cover Letter

Camille Carboneau Roberts, Superior Resumes
Debra Mills, Pro-CV Writing Services
Beverley Neil, d’Scriptive Words
Barbara Safani, Career Solvers
Sharon Pierce-Williams, The Resume.Doc

Winner: Debra Mills – Scotland

2004 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best New Graduate Resume

Darlene Dassy
Gayle Howard
Grant Cooper
Annemarie Cross
Kaye Blosser
Barb Poole

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Professional Resume

Gayle Howard
Lea Clark

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Creative Resume

Gillian Kelly
Ellen Mulqueen
Arnold Boldt

Winner: Gillian Kelly – Australia

Best Federal Resume

Kaye Blosser
Paul Willis

Winner: Kaye Blosser

Best Technical Resume

Jennifer Rushton
Freddie Cheek
Gayle Howard
Kaye Blosser
Annemarie Cross

Winner: Jennifer Rushton – Australia

Best Cover Letter

Arnold Boldt
Doug Morrison
David Humphrey

Winner: Doug Morrison

Best International Resume

Barb Poole
Gayle Howard
Annemarie Cross

Winner: Barb Poole

Best Web Resume

Paul Willis

Winner: Paul Willis

Best Executive Resume

Annemarie Cross
Kaye Blosser
Beverly Neil
Barb Poole
Gayle Howard

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

2003 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best Executive Resume

Camille Carboneau (Idaho)
Sharon Pierce-Williams (Ohio)
Barb Poole (Minnesota)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best New Graduate Resume

Freddie Cheek (New York)
Jennifer Rushton (Australia)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Susan Geary (Nevada)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Resume for Career Change

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Camille Carboneau (Idaho)
Sharon Pierce-Williams (Ohio)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Jennifer Rushton (Australia)

Winner: Annemarie Cross – Australia

Best Creative Resume

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Susan Geary (Nevada)
Sharon Pierce-Williams (Ohio)

Winner: Sharon Pierce-Williams – Ohio

Best Resume for Re-Entry

Jennifer Rushton (Australia)
Audrey Field (Canada)
Barb Poole (Minnesota)
Gayle Howard (Australia)

Winner: Barb Poole – Minnesota

Best Military Conversion Resume

Audrey Field (Canada)
Gayle Howard (Australia)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Technical Resume

Gayle Howard (Australia)
Annemarie Cross (Australia)

Winner: Annemarie Cross – Australia

Best Cover Letter

Susan Geary (Nevada)
Beverley Neil (Australia)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)
Karen M. Silins (Missouri)

Winner: Beverley Neil – Australia

Best International Resume

Jennifer Rushton (Australia)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)
Debra Mills (Scotland)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Best Web Portfolio

Audrey Field (Canada)
Paul Willis (North Carolina)
Gayle Howard (Australia)

Winner: Audrey Field – Canada

2002 TORI Award Nominees & Winners

Best Executive Resume

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Sandy Hild (Texas)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Deb James (Ohio)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)

Winner: Louise Kursmark – Ohio

Best International Resume

Audrey Field, Résumé Resources (Canada)
Gayle Howard, Top Margin Resumes Online (Australia)
Louise Kursmark, Best Impression Career Services, Inc. (OH)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

New Graduate Resume

Freddie Cheek (New York)
Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)
Karen M. Silins (Missouri)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Career Change Resume

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Audrey Field (Canada)
Sandy Hild (Texas)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
John M. O’Connor (North Carolina)

Winner: John M. O’Connor – North Carolina

Creative Resume

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Rolande L. LaPointe (Maine)
Doug Morrison (North Carolina)
Karen M. Silins (Missouri)

Winner: Annemarie Cross – Australia

Re-Entry Resume

Freddie Cheek (New York)
Kristen Coria (Connecticut)
Kathy Hadley (Florida)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)

Winner: Gayle Howard – Australia

Federal Resume

Eric Brass (Virginia)
Grant Cooper (Louisiana)
John M. O’Connor (North Carolina)

