About Michelle Aikman, NCRW, Lead Career Management Consultant and Owner


Michelle Aikman, NCRW is an innovative career management consultant, professional résumé writer, trainer, speaker, active-duty military spouse, and engineer.

Michelle launched Skilled Assets after first-hand experience successfully navigating the job market, re-entering the workforce after time away, executing major career changes, and attaining career advancement while pursuing a fulfilling engineering career as an active-duty military spouse. ABC News recently featured Michelle and her journey. Read article >

She is on a mission to improve the hiring and advancement process for high-performing professionals. Through Skilled Assets, she draws upon her unique background in process improvement and risk management to provide innovative career strategy solutions for high-performing professionals and trailblazing corporate clients.

Michelle is an avid advocate for military spouses, transitioning military members, veterans, and stay-at-home parents. She specializes in proactive solutions for technical / specialty professionals, major career changers, and professionals with significant employment challenges such as gaps in paid employment or a string seemingly unrelated work experiences.

Navigating career changes, along with seeking and securing fulfilling employment, are complicated. In addition, the hiring process for most businesses is inefficient and often circumvented causing unnecessary waste and often the placement of candidates that are not the best fit. Michelle is committed to changing the way businesses recruit and hire which will ultimately create a more efficient process for companies and professionals.

Michelle Aikman, Nationally Certified Resume Writer

She is one of only 35 writers worldwide to hold the prestigious Nationally Certified Résumé Writer certification and is a member of Career Thought Leaders, National Career Development Association, National Résumé Writers’ Association. She contributes to Military Spouse magazine and in 2012, Michelle became the recipient of a National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship. She provided career expertise for Mothers & More and helped launch the Mothers Work Initiative. Michelle is a longtime member of the Society of Women Engineers and holds a MS in Engineering and Technology Management from Washington State University and a BS in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Public Affairs for Engineers from the Colorado School of Mines.

“Michelle is realistic, honest, straight forward and an absolute pleasure to work with. The skill level and knowledge base of her experience are invaluable to anyone with a more unusual or diverse background. I highly recommend her frequently to people.” ~Skilled Assets Client

Title :

Lead Career Management Consultant and Owner, Skilled Assets, LLC

Degrees & Credentials :

Nationally Certified Résumé Writer (NCRW)
MS Engineering and Technology Management, Washington State University
BS Chemical Engineering, Minor in Public Affairs for Engineers, Colorado School of Mines

Memberships :


National Résumé Writers’ Association
Career Thought Leaders
National Career Development Association
Society of Women Engineers
Mothers & More

Michelle has presented at or offered career expertise to :

  • Engineering and Technical Conferences & Societies 
  • Society of Women Engineers
    Tulsa Engineering Summit
    Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) 

  • Trade Organizations 
  • Meeting Planners International (MPI) 
  • Universities 
  • University of Illinois Edwardsville
    Eastern Washington University
    Gonzaga University 

  • Primary and Secondary Schools 
  • Spokane Public Schools – Federal Grant Programs like GEAR UP and AVID
    Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at Spokane Valley Tech
  • Local Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Rung - a St. Louis nonprofit resale clothing boutique making a difference for women at all levels of the career ladder
    Lydia’s House - transitional support for victims of domestic violence in St. Louis 

  • Entrepreneur groups 
  • Washington University Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurship Studies
    Lab1500 - St. Louis entrepreneurial hub
    Spokane Professionals Meetup Group

  • … in addition to many others

Industry Presentations :

“Mind the Gap: Resume Strategies for People with Paid Work Gaps,” scheduled to present to the National Résumé Writers’ Association (2014)
“Do You Need to be Certified? YES! Here’s Why and How to Get There,” schedule to be a panelist at the National Résumé Writers’ Association (2014)
“Quantifying Accomplishments,” presented to the National Résumé Writers’ Association (2013)

Presentations :

“Branding with Transferable Skills”
“Quantifying Accomplishments”
“Progressive Employment Strategies”
“Navigating the Hidden Job Market”
“LinkedIn® Etiquette”
“Strategic Résumés that Work!”
“Build a Powerful Professional Portfolio”
“Volunteering Gateways”
“Time for a Change: Strategic Career Moves”
“Translating Non-Paid Work on Résumés”
“The Future of Job Seeking” ~ Roundtable Discussion
plus many more

Published Articles :

10 Giveaways that You are a Milspouse Candidate
10 Tips to Nail Your Next Job Interview
6 Strategies for the Career-Driven Spouse” (digital and print)
5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Everyday
7 Ways to Get Moving on LinkedIn
“Sinking to Soaring – 7 Steps to Position Yourself for Success”
“How Your Next PCS Can Improve Your Career”
“What It Takes To Find Employment in Today’s Market – Strategic Resumes”
“5 Lessons from Moving my Business Across State Lines”

Mentioned :

ABC News, “90% of Military Wives Jobless or Underemployed ‘Not Acceptable’”
US News and World Report, “Try These Résumé Formats When Job Searching“
Successful Military Wife, “Interview with Military Spouse Entrepreneur, Michelle Aikman”
Successful Military Wife, “What to Start Doing TODAY to be Massively Successful: From 17 Highly Accomplished Military Spouse Entrepreneurs, Authors, & Professionals”

Additional specialized training and enhancing experiences :

National Résumé Writers’ Association National Conference (2013, 2012)

      • LinkedIn Profile Seminar
      • “Great Candidate, Great Résumé, But No Job Offers” Seminar
      • Online Branding Seminar
      • Bios and LinkedIn Profile Seminar
      • “Powerful Questions & Techniques to Move from being Stuck to Kick Butt” Seminar
      • SEO and Google Seminar
      • Human Resources (HR) & Recruiter Panel
      • “Solving Tough Résumé Problems with Strategic Formatting” Seminar

Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) Systems (2014)
Federal Resumes Seminar (2014, 2013)
Behavioral Interviewing Workshop (2013)
Career Planning (2013)
Spokane StartUp Weekend (2013) -  ad hoc team placed 2nd out of 13 teams for intense 54-hour business concept development competition

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