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Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Quintessential Careers Honoring 15 Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds

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Leading career development directory site Quintessential Careers recognizes 15 Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds.


As part of the 15th anniversary of the founding of Quintessential Careers, we are honoring and celebrating some of our favorite career visionaries, gurus, and experts -- people who truly want to help job-seekers understand and succeed in the job-search.


We've selected these 15 career experts, folks we are honoring with the title of Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds, because of their career and job-hunting know-how -- and their passion for sharing that knowledge with job-seekers, career-changers, and the entire career community.


These 15 career gurus collectively have expertise in job-hunting, resume-writing, career branding, social networking, salary negotiation, interviewing practices, and more. Some of these experts specialize in younger job-seekers, some in mid-career workers, others in executives and top management.


But we're not just bestowing an honor on these wonderful career experts -- we're also inviting them to make several contributions to Quintessential Careers over the coming months -- lending their unique voices and expertise to you, our readers.


Besides their selfless desire to help job-seekers more successfully find better jobs and new careers, these career gurus are also generous to their profession -- and we appreciate their all their efforts and support.


Read the Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds Expert Advice.



Here's our list (in alphabetical order) of our favorite 15 Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds:



Donald Asher of Asher Associates

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Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Donald Asher Donald Asher (of Asher Associates), known as "America's Job Search Guru," is a nationally-known speaker and writer on the topics of careers and higher education, an author of 12 books available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese, is widely quoted by local, regional, and national media, and speaks more than 150 times a year at conferences and meetings. His books include Cracking the Hidden Job Market, The Overnight Resume, Who Gets Promoted, How to Get Any Job, and Graduate Admissions Essays (the best-selling guide to the graduate admissions process). Don is also internationally recognized, with recent speaking tours in India, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and South Korea, where he discussed trends in talent migration, the concept of the borderless career, non-co-located teams, and the global skillset.



Richard Nelson Bolles of

Find him at: -- and on Twitter: @ParachuteGuy


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Richard Nelson Bolles Dick Bolles, known the world over as the author of the best-selling job-hunting book in history, What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers (revised annually for the past 40 years), is most certainly the quintessential career expert. Because his book has sold ten million copies, and is in 22 languages used in 26 countries around the world, he has been acknowledged as "the most recognized job-hunting authority on the planet" by the San Francisco Chronicle, "America's top career expert" by AARP's Modern Maturity Magazine, "the one responsible for the renaissance of the career counseling profession in the United States over the past decade" by Money Magazine, and "the most widely read and influential leader in the whole career planning field" by the U.S. Law Placement Association. Dick has been featured in countless magazines, newspapers, radio, and TV. The companion to his best-selling book is his Website,



Jack Chapman of Lucrative Careers, Inc.

Find him at: -- and on Twitter: @jkchapman1


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Jack Chapman His book, Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute -- first published in 1986, and now in its 7th edition -- is a career best-seller. Jack Chapman of Lucrative Careers, Inc., and Salary Negotiations is a specialist in all aspects of salary and raise negotiations -- from high-profile executive negotiations worth an additional $300,000, to strategies an hourly-wage worker can use to bargain for extra benefits or perks. He has personally assisted more than 2,000 individuals one-on-one in improving their careers through the challenges of job changes, career planning, and entrepreneurship, and has influenced countless others through his many seminars, courses, lectures, TV and radio appearances, and newspaper columns.



Deb Dib of Executive Power Brand

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @CEOCoach


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Deb Dib Known as the CEO Coach, Deb Dib of Executive Power Brand is a branded career communications expert, avid innovator, and the first recipient of the Dick Bolles/Career Management Alliance Parachute Award for "sustained, enduring, and innovative contribution." She is co-creator of Why-Buy-ROI™ branding and one of the world's first Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategists. Deb co-authored the award-winning book, The Twitter Job Search Guide, and co-created The Academies' Get Clear. Get Found. Get Hired! Coach program (The G3) -- the first career communications certification specific to today's social media/mobile marketplace. She holds ten certifications, is featured in 30+ career books, and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and other major media. Deb's mission is to empower "visionary, gutsy CEOs with a conscience to land faster, earn more, have fun, and change the world!"



Louise Fletcher of Blue Sky Resumes

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @louise_fletcher


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Louise Fletcher Louise Fletcher co-founded Blue Sky Resumes in 2002 after a career as an HR executive in industries such as music, video games, fashion, and advertising. She developed the Blue Sky resume approach, has written three books (including The DIY Guide to Writing a Killer Resume), and has been a featured expert for O, Oprah Winfrey Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Ladders, among many others. Louise founded Career Hub, the career industry's leading group blog, to connect job seekers with the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding, and recruiting. Her work is featured in numerous resume books, including the JISTworks "Expert Resume" series.



Maureen Crawford Hentz

Find her on Twitter: @MaureenCrawford


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Maureen Crawford Hentz Maureen Crawford Hentz is a nationally recognized expert on social networking and new media recruiting -- and a long-time favorite contributing expert to Quintessential Careers. With more than 15 years of experience in the recruiting, consulting and employment areas, her interests include college-student recruiting, disabilities in the workplace, business etiquette, and GLBT issues. Maureen manages U.S. recruiting operations for a large global company. In addition to managing her staff, she also stays in the trenches by looking for, reviewing, screening and evaluating candidates every day. She has been quoted in numerous local and national media. She conducts workshops, keynotes and conference sessions nationally. She holds a master of arts degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from The American University. She lives outside Boston, MA.



