Thank you for checking out Skilled Assets!
As we celebrate our 5th year in business, we are also celebrating new opportunities which brought us to close our doors this year so we can redirect our attention. We are immensely proud of all of the work we have done through Skilled Assets and our lives are enriched by all of our clients and the people we have interacted with through our company. We hope that our mission will live on through you! Thank you for making Skilled Assets great! We hope that you continue working towards your career goals and incorporate proactive career management into your life.
Here are a few words from our founder, Michelle Aikman:
How It All Started
In 2010, I made the difficult decision to step away from my engineering profession in order to do my part to improve the hiring and retention landscape. I was dissatisfied with the way employers evaluated and selected candidates. The process was broken and many of ‘the best’ were slipping through the cracks. Employers were losing out and those individuals were definitely losing out. In 2011 I launched Skilled Assets to tackle this large-scale problem.
We started by working with individuals, helping them to navigate the rough waters of the job search. We offered Discovery Sessions, resume preparation services, online learning groups called TUNEin Huddles, and live WORKshops. We focused on transferable skills and empowering people to make difficult changes that would lead them to achieving their long-term career goals. Our services evolved over time and in 2016 we focused on proactive career management, offering one-on-one expert career Advising sessions and a suite of resume preparation services, which included our highly-acclaimed 5-Day Customized Brand Package (CBP) designed exclusively for high-performing professionals. In 2015 and 2016, I worked primarily with our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) clients.
In 2015, we launched our innovative do-it-yourself career management membership site, ProReactor®, which provided members with bite-sized toolkits and profile builders so they could always be on top of their career.
Driven By Heart
Since 2011, we have helped people within a wide spectrum of professions, industries, and regions but I spent majority of my time and energy advocating and supporting several core groups: high performers, military spouses, military and veterans, parents, and individuals with valuable transferable skill sets. I provided free and discounted services, wrote articles, presented at conferences, published materials, worked as a contractor and consultant for companies and organizations who wanted to improve their practices, and took every opportunity to be a vocal advocate. I also focused on educating and empowering the next generation to pursue their passions, advocate and promote themselves, and change the world for the better by activating their skills and talents.
Skilled Assets was driven by heart and a commitment to change the landscape. In 2015 alone, we gave 51% of our services for free to students, military spouses, transitioning military, veterans, partner members, and other individuals who qualified for discounts. This doesn’t include the vast number of volunteering hours, complimentary speaking engagements, and other community service and advocacy work that we gave throughout the year. We thank our clients for providing us with the opportunity to give back because it wasn’t possible without you!
If you are in search of a résumé writer, career coach, or advisor and would like a recommendation or referral, please contact me and I will gladly provide you with some suggestions.
All the best to you and thank you again for stopping by,
Michelle Aikman, Founder, Nationally Certified Résumé Writer and Career Management Expert
“My expectations were met and then exceeded! I was stuck and had a very narrow vision of what résumés and cover letters could look like and Skilled Assets really opened up my mind to the possibilities.“ ~Skilled Assets Client
“Thank you again, as none of this would be possible without you! Yes, I have the skills, experience and education, but you helped put all that into perspective, and showcased my abilities in a whole new light.” ~Skilled Assets Client
“My Advisor was able to find the good in what I thought was a big messy pile of unrelated work and education experience. She was able to tease out the common threads and the strong points and left me with the gift of a renewed belief in self!” ~Skilled Assets Client
“Thank you for the expert advice, always being there for guidance. More importantly, thank you for turning a miserable job hunt into a doorway filled with possibility and turning the “hunt” into a positive adventure filled with hope.” ~Skilled Assets Client