Winner: John M. O’Connor – North Carolina

Military Resume

Audrey Field (Canada)
Gretchen Gaede (Colorado)
Sandy Hild (Texas)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Paul D. Willis (North Carolina)

Winner: Audrey Field – Canada

Technical Resume

Grant Cooper (Louisiana)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Louise Kursmark (Ohio)
Paul D. Willis (North Carolina)

Winner: Paul Willis – North Carolina

Cover Letter

Annemarie Cross (Australia)
Gretchen Gaede (Colorado)
Gayle Howard (Australia)
Doug Morrison (North Carolina)
Karen M. Silins (Missouri)

Winner: Karen M. Silins, Missouri

2001 TORI Award Winners

Best Format

1st – Gayle Howard (Australia)
2nd – Barb Poole (Minnesota)
3rd – Nick Marino (Texas)

Best Chronological

1st – Gayle Howard (Australia)
2nd – Nicole Miller (Canada)
3rd – Barb Poole (Minnesota)

Best Functional

1st – Lea Clark (Georgia)
2nd – Kathy Hadley (Florida)
3rd – Nicole Miller (Canada)

Best Content

1st – Colleen Newman (Australia)
2nd – Kathy Hadley (Florida)
3rd – Nicole Miller (Canada)

Most Creative

1st – Rolande LaPointe (Maine)
2nd – Gayle Howard (Australia)
3rd – Gary Soots (Indiana)

Best Cover Letter

1st – Jennifer Ayres (Michigan)
2nd – Gretchen Gaede (Colorado)
3rd – Colleen Newman (Australia)

Most Innovation Idea Award

Susan Geary (California) – Efforts toward creating Update Your Resume Month and Volunteers For Careers

Best Certified Resume Writer Submission

Lea Clark (Georgia)

Best Resume

1st – Nicole Miller (Canada)
2nd – Tammy Staley (Nevada)
3rd – Debbie Ellis (Kentucky)

2000 TORI Award Winners

Best Resume

1st – Gayle Howard
2nd – Dr. Jerry Bills
3rd – Nicole Miller

Best Cover Letter

1st – Nancy Davis
2nd – Barb Poole
3rd – Karen Silins

Most Creative Resume

1st – Laura DeCarlo
2nd – Gayle Howard
3rd – Barb Poole

Best Resume Format

1st – Laura DeCarlo
2nd – Dr. Jerry Bills
3rd – Gayle Howard

Best Resume Content

1st – Gayle Howard
2nd – Laura DeCarlo
3rd – Dr. Jerry Bills

Best Chronological Resume

1st – Barb Poole
2nd – Kathleen Schackart
3rd – Dr. Jerry Bills

Best Functional Resume

1st – Dr. Jerry Bills
2nd – Laura DeCarlo
3rd – Kathleen Schackart

Most Overall Points

Laura DeCarlo

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TORI Resumes and ATS Systems

TORI Resumes are networking resumes, which are used for job seekers in networking their way into jobs. Networking is the method in which over 60% of all job opportunities are found.

A scannable resume or an ATS resume, meant for automated tracking systems, is needed when a job applicant is applying online or when that type of resume is requested. Professional resume writers will advise their clients to first have a visual resume — one that combines visual impact, spacial segmentation of content for readability, and strategic branding to tease out the job seeker’s unique value. To complement this resume, a scannable version is always needed. Depending on the method of job search this may be an ATS resume which is customized for each position or it might simply be an ASCII resume. Both of these require dumbing down the format by stripping out the elements that make it friendly for a human while ensuring the key words are needed to match the job ad.

When opportunities emerge for a job seeker where there is limited certainty on what version to use, it is a good idea to send both. A simple line in the cover letter stating, “For your convenience I have also included an ATS-friendly resume” will suffice.

Bottom-line, the TORI resume represents the epitome of excellence for job seekers to stand out from the competition in a personalized, networked job search. An ATS or ASCII resume is a necessary complement to that resume but should never be the ONLY tool a job seeker uses since they dehumanize the document. Until machines are the sole decision maker it will always be necessary to appeal to the human aesthetic.