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How She Did It: Anne Ryan

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Each month we feature inspirational women who've made it to the other side of career change. Learn how they did it and take away usable tips from their career journeys! This month, we're proud to feature career reinventor Anne Ryan!

Anne is a resume expert, professional LinkedIn writer, workshop creator and persona coach. We're proud and honored to count Anne as an Expert Contributor to our signature program, the Reinvention Collective.

Read on to learn How She Did It!

What's your personal mantra, mission or manifesto? To help womxn and allies land the impossible job.

What inspired you to launch your current career/launch your business? I felt a calling to help people reach their career goals. I also felt that if I didn't try to start my own business and be a coach full-time, I would always wonder, "What if I could have done it?"

What’s one intention you have for your work this year? I will start speaking professionally as a resume workshop facilitator in addition to my 1:1 coaching.

What are you most passionate about right now? Showing up for my clients.

What’s the one thing that has advanced your career in the last year? The support of badass womxn and allies. I met so many amazing entrepreneurs at virtual networking events this past year - their encouragement really pushed me to take the leap as a business owner and coach.

Favorite book, app or podcast? Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The advice I wish I had given to my 20 year old self is…

(1) Investing in yourself is the best use of your time, money, and effort.

(2) If there's ever a time to brag, it's on your resume. I'll expand this concept a bit without the term brag:

A job description is way for an employer to ask the question, "Here is a list of problems that we have, can you solve them for us?" Through a resume, an applicant answers "Yes, I can solve these problems for you - in fact, I can solve them exceptionally well."

A resume is a tool where you can and should communicate all of the incredible skills that you have to offer.

Your theme song that played every time you walked in a room would be?

I’d ask Duran Duran (my favorite band) to write a theme song for me. Then I’d ask my three other favorite artists - Satin Jackets, Client Liaison, and Chromeo - to remix my theme song so that I'd have a few options depending on the impression I want to make.

Best career advice for other women?

Many smart decisions I've made involve asking for help - something that I'm still not 100% comfortable with, even now.

I've learned to ask a trusted advisor for advice or research and hire a specific type of coach. What I've realized is that it's okay to not be an expert in everything. The right coach will help you level up faster, better, and more easily than if you were on your own.

My personal and professional development has grown exponentially because I've sought help from incredible coaches: my financial planner, accountant, business coach, yoga teachers, fitness instructors, and my network.


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