All client testimonials are direct from Karen’s LinkedIn.com page, where real clients have put their testimonials in a public venue as to her resume writing, career coaching, public speaking, and small business coaching abilities. You can view all of these testimonials on her LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/karensilins (a direct link to Karen will allow for the best viewing of all recommendations).
“When I contacted Karen about writing my resume, I assumed I would provide her with information, she would write a resume, and that would be the end. Instead, Karen took me on a journey. Through our discussions and the “homework” she gave, she brought back memories of my careers and my successes that I hadn’t thought about in years. She also educated me on the job search, from finding the right jobs to apply for through the interview, the follow-up, and the acceptance. This journey led to more than a resume. It led to the knowledge and confidence I needed in an executive interview to show my skills and abilities for the job. My experience with Karen was a key in my successful job search.”
February 13, 2016, Robert Stanley was Karen’s client
“Working with Karen on interview coaching and a LinkedIn update was one of most wonderful experiences I have ever had. She is definitely a professional and truly cares about you. I am extremely grateful for everything she has done for me during the time we spent together to aid my job search.”
January 15, 2016, Han Tao was Karen’s client
“I spent 20 years and some change in the Air Force and the Air National Guard and I came to Karen with a bachelor’s degree and experience in two main military areas. I was rather naive about my options in the civilian sector and where I stood in the big scheme of things because many civilian career options were unfamiliar to me. Karen set my mind at ease and guided me away from things she thought would not be a good fit for me. I am not originally from the Kansas City area; Karen filled me in on what businesses are in this area. She is also knowledgeable on the reputations’ of the companies. She was able to translate my Air Force experience, taking programs and what they do, and equated my experience with them into their civilian capacity which educated me and gave me confidence in my future. After meeting with her a few times I had decided on a target company; I had a goal. Karen and I finished the resumes, I did two with her, and I applied for a couple of jobs at the “target” company and was hired after the first interview. This happened about two months after Karen finished my resumes. She is talented, considerate, and knowledgeable. I am enjoying what I do. I feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction and I am fulfilled! I work with some pretty great people too. I can truly say that I love my job and I would not be there if it weren’t for Karen’s help and guidance.”
December 6, 2015, Christine Newman was Karen’s client
“Working with Karen was the most refreshing experience in professional resume and interview preparation for Linguist, Security, and Special Investigator positions in government. She is well versed in, and has excellent understanding of Law Enforcement, Academic, and Military job fields. In particular Karen’s sensitivities with respect to online and social network security her credibility stands out. Several prominent career services claiming expertise in linguistic, security, and detective resume writing and coaching were left wanting after a cursory conversation probing their supposed knowledge and nuanced understanding of these highly specialized and niche career fields.
Coming from a Military and Law Enforcement family, Karen has intimate experiential knowledge of the “inner circle” and related unique cultures and lifestyles involved in positions of trust. Her diverse clientele range from beltway think-tank academics, and multi-discipline specialists, to critical foreign language speakers. Interaction with Karen revealed a marked difference, putting me at ease, and assuring me that I was dealing with a woman who could truly deliver as advertised.
The insights Karen provided when formulating the resume/CV were uncanny. Her coaching for interviews, which included insightful body language overviews and assessment (yours vs theirs), basic handwriting deception indicators; and speech: octave, tonal, and tempo dynamics will help even the most seasoned professional. Karen’s guidance, suggestions, and knowledge of formatting a resume/CV to actually be read and responded to on Government job site (a seemingly impossible task) was no less impressive than the other summarily high grade services provided.
In short, a very reputable employer made contact for an interview based on a self-authored CV (with much review and input from mentors and actual HR contacts.) However, the day prior to my interview I sent the employer’s hiring team the CV Karen had tailored for the position. It was this CV which the Division Director referred to and commented on during the interview. Likewise, the panel interviewers used= a resume Karen had generated addressing another position skill-set. Furthermore, it must be stated that Karen’s expertise was used to negotiate a better salary. 20 minutes after leaving the interview, I was hired with a 10 K increase in yearly salary. A-Plus Career & Resume, LLC is a worthwhile investment, which yields professional dividends. Thank you Karen! ”
September 25, 2015, Edward Plaisance was Karen’s client
I just wanted to say to you and your followers that the coaching, kindness, knowledge and encouragement you displayed have been a saving grace to me during the grueling task of finding a new job after a lengthy hiatus. From the resume to LinkedIn and Twitter, to interview coaching, I was so pleased to actually get the very first job for which interviewed, and to be so well prepared for the incredibly detailed two-part sales interview process. I am so grateful that I met you that fateful day at the library. Your strengths are your approach and knowledge.
