CMO Coach

Jan Melnik, M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW
Absolute Advantage

Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.

Jan partners wJan Melnik, CMO Coachith C-level and executive marketing and sales clients coast-to-coast and develops targeted career strategies, branded career documents (resumes, communications, and all collateral), and focused job-search plans. Her clients are highly successful, driven, and busy executives who enjoy collaborating professionally in their personal career management. Jan’s slogan is, “Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.”

Author of Executive’s Pocket Guide to ROI Resumes and Job Search and six other books, Jan is a Master Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Manager, Certified Professional Resume Writer, and job-search coach. She is president of Absolute Advantage, a career-management firm she founded in 1983. She has been featured in many publications, including the LA Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, and Career Builder, and is a frequent career expert on NBC. Her work has been published in more than 40 career books by Jay Block, Wendy Enelow, Louise Kursmark, Martin Yate, Michael Betrus, and Joyce Lain Kennedy, and she has been featured in many of Jay Levinson’s “Guerilla Marketing” books as well as those by Seth Godin, Paul and Sarah Edwards, and in “The Twitter Job Search Guide” by Deb Dib, Susan Britton Whitcomb, and Chandlee Bryan.

A summa cum laude graduate of both Wesleyan University and the University of Maryland, she holds two undergraduate degrees in business management as well as a Master of Arts degree in the humanities from Wesleyan. Prior to founding her private practice, she worked for such firms as Digital Equipment Corporation (Compaq/Hewlett Packard), John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Parker-Hannifin Corporation, and several publishing companies; her background was in management, staff development, marketing, public relations, and recruiting.

Jan belongs to the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) and the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA), and she is the Career Management Expert with Career Thought Leaders ( She speaks at universities and libraries frequently, delivering workshops on all aspects of career management, job search, and resumes. Jan is an adjunct professor in the business department at Bay Path College. She is in demand as a keynote speaker at industry and business conferences nationwide.

Complimentary Assessment

Jan provides a complimentary assessment to Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Sales Officers, Chief Brand Officers, and other senior-, executive-, and director-level and VP executives in Sales and Marketing as well as those aspiring to those positions. Simply contact her through to provide your existing materials and brief statement of your goals; Jan will formulate a set of recommendations and provide a comprehensive proposal for your consideration. The process of working together is dynamic, rewarding, effective, and empowering. Let’s talk!

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