Tory Johnson of Women for Hire

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @toryjohnson


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Tory Johnson Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male debate team -- and became the first girl to win a state debate championship. She dropped out of Emerson College for a chance to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur and in 1999 she founded Women For Hire. Now in its 11th year, the company hosts high-caliber diversity career expos across the country, attracting talented women and leading employers. Her fifth book, Fired To Hired, was published in 2009. In 2010, she began hosting Spark & Hustle conferences for current and aspiring small-business owners nationwide.




Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @jtodonnell


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind J.T. O'Donnell Jeanine Tanner "J.T." O'Donnell, founder of CAREEREALISM and CEO of CareerHMO, is a career strategist and workplace consultant who helps American workers of all ages find greater professional satisfaction. Unlike other advisers, J.T. is a true "field expert." She works with both individual clients and corporations, giving her access to emerging workforce trends. A graduate of Tufts University, she has 18+ years of experience, managing, training and coaching people of all ages on a wide variety of career topics. She is also co-writer of nationally syndicated career advice column, "J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs," which appears in more than 130 U.S. newspapers weekly.



Lindsey Pollak

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @lindseypollak


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Lindsey Pollak Lindsey Pollak is a bestselling author, consultant, and internationally recognized expert on next-generation and Generation Y career trends. She is a global spokesperson for LinkedIn, the author of Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World, and recently collaborated with Levi's on its new Shape What's to Come initiative for Millennial women. Lindsey's advice and opinions have appeared in multiple media, and her career-advice blog was named by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women. She is a graduate of Yale University.



Teena Rose of Resume to Referral

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @teenarose


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Teena Rose Teena Rose is a personal branding expert, LinkedIn profile author, and executive resume writer with Resume to Referral. With an estimated 70 percent of her client base made up of repeat and referral clients, it's no surprise that she's one of the most highly endorsed resume writers/career coaches on LinkedIn. Professionals use her service because of the bottom-line returns she produces; i.e. more job interviews, shorter job-search, and higher starting salaries. She's a valuable expert contributor to Quintessential Careers as well. Teena's authored several books, including Designing a Cover Letter to "Wow" Hiring Personnel (2nd edition); How to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book (2nd edition); and Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales. You can reach Teena at admin(at) or (937) 325-2149.



Steven Rothberg of

Find him at: -- and on Twitter: @StevenRothberg


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Steven Rothberg Steven Rothberg is a true Internet career and job pioneer. He is founder and president, the highest traffic job board targeted to college students who are searching for internships and recent graduates who are searching for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities. He is widely quoted by local, regional, national, and international media and speaks at conferences and seminars related to online marketing, online recruitment, and the recruiting of college students and recent graduates.



Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @Keppie_Careers


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Miriam Salpeter Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers and Social Resume Spot, teaches job-seekers and entrepreneurs how to leverage social media. She's been advising careerists and writing resumes for more than 14 years, since earning a master's degree from Columbia University, where she trained in career advising and counseling. Miriam writes for U.S. News & World Report's "On Careers" and CNN named her a "top 10 job tweeter you should be following." Miriam co-leads the Career Collective, a group of social media-savvy career coaches and resume writers. She is author of Social Networking for Career Success: Using Online Tools to Create a Personal Brand (Learning Express, May 2011).



Eric Shannon of LatPro, Inc.

Find him at: -- and on Twitter: @internetinc


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Eric Shannon Eric Shannon is CEO of LatPro, Inc., one of the oldest and most respected specialty job board for Hispanic and Spanish/English and Portuguese/English bilinguals. His company also runs, as well as, a family of job search engines that includes diversity sites for Asian Americans, Hispanics, veterans, the disabled, and members of the LGBT community -- as well as niche sites for banking jobs, human resource jobs, healthcare jobs, and environmental jobs (among many others) that cater to all job-seekers without regard for ethnicity.



Wendy Terwelp of Opportunity Knocks

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @wendyterwelp


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Wendy Terwelp Since 1989, Wendy Terwelp, Opportunity Knocks™, has helped thousands of clients get hired faster and be rock stars at work, working with entrepreneurs and executives in transition. A recognized expert on networking (named "LinkedIn Guru" by The Washington Post), both online and off, Wendy is quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fast Company, The Business Journal,,, radio shows, ABC, and NBC, among others. She speaks nationally at conferences, associations, colleges, and universities, and has published hundreds of articles on the web and in print. Check out her book, Rock Your Network® for Job Seekers.



Susan Whitcomb of The Academies

Find her at: -- and on Twitter: @SusanWhitcomb


Quintessential Careers Career Mastermind Susan Whitcomb Susan Whitcomb is founder and CEO of of The Academies, including Career Coach Academy, Job Search Academy, and Career Marketing Academy. The Academies has trained and certified hundreds of career professionals in career coaching, job search strategy, branded career-communications, social media, and more since 2001. Susan is a prolific writer and award-winning author, with 7 popular books to her credit (including Resume Magic, Job Search Magic, and The Twitter Job Search Guide -- for which she and coauthors Chandlee Bryan and Deb Dib won Career Directors International's Career Innovator Award). People come away from Susan's keynotes, trainings, and coaching encounters encouraged, empowered, and equipped to make a lucrative living doing what they love!



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