September 8, 2015, Katherine “Kat” Walters was Karen’s client
“I consulted Karen my final semester of college. As a fresh graduate heading into the “real world”, Karen explained a lot about things to look for when job hunting, things I should be aware of in the field in which I was perusing, and questions to ask when I got called in for an interview. Not to mention she put together a top notch resume which helped me stand out over other graduating seniors. During my weekly meetings, Karen was very thorough on the particular lessons. For instance, during her lessons on interviews, she explained to me the 4 main kinds of interviews and how I can prepare for each. She even explained the things I should order at a restaurant if a lunch interview was proposed. Karen was so easy to work with, that I often felt that I was conversing with a close friend or relative rather than a coach. Thanks to her services, I accepted a job in my field before I graduated college. I highly recommend her services to any upcoming college graduates or those who have just accepted their diploma.”
July 15, 2015, Sara Borneman was Karen’s client
“I recently had the opportunity to work with Karen. As someone transitioning to a new career I found her expertise invaluable. Karen is knowledgeable in all areas necessary for a successful job search. I recommend Karen and her services if you are searching for your next employment opportunity.”
August 26, 2014, Rene Burrow was Karen’s client
“Karen produced the results I was looking for. She gave me the insight and knowledge I needed to help focus my job search. With her help, I landed 6 interviews and a job!”
July 30, 2014, Michael Wehner was Karen’s client
“During a very challenging time in my professional career, I reached out to Karen. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue the same pathway or pursue something different. Karen was a breath of fresh air and so encouraging during our first conversation over the phone. Subsequently, I began working with her as she assisted me in composing a high quality CV/Resume. She has been recognized by professional organizations for the quality of her cover letters that catch the attention of potential employers. Karen is comprehensive in her approach and gives a great deal of attention to the development of a high quality CV/Resume. Ultimately, I put myself out into the professional market and within 3 weeks, I was interviewing for jobs. I do believe the quality of my CV/Resume and the encouragement provided by Karen were critical to my success in finding a job. I am now working in a position that is a great fit for my skills, my personality, and my expertise. Thank you, Karen!”
April 1, 2014, Carl “C.J.” Hutto, RN was Karen’s client
“I attended several of Karen’s classes at the Johnson County Library. The information and insight she provided was so helpful. She definitely knows the current job market! I believe I got a job much sooner than if I hadn’t attended. My new employer found me on Linked In, with my updated profile from Karen’s tips.”
She provides a valuable service to the community!
January 21, 2014, Jeni was with another company when working with Karen at A+ Career & Resume, LLC
“Karen is not just a professional career coach and resume writer, but a coach willing to help you with her heart, I learned more than I expected from my coaching sessions, most importantly Karen helped me to find my ideal job in a very short period of time. I highly recommend Karen to all job seekers.”
December 12, 2013, Karly Tang was with another company when working with Karen at A+ Career & Resume, LLC
“Karen isn’t just a solid professional. She’s also a great “coach.” Karen doesn’t just guide you through the difficult task of self-analysis and introspection, but helps you outline a personal gameplan for reaching career goals. I’d recommend her for everything associated with career coaching, personal branding and resume writing. A true pro who cares!”
October 31, 2012, Josh Looney was Karen’s client
Karen’s work product was impeccable. There is no doubt that an investment with her for resume services will pay off.
October 30, 2012, Robert C. Lippman was Karen’s client
“Upon contacting Karen in October of 2011 for her resume writing and career coaching services, she instantly impressed me with her knowledge depth and breadth of the career industry. Her weekly coaching sessions emboldened me to professionally pursue the field myself and gave me the confidence and skills necessary to succeed. She also taught me the importance of networking and using social media techniques to leverage myself in the current competitive job market. In addition, Karen graciously hired me as an intern in January of 2012 and allowed me to assist her at local career fairs with resume and job search consulting, job club presentations, and observation of client sessions. This generosity spills over into her clients as I have observed her genuine desire to help others with encouragement and advice. Kansas City has a real gem in Karen while she tirelessly continues to help our local job seekers feel hope again, a sense of value and purpose. I highly recommend and am proud to be associated with her business.”
