When you’re looking to advance your career, it is beneficial to know someone who is an expert at resume creation and interview review.
For Wendy Alexander of Resume Elevator and HAPPY Career Hub, it has become a career to help other people thrive by showcasing their skill sets.
Wendy’s story is a success story of climbing the corporate ladder while being a single mother. Revision and research on her resume allowed her to make a sizable income. Wendy was able to
help friends and family achieve similar results, part-time until a health scare in 2018.
Following her health scare, Wendy left corporate work-life and made the switch to a full-time career documents writer to help her clients showcase their skills, experiences, and contributions.
With plans to write novels in the future, Wendy utilises her love of words to motivate, entertain, teach, and encourage others who need it. She loves the opportunity to help build belief and confidence in people that help them land the careers they strive for.
Who’s your favourite entrepreneur and why?
Stu McLaren from Tribe. He has a warm, teaching style, loves to have fun, but didn’t shy away from the very sensitive Black Lives Matter conversation and was raw and authentic about that. For me how people show up in the challenging, sometimes uncomfortable times and how they stand for those who might be forgotten says a lot about them as humans and as leaders.
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
The opportunity to help and serve others; to build belief and confidence in people and help them land the roles or careers they want without compromising their relationships, health and peace of mind.
What three pieces of advice do you wish you’d been given when you started?
- Have a way to reduce the feelings of isolation. I wasn’t expecting that and I had some down moments in the first year of being full time in my business. The loneliness got to me sometimes.
- Consider partnerships and join ventures. I had not even thought of that before but they are starting to come to me now and I really like the idea of partnering with others to grow mutually profitable businesses.
- Join networking and support groups earlier. I’ve learned so much and am making such lovely friendships through HerBusiness and other Goals Groups I belong to.
What advice would YOU give someone thinking about starting a business?
Make sure you have a good financial buffer because small business takes a while to generate consistent income. Find a network or group of like-minded people you can bounce ideas off and invest some money in your own personal development. The more you grow yourself, the better shot you have at weathering the storms / challenges which inevitably come with new businesses.
What skills and knowledge areas would you recommend those starting out in business get acquainted with quickly?
- Mindset and Personal Growth
- Marketing and at least one social media platform (mine is LinkedIn)
- Keeping track of your numbers – income and expenses and what you need to do to make sure the income is consistently exceeding the expenses.
What does your IDEAL business look like? Even if you’re not there yet, what would it look like if your business was ideal?
A community and curated content membership generating consistent base revenue and working with action takers who align to a paying it forward model.
What problem does being a Member of the HerBusiness Network solve for you and your business? And, how?
It solves the huge isolation I felt before joining HerBusiness and it’s brought opportunities and friendships I was not expecting. I didn’t think I had anything to offer the members since they are all business owners and I’m in the business of helping job seekers, but I have services and skills which can serve their clients so I’ve received a fair amount of referrals and now starting to look at joint ventures with some HerBusiness members.