July 27, 2012, Michelle Craighead M.Ed. was Karen’s client
“Karen was very helpful to me with my resume and coaching and assisting me on pre/post interviewing. A stickler for detail and a great reference for anyone moving to a new career or just looking to change. I had great success with her help and professional input..” April 22, 2012
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Mark Eaks Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2011
“It had been 17 years since I last looked for a job, and the employment world had changed substantially. Karen demystified the job search experience. She worked closely with me developing a customized resume that described me and my accomplishments. During the interview process, prospective employers have said that my resume is one of the best that they have ever seen.
In addition, Karen trained me on social media, and showed me how to use it to seek out new opportunities. Karen has been a pleasure to work with through-out my employment search. I would highly recommend her.” March 6, 2012
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative Wanda Wegman Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2011
“Karen Silins has graciously volunteered her services to the Urban League as a workshop facilitator for the League’s Career Marketplace program. We typically ask Karen to facilitate 2-4 workshops a year. My clients like her energetic and enthusiastic presentation style. Her knowledge of job search and career management is always cutting edge.” December 2, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert Benita Ugoline Hired Karen as a Career Coach in 2011, and hired Karen more than once
“Karen has been a “God-send” for me. After losing my job and searching for another for almost 18 months with no results, I decided I needed to take another approach in my job hunt. I found Karen on the internet and sent her a message. She called me the next day and we immediately began working on my new approach. She completely revamped my resume, gave outstanding coaching on interview techniques, and helped me create an impressive professional portfolio. All of this gave me a new confidence and preparedness that truly impressed potential employers. After working with Karen for only 3 months, I quickly landed a job with a well-known Kansas City based business in the field that I wanted. It was the best investment I could have made in myself and wish I had done it 18 months sooner.” October 8, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert Vi Matthews Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2010
“Karen is unparalleled in her field. She excels as a career coach, expert on resume writing, interview preparation, and mentor. She is the ultimate professional to use for career changes and job searches.” June 30, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity James F Stenger Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2008
“It was easy to recognize that Karen was the top of her game. There are very people I’ve met who have taken as much time to be proficient at their skill.
She is an A+ writer and a very savvy business woman.” May 21, 2009
Jeff Radich President, Founder, Estate Plan Center, Inc Was a consultant or contractor to Karen at A+ Career & Resume, LLC
“Working with Karen to organize my company was one of the best decisions I ever made. Despite the chaos an organization can have, she stayed clear headed and focused throughout the entire process. One of many attributes that stands out was her listening ear and then her follow up recommendations to those situations. I would highly recommend her to any business professional needing to streamline their business practices. Karen owns A+ Careers, and I give her an A+ in her business ethics and methodologies.” April 29, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Rodney L. Hired Karen as a Career Coach in 2008, and hired Karen more than once
“Karen provided the highest of quality and service. Her gift to my wife and me was “focus”. It’s what she does best. Anytime your are in transition, it’s difficult. Karen allowed us to communicate and then she brought us back to where things are. I liked that!
Additionally, she has heart. Most of the people I’ve worked with in this industry lack that component. Combine that with her experience and background…well, you have a winning combo. If you want it done right, if you want it done on time, and if you want a fantastic product at the end of the day….contact Karen.” February 6, 2009
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value Wayne Flansburg, CITRMS Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2007
“Karen is exceptional at career coaching and resume writing. Her system is one of the most thorough and thought provoking exercises I have experienced with phenomenal results. Her ideas and suggestions helped me find the “perfect” job!” February 1, 2009
Greg Elliott Director of Business Development, 1102 GRAND, LLC Was with another company when working with Karen at A+ Career & Resume, LLC
“Karen is a dedicated professional who stays current with best practices and gives her best to clients.” January 30, 2009
Dr. Joni Carley Owner, Wisdom at Work Was a consultant or contractor to Karen at A+ Career & Resume, LLC
“I’ve been working with Karen as my business coach for over a year, and she recently prepared a professional resume for me for the purpose of Virtual Assistant Certification. She presented my experience very thoroughly and obviously did a wonderful job, as I have now been granted certification as a Master Virtual Assistant.” November 9, 2006
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Janet Barclay Hired Karen as a Resume Writer and Career Coach in 2005